Accept My Support for Wayne Lindsay's Submission
The old War Pensions Act 1954 is finally being replaced by a Veterans Support Act in 2 stages. Stage 1 for pre-1974 veterans and ex-servicemen will be introduced on 1 July 2014. Stage 2 for veterans post 1974 (when ACC came into effect) will be introduced on 1 July 2015. The Select Committee on the Veterans Support Bill are now accepting submissions from individuals and groups. Submissions close on 25 November 2013. I have already mailed my submissions to the Select Committee due to postage delays between Australia and New Zealand.
I will be travelling to New Zealand at my own expense to make a personal appearance before the Select Committee to present my case.
I need as many of you as possible to sign this petition in support of my submission so that I can present the petition to the Select Committee to indicate the level of support that I have to them.
Having been an Advocate for Kiwi ex-servicemen for a number of years and understanding the legalities of a 60 year old worn out War Pensions Act 1954, and having been trained by DVA Australia right up to Advocate level, I have an excellent insight into the intricacies of the new Bill, and have found that the proposed legislation in New Zealand is almost a straight copy of the latest Australian legislation - the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004, I have based my submission on this, with a strong recommendation that all the discretionary decisions that can be made by Claims Officers at VANZ be eliminated.
Also, in the proposed legislation, there is no provision of cover for those who suffered injury or illness whilst carrying out routine service who are no longer resident in New Zealand.
Copies of my Submission have been published on the following sites:
The Red DiamondClub, 1RNZIR and SEA Veterans Association.
Please pass this Petition on to all NZ ex-servicemen on your email lists.
Thank you all, please sign and pass on.
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