Scott Morrison is preparing to announce the terms of reference for a royal commission into veteran suicides. Nick Kaldas, a former NSW Police deputy commissioner and investigator of chemical weapons used in Syria, is expected to lead the inquiry. He will be joined by two other commissioners.
Barnaby Joyce has been accused of fuelling country-city divides after he said regional residents “couldn’t really give a shit” about Melbourne’s pandemic challenges. The deputy prime minister also faces calls to apologise for saying about the Melbourne CBD: “You can almost smell the burning flesh from here.”
Barnaby Joyce shifts old foes and rewards Bridget McKenzie and Andrew Gee in Nationals ministerial reshuffle
Barnaby Joyce has shifted old foes out of cabinet and rewarded key supporters who helped his leadership return with plum positions in the latest Morrison government reshuffle. After days of speculation, Joyce announced his picks for the ministry, shifting Queensland’s Keith Pitt to the outer ministry, while dumping Michael McCormack backers Darren Chester and Mark Coulton altogether, and promoting his supporters Bridget McKenzie and Andrew Gee.
Grieving mothers have joined veterans and military lawyers in Canberra to air their concerns over the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into veteran suicides in a last bid to have their voices heard.There is only one week left for the veteran community and families to submit their views on what the royal commissioner should consider, after the federal government announced last month it would look at both defence and veteran suicides.
PM Scott Morrison and minister Darren Chester announce a royal commission into suicide among Australian defence force members and veterans. Photograph: Joel Carrett/AAP Scott Morrison has bowed to mounting political pressure by launching a royal commission into suicide among Australian defence force members and veterans. The prime minister told reporters in Sydney on Monday he had listened to veterans who argued that the government’s previous proposal did not go far enough, and he was “pragmatic to get the
The Morrison government is backing Kerry Stokes to continue overseeing the Australian War Memorial amid new reports about the media baron’s support for former soldier Ben Roberts-Smith, who is seeking to clear his name over alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.The minister for veterans’ affairs and defence personnel, Darren Chester, told Guardian Australia he had “full confidence in the council of the Australian War Memorial”, despite the Greens arguing that Stokes’ position as chair was untenable.
Anzac Day marches will go ahead in Victoria after the RSL backflips on its ban - but the Gallipoli dawn service and other overseas events are canned
Anzac Day marches will go ahead in Melbourne despite Covid fears, but services overseas have been canned.RSL Victoria has backflipped on its plan to cancel annual marches across the state on April 25 following talks with government officials.