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Dylan Alcott takes a veiled shot at Anthony Albanese after his blunder on the details of disability scheme

  • Dylan Alcott took veiled swipe at Anthony Albanese after his huge NDIS blunder
  • Opposition leader failed to outline the six point plan put forward by Labor Party
  • Alcott pleaded for Labor and Liberal to ‘understand the NDIS’ and importance 

Dylan Alcott has taken a swipe at Anthony Albanese after the Labor leader failed to outline his six-point plan for the NDIS in a train-wreck press conference.

Mr Albanese was pressed by reporters on Thursday to outline the plan put forward by the Labor Party to improve the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The Opposition leader stumbled over his words, went off camera to accept a note from an advisor and then returned to recite the six-point plan.

Alcott, who was announced the 2022 Australian of the Year in January, took to Twitter following the televised gaffe.

Dylan Alcott has taken a swipe at Anthony Albanese after the Labor leader failed to outline his six point plan for the NDIS in a train-wreck press conference (pictured, with his partner Charlotte Otten)

Dylan Alcott has taken a swipe at Anthony Albanese after the Labor leader failed to outline his six point plan for the NDIS in a train-wreck press conference (pictured, with his partner Charlotte Otten)

Alcott, who was announced the 2022 Australian of the Year, took to Twitter following the televised gaffe on Thursday

Alcott, who was announced the 2022 Australian of the Year, took to Twitter following the televised gaffe on Thursday

‘Pretty pretty please – can all sides of parliament take the time to understand the NDIS and it’s importance. People’s lives depend on it,’ he wrote. 

Reporters bombarded Mr Albanese with questions about his NDIS plan with one of them shouting, ‘You do not know your own policy, Mr Albanese’. 

After a few more questions on different topics, Mr Albanese went off camera and journalists saw an advisor hand him a document. 

Reporters immediately accused the Labor leader of being handed the NDIS policy document which detailed the plan.

‘You’ve just been handed a policy document,’ one journalist said. 

‘Is that the six-point plan there?’ another asked.

‘That’s not right,’ Mr Albanese said with a wry smile as he shuffled his papers. He then read out the six-point plan.

Alcott was born with a tumour wrapped around his spinal cord and he was operated on by surgeons as a baby.

Mr Albanese was pressed by reporters on Thursday to outline the plan put forward by the Labor Party to improve the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Mr Albanese was pressed by reporters on Thursday to outline the plan put forward by the Labor Party to improve the National Disability Insurance Scheme 

It marks the second time the tennis champion has been forced to weigh into politics during the federal election after Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was 'blessed' to have two healthy children (pictured, with his partner Charlotte Otten)

It marks the second time the tennis champion has been forced to weigh into politics during the federal election after Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was ‘blessed’ to have two healthy children (pictured, with his partner Charlotte Otten) 

The surgery was a success, but left Alcott a paraplegic requiring him to get around on a wheelchair.

It marks the second time the tennis champion has been forced to weigh into politics during the federal election after prime minister Scott Morrison said he was ‘blessed’ to have two healthy children.

The Prime Minister made the controversial comment at the first leaders’ debate in Brisbane on April 20. 

Mr Morrison had been 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’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?’ 

Scott Morrison said: ‘Jenny and I have been blessed, we have two children who haven’t had to go through that.’

The Prime Minister made the controversial comment at the  first leaders' debate in Brisbane on April 20

The Prime Minister made the controversial comment at the  first leaders’ debate in Brisbane on April 20 

Reporters bombarded Mr Albanese with questions about his NDIS plan with one of them shouting, 'You do not know your own policy, Mr Albanese' (pictured, Mr Albanese at the Labor Party launch at Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday)

Reporters bombarded Mr Albanese with questions about his NDIS plan with one of them shouting, ‘You do not know your own policy, Mr Albanese’ (pictured, Mr Albanese at the Labor Party launch at Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday)

‘And so for parents, with children who are 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,’ he added. 

Alcott was quick to voice his opinion on the Prime Minister’s comment at the leader’s debate, where he counted his disability a ‘blessing’.

‘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 said.

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Source: Daily Mail

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