Do you accept that DVA has directly or indirectly
contributed to the suicides of veterans’ and attempted suicides? Senator, I think that’s
an unfair statement. I think suicide is extremely complex, there are many factors that contribute
to suicide… So you don’t think Veterans’ Affairs has anything to do with that… As
I’ve said Senator, there are many factors that contribute to suicide – oh dear – and
as you know in the tragic suicide of Jesse Bird, we did acknowledge that we contributed
in some way through our processes and failed Jesse. I issued a personal apology to the
Bird family and the Minister of the Day, he stood up in Parliament and issued that apology.
We will accept responsibility. Importantly want we want to do is learn from that. So
but to say that we are directly responsible, I don’t think you could ever say one thing
or any one factor is directly responsible.