Labor commits to a Military Covenant

Hello

I am writing to you as the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten MP, and I have recently announced that Labor will commit, if elected, to the establishment of a Military Covenant.

This Covenant recognises the unique nature of military service and our obligation to those who serve our country and their loved ones.

When a person commits their life and their safety to the Australian Defence Force, we in turn undertake a commitment to supporting them and their loved ones both during and after their service.

A Military Covenant is a document signed by the Government and the Chief of the Defence Force which reinforces this commitment. The Covenant will be accompanied by legislation which will require regular reporting to Parliament on how the Government is meeting its obligation to our current and ex-serving defence personnel.

The Military Covenant will stand as a testament to Labor’s commitment to those who are or have served our country.

This builds on Labor’s previous commitments to the current and ex-serving defence community including our $121 million Veterans’ Employment Policy and our Family Engagement and Support Strategy.

Further information on this commitment can be found here.

In addition, as the Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, I regularly communicate with ex-service organisations and members of the veteran community, if you would like to be kept in the loop, please email me at [email protected]
Yours sincerely

Amanda

Comments

  1. K Stewart-Gray (TPI Veteran) says:

    Yet more empty rhetoric, where’s the direct commitment with a list of particular positive changes for serving, retired and ex-service people ?
    “Fully supported” meaning what ?
    All I read in the so called Covenant is a broad brushed, feel good policy statement in “Pollie speak” as a strategy to win votes before the next election.

    • Dave Melandri says:

      Well said Kim. They constantlywaffle on about supporting our troops but will not support our claims about the DFRDB “Commutation Rip Off”. They will not re-visit the TPI disability pension. They do nothing but “talk”.

  2. THAT WOULD BE A VERY BIG THING COMING FROM A UNION JERK. these were the BASTARDS THAT CAUSED ALL OUR GRIEF IN VIETNAM WITH ALL THEIR DEMONSTRATIONS.

  3. Tas Browning says:

    Its all very well to make this promise but lets see what the detail is first mmmm

  4. Maurice Pears says:

    Wonderful effort on our behalf.
    Congratulations

  5. Paul Gannan says:

    Sounds like another try for votes at the next election. If the past is anything to go on regarding Labor and the military it appears that this “Covenant” is destined for File 13 wether or not Labor win or lose the next election. If they were “Fair Dinkum” this would have been on their agenda years ago instead of an after thought in late 2018.

  6. David Morris says:

    I want what will be done, how it will be done and what money is allocated to it.

    It has to be in writing, signed by Bill and witnessed by the GG.

    Then wait for the claim that the last government left them in so much trouble it can’t be done!

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