Support for Veterans in Griffith

By Terri Butler MP

14 May 2022

People who have served our country as part of the Australian Defence Force, and their families, deserve respect and support. Labor has made local and national commitments aimed at increasing the support for veterans.

Building New Legacy House at Greenslopes

Greenslopes locals, along with people who have visited Greenslopes Private Hospital in recent years, know that the Commonwealth-owned former Red Cross Hall is falling into disrepair, while posing a dangerous asbestos hazard.

For a number of years I have been advocating for the site to be remediated and recovered for community use, with a focus on veterans. This has been a long campaign as the Liberal-National government have allowed the site to sit there deteriorating further as the years have passed.

I am very pleased to be able to say that I have been in discussions with Legacy Queensland about the future of the site, and that they have been working closely with many veterans' organisations, as well as with Greenslopes Private Hospital and the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation.

So I was recently able to announce that an Albanese Labor Government will commit $1.5 million towards establishing a new facility for veterans and their families, New Legacy House, on the site of the former Red Cross Hall.

Once built, New Legacy House will create South East Queensland’s first medical, support, and medical research precinct for veteran and family services.

Legacy Queensland will work with the RSL, Mates for Mates, Open Arms, Greenslopes Private, and Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation to make sure there is a range of supports at this precinct.

Design work is well progressed. Though the rundown state of the asbestos means the existing buildings cannot be preserved, the brickwork and other non-porous features will be able to be incorporated into the new design to maintain the connection to the veterans and community heritage at the site.

Fixing the Morrison-Joyce government's backlogs and delays
The Morrison-Joyce government has failed Australia's veterans. The backlog of 60,000 veteran compensation claims that has been allowed to pile up under the current government is a national disgrace.

The Morrison-Joyce government's Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Hon Andrew Gee MP, has described it that way himself.

Australians owe a debt of gratitude to Australian Defence Force personnel, veterans, and their families. We have a solemn duty to look after them.

An Albanese Labor Government will deliver a package of practical support measures to improve the welfare of veterans and their families. We will cut waiting times by boosting Department of Veterans’ Affairs staffing to speed up claims processing. This is critical to get support to veterans when they need it.

Supporting Defence personnel and veterans
An Albanese Labor government will also:
- deliver a network of 10 veteran hubs across Australia in areas with significant Defence and veteran communities
- boost Defence home ownership
- increase the Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) Veterans Pension
- deliver a comprehensive veteran employment program to provide greater support to Defence personnel as they transition to civilian life
- deliver a defence and veteran family engagement and support strategy to provide greater support to Australia's military families
- provide more emergency housing for veterans experiencing homelessness through Labor’s Housing Australia Future Fund
- provide additional support for veteran-led disaster response organisation Disaster Relief Australia, almost doubling its ranks of veteran volunteers to 13,600.

Labor needs your support to form government and address these and other significant issues. We cannot change the government without your support.

Together we can remove the Morrison-Joyce government by electing an Albanese Labor government with a plan for a better future. You can read our plan here:

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