SUBJECT/S: 75TH Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore
JOE O’BRIEN: Shadow Veterans' Affairs Minister, Amanda Rishworth joins us from Ballarat. Good morning to you. This promises to be a pretty moving ceremony, doesn't it with some of these ex-POWs attending today?
SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS, AMANDA RISHWORTH: Absolutely. I think it is a really significant point in our history for the events that led to the fall of Singapore, but also, of course, for those years of internment that those POW's faced, the brutality, the starvation, the horrific nature of those camps have been well documented and ones that I think will be brought to the fore today. I think we will see a moving ceremony of those that made it through and had to rebuild their lives, but also those who never made it from the camps. A third of Australians died in camps because of the horrendous conditions that they faced.
Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, which saw 7,500 Allied lives lost in conflict, and 15,000 Australians taken as prisoners - a third of whom would not survive the war.
A National Service at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat will form part of the commemorative events to mark this significant moment in the history of Australia and the Second World War.
An opportunity has gone missing for the Turnbull Government to help veterans as Defence confirm the sale of 310 St. Kilda road at Victoria Barracks.
The site at 310 St Kilda Road was formerly the Repatriation Commission Outpatient Clinic, was a repatriation centre for First World War and Second World War veterans.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (19:30): Today I rise to talk about a big issue that is concerning my electorate: this government's mismanagement of Centrelink. Every single day, my office has been flooded with complaints about Centrelink and the way that it has dealt with the recent automated debt recovery fiasco—and 'fiasco' is the only way that it can be described.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (17:57): Tonight, I rise to speak about some of the issues that have been raised with me by our serving men and women but also about some of the issues raised by their families. Mr Deputy Speaker Hastie, you would know more than most that serving in the Australia Defence Force is not a nine-to-five job. It is not a job you can leave behind, and it is certainly a job that not only affects the service man or woman's life but also affect their family. It is important to recognise that when Defence people are being deployed to different bases around the country, and there are new opportunities for the careers of those Defence men and women, it is also a big upheaval in the lives of their families.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (11:06): I second the motion. The question is: why does this government not like TAFE? Why does this government not put its faith in TAFE and properly fund TAFE? As the shadow minister outlined, there is a national partnership that needs to be negotiated. It needs to be delivered. It is critically important that this government actually does the job of governing.
SUBJECT/S: Government lies on South Australian blackout, One Nation, Omnibus Bill
KRISTINA KENEALLY: Amanda Rishworth is joining us from Canberra. Amanda, how are you? Thanks for coming on the program.
SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS, AMANDA RISHWORTH MP: I am great and I do not want to stand in the way of the studio and one of your other colleagues- so I will get to it quickly.
The Turnbull Governments introduction of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 is another attack on our veterans and ex-service personnel.
Hidden in several schedules across the Omnibus Bill, the Turnbull Government has ripped out money away from our veterans.
Labor would like to welcome new defence members and their families to Townsville and offer support in helping them settle into the community.
As relocations begin to reoccur in the ADF, many of our defence personnel have taken up new postings around the country as they continue grow their professional roles.