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Labor advocates better outcomes for our veterans



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THE HON AMANDA RISHWORTH MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL FEDERAL MEMBER FOR KINGSTON

LABOR ADVOCATES BETTER OUTCOMES FOR OUR VETERANS

Labor has been working tirelessly to safeguard protections and deliver better outcomes for veterans since the Government introduced the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other Measures) Bill 2016.

Labor is supportive of measures within this legislation that could make the claims process smoother and easier for veterans’ to deal with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

In light of the Government’s Centrelink robo-debt disaster, there were community concerns about the removal of human decision making in cases that were not beneficial to a veteran.

Labor will move amendments to this legislation to ensure that while a positive decision in favour of a veteran can be processed by a computer, a negative outcome would be reviewed by a delegate.

Labor believes by doing this there is the potential for designing a more timely claims process, but also ensures that a person would consider and determine any claims which are not initially in the veterans favour.

Labor has consistently raised concerns with the disclosure of personal information and has been arguing that safeguards are put in place to protect veterans privacy.

Labor continues to believe that using personal information to correct the public record in cases such as mistake of fact is not appropriate.

It is because of this reason that we continue to work in the Parliament for a satisfactory resolution.

FRIDAY, 24 MARCH 2017

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