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Wounded and injured Australian troops in Afghanistan

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (14:28): My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, Senator Evans. Documents released to the Western Australian newspaper under freedom of information requests reveal that the government's publicly stated figure of over 180 wounded Australians in Afghanistan tells only a fraction of the story. More than 920 wounded and injured Australian soldiers have received compensation for amputated limbs, severe burns, bullets still lodged in flesh and major depression.

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Full story of war in Afghanistan must be told

The Australian Greens today called on the Federal Government to commit to revealing the actual numbers of wounded and injured Australian soldiers in Afghanistan, successfully securing the promise of a review in the way in which casualties are reported.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the Australian people are entitled to know the full cost of the war without needing to use Freedom of Information laws to secure the truth.

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Defence White Paper & Talisman Sabre, swine flu preparedness

CHAIR-Do other senators have questions on the white paper? In that case we will finish the discussion on the white paper.

Senator LUDLAM-These are issues that I do not believe have been touched on earlier that mainly go to the public consultation process that preceded the production of the white paper. Can you tell us in general terms how much did public opinion on defence spending and defence priorities actually matter in the final analysis in the preparation of this document?

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