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NSW 2015 State Election Bulletin Update
Special Edition 
 
 
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The NSW Election is only 6 days away!
 
Are you ready to vote?
 
 
The NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) website has accessible information about voting.
 
You can vote early using the ivote system. Eligible voters can register and vote using the internet or telephone as an alternative to voting at a polling centre. You can register and vote from the ivote website or by phone on 1300 2 iVote (1300 24 86 83) or +612 9290 5287 from overseas 9am - 5pm EDST Monday - Friday.
 
For more information on accessible voting, please go to our special NSW Election E-bulletin.
 
 
PWD'S Election Platform
 
PWDA’s 2015 NSW Election Platform focuses on a socially just, accessible and inclusive NSW community. Our Platform identifies five key areas which we believe should be prioritised by the NSW Government during
this time of significant change in the disability landscape. They are: 
 
Realise inclusion  - through the full implementation of the National Disability Strategy in NSW
  
Deliver disability support – with person-centred disability support services provided in a diverse, sustainable and competitive market
 
 Living in the Community – addressing the systemic barriers that exclude people with disability from living in the community
 
 Deliver on jobs and training  - through cross-Government strategies to improve training and employment outcomes for people with disability
  
Prevent violence and ensure justice - embed a holistic strategy of prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership
 
We call on all candidates and parties to commit to addressing these issues, and taking the recommended actions. The actions are by no means exhaustive, but provide a basic framework within which candidates and parties can elaborate.
 
To read the PWDA election platform, click here
 http://www.pwd.org.au/issues/voting.html  

The Hon John Ajaka MLC has provided a formal response to PWDA’s Election Platform on behalf of the Government: Read it here 
 
The Parties and their Policies
A list of all parties registered in the 2015 NSW election can be found here
 
Parties listed below have a specific disability policy or statement, or offer a reference to disability in other policy areas.
 
 
Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch)
The ALP have released a five point disability policy to “improve the lives of people with a disability in NSW.”
 
Family First NSW Inc
Offer a Disability Support Policy which outlines their “commitment to policies that provide opportunities for all citizens, including those with a disability to live with dignity and achieve their potential.”
 
The NSW Disability Inclusion Plan was launched by the current Coalition Government on February 26. The Liberal Party offer in their NSW 2021 Plan a person-centred approach to disability services.
 
The Liberal Party also offer reference through the announcement of a $20 million Social Housing Community Improvement Fund to improve the liveability and amenity of social housing communities as part of their Social Housing Policy if elected.
 
Socialist Alliance
Offers a specific People with disability policy that “endorses the principle of self-determination and empowerment of people with disability as the central approach […] to coordinate disability rights.”
 
Jan Barham, Greens NSW Disability spokesperson has welcomed PWDA’s 2015 Election Platform. The Greens offer a disability policy that believes “all people have the right to participate fully in all aspects of civil, political, social, economic and cultural life, regardless of their differing abilities.”
 
 
Recent Election Media
 
ABC News Election webpage has updates on NWS election related stories – ABC News
 
 
 
 
 
NSW State Election Live Blog March 22 - Sydney Morning Herald
 
 
 
 
 
 
About PWDA
 
People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation. Our membership is made up of people with disability and organisations committed to the disability rights movement.

PWDA was founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled People, to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. We have a cross-disability focus and represent the interests of people with all kinds of disability.

As a non-profit, non-government organisation we depend on public donations, bequests and fundraising activities to maintain our commitment to improving the lives of people with disability. As a deductible gift recipient, all donations of $2 or more are fully tax deductible. Your tax deductible donations support the work of PWDA. If you are able to support us, please visit  pwd.org.au/donations.htm

 
 
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