Statement - The Turnbull Government needs to prioritise Veterans Affairs immediately - 26th February 2018

February 26, 2018



The Turnbull Government needs to prioritise Veterans Affairs immediately


Today the National Party voted for their new Leader, the Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack MP who will also take on the role of Deputy Prime Minister.

Cathy O’Toole, Member for Herbert said, “The Government now needs to decide how the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Minister for Defence Personnel, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC and the Minister for Veterans Affairs will possibly manage to do justice to the Veterans Affairs portfolio?

The question is who will answer the Senate Estimates questions for Veterans Affairs?

Who will lead Veteran’s legislation debate that is due this week?

Will that person be the newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister?”

The Turnbull Government needs to confirm who will be the Veterans Affairs Minister?”

It is not fair that our veterans are required to put their concerns on hold while the Turnbull Government, yet again, sorts out its Cabinet.

Townsville is the largest garrison city in Australia and we have the largest veteran population and we deserve to know which Minister will be appointed to the role of Minister for Veterans Affairs.

If a new Minister for Veterans Affairs is appointed, this will make three Ministers in three months.

Cathy O’Toole, Member for Herbert said that “this is absolutely disgraceful and a real slap in the face to those who have served our country.

There are over 5,700 veterans, ex-service personnel and families who access services from DVA in the Herbert electorate. 

These men and women and their families deserve consistency, stability and transparency from the Minister for Veterans Affairs.

It is unacceptable that the Turnbull Government has a revolving door of Ministers for Veterans Affairs.

I am very concerned that the constant change in the Veteran Affairs Minister’s will mean that the recommendations from the Inquiry into Veteran’s Suicide will not be appropriately managed to the standard that veterans deserve.

Our veterans deserve better.”