The Australian Lawyer’s Association were wrong to suggest (Mercury, February 11) that the Federal Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) legislation will leave some people worse off.
The purpose of the NDIS is to ensure those with severe disabilities have access to vital support services, regardless of how they acquired their disability. It does not absolve any third-parties from being held financially responsible for any disabling injury they may have caused.
It remains the case that the Commonwealth or State act on behalf of individuals and seek private compensation from those at fault, while at the same time providing direct financial support. This is the most effective use of taxpayer dollars.
The NDIS is about improving disability services and providing better access for all Australians. Nobody will be left out or be “forced into the legal system” to reap these benefits. It is a better and fairer system and I know it is strongly supported in the Illawarra.