Anning Continues to Fight for Veterans Covenant

During Question Time today, outspoken KAP Senator for Queensland Fraser Sen AnningAnning kept the pressure on the Government ensuring they legislated an Australian Military Covenant. Speaking afterwards, Senator Anning expressed his frustration at the apparently vague and evasive responses by the Minister.
“After my motion yesterday which called for the legislation of an Australian Military Covenant was passed by the Senate, I continued my push today by questioning Minister Payne on the Governments apparent lethargy.”
“I asked what the Government’s position was on the establishment of the Covenant; however despite the Minister making all the right noises, there was no specific commitment and only a vague reference to the end of 2018.”
“To say the least I am sceptical of her actual commitment, as the Government has had since 2015 to implement anything meaningful and so far they haven’t.”
“If we look at the situation honestly there has been ample time to consult with veterans groups and develop a Covenant which honours our social contract and moral obligation to look after our veterans.”
“It is only now after my strong and continued push along with Labors election promise that the Government is willing to do something.”
“Let’s be clear, there is no further requirement for more “consultation” or the establishment of yet another “working group.” The wording of a draft Australian Military Covenant has been provided already by the veteran’s community.”
“My supplementary question put to the Minister also asked if she was prepared to recognise a reversal of the onus of proof in veteran’s disability claims.”
“The response was not very hopeful.”
“It is very clear that the onus should be reversed and at the very least be the same level of willingness to compensate veterans as Centrelink provides to those seeking welfare,” Senator Anning said.
“As I have said before, our great nation has been built on the backs and sacrifice of our military. Now is the time to stop equivocating, dithering and playing political games. It is now the time for the government to act.”
”What the veteran community deserves is a specific commitment stating when the Government will enshrine the Australian Military Covenant in legislation. Until then, they are just honeyed words and insincere placation,” Senator Anning concluded.
14 September 2018

Katters Australian Party

RARA Comment 

We acknowledge and appreciate Senator Anning’s and  the KAP’s advocacy on veterans’ issues in the Senate.

 

Comments

  1. Butch Mathew says:

    Well said, Sir

  2. ANNING!! HE IS SO RIGHT.
    IT WILL MEAN NOTHING TO PAYNE AND THE GOVERNMENT.
    PUSH THE BASTARDS FRASER…
    AL THEY ARE IS “FEEL GOOD MOB OF BORDERLINE LEFTIES!!

  3. my comments do not get posted..
    IS THE RAR I SERVED IN ,AND PROUD OF ,NOW RUN RUN BY YES MEN WHO SHUT OUT FREE SPEECH!!

    • Trevor Dixon says:

      Winston,
      All comments are moderated and sometimes our volunteers aren’t able to be online every day to approve the valid messages from our RAR Family while also ensuring spam, obscene, vitriolic and porn posts are kept off our site.
      Apologies if we’ve taken too long,
      Trevor

      • Thank you Trevor. I am a person who calls a SPADE a SHOVEL! I
        STATE MY VIEWS without PC, and with honest intent!
        I appreciate your apology and posting my comments. I thought I was BANNED as my remarks are in the main ….ANTI GOVERNMENT!!
        If the GOVERNMENTS were for the people, I would praise them.I am delighted that the RAR HAS a open mind. , AND IS STILL FOR THE NCO TYPES LIKE ME.

  4. Russell Linwood says:

    We stay on their case until the decent thing is done.

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