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Disability royal commission to be of similar size as child sexual abuse inquiry, says PM

Sector asks governments to ‘put aside politics’ and support and fund inquiry

Scott Morrison has signalled a massive expansion of the proposed disability royal commission, suggesting it should be of “a similar size and standing” to the $373m five-year institutional child sexual abuse inquiry.

Scott Morrison has signalled a massive expansion of the proposed disability royal commission, suggesting it should be of “a similar size and standing” to the $373m five-year institutional child sexual abuse inquiry.

It comes as disability groups have warned that questions over funding should not delay the start of a royal commission after Morrison wrote to states suggesting they co-fund an inquiry into disability services.

Despite passing a motion calling for a disability royal commission, the government is yet to set itself a deadline although Morrison said on Wednesday he is aiming to start it before the election.

The Coalition argues that support is needed from the states because they were responsible for disability services before the national disability insurance scheme was established.

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