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Queenslanders living with a disability left in Budget limbo

20th June 2019

Last week's State Budget handed down by Treasurer Jackie Trad was yet another disappointing result for Queenslanders living with a disability.

LNP Shadow Minister for Disability Services Dr Christian Rowan said Labor has once again failed to deliver.

"This year's Budget showed a $319.7 million underspend in 2018-19 administered funding for the NDIS," Dr Rowan said.

"The Palaszczuk Labor Government attempts to blame the Federal Government for the slow transition of participants.

"And now Annastacia Palaszczuk is attempting to hold Queenslanders living with disabilities hostage by only budgeting a contribution to the NDIS of around $1.133 billion in 2019-20 instead of the $2 billion they are currently obliged to pay.

"This is bad budgeting to unilaterally cut hundreds of millions of NDIS funding before actually receiving an agreed change of payment plan with the Federal Government.

"The funding agreement was finalised in the Bilateral Agreement signed between Canberra and the Palaszczuk Government more than three years ago.

"This has not been a surprise.

"The only surprise is how little the Palaszczuk Labor Government has done to support the transition of Queenslanders living with a disability to the NDIS.

"Rather than trying to play accounting trickery in the hopes of striking a new deal, Labor should focus on helping NDIS participants transition to the NDIS."