Monday, February 1, 2010

Australians - Please e-mail the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade

via Clinton Fernandes

Sample Letter below:

Dear Senators,

As members of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, your committee has made several recommendations relating to Australia's involvement in peacekeeping missions.

This story in The Sydney Morning Herald states that a 65-year-old East Timorese mother of nine was killed by an Australian army vehicle in East Timor, yet "no Australian soldiers deployed in the International Stabilisation Force in East Timor have contacted them to explain what happened, express regret or offer compensation, expected in Timorese tradition."

Please obtain information from the Department of Defence about how the family is coping with the loss of a loved one. Please take steps to ensure the family is compensated adequately.

Please advise me of the Department's response as soon as possible. I can be contacted at the address below.


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