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LATEST CAMARADERIE 23 Mar 2017

DFWA has made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Defence Annual Report.  Go to SUBMISSIONS to read this an other recent submissions.

LATEST CAMARADERIE 29 Nov 2016

On 18 Nov 2016 the DFWA National President appeared before the Senate Committee.  Read more here.

Attached is a copy of a Media Statement issued today by the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO) who are beginning to wonder whether, three weeks out from the upcoming Federal election, Australia's serving and ex serving communities will see the light of day of any substantive policies from those political parties, and even the Independents, seeking election to Federal Parliament.

That is notwithstanding a series of fine words from both the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader during recent speeches they gave where each in their own way unequivocally acknowledged that the nation as a whole must do better than in the past to support and care for the men and women of the Australian Defence Force who had been prepared to pay the ultimate price in service to their country.

ADSO makes a plea to the Government, to the Opposition and the other parties, including the Independents: Bring out your policies so we can all see how you intend (or not) to support and care for those you so readily send to war.

Below is a copy of a Media Statement issued today by the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO) who welcome that at least one of the major parties has heeded consistent calls by Australia's serving and ex serving communities to reveal their policies towards them.

Thus far there had been almost a deafening silence on all fronts in that regard. That has given little confidence that there has been actual substance to recent grand speeches by each leader in turn that they thought the nation as a whole must do better than in the past to support and care for the men and women of the Australian Defence Force, all of whom had been prepared to pay the ultimate price in service to their country.

By at least announcing some policy initiatives, including a long sought after First Principles Review of Veterans’ Affairs, the Labor Opposition has at least given some hope that veterans’ policies are being considered in some quarters.

Its announcement to implement a positive program involving the States to tackle homelessness and suicides among veterans is another important initiative, as was bringing transparency to the ADF pay determination process to stop ‘behind closed doors’ outcomes.

Member organisation of ADSO again issue a plea to all side of politics, particularly to the Government and to the Opposition, let your full veterans’ policies see the light of day soon so we can all see how you intend to support and care for those you so readily send to war.

Below is a copy of a Media Statement issued today by the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO) who have welcomed the announcement by the Government of its policies towards serving and former members of the Australian Defence Force, including their families. That announcement follows on from a Labor one made a week or so earlier, and a slow trickle feed of policies from the other parties contesting the upcoming elections.

Disappointingly, both the Coalition Government and Labor completely excluded mention of three significant issues of uppermost importance to the veterans community as a whole. ADSO had hoped for those issues to have been addressed by the major parties. They included enacting an Australian Military Accord; restoring loss of value to disabled veterans’ pensions and providing them and their families with a replacement income level sufficient for them to live in dignity; and removing the remaining discriminatory provisions of previous military superannuation schemes.

ADSO calls on all sides of politics to go bi-partisan and support redress of these key objectives.