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TONY WINDSOR B.Ec MP INDEPENDENT FEDERAL MEMBER FOR NEW ENGLAND

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Media Release 28th August 2012 False claims mislead vulnerable Veterans Claims that a Coalition amendment to a Veterans Entitlement Bill in the Federal Parliament last week would have fixed the indexation of military superannuation pensions are totally false according to the Independent Member for New England, Tony Windsor. Mr Windsor said that the Bill was to address income tax exemptions and changes to the Veterans Pharmaceutical Reimbursement Scheme as well as treatment costs for Australians involved in British Nuclear Tests and had the Government Bill not passed, these benefits to thousands of Veterans would have been held up. Veterans should not be misled by the words of National Party Senator John Williams over Tony Windsor’s support of the indexation of military superannuation pensions for Defence Force Retirement Benefits and Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits. Mr Windsor also reconfirmed his commitment to Veterans that he will continue to push for the indexation of their benefits as he has done in seconding a motion by fellow Independent, Rob Oakeshott. “I would like to reassure Veterans that I have not wavered in my support of their push for the indexation of their benefits. “If I had voted in this instance for the amendment proposed by the Coalition, then a number of substantial benefits to many veterans would have been held up. “I was not prepared to have this happen and I did speak with a number of Veterans prior to the vote taking place. “The Coalition Amendment to which Senator Williams refers was another stunt brought on to make it look as though they were the champions for the cause when in actual fact they have been part of the problem from day one. “I will continue to work with the Government to address the Veterans’ legitimate claim. “The Independent Member for Lyne, Rob Oakeshott has moved the ‘Fairer Indexation for Military Superannuation Motion’ which I have seconded. “It will be debated when Parliament returns in a fortnight. “I look forward to Coalition support of this motion where they can show their genuine support of the Veterans who they have let down on this issue in the past,” Mr Windsor said.