Senate debates

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Bills

Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016; In Committee

11:25 pm

Photo of Jacqui LambieJacqui Lambie (Tasmania, Independent) Share this | Hansard source

Let me get this right—I want to make sure, because there are a lot of veterans listening to our discussion here and I can tell you that the texts that I am getting are just amazing. They are absolutely ashamed of you people over there. You need to know that you have Veterans Affairs' executives, the ones who are highly paid, sitting right next to them. Let me get this right: the veteran, because of their physical or mental injuries, does not show up at the VRB. Their advocates, who are probably not trained to be there because they are up against lawyers, are walked all over by those seven or eight lawyers sitting at the other end. And that is it, end of game. Don't you see why they need legal representation, at the very least, in that VRB? Please! What the hell is wrong with you?

The CHAIR: I am going to put both Senator Kakoschke-Moore's and Senator Lambie's amendments together, so the question is that schedule 24 and table item 26 in clause 2 stand as printed.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendments; report adopted.

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