Duncan Boswell, of Wanaka, is gathering material to support
his complaint to the Ombudsman over the Ministry of Veteran
Affairs' allocation of passes for Gallipoli commemorations
next year. Photo by Mark Price.
The Wanaka man unhappy at the Government's allocation of
passes to next year's Gallipoli centennial commemoration has
taken his complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman.
Duncan Boswell, whose father Frederick Boswell, fought at
Gallipoli, applied for a pass to the event but missed out.
He said only 25 of the 193 children of Gallipoli veterans
were provided with a pass initially, although shortly after
Mr Boswell complained to the Otago Daily Times last month
Minister of Veterans' Affairs Michael Woodhouse announced
another 35 double passes were being allocated to the children
Mr Boswell said yesterday he was resigned to the fact he
would not be present at Gallipoli but believed the
Government's allocation process still needed to be examined
by the Ombudsman.
''I think I have a fair case to go to the Ombudsman because
an injustice has taken place and I think the department
concerned has been remiss.
''Hopefully they will investigate for me and find some things
may be improved in future.''
Mr Boswell believed all children of Gallipoli veterans
should have been provided with passes.
''That is the basis of my claim.
''The original Government policy was that they would be and
then they did a complete about-face on that policy.''
He expected the Ombudsman could find inconsistencies,
weaknesses or ''major failings'' in the ministry.
Mr Boswell said he had emailed Mr Woodhouse on April 22
outlining his concerns but had not received a reply.
A spokeswoman for Mr Woodhouse told the ODT on Tuesday Mr
Boswell would receive a reply ''soon''.
Mr Woodhouse had no comment to make on the involvement of the