Federal Labor’s Commitment to Defence Personnel and Veterans

A Shorten Labor Government is committed to ensuring ADF personnel, veterans and their families are supported both during and after their service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello

Over the past two years as Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel I have announced a number of policies which Federal Labor will implement if elected.

At a recent roundtable in Brisbane, a member of the ex-serving community asked for a summary document which detailed all of our achievements to date.To this end, I have developed the below document and encourage you to share this amongst your networks.

While this is a list of the policies we have announced to date, this is not an exhaustive list of the work we have done or the only policies we will take to the next election. It will be updated as new policies are announced.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you require any assistance.

Yours sincerely

Amanda Rishworth MP
Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Shadow Minister for Defence Personnel

Federal Labor’s Commitment to Defence Personnel and Veterans

A Shorten Labor Government is committed to ensuring ADF personnel, veterans and their families are supported both during and after their service.

Labor has taken a number of steps while in Opposition to support veterans and ex-service personnel including establishing a Senate Inquiry into the use of anti-malarials in the ADF and backing in calls of the ex-serving community to include the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation in the Banking Royal Commission.

In addition, we have developed and announced a number of policies which we would implement if elected.

While this is a list of the policies we have announced to date, this is not an exhaustive list of the work we have done or the only policies we will take to the next election. It will be updated as new policies are announced.

Committed to signing Australia’s first Military Covenant

A Shorten Labor Government will establish a Military Covenant which will stand as a testament to our ongoing commitment to those who are or have served our country.

This solemn promise will be signed by the Prime Minister and the Chief of the Defence Force which acknowledges the unique nature of military service. Importantly, it will be accompanied by legislation which requires Government to report regularly on how they are best meeting their responsibilities to ADF personnel and the ex-serving community. Further information can be found here.

Committed $121 million to a comprehensive Veterans’ Employment Program

A Shorten Labor Government has committed $121 million over four years to address veterans’ unemployment.

Labor’s comprehensive veterans’ employment policy has four main elements which are designed to assist veterans into meaningful employment post their time in the ADF.
Helping businesses to train veterans
By providing grants of up to $5,000 per veteran for job specific training and conducting a national education campaign on benefits of hiring a veteran
A new veterans’ employment service
The service will provide comprehensive, wrap around support for up to five years
Expanded access to additional education and civilian training
By altering the eligibility requirements and funding amounts available through the Career Training Assistance Scheme funding

Translating the experience of veterans
Will work with States and Territories, Universities and industry bodies for greater automatic recognition of skills

Our comprehensive employment will best prepare those leaving the ADF to move into meaningful employment and enable businesses to take advantage of the many skills of an ex-ADF member. Further information can be found here.

Will develop a Family Engagement and Support Strategy

A Shorten Labor Government will give families a seat at the table and a voice when it comes to the services available to them.

As recommended by the National Mental Health Commission, Labor will develop a national family engagement and support strategy which will provide a national blueprint to include engagement of DVA with military families. It will also ensure the best practice support for families of serving personnel and ex-ADF members is consistently available across the country.

Importantly, it will address the lack of engagement with families and acknowledgement of the critical role they play. Further information can be found here.

Will establish the Western Front Fellowship

A Shorten Labor Government will establish the Western Front Fellowship located at the Sir John Monash Centre in Villers-Bretonneux.

The fellowship Program will offer eligible post-secondary students a four-month placement at the new Sir John Monash Centre, representing some of Australia’s most-important history to visitors.

Fellows in the program will work full-time, and will be supported financially through a stipend wage, receive rent assistance and be partially reimbursed for their flights.

They will have the opportunity to develop and refine their expertise in Australian military history, responsible for taking tours, giving presentations, and answering questions about Australia’s military history around the Western Front. Further information can be found here.

Established the Senate Inquiry into the use of anti-malarials in the ADF

In response to the continued concerns of members of the ex-serving community, Labor established a Senate Inquiry into the use of anti-malarials in the ADF, which is currently taking evidence and due to report back at the end of November.

Labor called for the inquiry as we believed it was important to work through this issue in an open and transparent manner and provide a thorough and comprehensive report about the use of Quinoline anti-malarial drugs in the ADF. Further information can be found here.

Called for the inclusion of Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation in the Banking Royal Commission

Labor has backed in the calls of the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations and the National Returned and Services League of Australia for the Royal Commission into the misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry to include the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation.

As it stands, the CSC has been excluded from the Terms of Reference preventing current ADF members, veterans and public servants from having confidence in their superannuation fund.

Labor continues to call on the Federal Government to include CSC in the Terms of Reference. Further information can be found here.

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Comments

  1. Very little, for very few; unfortunately the Labor way towards us.

  2. Des Johnston says:

    Ma’am, Do you have any “core” promises, (that you will keep), or just these pie in the sky policies.?
    I fell for Whitlam’s announcements, and was sent to a war zone to protect Australian assets and personel within the bounds of Butterworth Air Force Base Malaysia.My duty and service was not recognised as war-like, and still isn’t recognised .The deployment of Australian troops during the 2nd Malaysian Emergency 1970-1989 has been “presented to the Australian Parliament and the Australian people as being for ‘training purposes’.”Lies, denials and deception by all Governments since Whitlam. Please explain.!! Des Johnston, former member of the Infantry Rifle Company Butterworth…..

  3. John Hunt says:

    Give recognition as war like service to those soldiers that did patrols near the Thailand border in 1970 during the second Malaysian emergency when the Australian Government knew that over 2000 highly trained communist terrorists were operating and killing. Malaysia was locked into an insurgency war with the communists that lasted from 1969 to 1989 in which many hundreds of soldiers died.
    For my 18 months service in Singapore and north Malaysia in this war zone, as a National Serviceman I am classified as having only done Normal Peacetime Service, and are not a veteran, and have no veterans benefits.
    I was warned by the senior command that we were entering a known enemy area were recently ambushes etc had occurred.
    Malaysia at the time had disbanded its Parliament for 21 months and was being ran by a 9 man interim emergency council, yet here we were, patrolling the border jungle as a deterrent to the communists. We were told that we were there to be seen to be present by way of show of force. It was to intimidate the communists and deter them from crossing the border.

    We had a military objective.
    There were armed enemy in the same area.
    We were warned of the risks and dangers.
    We patrolled for weeks and on one occasion 4 weeks in the jungle .

    And as I said above, although we were in this highly volatile area, where the Gov knew all the enemy numbers, their weapons and had weekly SitReps of the amount of killed or captured commos, I am still classified as Normal Peacetime Service with nothing to show for it , no veterans benefits. Nothing.
    I had my 21 st birthday in the border jungle on my own in a tactical night surrounding. Two years as a conscripted National Serviceman, 18 months overseas and I am no different to those soldiers that never left australia.
    After numerous applications to Ministers and the constant lies and stonewalling that I receive, I am sick of the Government, The Defence Dept and the Government advisors.
    They keep answering my submissions with answers relevant to Rifle Company Butterworth Service and ignore the fact that I am claiming for my unprotected patrols in the Border Region in a time of war.

  4. Amanda hi,

    Will you commit to ensuring if you do get into Gov’t you will have an enquiry into the CSC and stand by it’s recommendations if they say the DFRDB lump sum, once paid back, will be ceased and the full pension reinstated?
    Also, will you commit to an independant of Gov’t inquiry into the service status of Rifle Company Butterworth (RCB) ’75-’89? I understand tgis may be uncomfortable being the deception and lies to the Australian people was initially perpetrated by a labour gov’t? But surely enough time has passed that the overwhelming evidence should come out.

  5. Michael Longford says:

    Are they going to have a Royal Commission or Senate Inquiry into the DVA to find out why it it is broken

  6. Andy Green says:

    How about commiting to recognise my service with the Rifle Company Butterworth in 1978 as War Service. The same as Timor.

  7. Amanda you and your labour cronies are full of lies you lot will promise the world until you lot trick your way into government.and then screw the defence force just like your hero chairman goof Whitlam been there seen that.then you lot will open the floodgates and destroy Australian culture and eventually will be no recognition of the sacrifice of those of whom have served to defend Australia.you treasonable bastards.heads up to these grubs everyone.ex Rcb

  8. Neville Miller says:

    G’day Amanda, you know as well as Every Veteran that has served during a Labor Government that Labors only commitment to Defence and Defense personnel is to slash spending, I notice you failed to mention RCB in your list of promices despite the ongoing Campaign for Recognition of Active Service.

  9. Franz Hagl says:

    I would like to share 2 quotes from the great teacher of philosophy – Confuscious.
    The first one pertains to the inaction of Government and the Defence Department –
    “A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake”
    The second one pertains to the RCB Review Group –
    “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do”
    Think about these simple quotes and never give up hope that one day a politician with intestinal fortitude will be man or woman enough to admit they got it wrong and do the morally right thing and correct this injustice to so many veterans.
    Talk is cheap and may win votes in the short term but it will never win you any friends for the long term.
    Politicians and Governments will come and go but the Royal Australian Regiment and all the men who have served under her badge are a brotherhood and will endure.

  10. Butterworth isn’t classed as war like service because it wasn’t war like service.
    Stop embarrassing yourself and our regiment!

  11. Stop it. Drinking at the Hong Kong bar is not war like service.
    You are insulting every member of the regiment that actually did conduct war like service by your fictitious claims that Butterworth compares to what they did.

  12. Same as Timor, are you joking? Get some facts before making your claims.
    You are embarrassing the memory of your generation.

    • Labor helping our Defence Force…. Really?
      Whitlam – ‘there are no more combat troops in SE Asia’. The start of lack of recognition for RCB Vets.
      Hawke – Major Union organiser to stop our troops getting mail.
      Rudd – wanted to change the time of the Dawn Service to fit in with his schedule.
      Gillard – reduced the Defence budget more than any other post war PM. No funding for the War Memorial until the public found out.
      And you want us to believe you?

    • Andy Green says:

      You five minute heroes are all the same. When we deployed to Butterworth in the 70’s we were advised it was on Active Service. Soldiers were charged under the Army Act (if you can remember that) which can only occur on Active Service.

    • Andy Green says:

      Timor was a training camp, it was beefed up by the politicians. That’s 2hy they sent the muppet Cosgrove there.

      • john Doman says:

        You are a goose, more importantly you belittle the service of thousands of veterans, while trying to justify your own piss trip. Cosgrove was a great soldier, you ridicule yourself with your nonsense.

  13. Franz Hagl says:

    As to my earlier post Confucious should have been spelt as CONFUCIUS. Therefore “A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake”, or as my saying goes ” Man who makes spelling mistake is not necessarily an idiot, just sometimes fingers type quicker than brain thinks” FH.

  14. Neville Miller says:

    Macka you like insulting people whilst hiding behind an alias instead of using your real name, you are a coward and an embarrassment to the Service and your Country wherever thst might be.

  15. Nudiefish says:

    You are a either traitor to the regiment, or pig ignorant. 9000 Australian serviceman did their duty as required. There were no firefights in Timor, yet the servicemen did similar duty and took similar risks.

    Grow up, and support your mates.

  16. “…no firefights in Timor” just proves the point that this whole RCB rubbish is not based upon fact.
    The duty that the blokes did in Timor was nothing like butterworth, and your ignorance to the fact that you were lucky enough to be a peacetime soldier is so disappointing.
    Your ignorance of what our brothers in arms did on war like service is disgusting.
    Be happy that you were given an ASM and stop trying to swindle a gold card.

  17. Andy Green says:

    You five minute heroes are all the same. When we deployed to Butterworth in the 70’s we were advised it was on Active Service. Soldiers were charged under the Army Act (if you can remember that) which can only occur on Active Service.

  18. Andy Green says:

    You muppet. Spent a few weeks at Club Med Dili and think you’re a hero. The administrators should block you.

    • john Doman says:

      You are a goose, more importantly you belittle the service of thousands of veterans, while trying to justify your own piss trip. Cosgrove was a great soldier, you ridicule yourself with your nonsense.

  19. Andy Green you are right. Please disregard everything I said and continue on with your fantastic campaign to award you the AASM and a gold card. Your comparison to Timor is without fault, and you could maybe cite how Butterworth was just as, if not more, full on as Afghanistan. Particularly considering that the rifleman in Afghanistan were soft in having the luxury of using modern systems like weaponized drones, while you just had to slug it out with nothing. Bur the similarities between Butterworth and every ‘war like’ operation are amazing and I can’t believe that I couldn’t see them them before.

    You are worthy of a Unit Citation and maybe seek a few Star of Courage’s to be thrown in too.

    With your brilliant logic and clarity of thought, you certain to get your desires.

    Dick

  20. Franz Hagl says:

    Gentlemen,
    I have been with the RCB Supporters Group for many years now and have received quite a bit of correspondence from the RCB Review Group. I have never read any article which has compared service at RCB with any other conflict Australia has been involved in. There has only ever been one comparison made and that is to the service rendered at the RAAF Base in Ubon, Thailand. This base was a support airbase for the Vietnam War. However it WAS NOT located within the Vietnam War Zone. But their service was upgraded to the AASM as a result of their support of the Vietnam War effort. RAAF Air Base Butterworth on the other hand WAS located within the borders of Malaysia during their Counter Insurgency War (against the Communist Terrorists) 1968-1989. It was also the forward airbase used by the RMAF in their operations against the CT’s. The RAAF also had two Mirage Squadrons situated at the airbase and controlled the Integrated Air Defence System (IADS) they also provided technical control of the Airbase at that time, this also includes supporting the RMAF. The service at Butterworth is therefore comparable with that of Ubon, Thailand. So people stop making false comparisons with Timor or Afghanistan, as this is rubbish and has nothing at all to do with the RCB case. I wish people would get their facts right before putting pen to paper as these comments do not help. If you require the correct information pertaining to this case then please contact the RCB Review Group. Thank You.

  21. Andy Green says:

    Well said

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