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Veterans' Entitlements (Clarke Review) Bill 2004

Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum

(Circulated by authority of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, The Hon Danna Vale, MP)
Requests for Amendments to be moved on behalf of the Government.

Outline, financial impact and Governments amendments


These government amendments to the Veterans' Entitlements (Clarke Review) Bill 2004 will clarify some of the proposed amendments included in that Bill and in the recently enacted Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2004. The government amendments relate to amendments made by that Act and to the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 and other Acts.

Financial impact

There is no financial impact.

Government amendments

Amendment (1) is to the long title of the Bill on page 1. The word "other" is substituted for the word "related".

The amended long title will refer to: "A Bill for an Act to provide for compensation payments in respect of veterans interned by North Korean military forces and to amend the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986, and for other purposes"

Amendment (2) is to the table of commencement provisions in clause 2 of the Bill. The amendments remove table item 3 and replace it with items 3, 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D. The amendments provide that items 1 to 14, 16 to 18 and 21 to 44 of Schedule 2 will commence on 20 September 2004.

Item 15 will commence from Royal Assent.

Items 19 and 20 will commence from the later of:

the start of 20 September 2004; and
immediately after the commencement of item 4 of Schedule 1 to the Veterans' Entitlements Amendment (Direct Deductions and Other Measures) Act 2004.

If item 4 of Schedule 1 of that Act does not commence, the provisions will not commence at all.

Amendment (3) is also to the table of commencement provisions in clause 2 of the Bill. The amendment will add item 8 referring to Schedule 6 of the Bill. Schedule 6 will commence at the same time as section 3 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 commences.

Amendment (4) omits and replaces Schedule 2 of the Bill and provides for replacement amendments to introduce the payment of the Defence Force Income Support Allowance.

The Explanations of the Changes and the Items for Schedule 2 of the Bill have been revised and are set out below.

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