Sup­port for vet­er­ans’ pen­sion bill grow­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - The Form -

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.

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