A TEARFUL Jenny Macklin welcomed the passage of laws to create the National Disability Insurance Scheme on Thursday.
Ms Macklin, Community Services Minister, gave an emotional speech at the end of the debate on the bill to create Australia's first insurance scheme for disabled people.
She said it was rare that a proposed reform struck such a chord on both sides of politics, with the political consensus reflecting the consensus in the Australian community.
"Speaker, the NDIS will transform the lives of people with disability, their families and carers," she said.
"For the first time they will have their needs met in a way that truly supports them to live with choice and dignity."
The bill will allow the roll-out of scheme in selected trial sites, followed by a nation-wide roll-out, once states including Queensland come on board with their own funding.