Jesse Bird was killed by his own government.
He was wounded by war, but broken by bureaucracy.
He warned the Department of Veterans Affairs he was close to becoming a suicide statistic. They did nothing.
They don’t want the Government’s cut-rate coroner, with none of the independence of a Royal Commission and less than half of the resources. A glorified babysitter, hand-picked by the government, who can be fired at any time if they start asking uncomfortable questions.
If we’re going to get a real Royal Commission, we have to go now. We don’t have much time. The Government wants to introduce legislation before the end of the year. If we can’t convince politicians to reject the half-baked coroner and the review into the last 17 reviews, that’s all we’re going to get.
Jesse fought a system built to protect him. He’d want us to keep fighting. So I’m bloody fighting. Are you with me?
To win this fight, we need to get in front of everybody.
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PS: Hey, Jacqui here.
If you’re on the fence about whether to join this fight, I’m sorry. You’re not going to want to hear this. But I need you to pick a side.
I’m on the side of Jesse, Dave, Michael, Ian, Daniel, and next week, when the next veteran considers their own suicide, I’ll be on their side too.
Because this is about more than reviewing suicides of the past: it’s about stopping them. It’s about saving a life a week. It cannot wait.
Fences aren’t designed to be seats. If you’re going to sit on one, don’t wait too long.