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Shadow Minister to study revised Veterans' Entitlements Bills



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H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

MEDIA RELEASE T.A. FISCHER, MP,

Member for Farrer, and Shadow Minister for , Veterans' Affairs.

SHADOW MINISTER TO STUDY REVISED VETERANS' ENTITLEMENTS BILL

Tim Fischer, Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs and National Party member for Farrer, said today that the Coalition would study the revised Veterans' Entitlements Bill clause by clause when it is re-presented to Parliament.

The revised Bill is expected to be re-introduced later this coming sitting week.

"The Coalition has a strong commitment to those who served their country in time of war and they should be treated with the greatest generosity that responsible government will allow," Mr Fischer said. ,

He concluded that it remained to be seen whether all sections of the Veterans' Entitlements Bill which created concern, especially those of an unjust and arbitrary nature, had been rectified.

"THE DISCRIMINATORY 40 YEAR RULE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DRAFTED INTO THE VETERANS' ENTITLEMENTS BILL IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND ITS REMOVAL (ANNOUNCED BY THE MINISTER LAST NIGHT) WILL NOT BE MISSED", MR FISCHER SAID.

13 October, 1985

For further information: T.A. Fischer, MP (069) 27-1456 . . or

(069) 20-3510 until lpm Sunday 13.10.85