I have today received Volume 1 (General Findings and Recommendations) and the first tranche of Volume 2 (Individual Allegations) of the DLA Piper Report into allegations of sexual or other forms of abuse in Defence.
Since the ‘ADFA Skype incident’ was drawn to public attention in April this year, a large number of public or private allegations of sexual or other forms of abuse in the ADF and Defence have been drawn to attention.
DLA Piper has been assessing these allegations methodically and at arm’s length from Defence.
On 25 August 2011 I announced that I would extend the DLA Piper reporting deadline to 30 September 2011.
As a consequence of overseas travel last week, I was unable to formally receive the DLA Piper Report until my return to the Parliament today.
Volume 1 of the Report – General Findings and Recommendations – provides a range of options for a response to allegations of past abuse in Defence.
The first tranche of Volume 2 provides an initial assessment and recommendations in relation to individual allegations.
The role of DLA Piper Review Team has not been to fully investigate allegations, but to provide, based on the information received, an initial assessment of each allegation.
DLA Piper’s findings and recommendations will now be considered and dealt with carefully and methodically.
Given the large volume of allegations received by the Review, DLA Piper will continue the process of assessing individual allegations in the weeks ahead.
The Review received over 1,000 allegations – some from people who contacted the Review directly, some referred to the Review from the Minister’s Office or from Defence. The Review also considered allegations reported in the media in the aftermath of the ‘ADFA Skype incident’.
I expect to receive the second tranche of Volume 2 (Individual Allegations) next month.
The DLA Piper Review has been conducted by Dr Gary Rumble, Professor Dennis Pearce and Ms Melanie McKean.
Mr Smith’s Office: Andrew Porter (02) 6277 7800 or 0419 474 392 or Ellen Shields (02) 6277 7800 or 0400 347 473
Department: (02) 6127 1999