fbpx

Voice of the Commonwealth - The Global Influencer

Voice of the Commonwealth - The Global Influencer

Parents of children with disabilities to vote Labour?

CANBERRA (CU)_The National Disability Insurance Scheme was a critical subject of discussion during the debate between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Labour leader Anthony Albanese, during which the PM really bungled the coalition’s views on the matter.

When a parent, identified as Catherine Yeoman, asked him about funding cuts in the insurance scheme, he said: “Jenny and I have been blessed, we have two children who haven’t had to go through that.” “And so for parents, with children who are disabled, I can only try and understand your aspirations for those children,” he added. “And then I think that is the beauty of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.”

The Prime Minister’s comments that he is “blessed” for not having any children with disabilities, attracted widespread criticism from Labour MPs and disability advocates. “I’ve been told, to give my son the best future, I need to vote Labor. Can you please tell me what the future of the [National Disability Insurance Scheme] looks like under your government?” Yeoman inquired to which PM Morrison said the scheme helped people live their “best possible life”, but acknowledged that it still had “faults” that needed to be addressed.

Labor Senator Katy Gallagher, who has an autistic daughter, also reacted to the Prime Minister’s comments saying “my daughter enriches my life and my partner’s life every day”. She added that the Liberal leader’s response was “the kind of response they get all the time”. “I found it really offending and quite shocking,” the Senator told Channel 7.

Paralympian and Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott was among those who criticised the Prime Minister for his disability remarks. “Woke up this morning feeling very blessed to be disabled – I reckon my parents are pretty happy about it too,” he said. “Feeling sorry for us and our families doesn’t help. Treating us equally, and giving us the choice and control over our own lives does.”

Meanwhile, PM Morrison claims his words have been “twisted”, and said he did not think Yeoman found his words hurtful or offensive. “Catherine certainly didn’t convey to me that she had taken it in that way,” he said. It is also reported that the Prime Minister has apologised to Alcott for his comments.

Latest news

Calls to import coal through aggregating agency

KOLKATA (CU)_Over the recent months, there has been an increase power generated through coal in India, both domestic and imported. As of Friday, power...

Related news

A marathon trip designed to signal Beijing’s broader ambitions in the Pacific

HONIARA (CU)_Over the recent weeks, China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific has come under the spotlight following a controversial security agreement that was signed...

Quad opposes China’s ‘coercive, provocative, unilateral’ actions.

SYDNEY (CU)_The leaders of the US, Australia, India and Japan met in Tokyo on Tuesday (24 May), for a second in-person summit of the...

Albanese’s win is being closely watched by global leaders, the New Zealand PM in particular

WELLINGTON (CU)_Several world leaders and state officials from across the globe congratulated Australia’s Labour leader Anthony Albanese on his victory in Saturday’s election.  British...

New Labour PM sworn in

CANBERRA (CU)_Australia’s Labour Party returns to power after party leader Anthony Albanese was sworn in as the country’s 31st Prime Minister on Monday (23...

A Governments generous hand out of an extra few hundred dollars

WELLINGTON (CU)_Hundreds of thousands of households in New Zealand are currently struggling with spiraling living costs, as is the case in many countries across...

Australia’s post-election period a ‘good opportunity’ for China

CANBERRA (CU)_Over the past few months, China’s diplomatic relations with Australia had been put to test, particularly following the signing of a security agreement...

Federal Elections threatened by climate-conscious independents!

SYDNEY (CU)_Over the past few months, several parts of Australia have been reporting some of the worst floods ever to hit the country. Last...

What’s stopping the Māori Party from entering the Tauranga by-election?

HAMILTON (CU)_The people of Tauranga will head to polls on 18 June, to vote in the by-election, which will be held when the seat...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Calls to import coal through aggregating agency

KOLKATA (CU)_Over the recent months, there has been an increase power generated through coal in India, both domestic and imported. As of Friday, power...

Over 6000 employees required for Singapore Changi Airport!

            Singapore (CU)_ Changi Airport Group (CAG) has announced the launch of one of the largest recruiting campaigns in Singapore's aviation sector, with more...

One of Australia’s most anticipated mineral exploration targets is about to be drilled

PERTH (CU)_Chalice Mining has finally received long-awaited approvals to work inside a state forest in Western Australia, which would mean one of Australia’s most...

President Hichilema’s vision for Zambia’s vital mining sector

CAPE TOWN (CU)_Zambia's President Hakainde Hichilema recently participated in the annual African Mining Indaba that was held in Cape Town, South Africa. The Zambian...

A clear signal of intent after breaking the trust of Aboriginal Australians

PERTH (CU)_Back in May 2020, Rio Tinto destroyed a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site in the expansion of… an iron ore mine in Western Australia. Although the...

A marathon trip designed to signal Beijing’s broader ambitions in the Pacific

HONIARA (CU)_Over the recent weeks, China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific has come under the spotlight following a controversial security agreement that was signed...

Queen to perform at Platinum Jubilee concert alongside Sir Elton John and Alicia Keys

LONDON (CU)_In less than two weeks, Queen Elizabeth will be celebrating her 70th anniversary of taking the throne. A series of events are scheduled...

Popular Indian Americans are investing in the US T20 cricket league!

California, USA (CU)_ According to recent media reports, popular Indian American business executives including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen are...

Suhana Khan’s 22nd birthday bash was with the Archies squad!

Mumbai, India (CU)_ Suhana Khan turned 22 this year. The popular star kid celebrated her 22nd birthday with ‘The Archies’ team filled with enjoyment....

Singapore envoy lauds Bangladesh’s electricity and energy sectors

Dhaka, Bangladesh (CU)_ The energy industry of Bangladesh is booming. Recently, Bangladesh began building the 2.4-gigawatt (GW) Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, which is anticipated...

25 years after the murder, Metropolitan Police still has ‘much to do’

LONDON (CU)_Back in April 1993, Stephen Lawrence, a black British teenager from Plumstead, southeast London, was waiting for a bus in Well Hall Road,...

The transgender community welcomes Pakistan’s Transgender Endowment Fund Bill 2022

Islamabad, Pakistan (CU)_ The transgender community and civil society have lauded the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for passing Pakistan's Transgender Endowment Fund Bill 2022....