Federal Member for Kingston

Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Shadow Minister for Defence Personnel

Fighting For Us

LABOR ADVOCATES BETTER OUTCOMES FOR OUR VETERANS

Labor has been working tirelessly to safeguard protections and deliver better outcomes for veterans since the Government introduced the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other Measures) Bill 2016.

Labor is supportive of measures within this legislation that could make the claims process smoother and it easier for veterans’ to deal with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

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SPEECH TO THE TPI FEDERATION NATIONAL CONGRESS - TUESDAY, 21 MARCH 2017

Thank you for the invitation to speak today at your national congress; it is a pleasure to be here.

I would like to begin today by acknowledging the traditional owners on whose land we meet, the Ngunnawal people. 

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SPEECH TO THE ACT RSL CONGRESS - FRIDAY, 17 MARCH 2017

Thank you for the invitation to speak today at this important congress; it is a pleasure to be here.

I would like to begin today by acknowledging the traditional owners on whose land we meet the Ngunnawal people. 

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TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MUST HONOUR ITS PROMISE TO SUPPORT VETERANS' MENTAL HEALTH

The Turnbull Government has once again misled the veterans and ex-service community on mental health services which are available to them.

Labor is always supportive of initiatives which look to provide support to veterans who are suffering from mental health issues, but will not sit idle on broken promises.  

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TRANSCRIPT: SKY NEWS - TO THE POINT - TUESDAY, 14 MARCH 2017

SUBJECT/S: Kate Ellis not contesting next election, South Australian Government’s Energy Announcement, Veterans’ Affairs Digital Readiness Bill

PETER VAN ONSELEN:  She joins us now, live from Adelaide- and the lights are on- thanks for company.

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TRANSCRIPT - TELEVISION INTERVIEW - SKY NEWS AM AGENDA - MONDAY, 13 MARCH 2017

SUBJECT/S: Elon Musk power supply solution, WA election

KEIRAN GILBERT: We are going to go live now to Labor frontbencher, Amanda Rishworth. Your thoughts on the discussion between the Prime Minister and Elon Musk, the head of Tesla; that instability in South Australia’s power system could be fixed and fixed sooner than many people might have thought. 

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STATEMENT ON THE HON. KATE ELLIS MP

As a colleague, fellow South Australian and friend I want to thank Kate Ellis for her time in politics following her announcement today she will not be recontesting the next election.

A passionate South Australian and proud advocate for Adelaide, it has been an honour to work beside Kate for our great state. 

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RECOGNISING WOMEN AS A STRATEGIC CAPABILITY ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Today on International Women’s Day we recognise all of the women in our Australian Defence Forces.

It is important to acknowledge the work our ADF has done to encourage roles for women in the defence force. 

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GOVERNMENT OVERCOMMITTS ON THEIR OWN PLAN TO ADDRESS MEFLOQUINE CONCERNS

The Minister’s dedicated Mefloquine team has been exposed as a team which deals with competing priorities- and not an exclusive team to veterans who believe they are suffering from the effects of mefloquine, as previously promised by the Turnbull Government.

The Government has brought themselves undone by overcommitting and under-delivering on their own plan to address concerns of mefloquine. 

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VETERANS WANT MORE THAN A CUP OF TEA AT KIRRIBILLI

The cornerstone of the Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Program doesn’t even exist, according to Senate Estimates.

In November, the Prime Minister and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs announced;

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