Supporting Australian Victims of Overseas Terrorism
The Coalition supports providing assistance to Australians who have been
victims of terrorism overseas.
On the 16th of November 2009, the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Tony Abbott introduced a Private Members Bill into Parliament that would provide financial assistance to those Australians who have been victims of an act of terrorism while overseas.
In March 2011, the Federal government introduced the Social Security Amendment (Supporting Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas) Bill that substantially adopted the provisions contained in Tony Abbott's Private Members Bill. However, Labor's Bill did not apply to those affected by terrorist attacks in the past, specifically those affected from September 11, 2001.
In May 2011, Tony Abbott wrote to the Prime Minister expressing his dismay that past Australian victims of terrorism would not be able to access support. Indeed, in his letter, Tony Abbott said;
"As I have said in the past, the Australians who were killed or severely injured in the second Bali bombing were the inspiration for my Bill. To keep faith with them, I cannot accept the legislation as it stands without your assurance that it is the Government's intention to make the relevant declarations to give retrospective effect to the new compensation framework."
With the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombing this year, the Coalition repeats our call for Julia Gillard to change her mind and make a retrospective declaration that will help the victims of terrorist attacks since 2001.
Click Here to read Ross Vasta’s Media Release.
HOW YOU CAN HELP-
You can sign the Coalition petition calling on the government to provide assistance to Australians who have been the victim of terror overseas.
Click Here to download the petition and then return the petition to:
Mr Ross Vasta MP
PO Box 531
Wynnum QLD 4178