23. Mefloquine Dispatches: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee, 28th February 2020

by Shane Granger

In my correspondence to the Australian Senate I requested the following:

  • You would like to know the status of the comprehensive health assessments announced by the minister on 15 March 2019;
  • You would like all the personnel involved in Operation BARITONE to receive a comprehensive health assessment and you would like to receive a response from the minister to this request;
  • You would like the committee to investigate the status of the Mefloquine help line;
  • You would like to know why DVA have not accepted your Mefloquine exposure given the letter you received from Defence.

This is what I received.

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We are making some progress but there is still more mountains to climb.

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