Categories: Veteran Affairs Date: Oct 12, 2010 Title: NEW VETERANS’ AFFAIRS MINISTER MEETS VETERANS IN BRISBANEThe new Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, was in Brisbane today to open the Ex-Prisoners of War Association’s National Conference.
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In his speech, Mr Snowdon said he had a great respect for Australia’s veterans and looked forward to working with the ex-service community to build and improve on Federal Government support.
“I will spend time listening to veterans’ views and ideas and I promise I will take up this post with vigour, determination, and commitment,” Mr Snowdon said.
He said investment in veterans' entitlements has risen substantially in the past three years, with spending increasing by more than $1.1 billion to $12.1b since Labor came into power.
“I will continue the hard work of the Labor Government to date in delivering the highest level of support available to the veteran community,” he said.
Mr Snowdon brings defence experience to the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio, previously serving as Minister for Defence Science and Personnel in 2007.
He said his deep appreciation for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs portfolio also stemmed from a long and proud family service history.
“Veterans hold a very special place in the hearts of all Australians, myself included,” Mr Snowdon said.
Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999