Reports about Kurt Mackenzie published in the Courier-Mail and the Northern Territory News on 23 May 2013 stated that “Navy is refusing to explain and release a report into the poisoning of a sailor during an exercise off Darwin seven years ago”.
This is incorrect. The subject report has been considered by the Chief of Navy. Formal approval for release of the report is now being sought in accordance with the Defence Inquiry Regulations. The Chief of Navy had written to Mr Mackenzie earlier this week to advise him of this.