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Notice given 8 September 2005

1164  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—With reference to the editorial and article in the New Scientist dated 27 August 2005, referring to post-traumatic stress disorder:

(1) (a) Has the Government taken any action to offset the deadly impact on returned service men and women; and (b) in particular, what compensation is offered to those who have suffered cancer, cardiovascular disease, or other illness, as a result of exposure to combat, including in Vietnam and Iraq.

(2) (a) What arrangements are in place to measure and minimise the impact on Australians now serving overseas; and (b) do these include pre- and post-service assessment and counselling.