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Opposition Leader Shorten fails Australia's Veterans



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OPPOSITION LEADER SHORTEN FAILS AUSTRALIA’S VETERANS

Today, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten appointed Senator Don Farrell as Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Shadow Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC in full knowledge that Senator Farrell's Senate term will expire on 30 June 2014.

"The lack of concern by Opposition Leader Shorten and the Australian Labor Party for Australia's Veterans' could not be clearer," Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Minister Michael Ronaldson said today.

"The appointment of Senator Farrell as Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Shadow Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC is an extraordinary decision which is more about political convenience than competence and conviction."

"Australia's veterans deserve better than this."

From March 2011, the portfolio relating to the Centenary of Anzac has been a Ministry that is personally responsible to the Prime Minister.

“Mr Shorten has failed to follow the lead of former Prime Ministers Gillard and Rudd by having the Centenary of Anzac within the responsibilities of the Leader.”

This comes on the back of the former government not having a Veterans' policy before the last election.

"The decision of Mr Shorten to dispense this significant portfolio responsibility to his Deputy speaks volume of Mr Shorten's commitment to the Centenary of Anzac and Australia's Veterans and their families," Minister Ronaldson concluded.

BRAD ROWSWELL | Media Adviser Office of Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson Minister for Veterans' Affairs | Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC | Special Minister of State

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