On May 3rd we held our National Day of Action to Make It Work and thanks to all of your hard work we really made the pollies sit up and take notice!
Across the country people like you held their own events or attended a Make It Work forum in one our capital cities to make sure that the NDIS stayed at the top of the agenda this Federal Election.
We had so many MPs that got to hear directly from you about what was going wrong with the NDIS, and what they needed to do to fix it. Leaders from across politics like Labor Leader Bill Shorten, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services Linda Burney, John Alexander MP, NSW Senator Kristina Keneally and WA Senator Rachel Siewert all attended forums to hear what you had to say and then take it back to their parties – and back to parliament. (There is a full list of all the MPs who attended at the end of this news item so you can see everyone who made it along.)
But we know not everyone could make it on the day, so if you missed out or want to know what went on at Melbourne’s Day of Action forum, watch the highlight video below to get a glimpse into some of the issues and ideas you shared with our pollies – and see just how powerful we can be when we work together.
Remember, this was just one of many events that were held across the country from people like you who are passionate about fixing the NDIS. There were rallies in Wollongong and Bega, protests in Macedon, a candidate forum in Moreton, and an online forum for families in Sydney. And they were just some of the awesome events people put on all around the country.
There were so many more, and if you’d like to check them all out, head over to #NDISMakeItWork on Twitter to see all the updates from the day!
(And a BIG thank you to everyone who shared on social media during the day – the #NDISMakeItWork trended nationally during the day!)
And because we know not everyone is on social media we’ve included a selection of photos from all the events below so you can see what people got up to.
And we have also included just a small sample of some of the media coverage of the day – there was so much we could not include it all!
We’d like to thank everyone who got involved for the Day of Action in any way they could, whether it be attending or holding an event, contacting their MP or signing our petition – everything you did on the day made a difference.
But our fight isn’t over yet – while we saw lots of commitments from our pollies on the day, the most important thing is that they actually take action.
So we’ll be making sure that this election our leaders know that the NDIS is staying at the top of the agenda, and keeping up the pressure to make sure that after the election we are delivered everything that was promised.
In the meantime, make sure your local candidates know that just because they came to a forum or attended an event, doesn’t mean they’re off the hook. Send them an email from our website and make sure that this election they commit to making the NDIS work for all of us.
MPs who attended Make it Work forums
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten
Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services Linda Burney
Senator Janet Rice
Victorian Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan
Senator Kristina Keneally
Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers Senator Carol Brown
Staff member representing Tasmanian Minister for Disability Services and Community Development Jacqui Petrusma
Senator Alex Gallacher
Senate Candidate Skye Kakoschke-Moore (representing Fiona Sharkie)
Senate Candidate Marielle Smith
South Australian Shadow Minister for Human Services Nat Cook
Queensland Shadow Minister for Disability Services and Seniors Dr Christian Rowan
Senator Claire Moore
Senate candidate Paul Larcombe
Staff member representing Terri Butler
Senator Jordon Steele-John
Senator Rachel Siewert
Cassie Rowe representing Western Australian Minister for Disability Services Stephen Dawson
Northern Territory Minister for Disabilities Natasha Fyles
And here is just some of the media coverage of the day:
NT News – Six months in a broken chair
Illawarra Mercury – Hundreds attend Wollongong rally as part of NDIS National Day of Action
The Australian – Unspent NDIS $1.6bn to bolster Shorten push
About Regional – “The success or failure of our NDIS affects us all” – Chris Sparks
And a selection of photos from the day: