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Estimates: Injured Service Personnel questions

Penny Wright 20 Nov 2012

Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 
Department of Veterans' Affairs 

20 November, 2013

Senator WRIGHT: I am asking a question about cases where Australian Defence Force personnel are injured during deployment and they lose the tax exemption that would normally apply during their deployment under section 23AD of the taxation act. Is that a scenario that people in the department are familiar with? I imagine it is.

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Government rolls WA out like a welcome mat for US military

The Australian Greens have urged the Federal Government to consult widely with the West Australian public before turning HMAS Stirling into a major American military hub.

The Greens spokesperson assisting on Defence, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said rolling Western Australia out "like a welcome mat" would reduce the flexibility and independence of Australian foreign and defence policy.

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Peacekeeper Honour Roll Delayed

Penny Wright 13 Nov 2012

The Australian Greens will continue to campaign for formal recognition of peacekeepers who died serving the nation to be included on the Honour Roll at the Australian War Memorial, despite the AWM council's resolution to postpone a decision until 2013.

Australian Greens spokesperson for Veterans Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said greater recognition was needed for the valuable contribution Australians made to the international peacekeeping effort.

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US says jump, Government asks ‘how high’ at AUSMIN

The Greens have urged the Government to put Australian interests first at the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultation starting tomorrow, starting with the release of the legal agreement underpinning the increased US military presence in Australia.

Australian Greens spokesperson assisting on Defence, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said that US-Australian defence deals had been "a one-way street" for too long.

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Coalition sinks to new depths with nuclear submarine plot

The Greens have urged Labor to stand firm against increasingly unhinged calls for the acquisition or leasing of American nuclear attack submarines.

Australian Greens spokesperson assisting on Defence, Senator Scott Ludlam, said the Coalition and Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon had "taken leave of their senses" on nuclear submarines.

"Labor should ignore these ill-conceived schemes. Leasing nuclear submarines from the United States would hamstring Australia's defence flexibility and foreign policy independence, and eliminate the possibility of local maintenance work in Australia.

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Remembering and caring for those who serve Australia: Greens

Commemorating Remembrance Day today, Australian Greens spokesperson for Veterans Affairs and Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, acknowledged the sacrifice of Australians who have died serving our country and recognised the enduring impacts of service on veterans and their families.

"As we give thanks for the generous service of our Australian Defence personnel on Remembrance Day, we should also consider the challenges faced by veterans who return home from war - and their families," Senator Wright said.

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Coalition votes against its own amendment and sells out Australian universities

The major parties have colluded to throw Australia's research sector into a bipartisan black hole, the Australian Greens said today after the Coalition voted to defeat its own key amendment to the Defence Trade Controls Treaty Bill.

"Tony Abbott's ‘just say no' madness now even extends to amendments moved by his own side. It looks like Mr Abbott got pulled into line by the US Government overnight," said Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Entitlement changes for wounded troops commonsense

Penny Wright 15 Oct 2012

The Australian Greens today supported calls for changed entitlements so wounded Australian soldiers can continue to accrue tax-free pay and leave while in rehabilitation or outpatient treatment.

 Australian Greens spokesperson for Veterans Affairs Senator Penny Wright said the changes, recommended by the South Australian Veterans Affairs Advisory Council, were a matter of fairness and common sense.

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Include peacekeepers on the Honour Roll

Penny Wright 11 Oct 2012

The Australian Greens today will be calling for Australian peacekeepers who died as part of their service, to be included on the Honour Roll at the Australian War Memorial.

Greens spokesperson for Veterans Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, will move a motion in the Senate later today, calling on the Government to request the Australian War Memorial Council to consider this move. Senator Wright said she encouraged, and expected, both the old parties to support this important call.

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