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Disability groups fuming at levy backflip

Treasurer Scott Morrison says increased revenue means he won’t need to hike the Medicare levy.Paralympian Kurt Fearnley is leading the charge for furious disability rights advocates angry at the Turnbull government’s decision to abandon a Medicare levy hike to pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The groups, now anxious about the future of the NDIS, are demanding a secure, long-term funding source.

“We continue to play politics and kick the can down the road (in terms of securing stable funding). This move will not go quietly,” Mr Fearnley said on Thursday.

READ MORE: ‘Won’t go quietly’: Kurt Fearnley hits out at reversal on disability funding

People with Disability Australia co-chief executive Therese Sands said her members felt “stunned, betrayed and ambushed” after the key 2017 federal budget measure was dropped.

“The Medicare levy increase was intended to guarantee fundingAustralian Associated Press

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