Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Australian Defence Force
Labor won't be supporting this motion, but we do acknowledge it's a difficult and sensitive issue. As the shadow minister for defence has said, the alleged behaviour of a few cannot be allowed to overshadow the contributions made by thousands of men and women who have served our country with distinction in Afghanistan. Labor notes the statement released last night by the Chief of the Defence Force, that no decisions have yet been made with regard to options and approaches to implement the recommendations of the Brereton report and that further action in response to the report's recommendations will be considered as part of an implementation plan that is under development. The Brereton report contains over 140 recommendations. It is entirely appropriate that Defence is given time and space to methodically work through those recommendations and its proposed responses.