So, the term “several thousand” would have to mean “at least 3,000 families, in common parlance. Katy Gallagher has announced that $10 million will be spent on funding “several thousand” families with “$5,000 a year” under the first stage of the NDIS, “from July” with “full rollout by 2014″.
It turns out that the full rollout will only occur “some time in the 2014-15 financial year”. That’s a bit of fudgy leeway! And means that those several thousand families will need between 7,500 and $10,000 each. Or between $22 and a half million, and $30 million. Or it could mean that those several thousand families will in fact be receiving between a third and a half of what is being promised in the glossy brochure that arrived in my mailbox today. Or it could mean that “several thousand families” is in fact about “A thousand families”. (The glossy spinfest brochure also included the Bubbly Bar in the list of “free events” on Canberra Day, which isn’t true, but that gripe pales in comparison to misrepresentation around our disabled citizens…)
UPDATE: Joy Burch’s office has now responded.