The accusations of the GG covering up sex & war crimes grow louder by the day.
I see a bigger issue here, and it's time we stop glorifying everything to do the Australian military and our military history, and governments and politicians and the media hiding behind this mythologising. Even when in the past stories emerge about corruption and bad practice in the military it gets buried. I'm tired of it. You can't criticise Australian military actions because that's criticising the troops, and the troops are heroes, so if you criticise them you aren't a 'real Australian.'. In post Vietnam war Australia-- i war i protested against, though I was a teenager, there has been an intentional policy of equating patriotism with a uncritical view on the military and our military ventures. I want that to change. Our involvement in Vietnam was ghastly. All of our involvements in aggressive US wars have been ghastly. We should be seeing the bigger picture. This guy is just one small part of all that.
I am sort of conflicted over this. I knew the man many years ago as I worked with his wife. He seemed like a fairly decent bloke with standards, she definitely had standards. I accept that people change over years (and it was years ago that I knew them) and that his work self could be a very different person to the social one I met. If he has hidden the knowledge that defense workers were acting illegally then he should have to answer to that. I always felt it was wrong (but completely in line with the lieberal party) to put a military person in the role of GG.