Relentless negativity from the Liberals on NDIS Tue 21 August 2012 Cassy O'Connor Minister for Human Services The Minister for Human Services, Cassy O'Connor, said she was astounded the Tasmanian Liberals would attempt to spin the state's inclusion as a launch site for the National Disability Insurance Scheme as a bad thing for Tasmanians with Disability. Ms O'Connor said today's comments from Jacquie Petrusma showed the depths to which the Tasmanian Liberals would sink to generate fear and uncertainty. "While claiming to support the selection of Tasmania as a launch site for the NDIS, Ms Petrusma today claimed Tasmania's inclusion in this groundbreaking reform would come at the expense of other Tasmanians with disability," she said. "This is just more unfounded scaremongering from the Tasmanian Liberals - a party with no clear commitment to supporting people living with disability." Ms O'Connor said Tasmania's participation as a launch site for the NDIS would not erode the services available for Tasmanians with disability who are outside the 15-24 age bracket. "Our Gateway Services will continue to prioritise the needs of all people with disability, and allocate packages of support when and where available," she said. "In fact, in the last financial year, we saw 133 packages of support allocated through the Gateways and this financial year we've seen the Tasmanian and Australia Governments commit a record $175 million to disability services in Tasmania. "This stands in stark contrast to the Tasmanian Liberals - a party whose attitude towards Tasmanians with disability is best summed up by the phrase 'all talk, no action'. "They didn't even feel Tasmanians with disability warranted a mention in their alternative budget."For the Liberals to now talk down a positive reform that will enrich the lives of Tasmanians with disability, their families and their carers shows how desperate they are."