Tony Abbott should heed the advice of the Returned and Services Leagues (RSL) after the independent organisation condemned the Government’s unfair ADF pay deal and cuts to the pensions of our veterans and war widows.
The RSL’s national board has passed motions deploring the below-inflation pay deal forced on Australian servicemen and women and the unfair indexation of veterans’ entitlements.
The RSL has accused the Abbott Government of failing to live up to its pre-election promises.
Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, David Feeney, has deplored the Abbott Government’s plans which would see the veteran community $80 per week worse off within 10 years.
“It is hypocritical for Tony Abbott and the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Michael Ronaldson, to say repeatedly that our veterans deserve to be recognised for their unique contribution to Australia – and yet brutally strip away support for them.
“Tony Abbott continues to mislead the Australian public, and demonstrate his careless attitude towards our ADF personnel and the veteran community.”
“Tony Abbott is degrading the remuneration and pensions of our serving and ex-serving ADF members – the very people who protect this country”.
Acting Shadow Minister for Defence, Gai Brodtmann, continues to call on the new Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews to fix the defence pay debacle.
“The new Minister must listen to the advice of the RSL and reverse its shameful decision to cut the real wages of the nation’s 57,000 defence force personnel,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“The Prime Minister has been dragged kicking and screaming to reverse his unfair decision to cut the ADF’s Christmas and Recreation leave, and other entitlements.
“But it is time for the Prime Minister to back down fully and pay our ADF personnel fairly.”
Labor will continue to campaign against this disgraceful decision. There was money allocated in the Budget to pay our ADF personnel properly.
Our service men and women shouldn’t have to fight the Abbott Government for fair pay.