SUBJECT: Labor’s announcement of $4.9 million for a veterans support centre for the Top End, HMAS Darwin
MEL LITTLE: It is nice to have you back and it is lovely that you have brought in with you, Amanda Rishworth- of course- the Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel. If you have had a look at today’s paper there is a fantastic story in there, I am so excited to have you in with us, Amanda- good morning.
RISHWORTH, GOSLING, SNOWDON, MCCARTHY - MEDIA RELEASE - $4.9 MILLION VETERANS SUPPORT CENTRE FOR THE TOP END - THURSDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2018
A Shorten Labor Government will invest in the health and wellbeing of our veterans in the Top End by establishing the Scott Palmer Service and Veterans’ Support Hub.
The Scott Palmer Service and Veterans’ Support Hub will be a dedicated centre to provide support to our current and ex-serving defence personnel, first responders and their families.
Each year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we pause to remember those who have died or suffered for Australia's cause in all wars and armed conflicts.
This year marks the Centenary of the Armistice and we remember the service and sacrifice of the Diggers of the First World War who served our nation and help to shape our national identity.
REPORT REINFORCES NEED FOR BETTER TRANSITION SERVICES FOR OUR VETERANS - WEDNESDAY, 07 NOVEMBER 2018
Today’s report by Orygen into Young veterans at increased risk of mental illness and suicide once again highlights the need for better transition services for our ADF personnel as they move into civilian life.
Of the recommendations, Orygen points to targeted support hubs for transitioning and young ex-service personnel.
SUBJECTS: Military Covenant, Veterans’ transition to civilian life, cost of child care
TOM CONNELL: Joining me for more on what is going on in this area is the Shadow Minister, Amanda Rishworth from our Adelaide studio. Thanks for your time Amanda Rishworth. Let’s start first of all on what Labor is pledging to do; this Military Covenant. Now, this is basically signing something to pledge to make sure that you are going to be aware of any veterans issues and do something about them. How is this actually doing anything, though? Is it the signing of it or the policies that have to come with it?
PATRICIA KARVELAS: The Federal government has committed to a $500 million upgrade of the Australian War Memorial, we were talking a little earlier to Brendan Nelson about that funding. The Federal Government has also raised the prospect of signing a Covenant with the armed forces aimed at providing better support for those who have left active service. Labor has also promised to sign the Covenant if they win government and for more I am joined by the Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Amanda Rishworth MP, Amanda welcome.
Veteran’s unemployment is a serious issue which requires concentrated effort and investment.
While Labor welcomes the re-announcement by the Prime Minister today of a website to facilitate a commitment from businesses this re-announcement fails to provide real resources to address this issue.
I acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, I pay my respects to elders past and present.
In particular, I want to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who fought for this country even when they weren’t counted in the census, or treated as equals in the law.
DEPARTMENT EXPOSES GOVERNMENT COMPLIANCE POLICY IS A PLAN TO CUT FUNDING - WEDNESDAY, 31 OCTOBER 2018
In Senate Estimates last week, the Department of Education and Training finally confirmed that the government is closing down Family Day Care services to meet savings targets.
This has long been suspected in the early childhood sector – and now the government has confirmed this is the case.
Last week in Senate Estimates the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government confirmed yet again their complete lack of interest or commitment to early education and preschool funding.
When asked if the national partnership agreement for 2019 preschool year has been signed yet, departmental officials confirmed it had not.