McGowan de­fi­ant

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Mark McGowan is re­fus­ing to apol­o­gise for us­ing im­agery of his past mil­i­tary ser­vice in elec­tion campaign ma­te­rial, say­ing his time in the navy helped shape him for a lead­er­ship role.

The De­fence De­part­ment con­tacted Mr McGowan’s of­fice this week to warn the Op­po­si­tion leader against us­ing pic­tures of him­self in uni­form, say­ing the mil­i­tary must re­main apo­lit­i­cal.

In a pol­icy pam­phlet pub­lished at the week­end, La­bor used an old pic­ture of Mr McGowan in uni­form.

ADF mem­bers and re­servists are banned from en­gag­ing in po­lit­i­cal cam­paign­ing in uni­form for fear the mil­i­tary could be seen to be tak­ing sides.

Mr McGowan served in the navy for seven years as a lawyer be­fore leav­ing the ser­vice in the mid-1990s. He re­mains in the De­fence re­serves.

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