Australia to Investigate Military Suicides

Australia will hold a Royal Commission to check on the suicides among serving and former military personnel, its Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

“I hope it will be a process by which veterans and families can find some comfort, but it obviously can’t replace the loss,” he said.

The Australian troops have been involved in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have been also deployed for humanitarian missions in the Pacific.

According to government data, over 500 Australian veterans have died from suicide since 2001.

Some 41 Australian troops died during the 20-year conflict in Afghanistan.

The United States, Britain, and Canada were also exploring ways to reduce suicide rates among serving and former military personnel.

Morrison hoped that the Royal Commission will start the hearing later this year and by 2023, final recommendations were expected.

A permanent national commissioner will also be tasked to ensure that the recommendations were enforced.


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