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.
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.
Today, I have written to the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Dan Tehan to seek assurances and for the Minister to urgently investigate reports our ex-service personnel and veterans going through the claims process at Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) are not falling victim to draconian social media monitoring which is an abuse of the Departments mandate.
The Shadow Defence team would like to wish all Defence staff, personnel and families a happy and peaceful holiday season and a safe New Year.
ADF personnel deployed overseas are particularly in our thoughts.
OPINION PIECE - SPARE A THOUGHT FOR THOSE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE PERONNEL SERVING OVERSEAS THIS FESTIVE SEASON - TUESDAY, 20 DECEMBER 2016
As we approach the end of the year many of us look forward to spending time with our families and friends over the festive season. But it is important we remember those ADF personnel who are serving in operations in the Middle East who will spend Christmas away from their loved ones.
These men and women on behalf of our country are contributing to the coalition effort in the fight against Daesh, however this comes with long absences from family and friends.