02 July 2009

Aussie troops permitted to give money to Afghan victims

Today the Sydney Morning Herald reports here that the tactical payments scheme went into effect yesterday. The scheme permits Aussie diggers to carry cash and pay Afghan civilians whose family members are killed or injured due operations of the Australian Defence Force. Under past procedures the ADF had to first seek approval from the Department of Finance. Only senior officers of lieutenant colonel or higher will carry the cash, most likely in US dollars. Individual payments can be up to $250,000 AUD. On 15 June 2009, Greg Combet (ALP - Charlton, Vic.), the Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, made a House speech on the scheme which can be found here. A House Parliament explanatory memorandum can be found here.

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