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clear-eyed realism pic

Regarding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield said:

“None of us are served – Governments, providers, participants, potential participants, carers – none of us are served by anything other than a clear-eyed realism in relation to the Scheme.”

As posted on the Pro Bono Australia website ‘The “Stressful” State of the Disability Sector – Report’

Here is this fortnight’s NFP-Kneebone cartoon for Pro Bono Australia news.

 

abuse reporting

Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon. Abuse of people with disability in institutionalised services was exposed in this week’s 4 Corners – ABC Television program, in particular sexual assault in homes run by Yooralla, one of Australia’s largest disability support organisations. A number of posts on the Pro Bono website give background and more detail of the situation (Independent inquiry call over Yooralla abuse, Yooralla CEO quits, Government rejects Disability Abuse Inquiry).

Mick, Jane and Me, Living well with MS is a book written by Adelaide poet Carolyn Cordon. Mick and Jane are the names of her sticks.  Carolyn writes:

When I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)/… I wanted to have a book like the one I’ve written here -/a book with the feelings, medicines, processes/ emotions and misunderstandings/ I had to work through/ to find a place of peace within.

Carolyn also created a blog to go with her memoir – click here.

For the book she wanted an illustration at the start of each chapter. Because the book has so much to say:  Carolyn’s  story,  thoughts, ideas, and information, I ended up with many more illustrations than was needed.

Below are a few of the pictures.  Together they do tell some of Carolyn’s story.

MS page 1MS page 2MS page 3

‘Advocacy and Disability Not for Profits have reacted strongly to suggestions that funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme [NDIS] may be cut back or the roll-out slowed. The Coalition Government indicated for the first time that the National Disability Insurance Scheme may be hit by funding cutbacks as part of so called “budget savings”’. Read more from the Pro Bono news website here.

Pro Bono is the ‘online hub for people engaged with Australia’s Not for Profit Communities’.

Here is my NFP Kneebone take on the report:

NDIS Asylum pic

This week is Carers Week in Australia.

Here is this week’s cartoon for the Pro Bono news website.

Pit Crew pic

There are many young people with disabilities living in nursing homes.  The new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) promises a great step forward for supporting people with disabilities getting on with their lives.  However, as  this Pro Bono News post explains, it will not help those young people in aged care nursing homes as there is already a lack of suitable and affordable housing for all young people with disabilities. Research has found that ’53 per cent of young people in residential aged care received a visit from a friend less than once a year’.

Here is my cartoon for the Pro Bono website:

Young in aged care pic

Here is today’s Pro Bono News cartoon.

The not-for-profit sector is set to do it tough under our new conservative government. The government has said it will abolish the charities regulator (ACNC), and the minister in charge of the new Disability Care (NDIS) is not in the cabinet. Read more here.

On the bright side, the UN World Happiness Report has ranked Australia in 10th place. Read the Pro Bono article here.

Happiness Top Ten pic

 

Here are my cartoon ideas for the Pro Bono news website. Pro Bono is the online hub for the Not for Profit (NFP) sector in Australia. The ideas came from a couple of articles: Budget: Gaping Hole for Poorest Remains, and the 14 May SACOSS Responds to Federal Budget media release (can’t find a link to it). To quote a couple of paragraphs:

However, the enormously disappointing part of this budget remains the failure to address the longstanding inadequacy of our support for unemployed Australians by not increasing the Newstart allowance.

SACOSS Executive Director Ross Womersley said …”Interestingly, this budget contains $3 billion to purchase 12 attack aircraft. Increasing the base rate for single allowance payments by $50 per week would cost approximately $1.8 billion per annum.”

Budget pic2

Budget pic1

Yesterday Myer chief executive Bernie Brookes said that the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme would hurt retail sales:

“Remember, a lot of our customers have equity portfolios, they’ve got superannuation and they get the bills each week, and suddenly the Medicare levy costs them another $300 from July next year and that’s $300 they might have spent with us.”

After outrage at his statement he gave a very limp apology of sorts  ‘to those who may have been offended or hurt’ by his comments.

Graeme Innes, Disability Discrimination Commissioner has started a petition challenging Myer to employ more people with disability, click here.The petition has almost 25,000 signatures already.

Brookes Myer pic

John McKenna is a well-known Australian disability commentator, and this week publishes his 80th  post on his blog. (It is also his 50th birthday this week – more reason to celebrate!).

For some time,  in collaboration with John,  I have been drawing  cartoons to illustrate some of his posts.