Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Defence Force) Bill 2017; In Committee
I want to go back to recommendation 6:
The committee recommends that the Australian Government make a reference to the Productivity Commission to simplify the legislative framework of compensation and rehabilitation for service members and veterans.
I want to know, firstly, why you haven't put that recommendation through and whether you have any intention of putting that through, and, secondly, if you do, why we are in here now spending time on amending legislation requirements that involve veterans in the acts. Right now you have the VEA, the SRCA, the MRCA, the DRCA and ComSuper. You are supposed to be streamlining processes. You've just added another one, and we now have five. Please, can you explain to me what pig-headedness would possibly make any changes right now without carrying out this recommendation? Why would you not let the Productivity Commission go in there and do the job which we can quite clearly see both sides of parliament have made a mess of, year in, year out, and can no longer clean up? They have lost the plot.