18th August 2012.
RE: Class Action for Nuclear Veterans
In our letter to you'of 16 May 2012" we; informedyou that"the recent decision of the UK Supreme Court had effectively put a stop to our hopes of filing a case on behalf of Australian veterans affected by the British nuclear testing.
Since then we have been investigating other possibilities to highlight the plight of nuclear test participants and their families. Although taking action in the courts no longer appears possible, we still wanted to see if something could be done to put pressure on the Commonwealth government to do something more for you.
Stacks/Goudkamp believes that it may be possible to make a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission (HRC). The HRC's role is not to make a decision about your complaint but it tries to get all sides together to discuss potential solutions to the complaint. Although it is unlikely to result in the Commonwealth agreeing to provide compensation, it will at least result in more attention being drawn to your matter and may lead to some form of recognition of the dangers faced by test participants.
We are considering making a complaint to the HRC on behalf of everyone on our list. To do this we need your authority. It will not cost you anything to participate. However, it is also unlikely that you will receive any compensation even if the HRC agrees to investigate the matter. We are doing this primarily in an attempt to obtain more recognition for you and maybe motivate the government to reconsider extending veteran entitlements or other Commonwealth benefits to nuclear test participants
Our experience with those on our list has been that almost everyone is interested in doing what is necessary to promote the cause of nuclear test veterans. Therefore rather than get each person on our list to grant authority, we will proceed on your behalf unless we receive specific instructions from you NOT to participate in a complaint to the Human Rights Commission within 30 days from the date of this letter. If you agree to participate, you do not have to respond.
If you provide us with notice that you have decided not to participate, then we will remove your name from our list and you will not receive anything further from us. If you agree to participate, we will provide you with updates on the progress of the matter with the HRC.
Tom Goudkamp MANAGING DIRECTOR
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation STACKS/GOUDKAMP P/L ABN 88 104 796 394
Regardless of your decision, we thank you for your contribution and patience in this matter. Yours faithfully,