Liberal MP and former SAS soldier Andrew Hastie says soldiers implicated in the Brereton report should have the “presumption of innocence” even as the Defence Minister Linda Reynolds labelled the actions alleged cold-blooded murder.
“The prime minister, the minster for defence, myself, and others believe that our soldiers should have the presumption of innocence. That is very, very clear,” he told Sky News host Sharri Markson.
Mr Hastie said Ms Reynolds had a “bad day at the office” but believes in Australian soldiers and fair process concerning the report.
Mr Hastie also said that a high number of SAS operatives had never been to Afghanistan and they were the future of the special forces.
“I think if everyone does their jobs in accordance with the law there won’t be an issue.”