Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Australian Defence Force
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) the Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, committed to writing to the Governor-General to request he revoke the Meritorious Unit Citation for Special Operations Task Groups who served in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013, as per the recommendation in the Brereton Report,
(ii) despite General Campbell's statement, the Department of Defence told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Insiders program that the final decision on whether to accept the recommendations of the Brereton Report is a matter for Government, and
(iii) stripping the Meritorious Unit Citation from the Special Operations Task Groups would punish over 3,000 troops who have bravely served our country for the actions of a small number of people; and
(b) calls on the Morrison Government to reject the recommendation to strip the Meritorious Unit Citation for Special Operations Task Groups who served between 2007 and 2013.