Guy Barnett,Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
The Tasmanian majority Liberal Government is committed to supporting Tasmania’s veterans and ex-serving personnel and honouring the sacrifice of our servicemen and women.
We welcome the Federal Government’s announcement yesterday that a permanent National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention will be established.
Veterans and current serving men and women protect our community and nation in often difficult or dangerous situations. Their mental health and wellbeing is an issue of national importance.
The establishment of an immediate, independent review of historical veteran suicide cases by the Commissioner and delivery of an annual Veteran and Defence Suicide Death Report to the Federal Parliament are also welcomed. The Tasmanian Government will work with the Commissioner to ensure that the wellbeing of our veterans and ex-serving personnel is prioritised.
The Commissioner’s work sits alongside our commitments to help support the wellbeing of our veterans and ex-serving personnel through our $225,000 Active Recreation Program and $100,000 Dago Point Retreat.