Thursday, November 25, 2004

Kicking wheelchairs

The Federal Government is considering a system of coercion and incentive to get disability pensioners off welfare and into the workforce.

According to Peter Dutton, the Minister for Workforce Participation:
"The disability support pension shouldn't be seen as a way of life, of a way to opt out of work requirements, and I think the Australian taxpayer would also ask that the Government look very closely at this."

"[...] the majority of people there is a willingness to participate to look for work. For those people that we think aren't there legitimately, then we need to try and adopt some coercion, and that's unfortunate in that minority of cases."
"We want to make sure that those people who are most deserving of government assistance, that those who are most disabled enjoy every support from the government, and we want to make sure that we can work with the sector to see that we can quarantine and provide every assistance to those people, and we don't want the Labor Party going forward with a scare campaign from here."
Does it make you wonder who will be deserving and legitimate and who will be undeserving and illegitimate? What criteria will be used to determine who is who?

Does a wheel chair, a caliper, a walking frame (with unsteadiness) get you classed 'deserving'.

'Undeserving', will that be the people with the Central Nervous System disorders such as
  1. Multiple Sclerosis
  2. Epilepsy
  3. Parkinson's disease
  4. Anxiety disorder
  5. Bipolar disorder
  6. Depression
  7. Schizophrenia
  8. Rheumatoid arthritis
  9. Huntington's chorea
  10. Alzheimer's disease
  11. Chronic fatigue syndrome
  12. Guillain-Barré syndrome
Face it Dutton, the general public does not like to be exposed to people with disabilities. It makes most of us uncomfortable.
Do we look away?
Do we offer to help?
Do they see our pity?

The very next time my workplace recruits a new staff member,
in the spirit of this Peter Pan world that Peter Dutton envisages,
I am going to have as Selection criteria #1
"Must possess a disability. Our preference is Chronic fatigue syndrome. To that end we run a peer-to-peer support group every second Wednesday in the Parent's room. Please bring medical evidence confirming your condition so that we can claim our subsidy."


Blogger weezil said...

What is MP Dutton saying? Will people have their disabilities coerced out of them? Bit like faith healing or something...

"Evil bludger spirits, LEAAAAVE this good man!" And the man leapt to his feet and he walked away... the same way he walked in.


12:56 am  
Blogger Rantz said...

You, too, can feel the glory of god. Out damned spot, out!

10:06 am  
Blogger The IVD said...

The only disease not mentioned there Suki, was being brain dead.

I'm in trouble if us brain dead types are forced into doing something useful.

Look what happens when BDT's (Brain Dead Types) are forced into society.

They usually wind up as a foreign minster that makes empty threats that wouldn't scare a two year old.

3:01 am  
Blogger John Humphreys said...

Most people on disability pension are there for either (1) depression; or (2) bad backs. It would not be honest or fair to imply that the DSP is primarily about people in wheelchairs. I can see no reason to do this except to make a political point at the expense of the facts.

Now, there are people who are depressed and have bad backs. There are also people who do not suffer these problems, but still get DSP. Further, these ailments do not necessarily make it impossible for a person to do some hours work per week.

Is there any scenario in which the debate about DSP would not result in somebody saying: "oh, you're so evil and heartless... what about the children... you just hate crippled people!"?

Is there any way possible for a non-left person to discuss changes to the DSP without those usual accusations? I doubt it. The starting point is that we're evil. Everything else just falls into place after that. Gotta go now... need to kill some endangered species and eat children. Natas evol I... natas evil I.

3:53 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Yes, you right wing types are unable to have the discussion without us left wing types taking issue. 700,000 people are on DSP. What would you deem a more suitable number? Would you be comfortable supporting say 500,000?
Did you know that 69% of DSP recipients get the component of the DSP called 'mobility allowance'? Criteria for that component is 'must volunteer for 8 hours a week'? Who do you think delivers "Meals-on-wheels"?
By and large DSP recipients do the best they can with what they got.
DSP is approximately $280 a week.
It all comes out of that.
I consider that amount constitutes the right to starve slowly.
Spare them the malingerer tag.

5:44 pm  
Blogger weezil said...

Humphreys, how on earth can you make the assertion "Most people on disability pension are there for either (1) depression; or (2) bad backs"? Where's your figures?

The fact is, Centrelink does not publish data regarding the maladies for which DSPs are granted, so there's no question you're talking out of your ass.

Suki's remark regarding 'kicking wheelchairs' was figurative, but I see you missed that.

I'm a DSP resipient and I am not in a wheelchair. Neither am I particularly depressed. I DO have 4 fused vertebrae, though. How many more should I have fused before in your feeble mind, I should qualify for a DSP?

I'm not ripping you up because you're a right-winger; I'm shredding you because you're just plain wrong. You haven't clue number one what you're talking about, but you're quite happy nonetheless to make assumptions about the circumstances of disabled people. You are comfortable calling all disabled people fraudsters- and I will put a fat bet right now that you don't know any disabled people at all.

I hope you get run over by a drunk driver, you prick.

Until then, drop your pants and let your brain get some air.


6:02 pm  

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