The background to this issue was reported here “Government Targets Comsuper Invalidity Benefits for some Veterans from 1 July this year”, and here at COMSUPER – MILITARY ENTITLEMENTS
WIN TV News Townsville reported the issue last Thursday (29th June) as ‘ VETERANS VALUE: Concerning news for several hundred war veterans, tonight. Changes to legislation governing superannuation payments, could mean a big hit to invalid pension payments.’ Watch it here
Channel 7 TV News last night (2nd July) reported that Veterans take on the Turnbull Government over changes to the way it taxes Comsuper Invalidity payments.
David Jamison, national spokesman for the Alliance of Defence Service Organisation (ADSO), stated that ‘Although it appears this change for veterans is an unintended consequence of a much broader taxation change, the veterans community as a whole considered it (if true) manifestly unfair. We all have the obligation to support our effected invalided veterans. We have asked the Government to ensure they will not be hit with higher taxes post 1 July 2017’.
ADSO is consulting with the DVA Minister Dan Tehan on the issue.
ADSO (The Alliance of Defence Service Organisations) comprise:
The Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA), Naval Association of Australia (NAA), RAAF Association (RAAFA), Royal Australian Regiment Corporation (RARC), Australian Special Air Service Association (ASASA), Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA), the Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Service Men and Women, the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia, Partners of Veterans Association of Australia, Royal Australian Armoured Corps Corporation (RAACC), the National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association Australia (NMBVAA), Defence Reserves Association (DRA), Australian Gulf War Veterans Association, Australian Commando Association, the War Widows Guild of Australia, Military Police Association Australia (MPAA), and the Australian Army Apprentices Association.