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Former judge to conduct review into veterans entitlements

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Media ReleaseThe Hon Bruce Scott MRMinister for Vetemns’Affairs - Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence »Federal Member for MaranoaThursday, May 20, 1999 MIN 146/99FORMER JUDGE TO CONDUCT REVIEW INTO VETERANS ENTITLEMENTSThe Honourable Mr Robert Mohr, formerly of the Supreme Court o f South Australia, will conduct the review o f veterans’ entitlements to repatriation benefits and medals for Australian Defence Force service in South East Asia between 1955 and 1975.Mr Mohr, formerly o f the Supreme Court o f South Australia, will head the review, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, Bruce Scott, announced today.Mr Mohr served with the RAN from 1942-1947 and subsequently with the Citizen Military Forces, culminating in his appointment as Judge Advocate General o f the Australian Defence Force. He was promoted to the rank of Major General in 1982.A former senior RAN officer. Rear Admiral Philip Kennedy, who retired in 1987 after 38 years’ service, will assist Mr Mohr in the review.Mr Scott has asked Mr Mohr to provide a written report by the end o f October. The report will examine areas o f service including:• RAN service with the naval component o f the Far East Strategic Reserve (comparing the conditions prescribed for the naval contingent with those personnel o f the other two services);• RAAF Butterworth in Malaysia;• RAAF Ubon in Thailand;• ADF service in Malaysia during the period o f Confrontation with Indonesia; and• Other ADF service in South East Asia during the period 1955 to 1975 where prima facie evidence is presented to the review o f possible anomalies.“The review will consult widely with ex-service organisations and call for submissions from interested groups,” Mr Scott said. “The results will be made public on completion.”Submissions to the review should be sent to: The Secretariat,Review of Service EntitlementAnomalies in South-East Asian Service 1955-75 Russell Offices; CANBERRA ACT 2600Media contact: Michael Priebe on 02 6277 7820 or 0418 482 5143397