Bill Shorten.
Bill Shorten. Rob Williams

Shorten says Coalition may privatise NDIS

THE National Disability Insurance Scheme may soon be privatised, voiding Coalition election promises, Labor Opposition leader Bill Shorten claimed today.

Mr Shorten made the comments after reports the NDIS may come under new changes, which could include privatisation.

He said the Opposition would fight "tooth and nail" to ensure the scheme remained under the control of the government.

But Finance Minister Matthias Cormann said while the government had not plans to privatise the scheme completely, it may consider putting parts of the scheme out to private contract.

Senator Cormann said on Friday it was early days, but parts of the scheme, similar to other government schemes, could be run by private operators.

He said the operators could include a privatised version of Medibank Private, with the government launching a scoping study for the sale of its health insurance provider on Thursday.


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