Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Welcome Clarification by the Business Council of Australia

I welcome today’s clarification by the Business Council that they have not recommended that disability support pensions be cut or disability pensioners targeted to fund the flood reconstruction effort or as an alternative to the flood levy. 

Targeting this group with draconian cuts will not address the long-term issues of addressing workplace participation. We should be engaging people with disabilities in employment assistance and rehabilitation where appropriate rather than stigmatising them.

The Business Council is right to point out that people with disabilities who can and want to work should be supported in this endeavour, including through incentive structures.

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