The government does not intend to hide from the public eye wrongdoings, past and present, committed by officers of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), as alleged in the review conducted by law firm DLA Piper.
According to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, federal authorities were not keen to sanitise the alleged physical and sexual abuses highlighted in the ADF review when the Defence Ministry released the report two months.
What was seen before was just part of the full review, the Prime Minister said, adding that the rest was given out upon request.
"Some material was released by the Minister for Defence in April, and of course when we received the Freedom of Information request we responded to it," Ms Gillard was reported by The Australian as saying on Friday.
The DLA Piper report has outlined what it called plausible cases of abuses numbering as many as 775 complaints from the same number of alleged victims, according to the Australian Associated Press (AAP).
But in the full executive summary exclusively obtained by ABC and the Australian, DLA Piper lawyers have zeroed-in on 1000 cases that roughly involve more than 800 complainants.
The abuses spanned three decades, starting in 1951, and involved a victim as young as 13-year-old boy, the review said.
Sadly, no prominent prosecution of the alleged crimes were recorded, with the DLA Piper hinting that a number of those pinpointed are active officers still serving in the country's military institution.
"If perpetrators of assault and other abuse are still in the ADF then they may constitute a continuing risk to the safety and wellbeing of other ADF personnel and they may constitute a risk to the reputation and the operational effectiveness of the ADF," The Australian reported the review as saying.
However, if there was an oversight, in terms of prosecuting the perpetrators, Ms Gillard stressed that no cover-up was intended at all on the part of the government.
She herself admitted that "there are some deeply distressing matters dealt with by that report; individual claims of mistreatment and abuse that make truly disturbing reading."
"We are working through the best way of responding to that report," the Prime Minister told The Australian.
In a statement, the Adults Surviving Child Abuse called on the government to announce a royal commission that would check on what it described as the ADF's culture of silencing the victims of abuse within the institution.
"The system needs to change ... the ADF must put in place an open, transparent culture of reporting," AAP quoted Cathy Kezelman, the group's president, as saying.
Ms Gillard assured that a royal commission was one of her options.
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