‘If you’re not playing the long game, you’re not getting my vote’: What young people want politicians to know.

The past few years have been tough for everyone but in some ways especially difficult for young adults. In The Age today, Saskia Heng shared what she wanted the next government to know so that it can steer the country in the right direction.

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In the Media: The Age, May 16 2022.

An overhaul of the NDIS

The next government of Australia desperately needs to overhaul the National Disability Insurance Scheme so that it covers the entire disabled population, rather than just 10 per cent.

The NDIS has also exceeded its budget. This comes at a time when there has been a 400 per cent increase in complaints about NDIS plans to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and the National Disability Insurance Agency has spent tens of millions of dollars fighting its clients.

My dad is a quadriplegic, and although he is not an NDIS participant, I have lived experience with a person with a disability. This has helped me become more aware of the struggles that are faced by the more than 4 million people living with a disability in Australia. The next government needs to do better and allocate the funding that is so desperately needed.