The Returned and Services League’s evidence before a Senate Committee inquiry into the operations of Defence Housing Australia has shown once again that this Liberal Government cannot be trusted.
When the RSL National President met with then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott and then-Defence Minister Kevin Andrews in 2015, he was told unequivocally that DHA would not be privatised.
But as RSL Chief Executive Officer Samantha Jackman told the Committee:
“Quite frankly, we did come away from that meeting with assurances, and we did feel comfortable. When changes happened towards the end of last year, we did begin to feel nervous about the future of DHA and thus we have raised the issue since.”
SAMANTHA JACKMAN, RSL CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, 23 MARCH 2016
The Australian Defence Association’s Executive Director Neil James echoed the sentiment:
“Just as the RSL weren’t reassured by what the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister said to them, the ADA’s not reassured by the failure of the Finance Minister to unequivocally state that DHA will not be privatised.”
NEIL JAMES, ADA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, 23 MARCH 2016
Labor calls on the Government to clarify its position on the privatisation of DHA, once and for all.
It is not acceptable for this Government to keep Defence families in the dark over its plans.
Access to affordable, quality, well situated housing for our defence personnel and their families is a key force enabler. It is vital to the ADF’s ability to recruit and retain personnel.
DHA has a proven track record of delivering for serving personnel and their families.
ADF personnel and their families deserve better than this Government’s backflips and equivocation.
The Liberal Government must come clean on its on-again off-again privatisation plans for DHA.
THURSDAY, 24 MARCH 2016