The NDIS 0.5 per cent Medicare surcharge is intended to fund the scheme and according to the feds this will raise $20.4bn between 2014 and 2019.
But even this considerable chunk of change will not be enough to fund people now covered by the scheme. The Commission of Audit estimated that, by 2019-20, 30 per cent of funding will have to come from new outlays by Canberra and the states.[v] According to assistant social services minister Mitch Fifield the federal government will have to kick in $9bn of new money per annum.
And this will definitely not be enough as the scheme’s coverage, or matching funding for other welfare groups, expands. Which will not take long. Already the aged care lobby is demanding more money, arguing that it is unjust that people who develop a disability after retirement age will not have access to the NDIS. As Judith Sloan points out:
Unless there are clear guidelines about entitlement to the NDIS that are firmly implemented, the danger is that more and more individuals with milder disabilities will secure coverage. In this way, the potency of the scheme to improve the lot of the severely disabled will be quickly undermined.
So the Crows want to caw for Scott Morrison in acknowledging that funding the NDIS is going to require cuts in other aspects of the welfare system.
But they can’t, because the minister’s tough talk is only baloney. “The system should be there for people who need it, particularly for the age pension, where people have paid taxes their whole lives, they have earned their retirement,” he said last month.
Botany. The disappearing poppies in Flanders fields.
Sport. Children playing sport for the benefit of over-motivated parents.
So goes the all too common narrative for American youth these days, an adult driven, hyper competitive race to the top in both academics and athletics that serves the needs of the adults, but rarely the kids. As movies such as “The Race to Nowhere” and recent articles such as this one from the Washington Post point out, while the race has a few winners, the course is littered with the scarred psyches of its participants. We have a generation of children that have been pushed to achieve parental dreams instead of their own, and prodded to do more, more, more and better, better, better. The pressure and anxiety is stealing one thing our kids will never get back; their childhood.
More of the same thing.
Last month, at a local coffee shop, I ran into a father I know from my daughter’s school. While we exchanged small talk, he mentioned that he’d hired a local Olympic-level soccer player to work with his daughter. She was now receiving one-on-one coaching, as well as extended training sessions. Under this tutelage, she’d learn how to eat right, compete at the highest level, and prepare for what would surely be a glorious athletic future.
Did I mention our daughters just turned 7?
Around the town. The Australian Institute for Progress, (AIP) “because the future does not look after itself”. IPA HEY. The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.
Recent Policy Monographs from the Centre for Independent Studies. The problem of kinship in Indigenous child protection. Checking the value of preventive health measures.