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Incident at Melbourne DVA office.



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Minister for Veterans' Affairs Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

27 July 2006 VA69 INCIDENT AT MELBOURNE DVA OFFICE

Early this afternoon a male veteran known to the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) attended a Departmental office in La Trobe Street in Melbourne and in an apparent act of self harm has died.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Bruce Billson expresses his sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the man, and assistance has been offered to the family.

Staff present at the time were not physically harmed as a result of this incident. Victoria Police arrived a short time later.

"This tragic incident has come as a great shock to us all at DVA and is now being investigated by the police and my department is assisting with these enquiries. Out of respect for this gentleman's family it would be inappropriate for me to comment further at this stage," Mr Billson said.

DVA has put in place appropriate counselling and support arrangements for staff affected by this incident.

Minister Billson urges any members of the Veteran community who may be requiring support to access the free and confidential, 24-hour counselling service provided through the Veterans Line on 1800 011 046.

Media inquiries: Cameron Hill 0408 239 521