The next righteous LNP mission: Let's gut the NDIS

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Ned_Flanders

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Talking to someone in the taxi industry - transport is gobbling up a lot of money. Some people spending thousands a week on taxis.

I don't know if that is perfectly reasonable for them in their circumstances, but it is one of those numbers that alarms you when you first hear it.
transport was only 4% of the spend last year
 

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Talking to someone in the taxi industry - transport is gobbling up a lot of money. Some people spending thousands a week on taxis.

I don't know if that is perfectly reasonable for them in their circumstances, but it is one of those numbers that alarms you when you first hear it.
Transport is a chronic problem right across the health sector. Insane amounts of money get spent moving patients and healthcare workers around.

Taxi companies and community transport organisations make a fortune ferrying people a few kilometres because the only other option is green and red ambulances.

Someone who comes up with a way to safely and easily Uberise health transport will make a fortune.
 

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Transport is a chronic problem right across the health sector. Insane amounts of money get spent moving patients and healthcare workers around.

Taxi companies and community transport organisations make a fortune ferrying people a few kilometres because the only other option is green and red ambulances.

Someone who comes up with a way to safely and easily Uberise health transport will make a fortune.
Politically, given taxis are getting screwed by Uber, it makes sense to spread the love.
there is one major restrictor on this.

Uber already has specialized services for people with disabilities. To receive these jobs, the driver has to meet certain ratings, and has to complete a online test. the issue is, drivers.

unless things have changed in recent years, you dont get extra money for these jobs. Yet they are more time consuming (there are strict rules on managing the pick up and drop off). Uber drivers are very transactional, and tend to avoid any job that has them on dead time.

then there is the cars. taxi fleets have invested in specialist vehicles to lock down wheelchairs and mobility units. its unrealistic that an uber driver will have the coin to mod their care to allow this.


anecdotally, there is also a security issue. taxi drivers for disability work have specialist training (much more than uber drivers). they have wwc checks (most uber drivers dont). They often can charge a higher tariff to compensate for all of this (and the additional oversight).

fwiw much of transport isnt taxi's. most is NFP community buses and commercial bus routes (ie for schools or Aust Disability Employment enterprises)
 

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Well, that’s interesting


“Now it turns out that has just been pearl-clutching kabuki theatre when they knew all along the NDIS is tracking just as predicted,” Mr Shorten said.

“The Liberals knew this when they ripped $4.6 billion dollars out of the scheme calling it an underspend. And they know it now as they hype fake blowouts to justify further cuts and privatisation through compulsory independent assessments.”
 

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Bro, if you do everything for them they will never get up out of that wheel chair and get ahead in life. It's tough love.

Maybe a stint in some sort of Army Cadets scheme will get them moving.
"Work for the NDIS".
Liberal policy about an hour after they get re-elected, if that happens.
 

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