GAI BRODTMANN MP
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR DEFENCE
Thousands of Australians have shown their contempt for the Abbott Government’s real cut to ADF pay and conditions.
More than 20,600 people have signed a petition on website Change.org opposing the Government’s below inflation pay increase of 1.5 percent and cuts to Christmas and Recreational Leave.
This is in addition to thousands voicing their concerns on social media.
The Defence Force Welfare Association’s Facebook page has been inundated with complaints and comments.
One woman wrote “I saw my husband for 55 days in total last year and this is what we get.”
“The Prime Minister needs to listen to the concerns of Australians, particularly those ADF members and their families who will be worse off under this deal,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“Over the past three years, ADF wages have increased by an average of 3 percent every year.
“Australia asks our ADF personnel to defend our country and protect our national security – Labor is asking the Government to pay them properly and give them appropriate leave.
“Our Defence Force shouldn’t have to fight our Government for decent pay and conditions.”
Thursday, 6 November 2014
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