Labor does backflip on gift to “not for profit” organisations, says Ramsey
Veteran and historical organisations, including the Port Augusta RSL, which have been allocated a Leopard tank from the Federal Minister for Defence, may be slugged up to $20,000 for delivery.
In 2007, then Defence Minister Brendan Nelson announced the decommissioned Leopard tanks which were being replaced by new Abrams tanks, would be available for gifting to interested organisations.
“Following Dr Nelson’s announcement, Defence was inundated with inquiries about the tanks,” Mr Ramsey said.
“Prior to the election it was announced some organisations would receive a tank if the Coalition was re-elected.
“Organisations which were successful in their bid, including the Port Augusta RSL, have now been advised they will have to pay for delivery and installation of the tank- in some cases up to $20,000.
“The Coalition’s plan to gift the tanks included delivery and installation.
“It is ridiculous to charge these small groups for delivery. It is within Defence’s core business to shift the tanks around and their responsibility to do so.”
Mr Ramsey said Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbons is souring the gifting of the tanks and the opportunity for veteran groups to proudly display them as part of our proud defence force history by charging groups for delivery.
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