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Julia Gillard throws weight behind historic disability reform

Aug. 11, 2011, 9:38 a.m.

Australia will have a National Disability Insurance Scheme after Julia Gillard yesterday declared her unequivocal support for the key social policy and the Productivity Commission said any hostile state could be bypassed.

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Disability insurance scheme to be a 'long journey'

Aug. 10, 2011, 2:58 p.m.

The Gillard government has responded to the Productivity Commission's call for a $13.5 billion national disability insurance scheme with a pledge to talk to the states and spend $10 million on "technical policy work".

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Massive shortfalls threaten disability insurance scheme

Aug. 9, 2011, 9:59 a.m.

The $12.5 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme would lose credibility and support unless massive shortfalls in accommodation and disability support staff and technology were addressed first, the government was warned yesterday.

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Disability standoff looming between WA and Canberra

Aug. 8, 2011, 4:16 p.m.

Western Australia could soon find itself in another standoff with the Gillard government after indicating it would not hand over responsibility for disability services to Canberra as part of any new national scheme.

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National insurance to fund care for disabled

Aug. 8, 2011, 4:02 p.m.

The Herald understands the government will this week give the go-ahead for a national disability insurance scheme which, when fully established, would provide lifelong care and support for the disabled.

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