On 14 May 2021, the Government provided an update on its response to the Productivity Commission Report, A Better Way to Support Veterans. The Government will finalise any outstanding matters from the Productivity Commission report at the completion of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.
In this edition: Review of Medallic Recognition for RCB • Royal Commission Update • The Douglas Case and Invalidity Benefit Taxation • Federal Election 2022 • The Boys Case
DFWA asked each Party registered for the 2022 Federal Election whether it supported the policy objectives of the DFWA. The DFWA reviewed each Party’s veteran and defence personnel related policies. Check out the scorecard and details of each Party.
The Greens have a suite of policies that specifically affect veterans and have existing veteran policy positions which the Greens have advised remain current.
A March 2022 decision of the Federal Court – Boys v Repatriation Commission – found that the date of clinical onset of cervical spondylosis was the date the veteran had the x-ray that was used to diagnose the illness. This is contrary to DVA policy and existing law regarding clinical onset and diagnosis. Why did it go wrong?
Labor released its Veteran Policies for the 2022 Federal Election – “Labors Plan to Address the Veterans Crisis”.
On 12 April 2022, the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) announced that it would follow the law and implement the tax changes following the 2020 Federal Court Douglas decision. The changes will be implemented for the 19 May 2022 pay-day.
The Coalition released its veteran centric policies for the 2022 Federal Election. Veteran centric budget measures from the Federal Budget 2022-23 have been included.
The Rifle Company Butterworth Review Group commissioned Howard Whitton from Ethicos Group to investigate the Government’s decision making surrounding the “peacetime” classification of RCB service between 1970 and 1989.
In this edition: Budget 2022 • Fair Indexation of Defence Force Superannuation Pensions • Veteran Families Study • Public Trustee • Senator Kitching • Mefloquine and Tafenoquine • Update on Taxation of DFRDB and Military Super Invalidity Benefits • Royal Commission Update