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     9   Veteran suicides

Mr Thompson, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        notes:

(a)        the work the Government is doing to address the issue of veteran suicide with the announcement of an independent National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide;

(b)        that a new independent National Commissioner will be appointed to identify and investigate suicide amongst Australian Defence Force and veteran population; and

(c)        that a new Veteran Family Advocate will be appointed to lead engagement, liaison and advocacy amongst families and will be at the heart of policy and decision making with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs; and

(2)        recognises mental health and suicide are complex issues, but issues that are everyone’s business—families, friends, employers, community organisations, governments and the ex-service community.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.