BRINGING his own first-hand experience to the table, Hughes MP Craig Kelly has been appointed by the state government to serve on the committee that will oversee the implementation of the national disability insurance scheme.
Mr Kelly, who supported the initiative from the onset, said the scheme had the potential to improve dramatically the lives of people with a disability and their families and carers.
‘‘Beginning the implementation of the scheme is arguably the most important action that will be undertaken by the 43rd parliament,’’ he said.
‘‘As the only member of the House of Representatives to have the first-hand experience of raising a child with a serious disability, and dealing on a day-to-day basis with the complex and inadequate patchwork of support, let me say this: I understand why this is needed and I know that it needs to be done right.
“It is an honour to have been nominated by the Leader of the Opposition, and appointed by the parliament to serve on this important committee.’’
Mr Kelly promised to be a strong voice on the committee to ensure that money was spent where it was needed and not tied up in bureaucratic red tape.
‘‘I understand I carry the weight of the hopes and needs of carers, families and people with disabilities right across the country,’’ he said.
‘‘I pledge not to let them down.’’