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Labour policy insulting to veterans

Hon John Carter MP National Party Veterans Affairs Spokesman

05 September 2005

Labour policy insulting to veterans

National Party Veterans Affairs spokesman John Carter says Labour's Veterans Affairs Policy is an insult to veterans.

"Labour's policy reflects the incompetence of an incompetent Minister. There is no vision and no way forward. It's big on meaningless rhetoric but totally lacking in substance," says Mr Carter.

"The whole focus appears to be on building new memorials, no doubt on the basis that they will provide significant photo opportunities for the Prime Minister.

"Where is the commitment to undertake the long overdue review of the War Pensions Act?

"Where is there any acknowledgement of concern that it takes three to four weeks to organise a sickness benefit as opposed to the six to 12 months for a War Disablement Pension application to be processed?

"The header on the policy release 'Honouring Our Veterans' is a sad, sad joke," says Mr Carter.

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