13 Aug 2013

Repeal petition launched by Disabled Persons Assembly

2:35 pm on 13 August 2013

A group representing disabled people has launched a petition seeking the repeal of a law governing payments to family carers.

The Disabled Persons Assembly launched its petition at a forum at Parliament on Monday.

The Public Health and Disability Amendment Act No 2 was passed under urgency in May.

The law restricts payments to people for the care they provide disabled relatives and rules out future legal action.

The assembly says the passage of the law has left disabled people confused and feeling as if they are a burden.

Its petition, backed by the Green Party, says the law discriminates against people who choose to be cared for by family members.

Law Professor Andrew Geddis of Otago University said it amounts to bullying by the Government of a group unlikely to fight back.