21 Mar 2019

The Hon. T.T. NGO (14:50): I have a quick supplementary.

The PRESIDENT: It can be long or short.

The Hon. T.T. NGO: I congratulate the government on this initiative. There are thousands of playgrounds around the state. I was wondering whether the government is looking at funding some of those playgrounds to upgrade so that they have disability equipment.


The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (Minister for Human Services) (14:50): I thank the honourable member for his supplementary question. Our view is that inclusion is best practice. At the time when the Disability Inclusion Bill was first mooted, I think under the former government and feedback that we had also received from the local government sector, they had made their usual bid to say, 'If you are going to impose inclusion on us, then you might like to help us pay for it.'

Playgrounds, in and of themselves, are very expensive as it is. The advice that I have received from certain organisations that work in the universal design space is that universal design, if it is incorporated in the planning stage, should not lead to additional costs. This is a particular commitment which was given by Premier Steven Marshall to especially commemorate Quentin.