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Veterans’ Affairs: Clarke Review

(Question No. 2497)
Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 21 December 2009:

(1) With reference to the review announced on 9 September 2008 to revisit the Clarke Review recommendations which were rejected by the then Prime Minister, Mr John Howard, has it reported; if not, when will this review be completed.

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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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