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Wednesday, 19 September 2001
Page: 31077

Mr Price asked the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 7 June 2001:

(1) How many Service personnel have contacted the Burchett audit team to date.

(2) How many complaints are the subject of investigation.

(3) When will Mr Burchett reporting his findings.

Mr Bruce Scott (Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Burchett audit team contacted 2,350 serving personnel in some 41 military establishments. The audit team received a total of 586 formal contacts either in written or oral submissions.

(2) There were 30 complaints that were referred to appropriate authorities for investigation.

(3) Mr Burchett handed his report to the CDF on 12 July 2001. CDF has accepted all the recommendations. An edited copy of the Report has been released to the public.