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TPI's protest about Hawke government's budget decisions

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//V Philip Ruddock MP Federal Member for Dundas Shadow Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

Electorate Tel: (02) 858 1011 Fax: (02) 804 6739

Parliament House Tel: (06) 277 4343 Fax: (06) 277 2062


4 October 1991

Philip Ruddock, Federal Member for Dundas, commented today on the number of letters he has received in the past few days from totally and permanently incapacitated war veterans disturbed at the changes in the Repatriation Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme.

"War Veterans are concerned at the Labor Government's continual efforts to erode their entitlements. In their representations veterans are pointing out that 'Whilst an allowance will be made to compensate us for the charges to be

levied on each prescription item, the effect of this impost will be that we will need to outlay our own funds for many months due to the high volume of medication we need'.

Veterans are also quoting Ben Chifley's commitment to Parliament in 1946 when he said - 'Upon this National Parliament rests the responsibility of seeing that the right thing shall be done for those who served this nation in time of war.'

It is sad that the Hawke Labor Government seems to have lost sight of the fundamental principle which ought to be applied in providing benefits for the veteran community - these benefits are compensation not welfare. We all owe a

tremendous debt to those who fought for us."

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