Australia will go to the polls this Saturday, 2 July 2016 to elect the Australian Government. Many people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) in Australia will be very interested in the outcome.
On 4 May MSA, on behalf of the MS community in Australia, launched our submission seeking Election Commitments, at a function at Parliament House attended by many MPs, Senators, their advisors and people from the MS community.
We believe that people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) have two fundamental needs:
- A cure for the disease
- Access to support from the first experience of symptoms, through diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management
Further, we believe a cure is within the grasp of this generation of both political leaders and researchers, whereas access to support through welcome yet complicated Commonwealth and State arrangements, is an ongoing and sometimes unmet need.
Our Election Commitments submission set out 10 important ways to address these fundamental needs, and MSA asked the major parties for their support.
Yesterday (29 June) we received responses to our submission from the Coalition, the ALP and the Greens.
We also received wonderful support for these 10 commitments at meetings with independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Senator Jacqui Lambie.
You can read the responses from the major parties here, and make up your own mind!