An Albanese Labor Government will fix the crisis in Veterans’ Affairs and restore the respect our veterans and their families deserve.
Under this government, the backlog of unresolved claims for veterans’ support has blown out to 60,000. It took one of Mr Morrison’s own ministers to threaten to resign over the issue before the Prime Minister even took any notice.
Day after day, the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide is hearing the devastating impact this failure is having on veterans and their families.
This is a national disgrace which must be addressed.
Today Labor is announcing a $519.2 million plan to repair a decade of damage and neglect, and strengthen the services veterans and their families count on.
Labor’s plan includes:
These commitments are in addition to Labor’s already announced policies of $30 million for emergency housing for veterans experiencing homelessness, and $38.1 million for veteran-led disaster response organisation Disaster Relief Australia.
Quotes attributable to Anthony Albanese, Labor Leader:
“The crisis in Veterans’ Affairs is a national disgrace.
“For so many of our veterans, the war does not end when they leave the battlefield. Just as they stepped up for us, we must step up for them.”
Quotes attributable to Brendan O’Connor, Shadow Defence Minister:
“The ADF’s best asset are the men and women who serve it.
“They need to know that the respect and support they get during their service years doesn’t disappear the moment they transition to civilian life.
“Labor’s comprehensive package will allow our serving men and women today to focus on their jobs today knowing they don’t have to worry about tomorrow.”
Quotes attributable to Shayne Neumann, Shadow Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel Minister:
“As Minister Gee said only a few weeks ago, the Morrison Government blow out in claims processing times is a national disgrace.
“Defence personnel, veterans and their families feel disrespected and disregarded by this Prime Minster who only shows up when he needs something from them.”