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NSW AND FEDERAL LIBERAL-NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS FAIL VULNERABLE VETERANS

December 13, 2019

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Ryan Park, and Shadow Minister for Veterans, Greg Warren said veterans had every right to feel let down and neglected by NSW and federal Liberal-National governments.
 
A report early this year suggested around 6000 Australian veterans were homeless.
 
However the Department of Veterans Affairs recently conceded it had no way of actually knowing that number.
 
Mr Park said the state government had a responsibility to assist veterans who were homeless or at risk of homelessness, however that was near impossible if the living situation of veterans could not be determined accurately.
 
Mr Warren said the state government had an important role to play in terms of advocating for veterans – it was a role, the government and the Minister for Veterans had clearly not taken seriously.
 
“There are many contributing factors as to why veterans may be homeless or at risk of homelessness,” Mr Park said.
 
“Regardless of those circumstances, the state government has a responsibility to advocate and assist our veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
 
“It’s extremely difficult to assist and look after those veterans without knowing exactly who they are.”
 
Mr Warren added: “When we talk about veterans we are talking about people who put their lives on the line to serve our country.”
 
“However, it is clear that Liberal-National governments at both a state and federal level have failed in their duty of care to many of these veterans.
 
“More checks and balances need to be put in place so vulnerable veterans don’t fall through the gap and end up homeless.”

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