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Sgt Dave Morley
REFERRING to the recent sus-
pension of three Army members,
CDF Gen David Hurley said he
was disturbed by the nature of the
evidence collected and angered
by the actions of those associated
with these activities.
“Their behaviour does not
accord with the ADF’s values and
I fully support the CA’s decisions
to date,” he said.
“Our actions in publicly dis-
cussing these allegations and
announcing the decision to sus-
pend these members should send
a clear message to all Defence
personnel; there is no place for
illegal, offensive or discriminatory
behaviour in the ADF.”
Gen Hurley said the behav-
iour of the individuals concerned
reflected poorly on all ADF mem-
“As members of the ADF we
have a duty to protect our col-
leagues,” he said.
“Every person in the ADF
deserves the right to serve with-
out any kind of physical, mental
or sexual abuse and I will defend
their right to do so in a fair, just
and inclusive workplace.”
Defence Minister Stephen
Smith supported the strong and
decisive action taken by the CA in
“The CA briefed me when he
became aware of these despic-
able allegations and I had abso-
lute confidence in his proposed
handling of the matter,” he said.
“And I strongly support his
public statements ... which say
that we’re not here dealing with
a few bad apples, we’re dealing
here with a systemic and cul-
tural issue which the Army, the
ADF and the Australian Defence
Organisation needs to continue
to very strongly address, and to
address that head on.”
Sgt Morley: As RSM-A, how
do these allegations make you
RSM: How does it make me feel? I
have served Army for over 35 years
and I have seen a lot.
Ninety-nine per cent of what I
see makes me immensely proud.
Young Australians prepared to go
in harm’s way in the service of our
nation. Fighting fires and floods
and wearing their uniform with
These allegations mar us all. Let
me tell you this – we have built a
giant reputation through hard work
and hard yards, but it’s a reputation
that can be very easy to lose. And
our reputation is very important for
These allegations give rise to
the greater public asking them-
selves two questions: are our cur-
rent diggers worthy of those who
served before us, and is Army a
place where parents would wish
their sons and daughters to serve?
The answer is yes and yes. But
these allegations have kicked us in
What would you say to
soldiers regarding their use
of Defence computer systems
and the internet?
Talking about Defence computer
systems and the internet relating
to this is like talking about the
weapon instead of the negligent
This is not about the mechanism
used but the behaviour behind it.
Let no officer or soldier blame
online or social media.
This is about RESPECT – plain
and simple. We have all earned the
right to wear the Rising Sun Badge
our common thread. We have all
earned the right to be respected
and we all have a responsibility to
respect each other.
The victims have had their
respect – respect that they have
earned – stolen from them.
What will Army do to prevent
this type of behaviour
We have an issue with our culture.
On one hand our culture pro-
duces war-winning soldiers and
Australians prepared to put their
lives on the line.
But there is something in our
culture – perhaps a misunderstand-
ing of what our values actually
mean – that gives oxygen to this
If you are reading this and you
know what we must do to fix this
shortfall – let us know.
You need to let us know because
this is not the Chief ’s problem and
it’s not my problem alone – it is
OUR problem and we can only fix
What should soldiers do if
they receive an inappropriate
If any officer or soldier sees,
suspects or detects unacceptable
behaviour in ANY form – unac-
ceptable behaviour is not restricted
to online or social media – stand up
and be courageous.
Act if it is within your power or
report and then follow through if it
This applies to any unacceptable
behaviour – sexism from any direc-
tion, racism, hate, theft or fraud.
For soldiers, moral and physi-
cal courage are synonymous – you
can’t have one without the other.
Just like you need courage in war,
you need courage in the barracks.
What kind of action can be
taken if unacceptable behav-
iour allegations are proven?
That’s up to our justice and admin-
istration systems. But we must
heed the Chief’s warning: “If you
cannot live by Army’s values – then
We are all leaders – I highlight
the core behaviour “every soldier a
We all feel the pulse of our
Army, then we can also change it
for the better.
Our efforts must be persistent,
unrelenting and consistent. We
must all speak with the Chief with
We must all work together to
be the powerful hand that turns his
commitment to our people and our
nation into action.
We must work together
to end this, says RSM-A
RSM-A WO Dave Ashley sits down with Sgt Dave Morley to discuss the allegations of
unacceptable behaviour that have rocked the Army.
Responsibility: All members of the Army have a responsibility to address cultural issues in the service,
RSM-A WO Dave Ashley has said.
Photo by LS Helen Frank
Army June 20, 2013
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