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PM confident about Defence Force's procedures

Wed 6 Mar 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News

Douglas Hughes Prime Minister John Key says the military has “a robust process for dealing with gay and lesbian” soldiers. It comes as Labour's defence spokesman Phil Goff is calling for an independent inquiry into the suicide of Corporal Doug Hughes in Afghanistan in April last year. Corporal Hughes’ family believes he was mocked and bullied about his sexuality and that nothing was done to help him. Key has told media he can't say much about the soldier's death because of the suppression orders around it the Court of Inquiry which the Defence Force held. "All I can say is that I'm confident the military has a robust process for dealing with gay and lesbian employees and that they have a fair code of conduct.”    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 6th March 2013 - 11:15am

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