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Samkhar, Della (DPS)

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Subject: Media Release VA063: GRIFFIN CALLS ON WA VETERANS TO PUT THEIR BEST VOICE FORWARD [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

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Minister for Veterans' Affairs Mailing List

VA063

Thursday 3 July 2008

GRIFFIN CALLS ON WA VETERANS TO PUT THEIR BEST VOICE FORWARD The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin, will be in Perth this Monday seeking the views of local veterans on the best way to give them a more effective voice at the highest levels of government.

Minister Griffin said meetings to be held nation-wide would discuss the structure and role of the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Ex-Service Matters—a key election commitment. Perth will be the second of eight meetings around the country.

“More than 100 individuals and organisations from all around Australia responded to a discussion paper on the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Ex-Service Matters released earlier this year, including 12 from Western Australia,” Mr Griffin said.

”Their submissions demonstrate very strong support for the Advisory Council and its role, but have raised issues that need further discussion.

“During the parliamentary recess I will be travelling to meet veterans in every state and territory to discuss these issues in person. I am looking forward to hearing the views of Perth’s large and active ex-service and veteran community.

“There are a number of options on the table, including membership, appointment of the chair, how matters are referred to the Council, how it should operate and how it relates to my Department.

“The Government is also reviewing all consultation mechanisms between the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the broader defence and ex-service communities. This will also be discussed at Monday’s meeting.

“I want to ensure the Council meets the needs of veterans and ex-service personnel before its establishment later this year. These consultation meetings with veterans and the veteran community are essential to achieve that goal.

“I expect there will be a range of opinions and robust discussion, but I know that we share the goal of looking out for the best interests of all those who have served Australia in uniform.

“I encourage all veterans and members of the West Australian veteran community interested in the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council to attend the meeting and contribute to the discussion.

“Following these consultation meetings I intend to appoint the Advisory Council by the end of August.”

The meeting is on Monday 7 July 2008 from 10.00am to 12.00pm on the 5th Floor, AMP Building,

140 St Georges Terrace, Perth. Further details of meetings and copies of submissions are available at minister.dva.gov.au/PMAC/index.htm.

Meeting RSVPs: 08 9366 8261 Media inquiries: Laura Ryan 0437 863 109

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