At last, mind you it is only 50 to 60 years after the event [or so], The Oz government just had to wait till the numbers dwindled right down and most of the surviving participants are up around the 80 mark or older .

Budget 2017: Veterans exposed to radiation welcome Government decision to grant Gold Card access


Members of the Ex-Services Atomic Survivors Association at the announcement in Mandurah, WA

Former Australian servicemen and women who were exposed to radiation from nuclear bombs have welcomed the Federal Government's decision to give them a veterans' Gold Card.

The Gold Card, which covers health costs, had not been available to those sent to Hiroshima in the 1940s and those who were at British test sites in Western Australia and South Australia.

But that is set to change, with $133 million allocated for survivors in the federal budget.

Speaking in Mandurah, the Member for Canning and former SAS captain, Andrew Hastie, said there was a high cancer rate among the RAN sailors sent to the Montebello Islands off the coast of Western Australia.

"These men worked on the islands only four years after the first atomic test with no protective gear," he said.

"Many were on [the] deck of their ships and fully exposed during a subsequent test, in very close proximity to the explosion.

"Of the surviving 51 members who have been surveyed, 43 per cent have had some kind of cancer. Of the 28 who have already passed on, 14 have died from cancer.

"This is a story of young Australians who answered their country's call during the period of national service they served in dangerous and hazardous conditions in the Montebello Islands."

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