Peter Dutton has thrown his support behind a veteran suicide royal commission after being promoted to the defence ministry.
But Mr Dutton wants it set up alongside a permanent office for the prevention of veteran suicides.
"If we are to proceed with the royal commission - which we should, and the prime minister has been clear about that - then it should include a standing commission," he told 2GB radio on Thursday.
Mr Dutton said it would not be necessary to lobby Scott Morrison to back the commission, which parliament unanimously endorsed last month.
"I know for a fact the prime minister is as dedicated as any of us to making sure we keep people well," he said.
Mr Dutton said the permanent agency would ensure families of veterans who might take their lives in coming years are able to have the matters investigated and seek recourse.
The Morrison government has spent years arguing against launching a royal commission into veteran suicides, but has yielded to pressure from veteran advocates and outspoken members of its own back bench.
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