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03 April 2014

The Abbott Coalition Government has delivered its election promise to 57,000 military superannuants and their families.

The 1200 veterans living in Dickson will benefit from the Government’s legislation which delivers fair indexation. 

Peter Dutton last week welcomed the passage of the Defence Force Retirement Benefits Legislation Amendment (Fair Indexation) Bill 2014 through the Senate, giving effect to the Government’s commitment to give veterans a fair go in Dickson and across Australia. 

"I have been fighting for this outcome for many years and it is a great result for our local veterans" said Mr Dutton.

“Thursday 27 March 2014 was a day for fairness.  The Government fulfilled its pledge to give veterans a fair go.  We made a promise and we have kept it to the letter”, Mr Dutton said.

“From 1 July 2015, Defence Forces Retirement Benefits scheme (DFRB) and Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits scheme (DFRDB) military superannuants aged 55 and over will have their pensions indexed in the same way as age and service pensions. The fair indexation provisions will also extend to reversionary (widow) pensioners aged 55 and over.” 

“This has been a long fought campaign for equity, justice and fairness, by the entire veteran community across Australia. The Coalition promised our veterans a fair go before the 2010 and 2013 elections and now we have delivered our promise.”

“The passing of this legislation confirms this Government’s recognition of the unique nature of military service and the sacrifices military personnel and their families make on behalf of all Australians.”

“This legislation is an investment in fairness and will ensure the purchasing power of DFRB and DFRDB military superannuation pensions is maintained.”

“By passing this legislation last Thursday, veterans and their families have finally been delivered the fair go that they deserve, and that they were promised”, Mr Dutton said.  

 

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