House debates

Thursday, 2 October 2014


Langston, Private Wendy (Question No. 291)

Photo of Bob KatterBob Katter (Kennedy, Independent) Share this | | Hansard source

asked the Assistant Minister for Defence, in writing, on 28 August 2014:

In respect of Private Wendy Langston being removed, at a very considerable public expense, from her Dubai posting in December 2013 following a health issue for which she subsequently received medical clearance, (a) why did this happen, (b) is the Minister aware of the perception that it was retribution for Private Langston questioning, in her capacity of being the relevant staff administrator, the probity and fiscal procedures of an incident involving her senior officer, and (c) can the Minister provide assurance that this probity issue will be fully and impartially investigated, and the soldier's standing, reputation and postings restored.

Photo of Stuart RobertStuart Robert (Fadden, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for Defence) Share this | | Hansard source

The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) Due to privacy considerations, it is not appropriate to make public comment on personal matters that relate to an ADF member.

(b and c) A number of concerns have been raised by Private Langston. They are being addressed in accordance with extant Departmental policy.