From ABC, August 25
Nelson to probe ADF 'plastic surgery'
Defence Minister Brendan Nelson says he is yet to receive advice on reports soldiers are having plastic surgery at taxpayers' expense.
It has been claimed women are having breast enlargements, saying their work is being affected because they are depressed by their appearance.
Under Australian Defence Force policy, personnel can get access to plastic surgery if their ability to work is threatened because of their psychological state.
Dr Nelson says he will investigate the claims.
"The most important thing to appreciate is that we are very proud of the men and women who serve in the Australian Defence Force in those three services," he said.
"We do everything we can in order to cater to their reasonable needs.
"And until I've received some advice on whether this has occurred, how it occurs, to whom it is provided and for what purpose, I'm not prepared to comment on it."