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Veterans' review board principal member re-appointed



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Ρ β Media Release The Hon Bruce Scott MP Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Federal Member for Maranoa

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Monday 22 March 1999

VETERANS’ REVIEW BOARD PRINCIPAL MEMBER RE-APPOINTED

The Principal Member of the Veterans' Review Board, Brigadier William (Bill) Rolfe, has been re-appointed for a further three years, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott announced today.

The Governor-General has approved the re-appointment, effective from 8 April 1999.

Mr Scott said he welcomed Brigadier Rolfe’s re-appointment.

“Brigadier Rolfe will continue to offer the Board extensive military experience and legal and administrative skills,” Mr Scott said.

“His re-appointment will ensure the Board continues its tradition of independence, forthrightness and fairness in serving Australia’s veteran community,” he said.

Brigadier Rolfe has been the Board’s Principal Member since 1997, following a distinguished career in the army and public service. A graduate of Duntroon, he served in Vietnam before undertaking a law degree at the Australian National University. He is also a graduate of both the Australian Army Command and Staff

College and the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s School.

The Veterans’ Review Board is an independent statutory authority that reviews Repatriation Commission decisions on matters such as claims for the acceptance of injury or disease as war or defence caused. It can also review decisions on claims for

war widows and widowers pensions and assessment of the rate of pension paid for war or defence-caused incapacity. It may affirm, vary or set aside the decision under review and, where appropriate, substitute its own decision.

“Last year, the Government recognised the Board’s important role in providing rights of appeal for veterans by deciding to maintain it as a separate body distinct from the proposed Administrative Review Tribunal,” Mr Scott said.

Media contact: Michael Priebe (02) 6277 7820 or 0418 482 514