Gibson welcomes disability insurance announcement

GYMPIE MP David Gibson yesterday welcomed the announcement that Queensland had signed up to the full national Disability Insurance Scheme.

"(Tuesday's) announcement by the Premier and Prime Minister is an historic step forward for all Queenslanders," he said.

"This is a once-in-a-generation reform in the delivery of disability services and will mean that people with disabilities, their families and carers will have options for the very first time that have never before been available."

"This will result in greater independence and level of dignity that has not always been obtainable by those people who need it the most."

Mr Gibson grew up with deaf parents and is a board member for Deaf Services Queensland. His early life showed him the barriers that people with a disability face.

"Simple things that we take for granted can become unnecessary hurdles for someone with a disability - hopefully the NDIS will end this," he said.

"Legitimate questions have been asked about the funding model and I'm personally glad to see that the Medicare levy option has been chosen as I believe most Australians are willing to pay for such a scheme.

"We now need to ensure that the design and eligibility criteria are worked through in a cooperative and timely fashion."

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