Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Minister Bows To Pressure

Minister Bows To Pressure

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse has bowed to pressure to extend eligibility for the veteran’s pension, says New Zealand First.

“New Zealand First has pushed for urgent changes to be made to the Veterans Support Bill after appalling treatment of veterans who have been brushed off and been unable to receive war pensions and disability allowances,” says Veterans Affairs Spokesperson Andrew Williams.

“The Minister has finally seen the light, and brought in an amendment to extend eligibility for the veteran’s pension to all veterans over the age of 65 - this mirrors the amendments we have put forward.

“We’ve been sitting in select committee hearings for several months with submissions being heard from all quarters seeking this significant change. The Minister has steadfastly refused to entertain any inclusion of this provision and has knocked us back time and again.

“It would seem change is only now happening as a result of the Minister being backed into a corner. He should have realised all along that this was the right thing to do for our veterans.

“New Zealand First is continuing to advocate that all veterans should receive the benefit of the doubt with medical claims.

“The New Zealand Defence Force has conceded in the past that veterans would not be disadvantaged as a result of errors in handling their medical records. They need to honour that commitment in good faith in recognition of all those who have served their country.

“We have put forward an amendment for the Bill today that veterans must be given the benefit of the doubt arising from missing or insufficient NZDF medical records as to whether a veteran suffered injury, illness or death on operational service, and this is presumed to have occurred while the veteran was performing qualifying operational service,” says Mr Williams.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news