Support for veterans’ pension bill growing
SUPPORT is growing behind a move to bring fairness to the veterans pension scheme.
Shadow spokesman on the Defence Force and Defence Support, Senator Ian Macdonald said the response to a petition calling on the Federal Government to index veterans’ pensions has been very positive.
‘‘ After publicity in the Our Defenders section last week, we’ve had dozens of people in the office to sign the petition,’’ he said.
‘ ‘ S o m e p e o p l e h a v e asked for copies of the petition to take away with them, so there’s obviously great empathy in the community for our veterans.’’
The petition calls on the Government to stop treating defence force veterans like second-class citizens by opposing indexation of veterans’ pension payments.
The p e t i t i o n c a n b e s i g n e d a t S e n . Macdonald’s office, 131 Denham Street in the city or at the office of Ewen Jones, Federal Member for Herbert, at the corner of Nathan St and Ross River Rd.
Sen. Macdonald yesterday again urged the Government to support the Defence Force Retirement a n d D e a t h B e n e f i t s A m e n d m e n t ( F a i r Indexation) Bill. The bill was introduced into the S e n a t e b y Oppo s i t i o n spokesman on veterans aff a i r s Se nat o r Michael Ronaldson late last year.