Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

War Veteran Vents Disgust

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

War Veteran Vents Disgust

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AS A returned serviceman, I am thoroughly disgusted that people can arrive in this country on boats that cost them thousands of dollars. These people must have known what they were coming to.

Okay, now my gripe is that an Iranian refugee sewed his lips together then tried to commit suicide after he had been accepted and given a visa.

This person was given a compensation payment of $800,000 and now his wife and adult son are going for the same compensation.

I tried hard as a returned serviceman to get the TPI pension, but got only the EDA.

I would like to ask the ALP spokesperson for the North Coast, Colonel Laurie Ganter, to give me his thoughts about these compensations.

Laurie, why is it that your Labor Party is kowtowing to these refugees, and ex-servicemen like you and myself get nothing from the government?

Laurie, how many of the men who served under you in Vietnam were able to get the same compensation as these refugees?

Laurie, did you read an article in the Sydney Sunday paper about the interpreters who helped our Aussie soldiers in Afghanistan? …

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