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Labor welcomes Government's amendments



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

LABOR WELCOMES GOVERNMENTS AMENDMENTS

Labor welcomes the Government has flagged amendments to the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other Measures) Bill 2016 which will remove the Public Interest Disclosure provision entirely.

Labor has continually raised concerns about the provisions to release personal information and in light of recent community concerns are pleased the Government has sought to remove the Public Interest Disclosure provision from the bill.

After sending the Bill to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee to investigate Schedule 2, Labor Senators raised specific issues around the release of personals information to correct mistake of fact and misinformation.

While, Labor was continuing to work with the Government to strengthen the rules to ensure veterans were not left any worse off, we believe that their amendment to remove them entirely is appropriate given the amount of community concern.

Labor has always indicated that rules were a disallowable motion and had reserved our right to disallow them if we couldn't achieve appropriate protections for veterans.

However, in light of community concerns, Labor believes this is the simplest solution, to what has proven complex and confusing for the broader veterans’ and ex-service community.

We are pleased the Government and Minister Tehan have listened to our concerns and those of the broader veterans community in dealing with this legislation to deliver better outcomes.

MONDAY, 27 MARCH 2017

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