Disability Equipment and Services

24 November 2010

Adjourned debate on motion of the Hon. J.M.A. Lensink:

1.That a select committee of the Legislative Council be appointed to inquire and report upon—

(a)Disability equipment payments made to non-government organisations raised in the 2009-2010 Auditor-General's Report;

(b)The appropriateness of one-off funding commitments for disability services in comparison to increased recurrent expenditure; and

(c)Any other related matter.

2.That standing order No.389 be so far suspended as to enable the chairperson of the committee to have a deliberative vote only.

3.That this council permits the select committee to authorise the disclosure or publication, as it sees fit, of any evidence or documents presented to the committee prior to such evidence being presented to the council.

4.That standing order No.396 be suspended to enable strangers to be admitted when the select committee is examining witnesses unless the committee otherwise resolves, but they shall be excluded when the committee is deliberating.

 

(Continued from 10 November 2010.)

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (16:40): I rise briefly to support this motion, which has been put up by the Hon. Ms Lensink and is a very worthy motion. Most of us would be aware that disability funding in this state is a debacle. I was very pleased to join the Hon. Stephen Wade, the member for Bragg (Vickie Chapman) and the Hon. Ann Bressington yesterday, along with the Hon. Kelly Vincent and the Dignity for Disability grouping, in a Christmas carol calling for better treatment of those who suffer from disabilities in South Australia, and certainly a better deal from this government. We Greens think that this call for a committee has great merit. We think there are some anomalies here that need to be addressed, and with that I indicate that the Greens support the motion.

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