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Oakeshott votes against guaranteeing compensation for September 11, Bali and London bombing victims of terror



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21 June, 2012

OAKESHOTT VOTES AGAINST GUARANTEEING COMPENSATION FOR SEPTEMBER 11, BALI, AND LONDON BOMBING VICTIMS OF TERROR

In a deeply disappointing decision, the Federal Member for Lyne, Rob Oakeshott, today handed over his vote to the Government and defeated measures that would provide compensation for the victims of the Bali Bombings, said Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker

“I have my differences with Mr Oakeshott, but I never thought he’d turn his back from helping the victims of terrorism”, said Mr Hartsuyker.

The Coalition had proposed legislation that would allow Australian victims of terrorism to receive compensation. It provided Australian victims of overseas terrorist acts compensation payments analogous to those received by domestic victims of crime under the state and territory victims of crime schemes.

While the Government agreed to adopt Mr Abbott’s Bill they only agreed to support the measure for future events and failed to guarantee compensation for the victims and families impacted by September 11, the two Bali bombings and the London bombing.

“The Bali bombings were terrible tragedies, costing and harming more Australian lives, than any other terrorism events in history - and the Bill should have provided compensation to the Australian victims and families of terrorism.

“It’s nothing less than a low act - than to put your hand up to support a bill to provide compensation for victims of terrorism - and then in the fine print to exclude every victim of terrorism.

“Rob Oakeshott’s vote (which was paired) was effectively a no vote.

“When Tony Abbott proposed the original bill which included compensation for victims of past terrorism, he did not want this debate to be political. It is so disappointing that Rob Oakeshott and the Government combined to stop the victims of terror receiving compensation”.

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