Time to properly recognise our peacekeepers
On Australian Peacekeepers Day, Australian Greens spokesperson for Veterans Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said greater recognition was needed for the valuable contribution Australians made to the international peacekeeping effort.
"Our peacekeepers have the important - and often dangerous - task of maintaining and restoring peace and security in conflict and post-conflict zones around the globe," Senator Wright said.
"Today we thank the more than 30,000 Australian men and women who have been involved in international peacekeeping missions since 1947 and must remember that serving in a conflict zone often has long-lasting impacts on those involved.
"Peacekeepers deserve better recognition for the important service they do for our country and the contribution they make to promoting international peace and security. And then, when they return home, we must also ensure that they receive the support and assistance they need.
"Appropriate support and assistance for peacekeepers may include mental health care, physical rehabilitation and help with financial and accommodation services.
"Serious consideration should also be given to including peacekeepers, who die as part of their service, on the national Roll of Honour.
"Our peacekeepers do us proud in promoting peace and security throughout the world in the face of difficult and dangerous circumstances. Let's accord them proper recognition and support."