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Defence Minister says ADF personnel "not worse off"

Defence Minister David Johnston has made the extraordinary claim this afternoon that Australian Defence Force personnel are not worse off following the Government’s unfair ADF pay deal.

The pay deal cuts the real pay and conditions of our service men and women, including slashing precious Christmas and Recreation leave.

The deal also cuts the Members with Dependants Food Allowance for ADF personnel worth $4,900 a year - replacing it with a one off payment of $385.

The Defence Minister has defended the unfair pay deal, telling the Senate:

“They’re (ADF personnel) not worse off.”

Senate Question Time, 24 NOVEMBER 2014

“This is an extraordinary claim by an out-of-touch Government,” Shadow Minister for Defence Stephen Conroy said.

“Our service men and women shouldn’t have to fight the Abbott Government for decent pay and conditions.”

Senator Johnston’s insensitive remarks came as the Senate passed a motion calling on the Liberals to immediately request the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal reconsider the Government’s unfair pay deal.

“The Government has until 1 December to take this action – the clock is ticking,” Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Gai Brodtmann said.

“Given the outrage within ADF ranks, their families, and the wider community over the Government’s decision to cut the real wages of ADF personnel, there are undoubtedly sufficient grounds to seek a reconsideration from the DFRT.

“The Government’s own budget figures show that they have the money to pay our servicemen and women properly.

"The Prime Minister has until 1 December to write to the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal and reverse this callous decision."