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Thursday, 22 March 2012
Page: 2597

Senator RONALDSON (Victoria) (13:20): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator RONALDSON: I am very grateful that the government has seen fit to address this clear wrong. This matter has been raised. There are a number of RSLs that have expressed concerns about this, and this motion today was about addressing that. It could have been addressed earlier; it was not. I am very pleased that the coalition, again, has forced the government's hand in relation to matters that are important to so many people in the Australian community.

Why the government again had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, to do the right thing is absolutely beyond us. I am pleased that it has been done today. Why they did not do it earlier, quite frankly, is beyond us.