Standing up for Canberra

Townsville Defence community wants transparency

Labor is calling on Minister for Defence Marise Payne to guarantee the public release of the Inspector-General's report into anti-malarial drug Mefloquine.

“Today in Townsville I’ve heard from ADF members, veterans and their families affected by Mefloquine,” said Labor’s Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Gai Brodtmann.

“Their message is clear - they want answers from the Minister and they want transparency.”

Labor’s candidate for Herbert Cathy O’Toole said “It is not good enough to force veterans and their families to travel between towns, cities and even states in order to find treatment for a condition that hasn’t even been acknowledged by the Minister.”

If the results of the investigation are buried at the bottom of the Minister’s drawer, she'll be leaving more than just its findings in the dark.

"She'll also be leaving the people affected by this drug and their families in the dark, giving them no confidence their concerns are being addressed,” Ms Brodtmann said.
"These families want answers. They want the accountability and transparency that can only come from the public release of the Inspector-General's report."