Medicare levy rise for NDIS funding

PM Malcolm Turnbull has proposed a 0.5% increase in the Medicare levy, in effect from July 2019, intended to help lessen a funding shortfall in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

This has been met with heavy opposition, amid concerns for the impact on low-income earners. Labour has proposed, instead, for the deficit levy to be applied only to those earning over $87,000 a year, reasoning that high-income earners should pay a greater contribution. Labour’s proposition, however, will not deliver the necessary funding for the NDIS, and we are left searching for more solutions.

Caroline Xue

Find out more about this contentious change from The Australian, SMH and ABC News.

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