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Notice given 9 November 2005

1355  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) Has the Minister received requests for ex gratia/act of grace payments in respect of the suicide of Mr Jeremy Hayward, Mr John Satatas, Mr Nicholas Shiels and Mr Jeremy Williams; if so, what actions have been undertaken to expedite these matters in light of the undertaking in the Government’s response to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee’s report, Inquiry into the effectiveness of Australia’s military justice system , to ‘clear the backlog of grievances … by the end of 2005’.

(2) Who in the department is responsible for expediting these matters.

(3) Over the past 3 years: (a) how many requests have been received by the Minister or the department for ex gratia/act of grace payments by Australian Defence Force personnel or their families; and (b) in each case: (i) what was the nature of the incident, and (ii) what resolution was reached.

(4) Over the past 3 years: (a) what ex gratia/act of grace payments have been made; (b) what were the amounts involved; and (c) who received the payments.