Sky News host Alan Jones says politicians and military brass have failed to understand they must “honour the presumption of innocence,” adding the contemplation of placing the Brereton report on display in the War Memorial is a great “indignity”.
His comment comes regarding news the Australian War Memorial could make changes to its existing Afghanistan displays following the Brereton report.
“Well, why not add the Ruby Princess inquiry report to the Australian Museum?” Mr Jones said.
“The War Memorial is the veritable soul of the nation, the resting place of the Unknown Soldier. And here we are, in 2020, unproven allegations and politics directing what the military legacy will be.
Mr Jones says after the release of the Brereton report, which spoke of alleged crimes committed against Afghanis but did not name the alleged guilty, every Australian soldier “has been maligned, guilty around the world”.
“The Special Air Service Regiment’s Second Squadron is to be dismantled. This non-leader, Campbell, is apparently going to recommend that the Meritorious Unit Citation, to the Special Operations Task group, be revoked,” he said.
“How much longer will the prime minister remain silent in the face of this assault on the integrity and contribution of these selfless men.
“Prime Minister, speak up and defend them and correct your original grubby comment that the report contains “brutal truths.”
“Is the War Memorial now to be an institution to honour allegations?
“Rarely has the real truth been laid so bare through this shameful episode. The simple truth is we have lost our way; we are leader less.”