Thursday, 15 September 2016
Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016; In Committee
I am going to the legal aid funding. The single appeal pathway to the VRB brings with it the right for legal aid for veterans with overseas service—deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan—irrespective of a means-test and based on the merits of the case. For the majority of veterans injured during their normal service—that is, non-overseas service—they are highly unlikely to be eligible for legal aid under the respective state and territory legal aid means-test, as the means-test is stringent. Minister, can you explain to me how you have offered them all legal aid and they are all going to be covered legal aid because I am a little confused?