Morning Report – Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Good morning, and welcome to Tuesday, 1 May 2012.

It was on this day in 1955 that the current Member for Wills, Kelvin Thomson (ALP), was born.

Born in Coburg, Victoria, Thomson has served at local and state government levels prior to his entry into the Federal Parliament in 1996. He has a Bachelor of Laws/Arts from the University of Melbourne.

Thomson currently serves on the Climate Change, Environment and the Arts and House Appropriations and Administration committees.

Here is the news for this morning. 

Australian Politics

Coalition hits an 11-year high in latest Newspoll

Support for Julia Gillard’s government has crashed to within a point of its record low, with voters shunning Labor despite its recent announcements of aged-care and disability reform and the fast-tracked withdrawal of Australian troops from Afghanistan.

According to a Newspoll conducted exclusively for The Australian, Labor’s primary vote has fallen two points in the past fortnight to 27 per cent while the Coalition’s primary vote has climbed three points to 51 per cent.

The Australian | ABC News | The West Australian | Full Tables

Funding questions remain over NDIS

The Government’s decision to fund part of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from July next year has been welcomed by disabled Australians, but questions are being raised about where the money for the scheme will come from.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the announcement yesterday at one of a number of rallies calling for a shake-up of disability support services.

Last year Australia’s Productivity Commission recommended that the Federal Government provide insurance cover for all Australians in the event of a significant disability.

ABC News