Cry For Help - 17th March 2003, by Greg Tingle
I suggest that something needs fixing in the Australian
allocation of funds when Australian war veterans are
having to contact media and pr companies about their
financial and well-being.
happened to community safeguard and supporting your
fellow man (and woman).
of these veterans went to war to save us (the Australian
people). Now, can the Australian community "go
to war" to save them?
this leave the current Australian men and women deployed
overseas to help in the fight against terrorism?
you can clearly see from the communication below,
The Veteran's can "add up".
the word's of the important Jeff Fenech, "wes
members of the ex-service community request that the
SENATE reject the Governments proposed response to
the Clark Report.
Government has itself rejected most of the recommendations
of the Clark Review which was supposedly set up without
interference from the Government or its Departments.
are all now fully aware that the inquiry was simply
a stalling tactic and smokescreen to keep the Veteran
quiet until the Elections were called.
miserly response is seen for exactly what it is -
A sugar coated pill and By no means addresses the
concerns of the Veteran Community.
must be highlighted that the RSL does NOT Represent
the MAJORITY of Veterans and the comment by Mr Bill
RSL President that "we will accept whatever the
Government gives us etc"is seen by the Veteran
Community to be treasonous to cause.
Man is no more than a puppet who dances to the Government
fiddle,with his highly paid pension and no idea of
the Financial Problems facing the Veteran Community
who live from fortnight to fortnight on just over
40% of the Male Total Average Weekly Earnings.
We are Needy
And have to ask only for a Fair Go to Raise Our Families
in a Manner Commensurate
with the General Population.
We asked for a benchmark to be set so that Conditions
Erode NO FUTHER.
We did not ask for 100% of MTAWE but 60% increasing
to a maximum of 75% over the next four budgets.
What did we get as a benchmark?
Nothing....Totally and Permanently Incapacitated recipients
receive $762:80 per fortnight as COMPENSATION for
being Totally disable in the service of their Country.
Can You Raise Your Family On This and whatever you
can Scrape From Centrelink?
ask that the Senate Rejects the Governments pitiful
Reponse and send it back to John Howard telling him
that it is NOT enough and Demand that T.P.I payments
be benchmarked. Keep in mind that an Election is coming
and We WILL be watching Closely - So Will Our Families.
And Currently Serving Personnel and Their Families.
There are a lot of Votes in the Ex-Service and the
The Email below is one of many that are doing the
rounds and We WILL bring down those who do not support
For those who Believe That They are Being Looked After
by This Mean and Tricky Government
The Prime Minister
"The Package is worth $267 million over 5 years.It
is evident of the strength of the Governments Commitment
to its Veterans Community"
KEEP THIS QUOTE IN MIND WHEN YOU PERUSE THE FOLLOWING>
Also please keep in mind that in Minister Vales own
briefing notes to the party room she admits that the
Special Rate has Eroded by $78.00 PF since 1997.
Maths Lesson for You All.
$78.00 for each TPI multiplied by 26 fortnights in
a year =$2028 lost this year alone by EVERY T.P.I
$2028 multiplied by 27,000 TPIs
= $ 55 million
$55m multiplied by 5 years = $275 million.
THAT IS WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL STEAL FROM THE POCKETS
OF T.P.Is OVER THE NEXT 5 YEARS.
This Mean and Tricky Howard Government has just annouced
a "generous" increase in Veterans Entitlements
of $267 million over the next 5 years.
If I'm not mistaken that shows a DIVIDEND IN FAVOUR
OF THE GOVERNMENT of some $12 million.
Aren't you all so glad that the Howard Governments
Commitment to the Veteran Community is NO stronger
than it is.
Please keep in mind only part of your Special Rate
will be indexed to MTAWE or the CPI, whichever is
Approx 60% will be indexed to MTAWE and the remaining
40% will continue to Erode, because of indexing to
Instead of losing $78.00 PF over 7 years you are likely
to lose approx $30.00 PF over the next 7 years.
Remember it took 8 years to drag this Howard Government,
Kicking and screaming, to deliver this FARCE.
This Package is the Stingiest,meanest,most miserable
that the PM could Force past his backbenchers.
Please contact your local Federal Member and tell
It is an Insult.
FROM Glynis Howarth - 1st April 2004
I have just spent most of the night trying to calm
my husband down
He is finding his memories are haunting him
He is unable to forget
I am Telling as many people as I can as the Governments
just ignore me
They DISOBEYED AN ORDER when this beautiful Man returned
to Australia on a midnight flight
There are quite a few in severe distress
I know allan has always felt inferior
He suffers GREATLY
Only to be ignored by our governments
I can't ignore this Wrong anymore
Please can you help allan get his Soul back and smile
and mean it
His life is so sad
I am emailing you as you have not given me an answer
for my husbands neglect of REHABILITATION Ordered
by a Medical Professional in 1970 To all the pain
and suffering his family have endured
I need to know danna
Allan has been through so much that its about time
you 'Gave him his life back'
The suffering and pain he feels I literally feel also
Usually after allan has had a few drinks he tells
me his worst experiences he endured in Vietnam
I am with Allan 24/7
I am his confidante
I am the only person besides our kids that allan trusts
I have to listen to such horror at times that I am
mentally in a state
I cannot sleep
This are sheer horror
People do not realise just what I have witnessed
I have lost my fear threshold
I had a life once along time ago and then came a war
and wounded but then came the government and they
destroyed not just one but four
So Far you have shown me we are not important
I WANT AN ANSWER TO MY REQUEST
Awaiting your reply
Media Man Australia website links:
War Veterans Supporting All Veterans
Veterans Association of Australia
of Veterans' Affairs
Vietnam Veterans Trust Education Assistance Scheme
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