This week’s struggle in Parliament over the omnibus bill and funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme has had pollies at each other’s throats. The government has been trying to get the NDIS fully functioning and fully funded for six years now, after Gillard’s Labor government first committed to it in August 2011 in response to the findings of the Productivity Commission's inquiry into disability care and support. The government has been focused on one question in particular the whole time: who’s going to pay for it? It seems like the Turnbull government’s current answer is “people on welfare”, as it scrambles to fill a $4 billion hole in funding for the scheme.
To properly illustrate how we got to this point, Crikey presents a brief timeline of key events.