Senate debates

Monday, 24 November 2014


Defence Personnel

4:26 pm

Photo of Anne McEwenAnne McEwen (SA, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

At the request of Senator Conroy, I move:

That the Senate calls on the Abbott Government to immediately request

That the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal reconsider the Government's pay offer, which cuts the real pay and conditions of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, for the following reasons – the original offer:

(a) was unfair and wrong, particularly in light of the 2014-15 Budget allocating funding for an above inflation pay rise for ADF personnel;

(b) is affecting morale and is likely to affect recruitment;

(c) has caused a backlash amongst ADF servicemen and women, their families, and the wider community; and

(d) should be changed to ensure a fair deal for our ADF personnel.

Question agreed to.