NDIS – Numerous D*ckheads in Sight

– Minister, thank you for joining us this morning Those affected, they’ve described the system as heartless, as broken, and, as we’ve seen, the statistics are damning What do you have to say? – It’s 2020 and the NDIS is struggling Many are reporting that they would rather die than have any more access to the National Disability Insurance Agency And many of them are Over 1,200 people with disabilities have died while waiting to get access to support through the NDIS So, how did we get here? The NDIS was introduced by the Gillard Government in 2012 – Disability care starts in seven weeks time and there will be no turning back I commend this bill to the house – Previously, disability supports were provided through block funding, where the funds went directly to a service provider rather than the person with a disability Such funding was unable to cater to the diverse needs of people with disabilities The whole point of this is to provide more choice and flexibility to the person with a disability, to be able to decide where their money goes and what they spend their money on The NDIS was to be rolled out gradually with national rollout commencing July 1st, 2016 As of 2020, the wait time for access to a plan is on average 100 days, while some have complained about waiting 12 months for access to a finalized plan and some waiting six months for just their first plan meeting People are reporting having their plans made for them without having any say in the process Children have been waiting on average 127 days for access to a plan In order to tackle this, the liberal government introduced a scheme where children get access to a plan within 50 days However, this is reminiscent of the block funding where plans are not decided by those who require the service So, why have there been so many deaths? And why is there such a long wait time for access to supports? Money In 2010 when the Productivity Commission was addressing the need for a national disability scheme, the estimated cost was 15 billion dollars a year Two years later, a government report revised that figure to 22 billion dollars by 2018 So, how much is it receiving now? The forecast from the 2018-2019 budget estimated that 16.7 billion dollars would be spent that year for the NDIS This was not the case Only 12.9 billion dollars was spent that year Just under ten billion dollars of what was recommended the NDIS would need in 2018 The reasoning from the liberal party is that this underspend was caused by the federal government overestimating the number of people that would use the services offered by the NDIS and that a slower than expected transition of participants into the NDIS was to blame Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher stated that not one cent will be cut from participants’ NDIS plans as a result of the 2019-2020 Budget The NDIS is uncapped Every Australian with a disability who is eligible will continue to receive a fully funded plan of reasonable and necessary supports to achieve their goals Let’s break this down The NDIS is uncapped in the sense that anyone who wants access can apply for access to the NDIS So, assuming that you meet the requirements, they approve access to the NDIS But at that point, you don’t receive anything It’s just, it doesn’t mean anything It just means you’re a participant But you’re not receiving any services or you’re not receiving any support That’s the problem That’s where people are having an issue No one’s having trouble becoming a participant of the NDIS They’re having trouble getting access to the supports needed through the NDIS Now, you must go through the process of formulating a plan and then receiving approval for said plan And this is the hard part of the NDIS because now you’re asking for money Claiming that the NDIS is uncapped but still getting an underspend is easy because you simply accept everyone as an NDIS participant but then you draw out the time it takes for them to get access to a plan which is so convoluted and confusing that there are cheat sheets about how to understand the NDIA website, the portal used to access supports On top of that, you must then argue with plan coordinators about what you need, many of whom have no direct experience of working in disability The CEO doesn’t even have to sign off on anything for someone to be denied access so their pure negligence results in an underspend And then you can sit back and go, “Well, everyone who wants access gets access They’re not getting the supports they need They’re not getting the funding they need But they have access.” In the 2017 budget, there was a proposed increase of the Medicare levy by 0.5% – And that is to increase the levy within the Medicare levy by half a percent to ensure that the NDIS is fully funded – He gave a speech about his brother-in-law with MS and that he is not saying no to Gary, his brother-in-law, and the 500 thousand Australians counting on this – And, the difficult decision we’ve had to make is how do you look someone with a disability in the eye or their carer or their family member or their friend or their parent or their cousin or their mate or their customer or their boss and say, “We just can’t agree on this So, you’re just gonna have to live with uncertainty about the NDIS.” No, we won’t do that

– But then, he did – If you don’t have to do it, then you shouldn’t We don’t have to do it now and we won’t be doing it – The levy was scrapped by Scott Morrison, man of the people, as he claimed the tax would be just another tax increase on working Australians So, originally the labor government was only going to agree to a Medicare levy increase if it was only for people earning more than 87 thousand dollars a year Meaning a tax increase of a little under 400 dollars a year Australians actually support a fully funded NDIS So the scrapping of the levy wasn’t based on public opinion They have scrapped this levy to balance their budget on the backs of people with disabilities Morrison said, “Where we’re able to achieve what people with disabilities need and not have to increase the tax burden on Australians, he (Gary, his brother-in-law) is a taxpayer too, so he is happy about that.” This is not the only time Scott Morrison has taken money from the NDIS In 2018, he took 3.9 billion dollars out of a collection of money that was set aside for the NDIS and used it to fund drought relief for farmers Announcing our sound economic and fiscal management has enabled us to fully fund the NDIS from consolidated revenue on the back of a stronger economy and, because of our successful budget repair efforts, a stronger and improving budget position You can’t just scrap 12 billion dollars from the NDIS based on your so-called strong economy, which you don’t have – So, is it true or not true that net debt doubled in the time that the Coalition was in office? – The truth is that the debt has increased but now it is peaked and it is starting to be paid back with the first surplus in more than a decade – Also, if your economy is so strong then you should absolutely put in the Medicare levy because it would mean that guaranteed money would be going towards people with disabilities who need it for their supports Instead, we now have to just sit back and hope that their economy doesn’t crumble And I have to point out, this isn’t even including the coronavirus and what’s gonna happen to the economy after the coronavirus They were already in a shit position before the coronavirus even came about Do you really think there’s going to be enough money for them after this crisis? But credit given where credit’s due The NDIA invested ten million dollars in an attempt to stop users of the NDIS appealing for more income, of which they have won 60% of cases It’s important to note that, if you are a person with a disability and you are appealing for more funding from the NDIA, the NDIA actually hires barristers to defend their case This is not what’s supposed to happen in an AAT situation The Administrative Appeals Tribunal exists to help the ordinary person It is there so that anyone who feels that a government agency has made an unreasonable decision can have that decision reviewed by someone who is not part of that government agency This is not the experience of people who are challenging the decisions of the NDIA The NDIA typically has legal representation at the hearing and sometimes even have counsel This might mean also challenging the opposing party’s credibility and it will certainly involve better knowledge of the law than any person on the street will have If you’re in the NDIS, it means you need money to support yourself Do you really think someone on the NDIS has the money or the resources to also hire a barrister to fight against these people? Further cuts to the NDIS include capping staff members to 4,000 people, even though reports stated that the NDIS had less than 40% of the required work force they would need to keep up with demand back in 2017 Since they capped the staffing numbers, they outsourced the workers from consultancy companies These workers are underpaid and have little to no experience with working with disability, being given pre-written scripts to make plans with their clients Questions such as menstrual cycles and if the person with a disability has friends are included in the questioning The government knew that they would require a stronger work force back in 2013 The Productivity Commission told them they would need 10,000 workers to properly deliver the NDIS and they fucking ignored it! And they capped staff numbers! – We also have a system that has been capped in terms of the number of staff that the agency has and I look at that and I say, “Why? You know, what purpose is it serving? And how short sighted is it?” – The reason why they have a staffing cap is so they can outsource the workers and then hire people through consultancy firms and then give money to the consultancy firms that should be going towards the workers The NDIA has paid out contractors a total of 316 million dollars, including McKinsey The partner for McKinsey in charge of this work? Charles Taylor, brother of current, almost criminal in Parliament, Angus Taylor The current Chair of the NDIA is Helen Nugent, a former partner of McKinsey This a great segue to talk about the second part of the problem which is the people in charge During its complete rollout on July 1st 2016, the NDIS was taken over by the liberal government who decided to run the NDIS plans through Centrelink as another cost saving measure – IT system, right? Just take that as one key point

That’s not run by the NDIA It’s run by Centrelink So the NDIA’s ability to influence Centrelink is about as much as yours and mine – This caused major IT problems through the NDIS and made it difficult for participants to get access to their plans and get approval for funding – There is no excuse for the sort of staff caps we’ve got, the IT system we’ve got, the lack of Tier 2 support that we’ve got, and those things things could be fixed extremely quickly Recognize the sort of pressures that providers are under and assist them with adjustment, I think we would be in a very different position to where we are today – NDIS CEO, David Bowen, resigned and was replaced by Rob De Luca, former Managing Director of Bankwest and former Executive of the Commonwealth Bank Why he was chosen to be the CEO of the NDIA is a mystery to us all But why he chose it is not He received over 500 thousand dollars a year He gave a brief interview with Every Australian Counts and he basically waffled on for, I think, five minutes It was such a short interview – And perhaps next time, we can go out to our Every Australian Counts community and let them know that we’re talking to you and ask them what it is that, what are the burning issues that they’d like us to ask you So, we hope that we can do that – Certainly Kirsten, it’s been great being here Really appreciate it We look forward to hearing more about to the feedback to today’s video and certainly any opportunities that arise that I can come out and speak to participants directly or be more involved, I look forward to it – All right, that’s great After a year on the job, De Luca quits without any notice or any plans to replace him to run off to be CEO of Zenitas Healthcare, a private healthcare organization recently acquired by Adamantem Capital, a company clearly focused on people over profit The NDIA was without a CEO for 160 days After such a long time without a CEO, current NDIS Minister, Stuart Robert, appointed Martin Hoffman, former CEO of NineMSN Again, no experience with disability Yes, he was the former head of department for New South Wales public service, but that doesn’t mean you have any direct involvement with people with disabilities or that you should be CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency Why it took so long to find this particular man for the job is another mystery Why he took the job was not He initially received 554,220 dollars a year Then, within eight days of being in office, without doing anything to fix the issues facing the NDIS, he received a pay rise at the request of Minister Robert of 166,260 dollars per year He is currently earning more than the Prime Minister Once again, there’s no evidence here he’s had any direct involvement with people with disabilities He gave a brief conference where he said the following were positive signs: Reassuringly, provider sentiment has improved with 47 percent of providers feeling optimistic about the health of the NDIS market, an increase of eight percentage points over the last survey conducted in December 2018 The overall satisfaction when interacting with the NDIA has also increased, from a baseline score of 4.7 out of 10 in December last year to 5.3 in September of this year This can only lead to improved outcomes for participants You mean, less deaths? What I really can’t stand about Martin Hoffman is the fact that he doesn’t even seem to know what the NDIS is designed to do – So, I was hoping to get a feel of how quickly the proposed reforms are going to roll out where the decision-maker is actually there in the room or on the phone during the planning meeting – And for the proper exercise of delegated authority and that sounds very bureaucratic, doesn’t it, but that’s what it sometimes is in a sense of making a valid decision under the Act with proper authority and some degree of separation in terms of that decision making is sometimes appropriate and necessary – This proves that he hasn’t had any experience with people with disabilities in the past He is coming from an old model of disability where people who have the degrees and had the “knowledge” about disability made decisions for people with disability for them because that’s what was “best for them” He is literally saying that that bureaucracy and that separation is necessary In one of his speeches he said, “I know what it is like to run a not-for-profit largely dependent on the timing of receipt of government grants It kept me awake at night back then, and it may well do so for you today.” He’s earning 700 K He is earning 700 thousand dollars a year Do you think he gives a shit about anyone that is suffering? Why would he? The appointment of Hoffman was carried out by Robert, a friend who had already worked with Hoffman before Stuart Robert shouldn’t be in Parliament in the first place

The man has a litany of offenses and scandals to his name, including receiving gold Rolexes from a Chinese billionaire while in Parliament Also, while in Parliament, he made a personal business trip to China in 2014 where he appeared at a signing ceremony for a mining deal between Nimrod Resources and a Chinese business, claiming not to know that he had shares in Nimrod Resources He claimed it was a personal business trip, but the Chinese businessmen that were there believed he was there in an official capacity This situation prompted him to leave, as he had breached Ministerial conduct After which he bankrolled two so-called independent candidates who used to work for him using fund-raising money from the LNP – [Reporter] But when 30 thousand dollars was put into her account, she told the hearing, she knew it was donated by her former LNP boss, Fadden MP Stuart Robert, under a fund-raising arm known as the Fadden Forum – What was the next conversation that you had with either of them after the meeting on the 28th or 29th of January concerning this funding arrangement? – I didn’t speak to them at all during the campaign So, like the whole campaign – You can’t do that You can’t give two independent candidates money from an LNP fundraising machine ’cause that means they’re not independent And he even admitted that he did this on purpose because Labor getting into power would make his job more difficult That’s corruption He admitted to corruption! In 2017, it was found he made his parents’ company directors of his private company that had shares in GMT without their knowledge, a company that had earned 37 million dollars in government contracts Meaning that he had broken Section 44 of the constitution back in 2010 In addition, he enforced the Taskforce Integrity Act and robodebt, an act seen as unlawful – We have an absolute responsibility, including a legislative responsibility to collect debts – Yes (claps) – Stating that while most people receiving welfare payments are honest and do the right thing, there is a small segment of the community who still think it is okay to cheat the system As he was saying this, he was using taxpayer money to pay for his internet bills, a total of 38 thousand dollars, even though claiming your internet bills on tax isn’t common for someone in Parliament He paid the money back, but so I guess he’s off the hook because he got caught? The man voted strongly for decreasing the availability of welfare payments, getting rid of Sunday and public holiday penalty rates, voted against ending immigration detention on Nauru He voted against removing children from immigration detention and voted very strongly against a Royal Commission into the abuse against people with disabilities, a report that has revealed extensive abuse He also tried to appeal funding for a woman with MS who was applying for sexual therapy, claiming that it was not in line with community’s expectations How would this man know what the community expectations are? Look at how involved he is on the International Day of People with Disabilities – We’re always looking to improve but, more importantly, we’re always looking to connect with people So today is simply to wish everyone the very best It’s a great day It’s a day that recognizes that people with disability can do amazing things in our community We’re so proud of so many of them and we’re so thrilled to be doing what we’re doing and serving in the manner we are – A one minute Facebook post Also, do you see any people with disabilities in that video? Any? Oh and he gave a check once – Great to be here! Arundel Park Riding for Disabled– – And didn’t know how much he was giving – But we’re here to actually give a grant of up to 12 and a half thousand dollars under stronger communities and volunteers, I’ll pass that across– – In a doorstop interview, Stuart Robert said he didn’t know if it were appropriate or possible to do any more Look at these deaths – Those reports of course dealt with issues from as much as three and a half years ago and, of course, access back then took a while When I took over, it was 38 days access into the system and the Prime Minister and I have worked very hard It’s now four days access – They always sit back, all of them, when they come up with excuses about why the system is failing They say, “Well, everyone is getting access within four days.” That’s not true It’s true in the sense that they’re getting access to the NDIS in terms of becoming a participant, but as I said before, becoming a participant doesn’t mean anything You’re not getting any support You’re not getting any funding You’re not getting any resources You’re not getting anything So, what they do is like “Congratulations, you are You’re an NDIS participant.” But, I mean, there’s no support As I said, the average wait time is over 100 days And that’s the average wait time – I’ll be releasing the Tune report on Monday looking at how we’re going to actually provide guarantees and KPIs to make this system even better – Also, he forgets to mention that he appointed David Tune to do this review How many times have you said shit about your boss when they’ve paid you to do something? – They all passed away and it’s very tragic, Carl,

in that respect and they were receiving supports under state and Commonwealth systems as they were transitioning into the NDIS So in 2016, where those numbers started from, there were only 30,000 people in the NDIS as they all transitioned from state and Commonwealth supports. So, they were receiving supports and the responsibility laid with states and Commonwealth’s whilst the NDIS stocked up and got up to speed where we are now – The national rollout started in 2016 When the NDIS becomes available in an area, it is the NDIA’s job to contact the person with a disability to let them know that it is available in the area and to help them facilitate a plan To put the blame on the state and Commonwealth systems for these deaths is completely irresponsible and completely incorrect It is your fault, Stuart Robert The way that you are running the NDIS is killing people It’s not their fault that you weren’t prepared It is your fault because you capped staff numbers and you made massive budget cuts How dare you act that your actions have not caused these deaths! That your actions, the actions of Martin Hoffman, and the actions of your board have not caused these deaths In 2016, just before the full rollout of the NDIS, the LNP ministers for Social Services, Christian Porter and Mitch Fifield, replaced the members of the board despite the current board members meeting goals and deadlines and half of whom had a disability or lived experience of people with disabilities Christian Porter said, “Should we not be able to reach agreement on any of these appointments, I intend to exercise my powers to appoint the nominees in the above final list after 90 days from the date of this letter.” It’s incredibly important to note that none of these replacements were people with a disability None, not a single one Despite the previous board delivering up to the standards required by the NDIS, advertisements for their replacement had been put out nine months before the end of their term, where the members of the board found their jobs being advertised in the newspaper While changes to the board are supposed to be supported by all states, the Victorian Disabilities Minister said that they had not been consulted about the changes More recently, Stuart Robert made it easier for the board to be selected without receiving a unanimous agreement from the Disability Ministers from all states and territories The original eight-person board included two people with disabilities and two people who had children with disabilities The remaining board members came from the not-for-profit, insurance, or disabilities sectors They were replaced by the following: The Chairwoman, now, is Helen Nugent, former director of banks and chairman of insurance companies and energy companies; no experience with disability Recently, the Royal Commission into Disability Abuse and Neglect, the one voted strongly against by Stuart Robert, found that Nugent was using the financial firm Macquarie email account to speak directly with NDIA staff Despite the fact that she supposedly hasn’t been employed by Macquarie since 2014 Sandra Birkensleigh board positions with banks, insurance companies, and oil companies; no experience with disability Robyn Kruk, experience in mental health that’s something John Langoulant on a number of boards, including gas companies, superannuation, experience running Oakajee Port and Rail projects; no experience with disability Mr Jim Minto, former CEO of life insurance companies, and on the board of life insurance company; no experience with disability Mr Paul O’Sullivan Now, he’s my favorite He’s Chairman of Optus and a Coca-Cola director, and director of Healthscope, a private healthcare company Just the guy a non-profit public service like the NDIS needs; no experience with disability Estelle Pearson, experience in the insurance and injury compensation sector; no experience with disability Professor Jane Burns, experience in mental health So, in this board you have two members of the board who have experience with mental health, one member who has a child with a disability and experience in the industry, and then you have one member of the board who has an actual disability There are 11 people on this board 11 The board members only have to meet four times a year and they don’t even have to meet face to face They can literally set up a WhatsApp group to make life changing decisions about people with disabilities Why do they do it? Is it just them being altruistic? Being like, “Oh I have all this money and power I’m gonna help these poor people.” No, it’s not Collectively executives of the NDIS earn 23 million dollars People with disabilities are dying and nothing is being done about it Nothing Nothing has changed Legislation has not changed The people in charge have not changed The board has not changed Nothing has changed No one is taking responsibility for these deaths And that is unacceptable For the NDIS Minister to say that 1200 deaths are – Very tragic – Fuck you 1200 deaths These rich people, they are making money off the backs of people with disabilities suffering This is what they do They earn their six figure salaries and they fuck around and don’t do anything to help anyone when they’re in need

And you know what they’re going to do? I bet you, I bet you they are going to look at all the problems with the NDIS and then blame it on the coronavirus even though all these fucking issues started before the coronavirus had anything to do with it What can you do? What can you do? It’s really quite simple Don’t vote Liberal I don’t care who your father tells you to vote for Don’t vote Liberal because they are the monsters that are continuing this system that is ruining people’s lives The NDIS has the possibility to be an amazing thing, as it was designed to be originally We can still have that But we have to get these people out of their positions of power because they are ruining the lives of people with disabilities Call out Stuart Robert Call out Martin Hoffman Please, share this video I don’t need you to subscribe I’m not doing this for myself I’m trying to get this message out there and trying to defend people and speak for people who are not able to speak for themselves because of the system that exists