Defence Minister Stephen Smith has apologised to victims of sexual and other abuse within the Australian Defence Force. Mr Smith said an independent taskforce, headed by Len Roberts-Smith QC, would determine if individuals should receive compensation of up to $50,000.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith has made a parliamentary apology to victims of sexual abuse - within the Defence Force.
The government has stopped short of setting up a royal commission into claims of abuse - but an independent task force has been established to administer compensation pay outs of up to 50-thousand dollars.
The task force has also been asked to consider whether there should be a royal commission into specific allegations of rape within the defence force during the 1990s - and serious allegations involving young boys serving on HMAS Leeuwin several decades ago.