PM at­tacks the ADF over Nazi flag of evil

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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

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