Restore travel allowance to defence members
  • Petitioned The Australian Government

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The Australian Government

Restore travel allowance to defence members

    1. Mark Koosache
    2. Petition by

      Mark Koosache

      Sydney, Australia


Dear Minister of Defence and Minister for Defence Personnel,

I am an ex member of the Australian Army and the proud father of a young Australian soldier, who is currently serving away from his family.

The free end of year travel home allowance which has been granted to our defence members for decades is crucial in maintaining family links and to ensuring the highest possible morale within our defence force.

The removal of the allowance is an attempt by the government to recover a few dollars at the expense of the well being of our defence members and their families. The removal of the allowance affects some 22,000 members and will recover the government a measly $15 million.

In a time when our government seems happy to spend hundreds of millions on projects outside Australia, the removal of the allowance is a clear indication of the total lack of value placed upon our service members by the government.

Please reconsider the removal of the travel home allowance, and demonstrate the esteem and value that members of our Defence force deserve.

Recent signatures


    1. WE WON

      Mark Koosache
      Petition Organizer

      As of 3pm yesterday the Labor Government caved in and has restored the travel allowances it removed. In the end the government realised that they were done, with even the Greens supporting the return of the allowance. It is interesting to note that only the independent Rob Oakshot opposed it's return.
      This is a huge victory for common sense and people power, and goes to show that if you are right and willing to fight hard you can win, especially with the support of great organisations such as
      Thank you one and all who supported this cause and those who signed the petition.


    2. Reached 12,500 signatures
    3. Thanks so much for the support! But more is needed.

      Mark Koosache
      Petition Organizer

      Please spread the word, and contact your local federal members and voice your outrage. I have been in the print media and on 2JJJ as well as 2GB. Keep the pressure on the government.

    4. Reached 5,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 years ago

      Because it's justified

    • Andrew O'Connor COOROIBAH, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Our soldiers have no choice on where they are posted. They live with changes to kids schooling, environment, friends, clubs, lifestyle, housing and access to family every 2-3 years. This entitlement was just one measure to reduce that impact, and make the soldier feel like someone understands what they do. In the Army our soldiers are the capability, take care of them.

    • Mark Dobber PALMYRA, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The defence force has copped the brunt of the governments cost cutting. Try looking at yourown allowancess not the people who serve this country

    • Tim Connell SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is a very important benefit for ADF members who put in many hours to keep Australia.and her interests safe

    • Lesley King SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      It is important because there are our men and women putting their lives on the for what....? the government can find funds to pay approx $4000 a day for cigarettes for asylum seekers.....who have come here illegally however want to slash defence funding to bring our people home for christmas.....give us a break!!!!!!

      Restore the allowance NOW Julia.......your have done a backflip on many many other the right thing LABOR!!!!


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