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VETERANS' ENTITLEMENTS BILL 1985
VETERANS' ENTITLEMENTS (TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS AND CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS) BILL 1985

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Gietzelt)-That these Bills be now read a second time.

Senator Lewis moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate-

(a) expresses its concern in relation to:

(i) the reimposition of the Government's assets test in respect of veterans' service pensions because of its iniquitous impact,

(ii) the removal of repatriation cover for members of the Defence Force enlisting after the date of commencement of the new legislation without a new military compensation Act being in place,

(iii) the creation of different levels of entitlement, and categories, in respect of allied veterans and war widows and,

(iv) the degree of anomaly associated with the retrospectivity implicit in various aspects of the proposed changes; and

(b) calls on the Government to monitor closely the operation of the new legislation because of the significance of the changes and the many new definitions and provisions it introduces into the administration of veterans' affairs''.

Debate ensued.

Senator Peter Rae addressing the Chair

And it being 10.30 p.m.-