Local Media Event - Defence Removals - Holsworthy 04.02.11

Release date: 4/02/2011

Defence force families in the Holsworthy area are being rallied around a new national campaign aimed at raising the standards of training and ensuring the vetting of removalists across Australia.

Jonathan Ferguson, a TWU campaign spokesperson, said the Department of Defence spends more than $200 million annually on moving Defence personnel and their families around Australia and with much of the contracting done on a lowest-cost basis the security concerns are serious.


“Given Australia's involvement in the global war on terror and repeated threats on Australia's servicemen and women both at home and abroad, Defence housing removals needs to be carried out by people who are properly checked, trained, and paid, so they can provide a safe, secure, professional service,” Mr Ferguson said.

“If removalists aren’t checked by Federal Police or ASIO we don’t know who could end up in the homes or on the bases of those defending our country.


“At the moment, to cover its well-reported excesses, the Department of Defence is penny- pinching in the wrong area; on its removal contracts.


“Defence families should be able to select a reputable service to come into their homes and take care of their belongings, and we will be talking with them about improving a system that is in dire need of an overhaul,” Mr Ferguson said.




WHAT: Door hangers will be delivered to houses throughout Holsworthy, Hammondville and Wattle Grove

WHERE: Meet in the car park of the Moorebank Sports Club (intersection of Infantry Parade and Heathcote Road)

WHO: TWU members, representatives of the removals industry and supporters. WHEN: Friday, February 4 from 2pm.

Media contact Joshua Genner: 0414 494 803


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