VETAFFAIRS – From The Minister: Putting Veterans First


In his first Vetaffairs column since his appointment as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs in March, Darren Chester shares his plans for the portfolio, starting by thanking Vetaffairs readers for their service.

“This portfolio is one that can make a real difference to people’s lives. It’s my job, as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, to make sure that we understand and act on your needs so that we can make that difference.

My approach will be pretty straightforward. I’m your representative to government. I will make sure your voice is heard. I want to know what your concerns are, and I’ll do my best to address them within the Parliamentary process.

“I want to know what’s going on, and what’s working. I want to know what’s not working, and where we can make changes…”



  1. Richard Barry says

    I am enthusiastic about this media release. Why? If The Hon. Darren Chester takes a look at ( he will read the latest about a bunch of Vietnam Veterans who have been overlooked foreign medallic recognition. He will need to type in “Richard Barry” to go straight to the petition where over 15,000 have voiced their support. I have a feeling Mr Chester will clearly see the oversight and have his staff prepare a positive media release by ANZAC Day. He will do the right thing.

  2. Garry MUIR says

    Well Minister Chester, if you want to make a difference, you would be heading in the right direction if you got rid of this bloody stupid and absurd Political Correctness. Just in case you haven’t heard, we the people (yep that’s us folk that ain’t got big bank accounts) are utterly sick and tired of the stupidity with it, that has leaked into Politicians brains, it is utterly uncalled for and stifling the normal person in Aussie. Treat it like a hot brick and drop it before it get way too far out of hand. STUPID, STUPID, STUPID.

  3. Michael Longford says

    Hi my name is Michael i was in the Australian Defence Force for 22 years i have been fighting DVA for the last 8 years and have gotten no where i have had my knee replaced 3 times witch is from service i also have a lower back strain witch is from service i have not worked for two years from my knee and back i am on 60 % from DVA witch is 150 dollars a week this is not a very good wage to live one have you got any way to help Thank you Michael