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DEFENCE—MILITARY SUPERANNUATION PENSION

Senator Ronaldson, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1158—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that the average annual Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme military superannuation pension in 2011-12 was $24 603;

 (b) condemns the Gillard Labor Government for its ongoing and stubborn refusal to grant 57 000 Australian military superannuants and their families a fair go;


 (c) denounces the Australian Labor Party for misleading veterans before the 2007 election into believing that Labor would actually deliver fair indexation, a point highlighted by Senator Lundy and the then Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support (Mr Kelly) in their letter to the former Minister for Finance and Deregulation (Mr Tanner) of 14 September 2009; and

 (d) criticises the Government for its ongoing failure to schedule a time for the Senate to consider the Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 thus denying the Senate the opportunity to debate and vote on the Coalition's amendments to provide fair indexation for these men and women who have served their nation.

Leave refused: Senator Wright sought leave to move an amendment to the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Question put and passed.