wilkie_press_conference_media_reform_2003__mediumThe Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, addressed a rally calling for better education for children with autism in Tasmania.

Mr Wilkie said he was concerned about the inadequate State and Federal Government support for the large number of children in Tasmania with autism.

“The situation in Tasmania is worse than in other states because there are so few specialist schools and because the threshold for State Government assistance is unreasonably high,” Mr Wilkie said.

“Waiting for DisabilityCare (the National Disability Insurance Scheme) is simply not an option because the full roll-out is too far away, not fully funded and the eligibility criteria for Tasmania are below the national average.

“This is one of the most frequently raised issues I encounter as I go about my work in the electorate.

“It’s simply not good enough that so many children, and their families, are going without the support they need, is available in other states and which the Tasmanian Government in particular could manage to deliver if it got its priorities right.”

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