Veterans start own political party

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Australian veterans who started their own political party last year, this year gained sufficient membership to officially register the Australian Defence Veterans Party (ADVP) as a political party with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

A party spokesman said that in just under 18 months from the inaugural general meeting held in Canberra on Australia Day 2014, the ADVP had grown to meet the required membership numbers to apply to AEC for registration.

“The ADVP was formed so veterans from Defence and emergency services, as well as serving members from these organisations, can have a voice in the political arena,” the spokesman said.

“For too long our veterans have had to put up with decisions that affect their welfare, such as unfair indexation of pensions, the battle for compensation from injuries sustained during service and the unfair pay deal offered to Defence personnel, just to name a few.

“The ADVP gained registration as a political party as of 15 June 2015 and we will carry their voice on the political stage.”

The ADVP held its second Annual General Meeting in Melbourne to welcome new committee members, table its many policies and communicate the party’s constitution to members – and, of course, celebrate a significant milestone – official registration as Australia’s newest political party.

Find more information on the Australian Defence Veterans Party on their web site.

Disclaimer: This is a news story and should in no way be considered an endorsement of the ADVP by CONTACT magazine.

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