When markets are growing and investment is high, of course you are going to find a buzz of interest and activity. But when you’re talking about a national government-supported scheme, bees around a honey-pot can suddenly transform into snouts at the trough of public funds. A troubling scenario.

We’ve seen this before, haven’t we? We know how badly it can end, in Royal Commissions and worse.

I don’t want to be known as a critic of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It promises so much positive progress for our brothers and sisters with disabilities. I want to keep flying that NDIS flag of choice and control! And of course the flag that flies over everything we do at NOVA: Employment First.

But I’m worried.

‘People with disability can’t work.’ Not true.

‘People with disability don’t want to work.’ Not true.

‘People with disability should be protected in sheltered workshops.’ Not true!

Where do these ridiculous notions come from?

Speechwriter for George H. W. Bush, Michael Gerson, is credited with the phrase, ‘The soft bigotry of low expectation’ used by his boss at the NAACP's 91st annual convention.

I do not have the experience to speak in relation to African Americans but do feel qualified to speak to the situation of people with a disability in Australia. Such persons find themselves in an environment that seems almost designed to encourage service providers to aim low.

Nowhere is this more apparent than with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

There are more than 800,000 people receiving the disability support pension[1]. The cost exceeds $17,000,000,000 a year or approximately $540 per second
(every minute, every hour, every day … ).

You’d think Government would be keen to reduce this. But, no.