Disabled a[euro][approximately]forceda[euro][TM] into Legal Action; Holes in New NDIS Laws Criticised by lawyersa[euro][TM] Alliance

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Daniel Burdon

APN Newsdesk

PEOPLE who become disabled through an injury may lose their benefits under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, if they donat take legal action soon after becoming disabled.

After bills for the NDIS passed the Senate last week, the Australian Lawyers Alliance remained concerned about clauses in the bill that were not changed before it was passed.

ALA national president Tony Kerin yesterday said while the act was a great step forward for people with a disability, there were still problems with the laws that had not been rectified.

He said the legislation, as it stood, could force the very people it was designed to protect into legal action in a specified time frame or these people would run the risk of having their benefits removed.

aThis clause fails to consider that a participant may not be psychologically or ready to take such action,a Mr Kerin said.

aLack of clarity about review processes, long-term scheme sustainability and the right to an advocate and funding of that advocacy service are some of the issues that also remain unresolved,a he said. …