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Peacekeepers deserve Honour Roll recognition

The Australian War Memorial Council must recognise the vast public support for recognition of peacekeepers on the National Honour Roll, says Australian Greens Spokesperson on Veterans Affairs, Senator Penny Wright.

"As a society, it is important that we recognise those who have served, and continue to serve, on our behalf," Senator Wright said. "We must always be conscious of their efforts, their sacrifice, and never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of us all.

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Senator Wright motion to recognise Peacekeepers on Roll of Honour

I move that the Senate

(a)    notes that:

(i)      Australian peacekeepers make a significant contribution to international peace and security;

(ii)    Forty-eight Australians have died on peacekeeping missions overseas;

(iii)   Over 19,000 individuals have signed a community petition calling for the 48 Australian peacekeepers who have died in the service of their country to receive equal recognition and be placed on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial;

(b)   calls on the Government to:

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Estimates: Injured Service Personnel questions

Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 
Department of Veterans' Affairs 

20 November, 2013

Senator WRIGHT: I am asking a question about cases where Australian Defence Force personnel are injured during deployment and they lose the tax exemption that would normally apply during their deployment under section 23AD of the taxation act. Is that a scenario that people in the department are familiar with? I imagine it is.

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Peacekeeper Honour Roll Delayed

The Australian Greens will continue to campaign for formal recognition of peacekeepers who died serving the nation to be included on the Honour Roll at the Australian War Memorial, despite the AWM council's resolution to postpone a decision until 2013.

Australian Greens spokesperson for Veterans Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said greater recognition was needed for the valuable contribution Australians made to the international peacekeeping effort.

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Remembering and caring for those who serve Australia: Greens

Commemorating Remembrance Day today, Australian Greens spokesperson for Veterans Affairs and Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, acknowledged the sacrifice of Australians who have died serving our country and recognised the enduring impacts of service on veterans and their families.

"As we give thanks for the generous service of our Australian Defence personnel on Remembrance Day, we should also consider the challenges faced by veterans who return home from war - and their families," Senator Wright said.

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Entitlement changes for wounded troops commonsense

The Australian Greens today supported calls for changed entitlements so wounded Australian soldiers can continue to accrue tax-free pay and leave while in rehabilitation or outpatient treatment.

 Australian Greens spokesperson for Veterans Affairs Senator Penny Wright said the changes, recommended by the South Australian Veterans Affairs Advisory Council, were a matter of fairness and common sense.

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