PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN RSL NEW SOUTH WALES MUST BE RESTORED

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The Labor Opposition is willing to work with the Government to restore public confidence in the RSL New South Wales, Labor Leader Luke Foley said today.

The veterans’ community in New South Wales is distressed following a series of revelations concerning financial irregularities.

Labor leader Luke Foley said transparency must be introduced as a matter of urgency so that the public and veterans can have full confidence in the organisation.

A bipartisan approach is needed, as has been the tradition in Veterans Affairs, and Mr Foley said Labor is prepared to work with the NSW Government.

Mr Foley made clear his support of CEO Glenn Kolomeitz’s reforming efforts to ensure RSL New South Wales dedicates all its revenue to the care and well-being of veterans and their families.

Labor supports the forensic audit of all expenditure in RSL New South Wales.

The latest disturbing revelation involves the directors of charity RSL LifeCare sharing in a pool of more than $2.5 million in “consultancy fees”, a seeming breach of state law.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“There should be bipartisan support to ensure the good work done by the RSL in the community continues and confidence in it is restored.

“The actions of a few cannot be allowed to undermine efforts of the many who play such an important role in making the RSL what it is today. 

“We will continue to support those standing up for transparency and integrity reforms.”