Federal Member for Kingston

Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Shadow Minister for Defence Personnel

Fighting For Us

VIETNAM VETERANS DAY

Today we commemorate Vietnam Veterans’ Day and 51 years since the Battle of Long Tan.

One of the most significant battles of the Vietnam War for Australian Forces, Australia lost 18 lives and 24 wounded during the Battle of Long Tan alone. 

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SENATE INQUIRY REPORT TABLED - SUICIDE BY VETERANS AND EX-SERVICE PERSONNEL

Labor would like to thank all of those veterans, ex-service personnel, ex-service organisations, families and professionals who have contributed to the Senate Inquiry into Suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel.

It is the evidence provided by each of these members, of their own experiences which has proven confronting and revealing for all of those involved. 

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SPEECH - AMANDA RISHWORTH - REPLY TO MINISTERIAL STATEMENT ON VETERANS AND FAMILIES - MONDAY, 14 AUGUST 2017

Serving as a member of the Australian Defence Force involves risk and sacrifice. We have in the past and continue to ask our serving personnel to put their lives on the line and to put the needs of the country before their own. We have in the past prepared and sent many to foreign lands to fight for our nation, and we continue to do this. During the course of their service, some have been significantly wounded or injured and will carry this with them for the rest of their lives—and, devastatingly, some have never returned.

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Transcript - AMANDA RISHWORTH - TELEVISION INTERVIEW - SKY NEWS - WEEKEND AGENDA - SUNDAY, 23 JULY 2017

SUBJECT/S: Four year, fixed terms; Peter Dutton’s policy on postal plebiscite for marriage equality; Labor’s plan to tackle inequality

JIM MIDDLETON: Joining me now is Labor Party frontbencher, Amanda Rishworth. And we will get to the Labor Party, and party democracy in a moment because there have been questions about that too and various proposals made, but first of all this suggestion of a four year parliamentary term- at least for the House of Representatives- now, while there is a greater chance of success if the major parties are both onside and the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader are both on the same side, there is no guarantee, is there given the history of referendums in Australia than it would still pass muster at a referendum given what we have seen in the past. 

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ADDRESS TO THE WA RSL CONGRESS

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 and pay my respect to their elders both past and present.

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Transcript - AMANDA RISHWORTH - TELEVISION INTERVIEW - SKY NEWS - TO THE POINT - THURSDAY, 13 JULY 2017

SUBJECT/S: Political attacks on science, Energy, Donald Trump, Labor policy on two state solution in the Middle East.

PETER VAN ONSELEN: As promised earlier, we are joined by Labor frontbencher, Amanda Rishworth, live from Adelaide. Thanks very much for your company.

AMANDA RISHWORTH, SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETEANS’ AFFAIRS: Great to be with you Peter. 

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TEN MONTHS LATER AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS STILL NOT RESPONDED TO DART REPORT

It has been ten months since the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART) report was released and there is no response from the Government to the recommendations made in the report.

The Government has confirmed on a number of occasions it is still considering the DART final recommendations. 

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OPINION PIECE - WHAT THE GOVERNMENT’S INDEXATION FREEZE MEANS FOR OUR VETERANS - SUNDAY, 09 JUNE 2017

Our ex-service men and women serve our country and if wounded or injured deserve world class health care. However access to the very best specialists and health providers is being eroded by the Government’s Medicare indexation freeze.

As it stands, veterans’ who have access to Gold Cards or White Cards – and now the extension of the non-liability mental health- can access allied health care for conditions covered under their respective card for their respective conditions.

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GALLAGHER & RISHWORTH - GOVERNMENT MUST PROVIDE CLARITY TO VETERANS’ COMMUNITY - THURSDAY, 06 JUNE 2017

Labor is growing increasingly concerned of reports Government changes to superannuation legislation will adversely impact a number of veterans.  

Labor has sought an urgent briefing from the Government on the Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Regulations 2017 and its expected impact on veterans.

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SPEECH - RISHWORTH - ADDRESS TO THE VICTORIAN RSL CONGRESS - WEDNESDAY, 05 JULY 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 and pay my respect to their elders both past and present.

I’d also like to importantly acknowledge all the volunteers in the room who across the state of Victoria, support the serving men and women who have served this country, but also, importantly making sure that our communities commemorate those who have made sacrifices for us.

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