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​Labor fails to ask one question on veterans

Published date: Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Labor’s Lynda Voltz today failed to ask a single question about the NSW Government’s record on veterans affairs, in a slap to the state’s war heroes and their families.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said it is unprecedented for a shadow spokeswoman to ignore her own portfolio at a Budget Estimates hearing.

“For two hours I answered every question imaginable on Counter Terrorism and Corrections with Ms Voltz even asking questions about signage on fire trucks,” Mr Elliott said.

“Ms Voltz wasted valuable time during the hearing with questions about NSW Fire & Rescue, questions that should have been directed to the Minister for Emergency Services.

“To add insult to injury, the hearing falls during Legacy Week, when veterans and their families are at the forefront of the community’s mind. I renew my call for Luke Foley to remove Ms Voltz from the Veterans Affairs portfolio.”

The Labor representative has a long history of absenteeism from official events and meetings relating to the portfolio. She failed to attend three of the last six meetings of the Anzac Memorial Trust, asked the Member for Campbelltown to represent her at the RSL NSW State Congress, and did not attend the RSL Schools Remember Anzac Ceremony and War Widows Service in the lead up to Anzac Day.

For Labor’s information, highlights of the NSW Veterans Affairs portfolio include:

  • The Veterans Employment Program which has helped more than 650 veteransfind employment, exceeding its target by 227 per cent;
  • A stunning upgrade to the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park;
  • 320 grants awarded to local communities for war memorials and Anzaccommemoration projects; and
  • The 2018 Invictus Games that will take place later this year.