March 2019 Report of Independent Review of the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Joint Inquiry into the Management of Jesse Bird’s Case by Emeritus Professor Robin Creyke
Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,
The Independent Review of the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Joint Inquiry into the Management of Jesse Bird’s Case by Emeritus Professor Robin Creyke was finalised in March 2019, but I cannot find a copy of that Report anywhere (not even on the Department’s website, where copy logically should be).
Please provide full copy of the aforementioned report.
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…The Independent Review of the Implementation of the Recommendations of
the Joint Inquiry into the Management of Jesse Bird’s Case by Emeritus
Professor Robin Creyke was finalised in March 2019, but I cannot find a
copy of that Report anywhere (not even on the Department’s website, where
copy logically should be)…
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I'm just looking for a copy of this discrete report, not a bunch of documents. Is there a reason this isn't being provided administratively?