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Mark McGowan. Picture: Bill Hatto/The West Australian

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has accused the Government of hiding figures showing how many West Australians are refused disability funding.

Mr McGowan said that 10 years ago the Gallop government listened to pleas from disability advocates to publish the snapshot every four months, an undertaking that had been continued until late last year.

He said the Government had decided to no longer publish the combined application process (CAP) bulletins on the Disability Services Commission website and instead make them available yearly.

Shadow disability services minister Sue Ellery said that at a time when more discussion than ever was taking place over the sector because of the rollout of the national disability insurance scheme, it was outrageous that the public was being denied information.

"This information needs to be published regularly so families have a clear indication of the level of funding available and the number of other families applying for funding from the same pool," she said.

"I have no doubt they will feel disappointed that Mr Barnett's priority is hiding information rather than actually working constructively towards an National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and a more certain funding future for WA people with a disability."

Mr McGowan said it was no coincidence the Barnett Government removed the information from the DSC website after it failed to sign up to the NDIS.

Richard Hill, 53, who has type 2 spinal muscular atrophy, said anything that prevented people from obtaining information about accessing disability funding was "not good".

He said it took him 18 years of applying to receive his CAP funding, which provided him with carers that were his "arms and legs", and the bulletins helped him stay involved in the process.

"I think you just need to give people with disabilities a fair go," he said.

The West Australian

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