Julie-Ann has spent the last 12 months fighting for a proper solution to veterans suicide. Sadly the PM's proposed solution doesn't cut it. I'll let Julie-Ann tell you why in her words...
The grieving Adelaide mother who has spent the past 12 months fighting for a national solution to veteran suicide is maintaining her calls for a full-blown royal commission.
In an exclusive interview with The Advertiser, Julie-Ann Finney said her fight for a full-blown royal commission was not over.
Ms Finney, from Blair Athol, said the PM’s proposal to appoint an independent commissioner to investigate veteran suicide did not address the issues she believed were causing the crisis at the centre of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).
She met with the PM on Thursday to present her petition signed by more that 283,000 Australians.
“Mr Morrison told me what he has proposed is better than a royal commission but I’m not convinced by his argument,” said Ms Finney, who lost her son, David, a former marine technician, to suicide last year.
“At this point, it is a two-page fact sheet. This not justice for so many broken men and women.”
Ms Finney said there was no detail about the legislation or who the commissioner would be.
“There is no terms of reference so there’s not enough detail to have any confidence,” she said.
“I told him (PM) if his proposal has all the powers of a royal commission, then just call a full royal commission.”
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