South Lake Macquarie RSL sub-Branch

12,203 supporters

To provide for the well-being, care, compensation and commemoration of serving and ex-serving Defence Force personnel and their dependants and promote Government and Community awareness of the need for a stable and progressive Australia.

Started 2 petitions

Victory
Petitioning Hon. Dan Tehan MP

STOP SCHEDULE 1 OF THE VETERANS’ AFFAIRS LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (OMNIBUS) BILL 2017 [Prov]

"To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled: The petition of the undersigned shows: That Schedule 1 of the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Omnibus) Bill 2017 [Provisions] would erode veterans’ rights by amending the Veterans’ Entitlement Act 1986, creating a new section 155(8A), which will permit a single member of the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB), that being the Principal Member, to summarily dismiss a veteran’s application prior to a hearing by three member of the VRB Board.  This is inconsistent with why the VRB was first created in 1986 and will likely cause unintended consequences to vulnerable veterans who lodged applications with the VRB. That the Senate omit Schedule 1 of the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Omnibus) Bill 2017 [Provisions] in order to protect vulnerable veterans’ access to the VRB.” There is wide support for this cause  as indicated below:  Senator Jacqui Lambie of Tasmania has opposed this and wrote a dissent in the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee report which is available at: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Foreign_Affairs_Defence_and_Trade/VeteransOmnibusBill/Report The RSL has opposed the newly proposed section.  The RSL’s submission to the Senate FADT Committee is available at: http://www.aph.gov.au/DocumentStore.ashx?id=0708e697-92d1-4cb8-93b7-3698e022e4d6&subId=511237  Military compensation law expert Brian Briggs has opposed the newly proposed section.  Mr Briggs’ submission to the Senate FADT Committee is available at: http://www.aph.gov.au/DocumentStore.ashx?id=89be49ee-2c77-424b-a7b8-89568cf7b0c0&subId=511117

South Lake Macquarie RSL sub-Branch
2,162 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Senator Jacqui Lambie, Dan Tehan

Stop Veterans Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness & Other Measures) Bill 2016

"To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled: The petition of the undersigned shows: that there was no independent Privacy Impact Assessment on the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other Measures) Bill 2016 before it passed in the House of Representatives. As such there are serious issues surrounding veterans’ privacy protections of their records which warrant redress in the Senate during consideration of the bill. Until there is an independent privacy assessment the bill should be blocked, and not permitted to proceed on a vote. The term “public interest” was modelled from social security law and as such there was no independent privacy assessment concerning protections that should be afforded to Australian Defence Force service personnel and veterans as it applies to their personnel and medical records – especially to those who have had protected identities. This bill enables the secretary of veterans affairs to release veterans personal information to shut down criticism of DVA by individuals or Ex-service Organisations. There have been past instances of defence personnel and their families being harassed through a hate mail campaign. For example, such as Man Haron Monis undertaking a campaign against Australian troops and widows. A law which may allow a government official to release private records of a veteran, and if that private information got into the wrong hands, may see a repeat of what occurred with regard to Mr Monis' harassment. http://www.dva.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/site-information/drbpi_execsumm.pdf https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2016B00193 http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-02/government-wants-new-power-to-release-veterans-personal-info/8320268?pfmredir=sm  

South Lake Macquarie RSL sub-Branch
10,041 supporters