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Government caves on veterans' entitlements.



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Mr Michael Organ MP

GOVERNMENT CAVES ON VETERANS' ENTITLEMENTS

The Federal government has committed to enhancing Australian ex-service veterans' entitlements following a question from Cunningham MP Michael Organ today.

Mr. Organ called on the government to respect the long-standing principle of veterans' entitlement remaining unchanged for life, by maintaining the benefits currently available to veterans and their families.

"Vietnam veterans are concerned that changes to totally and permanently incapacitated (TPI) pensions and benefits recommended in the Clarke Review of Veterans' Entitlements will disadvantage a significant number of their comrades", Mr. Organ said.

"In light of the risk of injury, disfigurement and death facing Australian Defence Force personnel committed to the war in Iraq, I have reminded the Minister for Veterans' Affairs today of the obligation to provide a beneficial level of support to veterans and their families for incapacity or death resulting from such service."

"The Minister has agreed that any changes to veterans' benefits which might flow from the Clarke Review will enhance existing arrangements", Mr. Organ concluded.

Michael Organ MP 02 6277 4366 Allen Clark (Media Adviser) 0439 464 439