Will Royal Commission reveal anything new?

Bob Hammill, Sale


DOUG Steley’s letter (Gippsland Times, May 25) called for a Royal Commission into the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and was critical of ministers and associated organisations.

He may be right and there are many current and retired servicemen and women who support that position.

Personally, I’m not a supporter.

I think Defence personnel, past and present, are lucky to have Ministers Dutton and Chester as their representatives.

To me, they both achieve a lot for those they represent.

As for the Royal Commission, I just don’t see the millions of dollars required to conduct such a review would be cost effective.

We already know the suicide rate among veterans is almost 14 percent higher than the national average; we know what causes post-traumatic stress disorder; we know the problem will become more accute with veterans from Afghanistan and we know the strategies best able to support those with this condition.

Any number of studies, reviews and the like have ‘pushed and poked’ those issues over the years.

The question I ask is: what more can a Royal Commission come up with?

If Ministers Dutton or Chester can find the millions of dollars to conduct a Royal Commission, then I think there’s much better ways they could spend it to support veterans in need.