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Lest We Forget: A critical analysis of Australian Veterans' Entitlements Legislation

Hayward, Sarah (2015) Lest We Forget: A critical analysis of Australian Veterans' Entitlements Legislation. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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This study analyses the history of veterans’ entitlements legislation in order to understand the shaping and creation of today’s entitlements schemes. Despite numerous government reviews, and an extensive history of legislative evolution, it appears that there are still anomalies and shortfalls associated with current Australian veterans’ entitlements legislation and schemes. The author provides recommendations on how to overcome the issues and anomalies addressed in the thesis.

The thesis focuses on four broad topics: 1) why it is necessary to have a unique compensation scheme for military service; 2) the decreasing levels of confidentiality assigned to documents pertaining to veterans’ entitlements claims; 3) payment offsetting for individuals eligible for benefits under more than one Act; and 4) benefits available to third parties, such as war widow/ers, in cases where the ADF member has died as a result of his/her service.

This study is part of a limited body of academic (non-government funded) research into Australian veterans’ entitlements schemes. The author hopes that this analysis of past and current schemes, based upon consideration of governmental reviews and a critical analysis of veterans’ entitlements legislation, will contribute to future research in the area and legislative reform.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Law
Supervisor(s): Walker, Sonia
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