p> The new Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, said the opposition’s claims that veterans’ entitlements may be cut under this Government are both irresponsible and baseless.
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Defence Science and Personnel and Indigenous Health
October 6 2010
The new Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, said the opposition’s claims that veterans’ entitlements may be cut under this Government are both irresponsible and baseless.
Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Michael Ronaldson, has released a statement claiming that veterans’ entitlements will be cut under the Labor Government.
“Our track record has shown just the opposite. Investment in veterans’ entitlements has risen substantially in the past three years, with spending increasing by more than $1.1 billion to $12.1b since Labor came into power,” Mr Snowdon said.
“The Federal Government is investing heavily in compensation, support and healthcare, and to illustrate our commitment we have announced another $246.4 million for initiatives, including $152.7 million to help veterans with chronic health problems, in the latest federal budget.
“Michael Ronaldson should do his homework first before he starts scaremongering. If he doesn’t understand our track record on veterans’ affairs, I’m happy to take him through it.
“It is also irresponsible to try to pre-empt or speculate on the findings of the review into military compensation. To suggest that the review may be compromised in any way is plain wrong.”
Mr Snowdon said the Gillard Labor Government has set strict spending limits, and is committed to them.
“In the past three budgets we’ve made $83.6 billion in savings to meet the cost of key reforms, and we intend to continue that discipline and return the budget to surplus in 2012-13.”