Call for action: MLC

The ABC�s 7.30 revealed that three sailors, all friends, from the Garden Island base had committed suicide in the space of just over 12 months. A father of one of the men has started an online petition calling for changes to the Royal Australian Navy�s policy on reporting suicide and mental illness to sailors� families.

�Navy personnel should be tested just like FIFO workers or those working on sites in the Western Trade Coast,� he said.

�If they test positive, they should be sacked, it�s simple. If half the personnel are gone after testing, so be it.�

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Defence was �urgently looking into� the reports of suicide and drug abuse on HMAS Stirling.