While we often focus on how best to support our defence personnel, it is equally important that their family is not forgotten.
As Australia’s largest garrison city, Townsville deserves the best possible support for all the defence and ex-services community, including families. The recent release of the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of services available to veterans and members of the Australia Defence Force (ADF) in relation to prevention of self-harm and suicide and the evidence provided to Senate Inquiry into Veterans’ suicide has highlighted that there is an overwhelming need for family involvement and support.
After three announcements and little action on the ground it is now time for the Government to back the Townsville community‘s proposal for the veterans’ suicide prevention trial.
After much fanfare the Government has failed to provide direction or momentum to their own election announcement for a Suicide Prevention Site in Townsville.
SUBJECT/S: Anzac Day
KIERAN GILBERT: We are live now with the Shadow Veterans’ Affairs Minister, Amanda Rishworth, she joins us from Adelaide. Amanda Rishworth thanks for your time. I spoke to your colleague Dan Tehan, he is currently in Villers-Bretonneux, but it is a day when we reflect on sacrifice, contributions made in the past but also to this very day.
SUBJECT/S: North Korea, Housing Affordability, 457 visas
JIM MIDDLETON: Joining me now from Adelaide is Labor MP, Amanda Rishworth. Amanda Rishworth thanks for your time this Sunday afternoon. Let’s go straight to this threat from North Korea to Australia. The response from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was that it underlined the need for Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missiles program, also that North Korea should invest in the welfare of its long suffering citizens rather than in weapons of mass destruction. Would Labor echo those views?
New evidence that Australia’s veterans are hurting under Malcolm Turnbull’s GP-tax by stealth is yet another reminder of the ongoing damage of this Government’s unfair and out-of-touch health policies.
The Australian Medical Association’s warnings could not be clearer – veterans are paying the price for this Government’s freeze:
“The indexation freeze is clearly having an impact on access to care for veterans and this will only get worse over time”.
On occasion of his retirement, Labor thanks Defence Secretary Dennis Richardson for his decades of professional and invaluable service to Australia.
In a career spanning nearly five decades, Dennis has served in key national security and foreign service roles – Secretary of Defence, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Director-General of ASIO, and Ambassador to the United States to name a few. Australia is stronger and safer thanks to his work.
SUBJECT/S: 457 Visas, Gas supply
KRISTINA KENEALLY: Joining me live now is Labor frontbencher, Amanda Rishworth from South Australia. Thanks so much Amanda for coming on the program today.
SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETEANS’ AFFAIRS, AMANDA RISHWORTH MP: No worries, great to be with you Kristina.
SUBJECT/S: North Korea, Safe Schools
PATRICIA KARVELAS: My next guest waiting is Labor’s Shadow Veterans’ Affairs Spokeswomen, Amanda Rishworth. Amanda, welcome.
SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETEANS’ AFFAIRS, AMANDA RISHWORTH MP: Good evening Patricia, Happy Easter and I hope the Easter Bunny found your home and was generous to you.
With mental health being listed by the Turnbull Government as one of the four pillars of its national health plan it now must be given the attention it deserves.
Words delivered by Malcolm Turnbull and Greg Hunt must translate into action and long-term mental health reform must be front and centre in the Government’s upcoming Budget.
The 2017-18 Budget should reflect how genuine this Government is about mental health and suicide prevention.