State Government Offers No Funds, Resources Or Support for Veterans this ANZAC DAY

NSW Labor has condemned Minister for Veterans, Geoff Lee, for failing

veterans and the wider community this Anzac Day

Appearing in budget estimates today, the Minister confirmed that he had not

offered any additional funding or resources to RSL Sub Branches to help them

comply with COVID-19 safe practices this Anzac Day while hosting marches

and services

Within Greater Sydney up to 500 people can attend an event if assigned a

seating area and up to 2,000 people can attend if they are assigned to a

specific seat.

Outside of Greater Sydney up to 3,000 people can attend an event if they are

assigned to a seating area and up to 5,000 people can attend if they are

assigned to a specific seat.

Asked by Shaoquett Moselmane MLC if there was any specific funding to help

RSL Sub Branches comply with COVID-19 safe practices, Minister Lee said

“not to my knowledge”.

Mr Moselmane said the Minister and his government had left RSL Sub

Branches around the state “in the lurch”.

Shadow Minister for Veterans Greg Warren said he was appalled by the

Minister’s treatment of current and former Defence Forces personnel.

“The Minister’s message for veterans today was crystal clear. This Government

will not offer you funding or support to help preserve and honour the memory of

those men and women who bravely served our nation,” Mr Warren said.

“Where are RSL Sub Branches meant to find the extra funds to comply with the

COVID-19 restrictions? How are RSL Sub Branches meant to enforce COVID-19

safety measures?

“How does the Minister expect RSL Sub Branch members – many who are

elderly and have mobility issues – to set up and pack away 5000 chairs?

“The Minister unashamedly admitted that the budget for the Office of Veterans

Affairs was ‘not huge’, but if this Government genuinely cared about veterans

they would find the money to make this work

“To claim that Anzac Day is ‘arguably the most important day in the nation’s

history’ but refuse to help fund or support those hosting services and marches,

is simply paying lip-service to our state’s veterans.”

Unfortunately, Minister Lee forgot what day Anzac Day was held on, incorrectly

stating it was on March 25, instead of April 25.

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