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Soldiers to carry cash to compensate for casualties
Cynthia BanhamJuly 2, 2009
The "tactical payments scheme" came into effect yesterday. It means Defence will no longer have to go through the Department of Finance in Canberra - which can take days - before making reparations to civilians who get caught up in ADF battles overseas.
Senior officers of the rank of lieutenant colonel or higher will carry the cash, which will be most likely in US dollars, and they will be able to make payments on the spot. Defence would not say how much money officers would carry because of "safety issues". But individual payments can be for amounts up to $250,000.
Defence believes allowing tactical commanders the discretion to make on-the-spot payments will help it win the "hearts and minds battle".