With An­gus Camp­bell’s ap­point­ment we can step up in our part of world

The Australian - - COMMENTARY -

All hail to the in­com­ing Chief of De­fence, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral An­gus Camp­bell (“Bat­tle­field and boats suc­cesses set up Camp­bell for top job”, 17/4).

Aus­tralia is now blessed with a proven mil­i­tary leader, who has been tested and who has achieved where oth­ers have fallen aside.

To com­ple­ment the new team , the Prime Min­is­ter now needs to ap­point an ap­pro­pri­ate De­fence Min­is­ter. Jim Molan would suit that ap­point­ment.

With the im­mi­nent ar­rival of Ad­mi­ral Harry Har­ris as the next US am­bas­sador, we have the means to place greater em­pha­sis on the need to step up in our part of the world. Mike Flani­gan, Toowoomba, Qld The ap­point­ment and pro­mo­tion of Lieu­tenant Gen­eral An­gus Camp­bell as the new Chief of De­fence, al­though pre­dictable, is an out­stand­ing choice. At last we have at the top of the mili- tary a proven, com­bat-hard­ened leader who has also proven him­self as a per­former in po­lit­i­cal cir­cles.

As a for­mer spe­cial forces com­man­der, Camp­bell has con­quered the ex­tremes of phys­i­cal and men­tal pres­sures, but he is also smart, well ed­u­cated and fear­less in his re­solve to do what is nec­es­sary and what is right. His ethics are of the high­est or­der.

Camp­bell will pro­tect his peo­ple while in­sist­ing they meet the high­est stan­dards of pro­fes­sion­al­ism. He will be no pushover for politi­cians ei­ther, hav­ing been tested in sen­ate es­ti­mates many times. John Ge­orge, Ter­ri­gal, NSW

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