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Veterans’ partners’ payments secured

The Australian Greens this week ensured financial security for the most vulnerable of veterans' partners in the event of a relationship breakdown.

"The Greens have succeeded in ensuring common sense amendments to the partner pensions legislation that will protect a very vulnerable group of people who have already suffered a lot and who stood to face further suffering by elements of this Bill," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"Evidence given to the Senate Inquiry showed that women who had separated from their Vietnam veteran partner due to the impact on the marriage of post traumatic stress disorder or other psychological illness, would have been particularly disadvantaged under the original changes," said Senator Siewert.

"The Government had initially proposed to withdraw eligibility once the partner had been separated from the veteran for 12 months, or immediately if the veteran started a new relationship. This period has now been extended."

"This is a clear case of protecting women in vulnerable situations, and I'm glad the right outcome was achieved in this case."

"The Greens have worked with the Government to amend this Bill so that the transition is dealt with more thoughtfully, people will have more time to adjust, and women are supported in times of difficulty," she concluded.

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