Labor welcomes the introduction of the Defence Reparation Scheme for survivors of abuse in the ADF.
The introduction of this scheme will now provide the Defence Force Ombudsman (DFO) with the eligibility requirements of reparation payments for survivors of abuse in the ADF.
MINISTER MUST EXPLAIN PORK BARRELLING OF COMMEMORATIVE COMMUNITY GRANTS - WEDNESDAY, 13 DECEMBER 2017
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan’s announcement this week of the October Saluting Their Service grants sees an overwhelming number of grants for Coalition seats.
Of the 82 grants announced by Minister Tehan yesterday, 51 of these have been given to Coalition seats, that is more than 63 per cent of grants for a Government, who, on a good day only commands a one seat majority in Parliament.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (19:01): I am so pleased to be here today to be part of making marriage equality law in this country with this Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017. Over five years ago I voted yes for marriage equality in this parliament. At the time I said that my belief in fairness, equality, compassion and the importance of striving for a world without discrimination meant that I had no choice but to vote for a change to the Marriage Act to ensure same-sex couples had the right to marry the person they love. For me this sentiment is as true today as it was back in 2012. While marriage equality did not become law in 2012, this week, five years or more later, we will finally see the law changed to allow two people who love each other to make a lifelong commitment to each other, and this commitment will now be properly recognised in Australia's law.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (16:19): I rise today to note the sad passing of Timothy Nicholas Deslandes, loving husband to Moira Deslandes, dad to Ann, Michael, Luke, Clare, Amelia, Zoe, Melody, Will and Alex, and grandpa to Archie. Tim was taken too soon. He died recently, on 19 October, aged only 59. But what Tim did with the years he had made a huge contribution to our local community and to many.
Labor is saddened to hear of the passing of Collette Tayler.
As a chief architect of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and inaugural Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) Chair, Collette drove reform for national Quality Standards and reform in child care and early learning education.
MEDIA RELEASE - PRIME MINISTER SHOULD APOLOGISE FOR GRUBBY POLITICS AT WAR MEMORIAL - WEDNESDAY, 06 DECEMBER 2017
It is incredibly disappointing that Prime Minister Turnbull made a deliberate decision this morning to hold a grubby political press conference on the steps of the Australian War Memorial whilst we honoured the service of veterans who fought in Vietnam.
The Prime Minister clearly doesn’t understand there is a time and place for politics and a time and place to remember the sacrifice of the men and women who have served our country. These are not one and the same.
Reports that veterans who believe they were affected by the British Nuclear Test (BNT) and British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) are being turned away from accessing full health coverage is extremely concerning.
The Minister needs to take these servicemen’s claims seriously.
It has been a year since the Defence Force Ombudsman’s (DFO) role was expanded to include an abuse reporting function and a further six months since the Turnbull Government announced the DFO will also expand to include a reparation payment.
However, frustratingly for those involved little detail about this reparation payment is known leaving many apprehensive of the expanded DFO process.
Today, December, 1 we remember 75 years since the sinking of HMAS Armidale (I).
Commissioned in June 1942, the Armidale was one of 60 Australian Minesweepers built during World War II and operated between Australia and New Guinea throughout the Second World War.
The Turnbull Government has voted against dropping their Medicare freeze immediately, continuing their out-of-touch and damaging approach to health which is leaving veterans worse off.
Yesterday the Senate passed a Labor motion noting the Government’s freeze is doing $2.2 billion in damage to Medicare.