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Caring for Veterans Must Extend Beyond the War

Vietnam Veterans’ Remembrance Day and the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan is a timely moment to consider the ongoing costs of war, according to Greens Veterans’ Affairs spokesperson Penny Wright.

“As a society we send people off to serve on our behalf.  We must then ensure that we look after them properly when they return,” Senator Wright said.

“As we consider the brave service of our soldiers in Vietnam, we must also reflect on the problems faced by veterans and their families when they return home from war.

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Do the right thing by veterans

The Australian Greens have called on the Australian Government to properly compensate the victims of the atomic testing at Maralinga.

The Greens spokesperson for nuclear issues and legal affairs, Senator Scott Ludlam, said the hopes of Australian veterans for compensation for exposure to nuclear testing in the 1950s had been undermined by a decision of the British Court of Appeal.

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Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (2010 Budget Measures) Bill 2010

I will make some brief remarks on the Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (2010 Budget Measures) Bill 2010 and related bill. Veterans of British atomic weapons testing that occurred in Australia between 1952 and 1963 at Maralinga, Emu Field and the Monte Bello Islands have been calling for compensation for a very long time. Some of them have joined a class action in Britain now that the EU high court has ruled that they deserve a day in court so that they can make their case.

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Nuclear Veterans

Senator LUDLAM (2.24 pm)-My question is to the Minister for Defence representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs. While the amount of compensation allocated in the budget is clearly insufficient, the Greens join others in welcoming the long overdue recognition of severe health impacts on Australian Defence personnel who were exposed to ionising radiation from nuclear tests. Beyond the compensation measures announced in the budget, veterans are also calling for full comprehensive health care in particular at a gold card standard.

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Veterans’ Affairs: Clarke Review

(Question No. 2497)
Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 21 December 2009:

(1) With reference to the review announced on 9 September 2008 to revisit the Clarke Review recommendations which were rejected by the then Prime Minister, Mr John Howard, has it reported; if not, when will this review be completed.

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Veterans’ partners’ payments secured

The Australian Greens this week ensured financial security for the most vulnerable of veterans' partners in the event of a relationship breakdown.

"The Greens have succeeded in ensuring common sense amendments to the partner pensions legislation that will protect a very vulnerable group of people who have already suffered a lot and who stood to face further suffering by elements of this Bill," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Veterans & Pensions

The Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Further 2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008 is an omnibus bill that deals with three very different but important issues for families. Schedule 1 introduces changes to the maternity immunisation allowance, which will see payments to families split into two parts. Each payment will now be timed to coincide with the due date of the immunisation. This measure also extends eligibility to families who have adopted children from overseas.

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Greens support improved benefits for veterans

The Australian Greens today announced support for improving benefits for veterans.

"We have obligations and a duty of care to Australian veterans,"

Greens Senator Bob Brown said.

"Veterans deserve adequate income support but under the Coalition they had been left behind because of the way government indexes some pensions.

"The Greens are committed to lifting income support payments for veterans unable to work or to find work, so that they are at least as good as the aged pension."

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