Our work starts now!
Days after the election and we still do not have a result. Either way it’s going to be a highly contested Parliament. It will take weeks for it all to be settled, but a close Parliament means our parliamentarians are more likely than ever to listen.
Last week we received responses from The Coalition, Greens and Labor on our six-point election plan.
The Coalition committed to reviewing the tax deductible status of hearing aids and other devices for the workplace for people with hearing loss or who live with an ear condition to work.
Labor committed to reinstating $2 million in funding for disability advocacy groups and to working with state and territory governments, doctors and hearing specialists on ways to improve accessibility to hearing checks for children and people over 50.
The Greens committed $99.8 million for hearing health, with a large proportion to close the gap in hearing health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
You can read all their responses here.
It’s the first time our sector has received concrete responses from all major parties on what they are prepared to do for hearing health and well being.
We’ll be reminding whoever wins Government of their commitments – and keeping up the pressure to make sure they stick to them.
However there is clearly a lot of work to do to get real change for almost 4 million Australians who have hearing loss, live with an ear or balance disorder or are deaf.
Our priority is for Commonwealth and state and territory governments to make hearing health and well being a national health priority.
If we can achieve this it will unlock the funding and support that 1 in six Australians need to reach their potential.
Over the coming months we’ll be knocking on the doors of state and federal politicians to win their support.
But this won’t just happen because it’s the right thing to do.
We must show them there’s a groundswell of support for our campaign.
We need to convince them it make sense for 1 in six Australians and it makes sense for the economy too.
Over the next weeks and months we’re planning a huge calendar of action to show them there’s a groundswell of support for our campaign.
Stay tuned for how you can be involved……
In the meantime please let your friends, families, and colleagues know about our Break The Sound Barrier campaign and ask them to sign up.
We need a huge army of supporters to succeed.
I know we can do it!
– David Brady and the Break the Sound Barrier team