Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Statements by Members
My electorate is home to many wonderful veteran support organisations and volunteers. I work closely with them to help support their work assisting our former service men and women and their families. I was delighted to recently host the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and the secretary of the department for a veterans' services roundtable.
Special thanks to the hosts of the event, president Trevor Chapman and the Marion RSL. Thanks also to those who attended. From our RSLs we had Win Einthal from Blackwood; Trevor Whitelaw and Jim Nicholson from Brighton; Ken Parnell and Jason Davies from Marion; Keith Harrison from Plympton Glenelg; Bill Hignett and Tich Tyson from the Plympton Veterans Centre; Roy Hasda from Colonel Light Gardens; Dr Robert Black from the RAAF Association Mitcham Branch; Nathan Klinge from RSL Care; Rod Murray, RSL regional coordinator; Mal Thiele and Bill Denny from the Vietnam Veterans' Federation and Barry Heffernan from the William Kibby men's shed. We greatly appreciated their suggestions and advice as we greatly appreciate the support and assistance these groups provide to their members, ex-service men and women and their families. I was also delighted to join the minister to announce the government will provide $157,000 in federal funding for Flinders University, in partnership with the William Kibby VC Men's Shed, to develop a program to support younger veterans into tertiary education. I look forward to continuing to work closely with all of these fantastic organisations and, on behalf of everyone in our community, I thank them most sincerely for everything they do.