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Defence HQ that leaks against its soldiers, is now covering its arse.

The amazing irony of the Australian Defence Force upper commands trying to look like they care.

They are the ones prosecuting and leaking against veterans giving the media the ability to report against returned soldiers in the first place.

Defence HQ needs a hose out.

From Campbell down.


Subject: Request to update online story

Good afternoon, As you may ...

Good afternoon,

As you may be aware, media reporting on the Roberts-Smith v Fairfax Media Publications & Others defamation case may cause distress to the serving and ex-service community.

Defence requests that if you haven't included contact details for specialised counselling services and resources, you update your online story and subsequent reporting where appropriate:

  1. Defence All-hours support line – The All-hours Support Line (ASL) is a confidential telephone service for ADF members and their families that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1800 628 036.
  1. Defence Member and Family Helpline – Operates 24-7, if you need support, help, or advice at any time, call 1800 624 608. The Defence Member and Family Helpline is staffed by qualified human services professionals including social workers and psychologists.
  1. A network of dedicated mental health professionals at health centres located at major Defence bases is available to provide or facilitate support for ADF members both on-base and off-base. For out-of-hours or away-from-base assistance, members can call 1800 IMSICK (1800 467 425) to locate the nearest support. More information is available via the Mental Health Portal at:
  1. Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling (formerly VVCS) provides free and confidential counselling and support for current and former serving ADF members and their families. They can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 011 046 or visit the Open Arms website for more information.
  1. Open Arms also has Safe Zone Support which can be accessed at:
  1. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) provides immediate help and treatment for any mental health condition, whether it relates to service or not. If you or someone you know is finding it hard to cope with life, call Open Arms on 1800 011 046 or DVA on 1800 838 372. Further information can be accessed on the DVA website.
  1. Members of the public can call Lifeline Australia. Lifeline Australia is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Lifeline Australia is available 24/7 on 13 11 14 or online.

A full list of welfare support services is available at:


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Defence Media


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