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A Bill for an Act to amend the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide medical and other treatment for all Defence Force members who have served in war or war like operations, and for related purposes
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Registered 12 Nov 2015
Introduced Senate 11 Nov 2015
Table of contents.

2013‑2014‑2015

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans’ Entitlements Amendment (Expanded Gold Card Access) Bill 2015

 

No.      , 2015

 

(Senator Lambie)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide medical and other treatment for all Defence Force members who have served in war or war‑like operations, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                              3

 

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide medical and other treatment for all Defence Force members who have served in war or war‑like operations, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Veterans’ Entitlements Amendment (Expanded Gold Card Access) Act 2015.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Amendments

  

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

1  Section 85 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

85  Veterans and other members eligible to be provided with treatment

2  Before subsection 85(1)

Insert:

Treatment to be provided—members who have served in war or war‑like operations

          (1A)  A person is eligible to be provided with treatment under this Part for any injury suffered, or disease contracted, by the person, whether before or after the commencement of this Act, if:

                     (a)  the person:

                              (i)  is a veteran; or

                             (ii)  is, or has been, a member of the Defence Force; or

                            (iii)  is, or has been, a member of a Peacekeeping Force (as defined by subsection 68(1)); and

                     (b)  the person has, as such a veteran or member, rendered service in war or in war‑like operations.

Treatment to be provided—other

3  Section 199

Before “The Consolidated Revenue Fund”, insert “(1)”.

4  At the end of section 199

Add:

             (2)  Despite subsection (1), an amount that is payable by the Commonwealth as a result of the amendments made by Schedule 1 to the Veterans’ Entitlements Amendment (Expanded Gold Card Access) Act 2015 is to be funded out of money appropriated by the Parliament for the purposes of such a payment.

5  Application

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to treatment of a person if:

                     (a)  the person is alive on the day this item commences; and

                     (b)  the treatment:

                              (i)  was provided between 1 August 1947 and the day this item commences; or

                             (ii)  is provided on or after the day this item commences.