Labor Will Back Veterans’ Organisation Disaster Relief Australia

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Tuesday, 19th April 2022

Labor Will Back Veterans’ Organisation Disaster Relief Australia

with Brendan O’Connor MP, Senator Murray Watt & Shayne Neumann MP

An Albanese Labor Government will provide more support to Australians rebuilding their lives after natural disasters by boosting funding for a Veteran-led disaster response organisation.  
 
Disaster Relief Australia (DRA), a fully-Veteran led organisation, has been working since 2016 to provide relief to communities in the wake of natural disasters, deploying hundreds of veteran volunteers across Australia and the world.  
  
Under an Albanese Labor Government, Disaster Relief Australia will receive $38.1 million over three years to expand this program. 
  
The funding will allow DRA to add another 5,200 volunteer veterans to its ranks - a total of 6,700 veteran volunteers able to provide over 13,600 volunteer days per annum. 
  
The funding covers costs relating to deployment, recruitment, equipment, and training. 
  
Over the last three years, Australia has watched Scott Morrison refuse to take responsibility and go missing in action when natural disasters have struck. 
  
Now, as communities recover from devastating floods, Scott Morrison has politicised flood recovery, caring more about who flood victims voted for than what help they need. 
  
An Albanese Labor Government will put Australians first. We will increase support for organisations like the DRA assisting on the ground and never use recovery funding as a political football.

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