Veterans should be Government’s top priority

War veterans should be at the forefront of Government care.
War veterans should be at the forefront of Government care.

FURTHER to the report in the September 6 edition headlined “Boost for women’s health clinic”, I commend the Federal Government upgrade of the medical services and equipment for Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Care.

I also note the statement of Michael Keenan MP: “Ishar promotes good health and well-being for women from all cultural backgrounds, and delivers services in response to the needs of our local community”.

As a secretary of an Australian veteran and ex-Service association, I am acutely aware as to the surreptitious cutbacks from within the Department of Veterans Affairs’, for those that the department purports to represent.

Indeed it would afford me a great deal of pleasure if one could say: “DVA promotes good health and wellbeing for veterans and ex-Service members, who have served in peacekeeping duties, wars and conflicts, and is diligent in delivering the appropriate services in response to the needs of the veteran and ex-Service community”.

Unfortunately, what grieves me, that is not the case.

I am not without sympathy to Mr Keenan, in that the Abbott/Turnbull Government, of which he was, and is, a member, inherited an economic wasteland, because of Labor fiscal profligacy.

Indeed even now the Labor Party, amongst others, opposes and obstructs the remedies that could go some way to addressing the very problems of their making

However, where I have cause to take offence is when the Government targets veterans and ex-Service members for cost cutting, in an endeavour to attain its bottom line, when given their commitment to the nation their health, welfare and wellbeing should be to the fore in the priorities of the government.

JACK BABBAGE, Nollamara.