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Wednesday, 28 February 2007
Page: 161

Senator Mark Bishop asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 28 November 2006:

Has the review of the seven audited cases of suicide due to be completed by July 2006 been submitted; if so: (a) can a copy be provided; (b) what are the findings and recommendations; and (c) are there any recommendations for: (i) further inquiry, or (ii) disciplinary action.

Senator Ellison (Minister for Justice and Customs) —The Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

No, the inquiry report has not yet been submitted. The investigation into the seven cases has been more difficult than initially thought due to the passage of time, access to discharged personnel to discuss the issues and the availability of the investigating officer, who is a Reserve Officer.