Bill Shorten, Minister for the NDIS, has failed to take any action regarding the $billions being stolen from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) every year even though he says he has known it has been going on for a long time so much so he continually warned the previous government about the fraud and theft.
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission CEO Michael Phelan estimates the fraud and theft could be up to 20% of the $30 billion annual cost which puts the total amount stolen from the public purse at $6 billion.
Bill Shorten is the Labor Party’s version of Angus Taylor and if Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party don’t take action to make sure Shorten and his crime gang don’t steal from the public purse the Labor Party could have several Ministers under investigation by the new Federal ICAC in the next few years.
Bill Shorten did an interview on the Sixty Minutes program last Sunday and below is a video where Bill Shorten admits he has known for a long time fraud has been going on with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) but he had so far failed to take any action.
Incoming governments are meant to have policies and plans but Bill Shorten had no policy or plan on how to deal with the fraud at the NDIS. Nor does Shorten mention being briefed on the matter by his department which is very odd, to say the least, given the fraud was such an issue that Shorten raised it numerous times with previous NDIS ministers in the coalition government over several years.
Bill Shorten’s background
I have been investigating and writing about Bill Shorten since 2012 and he has a reputation for ripping off some of the lowest-paid workers in Australia when he was Secretary of the Victorian Branch of the AWU from 1998 to 2007 and National Secretary of the AWU from 2001 to 2007.
Bill Shorten is someone who has no morals or ethics and could be best described as the Labor Party’s version of the Liberal Party’s Angus Taylor. You can read the articles I have written about Shorten by clicking here or using the search box at the top right of this page but below are a few of Shorten’s lowlights:
2022: Bill Shorten and Andrew Landeryou weaponize the death of Kimberley Kitching to blackmail Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party (Click here to read)
2019: Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s proven failure as PM versus Bill Shorten’s dirty laundry (Click here to read more)
2018: Bill Shorten’s Labor Party deliberately leaked investigation sex allegations about Emma Husar to end her career (Click here to read more)
2017: Bill Shorten’s cronies charged by police for trying to rig a seat in 2016 Federal Election (Click here to read)
2016: Bill Shorten’s supporters given warning by federal authority to stop stealing from HSU members (Click here to read more)
2015: Royal Commission witness Edward Lockeyer told police he bribed Bill Shorten $40,000 (Click here to read more)
2014: Bill Shorten’s mystery woman. His spy in the Police Minister’s office and the links to the HSU fraud (Click here to read more)
2013: Bill Shorten accused of raping 16-year-old girl in 1986. Victorian police are investigating (Click here to read more)
2012: Has Bill Shorten gotten one of his staff members Pregnant? Shorten calls the lawyers. (Click here to read more)
Once again I will re-enforce the above video has Bill Shorten saying that while in opposition he warned a number of NDIS ministers that they are not doing enough about fraud at the NDIS but in the 3 months he has been in power he’s done nothing. He didn’t even say he has had one meeting on the issue.
NDIS written response
NDIS responded to written questions from 60 Minutes and said:
“An independent report (compiled by Ernst and Young) commissioned by the Attorney-General’s Department estimated the cost of reported and unreported fraud and error against the Commonwealth as likely to be between 3 and 5.95 per cent. The NDIA is unaware of any report suggesting ’15 to 20 per cent’ of Scheme funding may be lost to fraud and wastage.” (Click here to read more)
If the NDIS is right and the fraud is between 3 and 5.95 per cent then it is between $900 million and $1.8 billion per year which still requires a public inquiry to get to the bottom of it.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party need to act
The biggest threat to the Labor Party is themselves and if rusted on Labor Party supporters think turning a blind eye to Bill Shorten will work then they are wrong as those days are long past as the last federal election showed us.
If Labor thinks it’s their turn to govern and act accordingly then they will also lose seats to Community Independents at the next federal election.
Corruption in politics has to stop and on the Labor side at the federal level Bill Shorten is at the heart of it and the Labor Party needs to take action fast otherwise in a year or two the federal Labor Party will be embroiled in corruption scandals the same as the Liberal and Nationals are now.
Bill Shorten hasn’t stayed in politics because he wants to help others it’s because he wants to help himself to the public’s purse which as it currently stands, and as the Liberal Party and National Party have proven, is able to be done almost without accountability or punishment. But a true and just federal ICAC could change that fast.
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