PAULINE HANSONS ONE NATION
One Nation believes in honouring all those who lose their lives or are injured while serving their country in the armed forces, whether volunteers or conscripts, regardless of area of service, rank or status and without discrimination. Any Australian Defence Service personnel injured or killed whilst undertaking activities unique to the Defence Force, within Australia, within a recognised theatre of operations overseas or whilst undertaking other Defence Force activities such as peace keeping duties should have the same status as those who are currently termed "veteran" under the Veterans Entitlement Act.
One Nation will reverse the current ethos permeating government departments dealing with veterans which appears to place the desire to minimise expenditure of public money above the physical and emotional needs of veterans.
All existing Defence Service veterans entitlements will be maintained and the repatriation system and Veterans Entitlement Act will be reviewed, to remove the anomalies and discriminatory elements which have created confusion and concern within the ex-service community.
Direct and appropriate links with ex-service organisations will be maintained and the valuable work of those organisations will continue to be supported.
One Nation recognises and will put into effect the Australian peoples great debt of gratitude to all those veterans of conflicts, campaigns and hazardous peace-time activities in which this nation has been involved. One Nation will:
Service Pension and Disability Allowance
The present system of allocation of entitlements is unsatisfactory in that it discriminates on the basis of gender, location of theatre of war and degree of exposure to hostile enemy forces. One Nation believes that all present and former Australian Defence Force personnel should be treated equally in determining entitlements to compensation and any other type of support which is needed because of their Defence service and that those who remain in Australia to protect the Nation in the event of hostilities on our own soil should be accorded equal recognition as those who are in overseas theatres of operation or who are injured while undertaking activities in peace time which are unique to the Defence Force in preparation for its defence role.
One Nation will increase the amount of both the Service Pension and the Disability Allowance by 10%. Recipients of Service Pensions must be Australian citizens and permanent residents.
One Nation will extend the current Service Pension entitlement by automatically upgrading to Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) status all ex-service personnel who are 70 years of age or over and who are receiving l00% Disability Allowance.
Health and Dental Services
World War I veterans had to wait 55 years before the government provided health-care benefits to those who had survived the War. The World War II veterans are still waiting for these benefits.
The present Governments Budget announcement which extended the Gold Card to World War II veterans is not effective until l January 1999 and, in any event, restricts eligibility to those aged 70 years or older who "incurred actual danger from hostile forces of the enemy."
One Nation will provide all veterans who are Australian citizens and who have permanent residency with a Gold Card at age 70.
At present World War I veterans, of whom there would be probably less than l000 left in Australia, receive a telephone allowance of $42.50 per quarter. By comparison, World War II veterans receive only $l5.60 per quarter.
One Nation will extend the payment of the telephone allowance to all veterans who are Australian citizens and permanent residents at the rate of $42.50 per quarter.
One Nation will repeal all deeming legislation for veterans who are Australian citizens and permanent residents.
The following policy for Nuclear Veterans was released at Gosford R.S.L. on l9 August l998:
One Nation will extend to all Australian service personnel who served at the British Atomic weapons test sites, during the test and during the subsequent clean-up operations, full veteran status under the Veterans Entitlement Act (Hazardous Service Section). The entitlements under this Act are to be extended to the wives, widows and families of the servicemen.
One Nation will grant to the Nuclear Veterans a Veterans Gold card, to be effective immediately.
One Nation will award to the Nuclear Veterans the Australian Service Medal 1945 75 with clasp inscribed either Nuclear" or with a nuclear symbol.
Undertake a review of the Veterans Entitlement Act, which is voluminous and complex, and endeavour to simplify the Act, at the same time removing all discriminatory elements.
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