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In 2007 Prime Minister Rudd appointed me parliamentary secretary for disabilities.
I thought I’d seen unfairness in workplaces as a union rep.
But nothing prepared me for the second-class deal that Australians with disability and their carers received.
Jenny Macklin, Bruce Bonyhady and I – and thousands of people with disability and their carers - designed and campaigned for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
I never ran into the Member for Wentworth at the meetings we were campaigning at.
Now, the Turnbull Government is seeking to re-write history and frighten Australians with a disability and their carers.
Labor has a plan that is better and fairer plan for the Budget, which raises $4.5 billion more.
We reject the notion that the only way to protect the NDIS is to raise taxes on working and middle class Australians.
Today, I offer the Government a fairer, better way:
- Don’t give millionaires $19 billion tax cut
- Don’t give large corporations a $65 billion tax cut
- Remove the concessions worth $37 billion for property investors
And if you want to try and raise taxes on 10 million ordinary people, you’ll have to come through us - you'll have to come through Labor.
The last bloke who sat in your chair thought he could – look where it got him.