/ 07 December 2023

Getting deals done


PM Albanese and the premiers/chief ministers have agreed to try to get the National Disability Insurance Scheme back on track after escalating costs have made it unsustainable. After yesterday’s meeting, Albanese confirmed the states/territories will take back responsibility for kids with mild autism and developmental delays after getting a $25 billion top-up in GST revenue from Canberra, along with an extra $1.2 billion for their hospitals. That’s not where this ends for NDIS reform – Minister Bill Shorten will have more to say when he addresses the National Press Club today.

And while we’re on governmenty things, the federal parliament has passed new laws to allow for the preventative detention of some of those released from immigration detention in recent weeks. Yesterday, things got a bit heated when Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus was asked to apologise to Australians for putting them at risk – he said he would never apologise for upholding Australia’s laws. Reports also say a fourth man from the group has been arrested and charged with a crime after being released.

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