NDIS should include autism: Abbott

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott has called for early intervention for children with learning difficulties to be part of the national disability insurance scheme.

Mr Abbott says the federal opposition supports DisabilityCare Australia in principle, but wants more detail on the government's proposal.

Visiting an autistic childcare centre in Melbourne on Tuesday, Mr Abbott said early intervention education should be included in the scheme.

"I think all of us want to see centres like this supported through the national disability insurance scheme," he told reporters.

"I respectfully say to the prime minister that Australia is ready for a national disability insurance scheme, but we want to go forward together."

Mr Abbott repeated his call for a bipartisan parliamentary committee to plan the structure, funding and rollout of the scheme.

"From the beginning, the coalition has been eager to work with the government constructively on this," he said.

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