Glenn Lazarus and Steve Ensby.
Glenn Lazarus and Steve Ensby. Luka Kauzlaric GLAENSB

Palmer candidates announce policy for veterans in Gladstone

PALMER United Party candidate for Flynn Steve Ensby had pulled out of the great debate on Thursday, but still made it to Gladstone to announce a PUP policy to help veterans.

The $640 million deal would boost pensions and provide back pay to former defence force members and their families.

It would also ensure the Gold Card benefit scheme was expanded to peacekeepers who enlisted and served between 1988 and 2004, and that Gold Card Veterans' spouses automatically received Gold card medical coverage without having to prove their spouse's death was 'war caused'.

Mr Ensby stopped by the Gladstone RSL with Senate candidate Glenn Lazarus to promote the policy.

"In Flynn there's so many towns, RSL clubs and veterans and for too long they've just been forgotten about," he said.

"We need to get (their payments) up to CPI - if it's good enough for our politicians, it's good enough for our veterans."

Mr Ensby said he would return to Gladstone in the coming weeks to make more policy announcements for the Palmer party.