Statement on Comcare outcome

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The Hon Richard Marles MP

Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for Defence

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9 August 2022

We understand the seriousness of this tragic situation which took place two years ago regarding a member of Defence, and offer condolences and support to their family.

The Deputy Prime Minister has spoken to the Chief of Defence Force and has been reassured that Defence has and will continue to cooperate with Comcare.

Given this matter is now before the courts, the government will not be commenting in order to let the process run its course.

Notwithstanding, the safety, health and wellbeing of our ADF personnel is paramount.

The Albanese Labor Government is committed to the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide, and effecting cultural reform and meaningful change within the ADF.

Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Open Arms Veteran and Families counselling on 1800 011 046.

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