Labor welcomes the tabling of the Senate Standing Committees on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade report into the mental health of Australian Defence Force members and veterans.
The committee has recommended:
“That the report for the Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force's inquiry to determine whether any failures in military justice have occurred regarding the Australia Defence Force's use of mefloquine be published immediately following the completion of the inquiry.”
This recommendation echoes Labor’s call for Minister for Defence Marise Payne to publicly release the Inspector-General’s report as a matter of urgency.
These allegations are serious, and they must be investigated seriously.
Serving ADF members, veterans, and their families must be reassured that their concerns have been given the consideration they deserve.
The committee also recommends:
“That Defence and DVA contact ADF members and veterans who have been administered mefloquine hydrochloride (mefloquine) during their service to advise them of the possible short-term and long-term side effects and that all ADF members and veterans who have been administered mefloquine during their service be given access to neurological assessment.”
Labor again calls on Minister Payne to publicly release the Inspector-General’s report.
If the Government does not give this issue appropriate consideration, Labor will look to establish a Senate inquiry.
THURSDAY, 17 MARCH 2016