Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
3 Lambie Senate investigations into Defence and Vet. Affairs still open for submissions



Download PDFDownload PDF

SENATE

Senator for Tasmania

Putting Tasmania First

Jacqui Lambie

Media Statement

6.12.16

3 Lambie Senate investigations into Defence and Vet. affairs still

open for submissions.

Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has called for

Australian Defence Force Personnel, Veterans and their Families to

continue to make submissions to 3 special Senate Committees.

“To some Australians, because of a lack of mainstream media attention, it may come as a surprise

that the Senate established 3 separate investigations into important Defence and Veterans Affairs

matters. I urge all people affected by these matters to make a submission.” said Senator Lambie.

1 Suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Foreign_Affairs_Defence_and_Trade/VeteranSuicide

On 1 September 2016 the Senate referred the following matter to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and

Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 March 2017

2 Operation of the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) resistance to interrogation (RTI) training

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Foreign_Affairs_Defence_and_Trade/ADFRTI

On 10 November 2016 the Senate referred the following matter to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and

Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 20 March 2017.

3 Matters raised by NSW Police Strike Force CIVET (Jedi Council Sex Scandal)

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Foreign_Affairs_Defence_and_Trade/JediCouncilsexscandal

On 1 December 2016 the Senate referred the following matter to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and

Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 7 February 2017.

“These Senate investigations will help shed light on important Defence matters and answer vital

questions about Veterans’ Suicides, allegations of torture during ADF training and corruption

within the ADF Investigative Service - as noted by a secret NSW police investigation.” said Senator

Lambie.

Media Contact - 0407904134

SENATE

Senator for Tasmania

Putting Tasmania First

Jacqui Lambie

Senate Inquiries Terms of

Reference

1 Suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel

Inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel with particular reference to:

• the reasons why Australian veterans are committing suicide at such high rates,

• previous reviews of military compensation arrangements and their failings,

• the Repatriation Medical Authority’s Statements of Principles, claims administration time limits, claims for

detriment caused by defective administration, authorised medical treatment, level of compensation

payments, including defence abuse, as contained in all military compensation arrangements,

• to investigate the progress of reforms within DVA, the administration of claims by DVA and the legislative or

other constraints on effective rehabilitation and compensation for veterans, and

• any other related matters.

2 Operation of the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) resistance to interrogation (RTI) training

The operation of the Australian Defence Force’s resistance to interrogation (RTI) training, with particular

reference to:

• what training methods are used; whether these training methods are in accordance with Australia’s

international obligations and Australian domestic laws; the effectiveness of existing ADF

supervisory control measures; the ongoing mental health and wellbeing of personnel who have

participated in RTI training; and the matters raised in questions to Lieutenant General Campbell

during the 2015-16 additional estimates.

• That the Senate: notes that Lieutenant General Campbell acknowledged, during estimates

questioning, that video and other electronic records were made by the ADF of RTI training; and

Calls on the Minister for Defence (Senator Payne) to provide the committee, under special circumstances

which protect serving and former ADF personnel identities and operational security, with all recordings

made by the ADF of RTI training by 28 December 2016 to assist the committee with the inquiry.

SENATE

Senator for Tasmania

Putting Tasmania First

Jacqui Lambie

3 Matters raised by NSW Police Strike Force CIVET (Jedi Council Sex Scandal)

The Senate notes in relation to the ‘Jedi Council’ sex scandal:

• in a secret New South Wales Police report, prepared by Detective Sergeant Mark Carter,

Strike Force CIVET found that the actions of a number of Australian Defence Force

Investigative Service (ADFIS) staff and other sections of the Australian Defence Force (ADF)

to deliberately lie, withhold evidence, fabricate information... [mean] the conduct of future

investigations [by NSW police] into and with the ADF as [a] whole and ADFIS as a body

must be viewed with caution and concern;

• the personal information of many innocent ADF members, including retired Lieutenant

Colonel Dubsky, was provided to the media, in breach of their right to privacy and other

fundamental human rights, and without regard for their mental and physical wellbeing;

• the original ADFIS investigation into the alleged actions of the ‘Jedi Council’ was limited

and was conducted without direct contact with any alleged members of the ‘Jedi Council’;

• the ADFIS investigation was limited in scope and did not include appropriate follow-up

regarding some of the allegations;

• the ADFIS investigation did not include interviews with alleged victims of material created

or distributed by the ‘Jedi Council’; and

• a number of the conclusions reached by the ADFIS were not consistent with the evidence

presented to the ADFIS as part of the investigation.

The matters raised by New South Wales Police Strike Force CIVET, and other related matters, be

referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee.