Monday, June 17, 2013

Turns out there is still at least one decent bloke out there, and he's in charge of the army...

I don't often say that I'm proud to be an Australian.  It's just not something that we do.  As a nation we really don't hold much sacred ... except for maybe Vegemite and The Diggers [link].  Seriously, never say anything bad to an Aussie about The Diggers, we're raised from infancy to hold their memories sacrosanct.

But lack of patriotism aside, I have to admit that when I saw the video that the Australian Chief of Army released in response to the Army sex scandal that's being investigated at the moment, I puffed up a bit with pride [link].

Dude, as a woman and an Australian citizen, I want to say thank you.  You could have kept silent, pleading ongoing legal proceedings were prohibiting you from making a statement, but you stood up and said exactly what needed to be said.  And you were totally bad ass while doing it!

You're awesome, and you make me proud to belong to a country where people will still choose to do what's right over what will cover their asses.





61 comments:

  1. Wow!!! Kudos to this Really "Bad Ass" Bloke... Very Cool!!!

    Have a great day, Slu

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  2. This guy is awesome! After he cleans things up there can we borrow him on this side of the Pacific for a while? I haven't seen anyone here as determined to clean up our similar mess. You should feel proud to have leaders like this.

    S

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    1. LOL! I'm not sure if we'll be willing to give him up.

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  3. Military culture will not change without unwavering leadership from the top. Glad your Australian Chief understands that and is doing it. The American army where rape of female soldiers is widespread needs to follow his example. Also the RCMP here in Canada which is currently embroiled in a longstanding culture of sexual harassment of female mounties.

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    1. It seems to be a big problem with those sorts of agencies.

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  4. What an upstanding human being he is! I want him to be President of the United States and say this exact same thing to our U.S. Congressman... someone needs to tell THEM to GET OUT! Just saying.

    This man completely impressed me. :)

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    1. He impressed me to. He didn't have to do that, no one would have faulted him for staying silent.

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  5. and THAT is what a REAL MAN looks like!

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  6. Wow...he sends chills down your spine.

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  7. What a strong leader. Where does this disrespect of women begin? It must originate at home, with the parents as that is where young men learn to honor women. But how can they learn that in single-parent homes when there is little parental supervision.

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    1. I'm not sure how it starts. Some of the most chivalrous guys I know have come from single parent homes. Personally, I think some people are simply more inclined to peer pressure.

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  8. That guy deserves a metal for standing up for what is right. Our military needs to take a lesson from this!

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  9. That's pretty awesome. It seems like it shouldn't need to be said, but it absolutely does and good for him for being up front and laying things on the table.

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    1. I think the fact that so many people were surprised by it shows that not enough people are willing to do it.

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  10. Sadly, if these guys get kicked out of your army, they could probably find jobs here in America writing for sleazy politicians.

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  11. He hasn't done anything yet, and just like last year when the sex scandal came out, there was all talk and no action. Clearly the men of the country only think with their dicks and not their heads otherwise something WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE since last year!

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    1. I was just impressed he was willing to stand up at all. Most head honchos would have kept quiet.

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  13. I love that he did this! It's so easy to shut up, especially in this sort of career, so it's brilliant he spoke out xx

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  14. Hi Kellie .. yes very well put and really should be put out to to each and every nation .. I hope they get their just deserts, but it seems so often people get off things ...

    Very interesting to listen to - thanks for posting .. Hilary

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    1. I guess we'll have to wait to see what happens to them.

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  15. I raise my hat to people who don't try to cover up things that are totally unacceptable. I know too many of those people already...

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    1. It's definitely an unusual decision in this day and age.

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  16. this was a great message and i am glad he did that, it shows his sincerity of wanting to resolve this!

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  17. That was awesome. It all seems like common sense, but it's amazing how many just don't think like he does. I'm glad at least he gets it.

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  19. Damn. It's refreshing to see such openness in a public figure.

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  20. If for any reason he is not comfortable remaining on Austrailian soil, there are many other countries around the world that could use a Man like him. I salute him in standing up for others, be it men or women.

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  22. What a fantastic moment!! It's about time people started doing the right things!

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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  23. Wow, you can feel his emotion through the video. This guy means business and that totally rocks.

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  24. A fellow Aussie hey ?
    Well done with the video, it needs to be seen and heard xx

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  25. Yes he was uplifting and gave me great hope. I was in the Transport sect of the ADF and because I was a female I had to do jobs (alone)(to prove my worth) that a male soldier would have automatically had a buddy to help. Team work - the buddy system - is what we were taught, but it wasn't always implemented. Things have changed greatly for women since those years, thank God.

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    1. It's wonderful to hear it from someone so high up, isn't it.

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  26. Wow- his line "Then go find someplace else to work" said with so much conviction, got me. Wonderful to see this man stand up for what is right and you are correct in saying he comes across as bad-ass while doing it! I definitely believe he will do as he says here.

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  27. God this guy is amazing. And you can just see from the set of his mouth and the way he's talking that he's SO pissed off which makes it even better than what he's said. People will say shit to cover their asses, as you just said, but this guy is, in every aspect of his being, conveying his disgust. It's awesome.

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