Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott and Grace Tame’s boyfriend have joined the pile-on against Scott Morrison after he said he was ‘blessed’ his daughters don’t have a disability.
The Prime Minister told a Sky News leader’s debate last night that he and wife Jenny were ‘blessed’ their children were born without disabilities, sparking fierce criticism from Labor politicians and Twitter users.
The Prime Minister was asked about removing funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme by Katherine, a mother of autistic four-year-old boy Ethan, who said she’d heard stories about families losing funding under the scheme.
‘I have a four-year-old autistic son, we are grateful to receive funding under the NDIS. I have heard many stories from people having their funding cut under the current government, including my own,’ Katherine said during the debate.
‘I’ve been told that to give my son the best future, I should vote Labor. Can you tell me what the future of the NDIS looks like under your government?’
Mr Morrison replied: ‘Jenny and I have been blessed. We’ve got two children who haven’t had to go through that.
‘So parents of children who were disabled – I can only try and understand your aspirations for those children. And then I think that is the beauty of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.’
On Thursday morning, paraplegic and tennis star Dylan Alcott tweeted that he felt blessed to be disabled and pity doesn’t help those with disabilities.
‘Woke up this morning feeling very blessed to be disabled – I reckon my parents are pretty happy about it too.’
‘Feeling sorry for us and our families doesn’t help. Treating us equally, and giving us the choice and control over our own lives does,’ he wrote.
Grace Tame’s fiancé Max Heerey also took to twitter to support his girlfriend, shaming Mr Morrison for his comments.
‘My incredible Fiancée @TamePunk is autistic and I am more than BLESSED to know her let alone be engaged to her.’
‘@ScottMorrisonMP shame on you.’ Mr Heerey wrote, backing up an earlier post from Ms Tame.
Ms Tame has high-functioning autism.
She made an earlier post taking a crack at the PM a photo of her and Mr Morrison from their frosty encounter at this year’s Australian of the Year morning tea at The Lodge, with a caption that didn’t hold back.
‘Autism blesses those of us who have it with the ability to spot fakes from a mile off,’ she wrote.
Grace Tame has taken another swipe at Scott Morrison after the Prime Minister said he and wife Jenny are ‘blessed’ their children were born without disabilities in response to a question about NDIS funding at Wednesday night’s election debate
Ms Tame, who has high functioning autism, shared a tweet following the debate with a not so subtle dig at the PM
The advocate for sexual abuse survivors refused to smile for photos with Mr Morrison and his wife at the event in January, and instead shot a cold sidewards glance towards the PM.
The 27-year-old has been vocal in her criticism of Mr Morrison and his response to women’s safety issues.
She wasn’t the only one unhappy with his comments about children with autism on Wednesday night.
Mr Morrison made the comments when asked about funding for the NDIS
Labor frontbenchers Senators Kristina Keneally and Katy Gallagher led the criticism, with Ms Gallagher pointing to the example of her own autistic child.
‘I am ‘blessed’ to have a child with autism. She teaches me things every day. Our lives are enriched by her,’ she wrote.
Ms Keneally retweeted her post, sharing her apparent outrage at Mr Morrison’s choice of words.
‘Unbelievably, Scott Morrison just said he was ‘blessed’ not to have a child with a disability. Parents of children with a disability are blessed too,’ she wrote.
Bill Shorten, Labor’s NDIS spokesman also weighed in, saying: ‘ScoMo says he is ‘blessed’ to have two non disabled children. Every child is a blessing.
The 27-year-old has been vocal in her criticism of Mr Morrison and his response to women’s safety issues
‘The NDIS is there to help people with disability live their lives to the fullest. The Morrison Gov has slashed NDIS plans for 1000s of children around Australia. Labor will fix the NDIS.’
His comments also sparked uproar from some Twitter users who dubbed him ‘clueless’.
Mr Morrison said the NDIS helped people with disabilities live their best life, including his brother-in-law, who has multiple sclerosis.
‘He gets support through the NDIS to ensure that he has the wheelchair he needs and the aids he needs at home to work as a call centre operator and do things like that,’ the prime minister said.
He credited former Labor prime minister Julia Gillard for shepherding the scheme through Parliament.
Labor MPs Kristina Keneally and Katy Gallagher were quick to pile on the PM after the comments
Source: Culled From Mail Online.