Bill Shorten is overseeing Australia’s biggest fraud scam known as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which is now seeing up to $7 billion a year stolen according to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission CEO Michael Phelan.
If those figures are right then that means over $50 billion has been stolen over the last 10 years which is bigger than the JobKeeper fraud.
Bill Shorten has previously said “he continually warned the previous government about the fraud and theft” but after more than 12 months in the role as NDIS Minister Shorten has achieved little even though he was warned on national TV, as per below, about the fraud problem. Why?
Bill Shorten had a perfect opportunity on Monday night on the ABC’s QandA political program to set the headlines for news websites that he will going after the fraudsters and making sure each and every one of them is jailed.
If Shorten had taken the opportunity on Monday Night that alone could have saved to government $millions by making at least some of the NDIS fraudsters think twice and decide not to chance the fraud with law enforcement closing in.
But as per the below video Shorten was weak on the fraudsters. Shorten gives some examples of the fraudsters but he uses terms like “unethical behaviour” and “price gouging” but he would have lost many political watchers at the beginning when he said “but let’s tell the truth”.
Shorten in the above video said there are six reforms, number 2 is stamping out unethical behaviour and number 3 is to tackle price gouging. Shorten had a fantastic opportunity on national TV on Monday night to tell the fraudsters the government is coming for them but he failed because his mates are now rorting the system.
Watch the below video and it is obvious that the number one reform could and should be to tackle the estimated $7 billion in financial fraud via the NDIS every year. (In the below article and video it is $6 billion but the NDIS budget has now grown to $35 billion so the estimated 20% fraud is now $7 billion)
I wrote about the NDIS fraud in August 2022 in an article titled “Bill Shorten, Labor’s version of Angus Taylor, is doing nothing about the estimated $6 Billion being stolen from the NDIS. Why?” and some people said I was too harsh as Shorten had only been the Minister since May 2022.
But the NDIS fraudsters have been well known for a long time and Shorten admitted he knew about them for a long time but he had no answers in the below interview on the 60 Minutes program in August 2022 on how to deal with them.
The NDIS do have a Fraud Taskforce that was established in 2018: “The NDIS Fraud Taskforce – a partnership between the NDIA, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Services Australia, with a focus on high risk and serious criminal activity targeting the NDIS.”
But what happens if the NDIS Fraud Taskforce detect fraud and decide not to charge people with crimes? Nothing! They suspend providers for short period:
“The Fraud Fusion Taskforce, set up to tackle fraud against the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), has contributed to another two providers being suspended for falsifying NDIS claims.”
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has taken compliance action against two Sydney-based NDIS providers and two associated individuals.
Fine Care Pty Ltd and AlliedHealth Cleaning Services Pty Ltd have been issued suspension notices, prohibiting them from providing NDIS supports and services as registered NDIS providers for a period. (Click here to read more)
It seems AlliedHealth Cleaning Services Pty Ltd, who were suspended in February 2023, has changed their name to AlliedHealth Ability Services and are back up and running given their website is live and says on the home page ” We’re a NDIS support service with a holistic approach. (Click here to see their website) Or were they only suspended for a few months after being caught committing fraud?
Why do some NDIS providers get suspended and only a few go to jail? It seems the few being charged and going to jail are just for window dressing to make it look like the NDIS Fraud Fusion Taskforce are doing something about the fraud problem.
Stealing from the NDIS is the perfect crime. Steal as much as you want and if you get caught, and you know someone at the NDIS like AlliedHealth Cleaning Services Pty Ltd, you only get suspended for a while and once the suspension is over you can go back to stealing more.
The NDIS Fraud Taskforce has achieved very little since it was set up in 2018, and maybe it was designed that way, given in 2022 as per the above video we had the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission CEO Michael Phelan go on national TV and say the fraud at the NDIS is up to 20% of its budget ($6 billion) per year.
The government did announce in April 2023 that it “will invest a further $48.3 million to fight fraud against the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).”
$48.3 million in the 2023-24 Budget will be used to crack down on fraud and non-compliant payments by funding 200 National Disability Insurance Agency staff and the development of a business case for ICT systems to detect, prevent and reduce non-compliant payments. (Click here to read more)
But the NDIS is like the Australian Federal Police, if you have a crook running it they don’t seem to be able to find much crime or corruption when it suits them as they cover it up.
Bill Shorten is the Minister for Government Services and Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and was previously the leader of the opposition and leader of the Australian Labor Party from 2013 to 2019. The Labor Party under Shorten’s leadership lost elections in 2016 and 2019.
Bill Shorten has a long history of fraud and theft by stealing wages from some of the lowest paid workers in the country for his own benefit and he did the same when his crime gang took over the Health Workers Union. I outlined some of Shorten’s corrupt history last year but you don’t really need to know about Shorten’s past to know he is up to no good as a Member of Parliament.
I have no doubt Shorten’s mates are stealing from the NDIS and/or maybe getting a helping hand for tenders supplying the NDIS because that is how they have worked their frauds for years.
Shorten could have resigned after he lost the 2016 election to Malcolm Turnbull or after he lost the 2019 election to Scott Morrison and he would have found a job earning at least 3 or 4 times what he makes as a politician. So, why didn’t Shorten leave politics?
Because Shorten knows as a Minister he can make $million via fraud and theft the same as the likes of federal MP’s Angus Taylor, Barnaby Joyce, Stuart Robert and others have.
I ended my last article on this issue as per below and nothing has changed:
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.
Bill Shorten, the NDIS and Ministers in the previous government should be referred to the National Anti-Corruption Commission when it starts next month.
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