Labor pledges mandatory reporting of veterans’ health and social outcomes

5 Sep 2018

In a ‘covenant’ with defence personnel, Labor will commit ‘to look after those who have sacrificed for our nation’

Labor has promised to introduce mandatory reporting of health and social outcomes of veterans, as part of a “covenant” with defence personnel.

Bill ShortenBill Shorten will make the policy commitment in Townsville on Wednesday, promising to formalise Australia’s “commitment to look after those who have sacrificed for our nation”.

If elected, Labor will draft a non-binding symbolic statement of principles, based on the United Kingdom’s military covenant, which promises British soldiers “fair treatment, to be valued and respected as individuals, and that they (and their families) will be sustained and rewarded by commensurate terms and conditions of service”.