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Previous Ministers' releases and speeches - Senator The Hon. Michael Ronaldson

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Friday, 12 December 2014


The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced the appointment of  Major General Craig Orme AM CSC as a Commissioner and the Deputy President of the Repatriation Commission, and Mr Doug Humphreys, who was re-appointed as the Principal Member of the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB).

Major General Orme and Mr Doug Humphreys both have extensive knowledge of the Defence, veteran and ex-service community, as well as the legislation administered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Major General Orme is currently the Commander Joint Task Force 633 in the Australian Defence Force. He has previously held positions as the Defence representative on the two year interdepartmental review of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 and served as a member on the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission and as a Deputy Commissioner of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.

Major General Orme brings with him over 37 years experience within the military, during which time he has worked in a range of strategic policy, operational and human resource management roles. He will begin his five year term on 2 February 2015.

Mr Humphreys commenced in the role of Principal Member of the VRB in March 2010, and will be re-appointed for a further two years. He brings with him extensive experience in government tribunals and an understanding of the legislative process.

During his time as the Principal Member, he has developed a strong rapport with the ex-service community and ex-service organisations, advocates and representatives. This rapport, along with the knowledge and experience he has developed, are essential in fulfilling the role of the Principal Member of the VRB.

I congratulate Major General Orme and Mr Humphreys on their appointments. I wish them both well for their terms, and look forward to working with them to drive further improvement in service delivery for veterans and their families.

Media inquiries:      Minister Ronaldson: Jordi Procel 02 6277 7820 or 0448 232 908
                                Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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