Commentary: New government’s defence and veterans ministers prompt concerns

THE die is cast and Australia has a Labor government committed, in opposition at least, to making defence and veterans a priority.

It’s early days yet, but there are growing concerns in the wider defence community as to government priorities and appointees’ capabilities.

The DVA portfolio has been moved outside the inner cabinet, which inspires absolutely no confidence this government intends to place any priority on veterans’ issues, nor serving personnel.


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