Friday, 9 March 2012

Letter 1 sent to The OZ 9/3/12 re Minister Smith

Letter 1 sent to The OZ 9/3/12
----- Original Message -----
From: g87
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 10:45 AM
Subject: In support of Minister Steven Smith

Rollicking Army audits!!
In support of Minister Steven Smith

I am no Labor supporter.
But I do not like it when even The Autralian's editorial, the esteemed foreign editor Greg Sheridan, your political editor Dennis Shanahan, disparate other scribblers and letter writers essentially write tripe!

And undisguised tripe: Sheridan has disposed of Smith because he surely regards his contacts in the army as more important - and the rest are plainly guilty of lack of insight, perhaps worse.

I recall at least two suicides: where was Peter Jensen [letters 9/3] and his  ''rolling audits'' that he claims to  so glibly ''found no culture of inappropriate criminal behaviour''?
Then - worse -  he goes on:
''There are isolated incidents but when they occur they are generally dealt with appropriately.''

He reconfigures as mere ''isolated incidents'' anything uncomfortable - like the 700 plus incidents? Yet to be investigated?
It is no consolation to the families of suicide victims who had nowhere to go in complaining against merely two of the openly - admitted over 700 cases!

Rolling / rollicking audits anyone?

It is an indictment extraordinary that such outrageous excuses are proffered by those who were responsible for looking after victims!  And perhaps that is the point - no one took complete responsibility!
But they surely know how to lamblast the decent Smith!!
Never mind the current mess - which on any reading and humane / pragmatic understanding - is simply an obscenity.

I refer to army person Jensen's lame letter The Australia 9/3 Spotlight on ADF's history of abuse

Geoff Seidner
13 Alston Grove
East St Kilda 3183
03 9525 9299

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