‘You have been heard’:Providing a voice for loved ones lost to Defence suicide
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‘You have been heard’:Providing a voice for loved ones lost to Defence suicide

The hardest part of my job as royal commissioner is asking people to recall the most painful experiences of their lives and helping provide a voice for their loved ones when they can no longer speak. Their stories will help others.

  • byDr Peggy Brown

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Nurse will tell hearing soldier was denied treatment for suicide ideation

Nurse will tell hearing soldier was denied treatment for suicide ideation

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide will this week hear allegations from army nurses that standards of mental and physical healthcare have declined since Bupa won the ADF health services contract in 2019.

  • byTim Barlass
Military must listen to grieving families and finally act

Military must listen to grieving families and finally act

The familiarity of the harrowing stories from bereaved families at the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide is an indictment on the inaction of the past.

  • byKirstin Ferguson
Blamed for her sexual assault,a former navy sailor speaks out

Blamed for her sexual assault,a former navy sailor speaks out

“Some people told me that my career was ruined because I couldn’t ‘shut my legs’,” a woman has told the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

  • byCloe Read
‘Bodies scattered’:Sailor recalls seeing baby in ocean as part of Operation Resolute

‘Bodies scattered’:Sailor recalls seeing baby in ocean as part of Operation Resolute

A current serving member of the navy has told the Royal Commission of the traumas of border protection mission Operation Resolute,where he saw bodies floating in the ocean and how his crew turned to alcohol and drugs.

  • byCloe Read
‘I had my face smashed into a sink’:Army recruits’ horrific treatment

‘I had my face smashed into a sink’:Army recruits’ horrific treatment

Simon Marshall,who served in the Army for 37 years,spoke about training camps’ culture and post-military transition.

  • byToby Crockford
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‘It’s horrible to watch someone dying before your eyes’:Soldier’s sister on his final moments

‘It’s horrible to watch someone dying before your eyes’:Soldier’s sister on his final moments

The family of Lance Corporal Ryan Goodwin have spoken about how he took his life but was never helped by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Instead,they received a letter 18 months after his death,acknowledging his PTSD.

  • byCloe Read
How the Australian Defence Force repeatedly betrayed its own people

How the Australian Defence Force repeatedly betrayed its own people

Harrowing stories of veterans and serving personnel who took their own lives were last week recounted to the royal commission,which resumes on Monday.

  • byToby Crockford
Investigators lift lid on Defence Force ‘culture of silence’

Investigators lift lid on Defence Force ‘culture of silence’

The policy of “not jacking on your mate” has been a major theme in the first week of royal commission hearings.

  • byToby Crockford
Royal commission hears harrowing testimony of veteran suicides

Royal commission hears harrowing testimony of veteran suicides

Today on Please Explain,Brisbane Times reporter Toby Crockford joins Nathanael Cooper to discuss the first week of the Royal Commission Into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

  • byNathanael Cooper
Veterans’ department like ‘an insurance company’,says grieving father

Veterans’ department like ‘an insurance company’,says grieving father

Peter Jenkins,a former Army Reservist and retired Victorian and Queensland police officer,tells the story of his late son,Shaun.

  • byToby Crockford