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Veterans' pathetic pensions

Posted by: 6PR | 6 July, 2012 - 4:57 PM
Retired Air Vice Marshall Peter Criss received a 46 cent per week increase in his defence pension.

The Alliance of Defence Service Organisation is launching a campaign next week to highlight their anger towards the federal government and the ‘pathetic’ increase in retired veterans' pensions. Howard Sattler spoke to retired Air Vice Marshall Peter Criss about the issue.

Blog comments Your Say

  • Perhaps you should have told us, the ignorant public, about this before now?
    Perhaps I could have helped my grandparents and my mother and siblings through their little "journey" through war. The aftermath, I think it's called.
    Perhaps if I'd known, I could have saved myself and daughter by not marrying a Veteran of some war or conflict?
    It's not about the money. It's the hurt.
    Perhaps it's a little late to be coming out of the shed to garden and plant and assuage your own pain.
    The generational damage has been done and no government, hind-sight or money will EVER fix it.

    Dellas Monday 23 July, 2012 - 9:49 PM
  • It was never the intent of ex-servicemen to be able to live on a 20 year service DFRDB pension whether in retirement or still under 60/65 years of age It was an individual choice to "retire" after 20 years and those who must work till age/service pension retirement must expect to pay tax on their DFRDB pensions. Incidentally as the DFRDB pension was accrued before any additional income, ex-servicemen should appreciate that any tax free thresholds apply to their DFRDB pension first and any additional income taxed at the marginal tax rates.

    jess Saturday 21 July, 2012 - 7:25 AM
  • Thanks 6PR for the support and for conducting and airing the interview with Peter Criss. I'm a 66-year old, ex-RAAF apprentice whose served 20 years after an initial engagement of 15 years from the age of 15 years. I gave my youth in military service to Australia and am a DFR(D)B recipient. I continue to work because I cannot live solely on my fully-taxed military retirement pay [DFR(D)B] that has just been increased by a mere pittance. Our treatment by the Australian Government is scandalous.

    Col Benson Sunday 15 July, 2012 - 10:26 PM
  • HiHoward.n
    I note the PM was kin ypouir lpatch yesterday at the funeral lof the SAS Sergeant KIA kin Afghanistan. It is obscene for the pollies to turn up at these funerals. They say they are honouring the dead..what about honouring the living ex servicemen and women by giving us decent and FAIR indexation.

    Derek Roylance Sunday 15 July, 2012 - 8:22 AM
  • I had the distinct displeasure of hearing the comments of Wayne Swan on Brisbane radio speaking defence superannuation and trying to justify his own recent obscene pay rises. This grubby individual is a disgrace to the parliament and an embarrassment to all Australians. His double standards, hypocrisy, deceit and outright lies are an indication of his moral and ethical bankruptcy.

    Allan Essery Saturday 14 July, 2012 - 10:12 AM
  • Thanks 6PR for supporting the FairGo! campaign.
    Thanks to Peter Criss for voicing these concerns.

    Rob Shortridge Friday 13 July, 2012 - 7:57 PM

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