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The true rate of suicide among serving defence members and veterans is likely to be higher than current surveys indicate, a royal commission has been told on its first day of public hearings.
In an opening address to the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide, senior counsel assisting Kevin O’Connor SC said veteran’s organisations had long disputed the official suicide statistics reported by the Department of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs.
“Their concern was that the official number was low and not reflective of what they were seeing on the ground,” Mr O’Connor said on Monday.
“This appears very much to be the case.”