Pauline Hanson joins with government to push NDIS reform

Pauline Hanson has called on the Senate to support the Labor government’s latest reforms to reign in the costs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

In a move that had the press gallery do a few double-takes, Senator Hanson joined NDIS Minister Bill Shorten for a press conference on Wednesday, calling on the Coalition to back the reforms that would substantially restrict the things that could be claimed by participants under the scheme, and freeze unrealistic NDIS pay rates.

“Australians support the NDIS, but not for things like holidays, court fines, drugs, sex toys, and ridiculous bogus treatments like crystals and ‘cuddle’ therapies,” she said.

“I’m pleased Minister Shorten has recognised that this has gotten out of control and is now acting to ensure NDIS money is spent on necessary disability supports rather than this all-you-can-claim buffet the scheme has become. I have been demanding this for many years.

"This is a crucial first step in the arduous task of ensuring that the NDIS will continue to offer the support that Australians with disabilities need in the future.

“If we don’t act, spending will continue to blow out (reaching $90 billion by 2030) and risk not only critical and necessary disability support for genuine recipients, but the survival of the scheme itself.

“There is more for us to do, and I’ll continue to push the government to implement reforms that guarantee necessary support for Australians living with disability and the long term future of the NDIS.

“The NDIS scammers are on notice; we’re not going to let you get away with it any longer.”