United Voice disability delegates welcomed Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten to the United Voice office to discuss the future of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the challenges they face in their roles.
Bill spoke of his admiration for the work disability workers do on a daily basis and how developing the NDIS has helped shape his views on the disability sector.
“Meeting you gives me a great sense of hope. You give me hope that disability can have a voice,” he said.
“It also gives me hope that unions can organise in hard areas. It also gives me hope that things that are important to the Labor Party are also important to Australians.
“I’m terribly conscious that for all the members here with experiences, whether that be one year, four years or thirty, that if you could see yourselves as I just saw you then, which was centuries of commitment to people, I just think I wouldn’t mind most Australian’s to be able to see you.
“Because you have no idea how impressive it is. Some days when you’re working, some of the challenges you’ve got on a daily basis.
“If you could just see what you do and get a sense of who you are, it’s quite amazing.”
United Voice disability delegate Greg said he thought the meeting with Bill went really well.
“I thought it was great, I thought it all came from the heart,” he said.
“I feel like he really wants to do something even though there is some frustration there.
“I really think he will try and fight for a better outcome.
“It was very uplifting too because we could be heading into a Senate election in WA and it gives you some strength to carry on, to keep going to fight the good fight.”