PM attacks the ADF over Nazi flag of evil
A PHOTOGRAPH showing Aussie troops flying a Nazi flag on an army vehicle has drawn widespread condemnation.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull led the outrage, saying it was “completely and utterly unacceptable”.
“It was absolutely wrong and their commanders took action at the time,” he said yesterday.
The Prime Minister faced a barrage of questions over the incident yesterday after a leaked photo of the 2007 incident, which was published by the ABC, showed a large swastika emblem hoisted over an Australian military vehicle.
It is understood that other images of the flag in Afghanistan had also been circulated among Australian soldiers.
The Department of Defence confirmed the incident, and said the flag was destroyed not long after.
“Defence and the ADF reject as abhorrent everything this flag represents. Neither the flag nor its use are in line with Defence values,” a spokesman said in a statement.
“The commander took immediate action to have the offensive flag taken down.”
It is understood the personnel involved were immediately cautioned and subsequently received further counselling.
Vice Chief of Defence, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs told the ABC yesterday appropriate action was promptly taken.
“I think the important thing is the situation was dealt with quickly – the flag was removed,” he said.
“And, what I can say we’ve learnt subsequently, is that when the patrol returned to its base, the flag was destroyed.”
Anti Defamation Commission chairman Dvir Abramovich said the incident was deeply troubling and distressing. PAGE 27: VALDMAN’S VIEW