Disability Sector Shows Its Strength At Rally

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27th October 2010, 09:45am - Views: 355
Disability Sector Shows Its Strength At Rally

Over 2,500 people will rally at the Sydney Opera House forecourt at noon tomorrow to show the strength of the disability sector and to urge both sides of NSW politics to make a commitment to fund the next five year phase of the Stronger Together initiative.

In a rare display of mutual interest, both Premier Kristina Keneally and Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell will share the stage and speak at the rally. Alan Jones AO will be the Master of Ceremonies of the event.

National Chief Operating Officer of NDS, Patrick Maher, said the fact that both Leaders will be on the same stage at the event to talk about the same issue is testament to the importance of getting a better deal for people with disability, their families and their carers. NDS is the Australian peak body for non-government disability services.

"With less than five months to go until the NSW State election, this rally shows how important these issues are for NSW," Mr Maher said.

"Thousands of NSW residents from across the State who support a better deal for people with disability, their families and their carers will show their strength and urge both sides of NSW politics to make a commitment to fund the next five year phase of the Stronger Together initiative.

"Much has been achieved over the first five years of Stronger Together, but there remains much more to be done.

"Right now, ongoing funding for the Stronger Together initiative is not in the forward estimates of the NSW State Budget and the current funding runs out on June 30, 2011.

"Now is the time for both sides of NSW politics to put politics aside and make a
commitment," Mr Maher said.

For immediate release: 27/10/10.
Case studies will be available to be interviewed at the rally by appointment.
To arrange an interview with rally organisers, please contact Matt Burke on
0435 128 233 or
02 8080 4500.

Further information is available at www.showyourstrength.com.au

SOURCE: National Disability Services




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