Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

Discussion paper released on CSTDA

7/08/2006 8:57 PM

The inequity in funding from the Federal Government for Disability Services has led the State Government to release a discussion paper following on from the National Disability Ministers’ Conference last month.

Disability Services Minister Tony McRae released the paper today to highlight the imbalance Western Australia has experienced over the last 15 years from distorted Commonwealth funding.

“Last month I took the opportunity to address the Federal Minister Mal Brough and the various State and Territory Ministers on the funding inequity WA faces,” Mr McRae said.

“WA has been denied $13million every year over the past three Commonwealth/State agreements - that is a total of $180million people with disabilities in WA have missed out on.

“We currently have more than 20,000 people with a disability in WA, and as a community we need to support and assist them fairly.

“The Commonwealth also has a responsibility to provide equitable funding across all States and Territories - a responsibility they are failing to meet in WA.

“I will be sending the Commonwealth Minister a copy of this discussion paper, as well as making a submission to the current Senate Inquiry into Disability Funding.”

Click on PDF icon to view Discussion Paper - *Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement.

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