The Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, has today welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and congratulates those states and territories which have agreed to conduct a trial of the scheme.

“This is a wonderful initiative that all Australians can be proud of. Let us all welcome and celebrate it!” he said.

He said that although he was disappointed by the hesitation of some state governments, including Victoria’s, to fully embrace the scheme, he was encouraged that the Premiers of both Victoria and NSW had indicated a willingness to reach an agreement with the Federal Government.

“I am heartened that they appear to recognise the vital importance of the NDIS, and that they seem committed to finding a resolution to the difficulties.

“I urge all politicians concerned to put aside party politics in a spirit of bi-partisanship, for the sake of the many disabled Australians who are currently denied the opportunity for a dignified and fulfilling life.

He added: “The true test of the character of a nation is how it treats and cares for its most vulnerable citizens.
“The NDIS will give thousands of Australians the opportunity, perhaps for the first time, to participate in and contribute to life fully.

“The NDIS expands and enhances our vision of humanity, and calls upon us to see disability as part of the normal range of human life.”
 
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