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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14831

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament:

This petition of citizens of Australia calls on the Parliament to recognise:

1. That defence and war service are unique and due to the nature of this service that private insurance for defence personnel is often difficult to obtain;

2. That Government has an obligation to adequately support members of the Defence Forces who are injured or wounded in the course of duty;

3. That Government has an obligation to adequately support families of defence force personnel killed on duty;

4. That current Defence compensation is inadequate and fails to provide financial security and certainty to Defence personnel and their families in the event of injury or death; and

5. That members of the Defence Forces are entitled to the certainty that they and their families will be adequately compensated in the event of injury or death.

and further calls on the Parliament to ensure that the proposed new Military Compensation Scheme rectifies the current inequities and anomalies which severely disadvantage members of the Australian Defence Forces and their families in real and financial terms.

by Mr Edwards (from 42 citizens)