Senate debates

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Bills

Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016; In Committee

11:11 pm

Photo of Mathias CormannMathias Cormann (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Finance) Share this | Hansard source

As I have indicated before, access to legal aid funding for veterans is available on a non-means tested basis, whereas for an everyday non-veteran citizen a means test would usually apply, and of course there is a merit assessment which does happen in the usual way and that is organised at a state level through the relevant legal aid organisations, bearing in mind, though, that the Commonwealth provides the relevant funding for those organisations. May I also just clarify that access for veterans to legal aid funding is not only not means tested; it is available irrespective of the type of service that was provided, whether it was service oversees or service in Australia.

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