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Minister too slow on DLA Piper response



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Senator the Hon David Johnston Shadow Minister for Defence I Senator for Western Australia Media Release MINISTER TOO SLOW ON DLA PIPER RESPONSE The Coalition has called on the Defence Minister to immediately release the Government’s response to the DLA Piper review as former ADF personnel who have made serious complaints have been waiting for more than a year for an outcome. Shadow Defence Minister David Johnston said it was not acceptable for the Minister to say he’d only had the report since April 2012, and was now going to wait until an entirely separate review into the treatment of women in the ADF was released before announcing his DLA Piper response. “The Minister announced the DLA Piper review and invited people to make complaints in April last year and these complainants are still none the wiser as to how the Government is going to offer redress, and this delay is just rubbing salt in old wounds,” Senator Johnston said. Senator Johnston said the Minister stated in a media release on 25 August 2011 that he had met with the DLA Piper lawyers to discuss the review’s progress. “The Minister has known for a few days short of a year the very serious nature of these allegations and has held no less than four press conferences trickling out bits and pieces of the review, but offering no solutions, only saying he is still considering all the options.” “It’s time for the Minister to take the plunge and actually make a decision on this very serious issue and stop stringing everybody along,” Senator Johnston said. Senator Johnston said the Defence Minister appeared incapable of making decisions in his portfolio, opting instead for the cover of multiple reviews that constantly get delayed, leaving Defence issues forever in limbo.

“But this is not some bureaucratic headache he must solve, we are talking about real people here with very painful memories of their time in the ADF and they deserve a better outcome than this.”

Media Contact: Rebecca Horton 0427 449 120

20/8/2012

Rebecca Horton

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