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Labor's vow to ADF personnel set in stone



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BILL SHORTEN MP

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS & ABORIGINAL

AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS

MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

THE HON RICHARD MARLES MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE

MEMBER FOR CORIO

AMANDA RISHWORTH MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND

DEVELOPMENT

SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL

MEMBER FOR KINGSTON

LABOR’S VOW TO ADF PERSONNEL SET IN STONE

A Shorten Labor Government will put in place a formal agreement to ensure the

nation’s armed forces are fully supported during and after their service, and will

legislate regular reporting to Parliament on how Australia is supporting military

personnel.

Labor will sign Australia’s first Military Covenant, recognising the immense

commitment our armed forces make to serve their country, and formalising our

nation’s commitment to look after those who have sacrificed for our nation.

The Covenant will be similar to the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces Covenant, a

principles document which promises that those who serve or have served in the

armed forces and their families will be treated fairly.

Labor will work with the Australian Defence Force, Department of Veterans’ Affairs

and ex-service organisations to draft the relevant wording of a military covenant

and associated legislation.

In addition, a Labor Government would also introduce legislation which will require

future governments to report annually to parliament on how they are meeting their

responsibilities to supporting our serving and ex-service personnel.

Australians who serve in our armed forces can require specialised health and

social services assistance. The Covenant will make sure those needs don’t slip

through the cracks.

While we acknowledge a bipartisan commitment to giving the best possible support

to our serving and ex-service personnel, this Covenant will formalise that

commitment.

Those who put their lives on hold to serve their country deserve to know, in no

uncertain terms, that we acknowledge the sacrifice they and their families have

made in service to our nation, and that we are committed to being there for them

now and into the future.

Labor’s commitment to those who serve, and have served, is rock solid, and we

will state this commitment as a core value and principle.

Signing the Covenant builds on Labor’s previous commitments to the current and

ex-serving defence community, including our $121 million veterans’ employment

policy and our family engagement and support strategy.

Australia has a proud military history, and as such we have an obligation to all of

those who have served in the name of our nation and our freedoms.

Labor’s announcement today of a military covenant is a testament of our

commitment to those who are serving or have served our country.

WEDNESDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: LEADER’S OFFICE MEDIA UNIT 02 6277 4053

JOANNE CLEARY (SHORTEN) 0428 816 751

SARAH HUY (RISHWORTH) 0421 746 200

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.