2008
04.03

From the Herald Sun

A CHARITY that cares for the families of dead or wounded SAS soldiers has been left in the dark about a $10 million Kevin Rudd election pledge.

The Perth-based Special Air Service Regiment Resources Trust was promised the money by Mr Rudd and his losing candidate for the Perth seat of Stirling, former SAS major Peter Tinley.

Five months on and it has received just one phone call from a Department of Finance bureaucrat in Canberra who said he was trying to reconcile Labor’s election promises.

There has been no due diligence and no correspondence.

“All we have seen is the press release,” a trust source said.

The release, dated November 11, 2007, stated: “A Rudd Labor government will provide $10 million to allow the Special Air Service Resources Trust to provide more relief and support to serving and former SAS members and their families.”

A government spokeswoman said the money was allocated and reported in the Defence budget additional estimates in February this year. Its actual location remains a mystery.

The trust was formed after the 1996 Black Hawk tragedy in Townsville that claimed 15 SAS men and three army aviators.

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