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Growing demands for Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell to be sacked

There are growing demands for Chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) General Angus Campbell to be sacked – with claims he’s thrown his troops under a bus.

It follows his call to penalise three thousand troops over the unproven actions of a few.

The defence chief is in hiding – refusing to answer his critics, with no shortage of people lining up to take aim.

“He should be sacked. I hope that he doesn’t stand down so he can be sacked,” Independent MP Bob Katter told 7NEWS.

Katter’s Australian Party Member for Kennedy Bob Katter at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, November 9, 2020. Credit: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE

It was a sentiment shared by Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie, “You know what? It really annoys me when the top of the brass continually throw diggers under the bus 49 and quite frankly I’ve had enough 50.”

General Campbell triggered a furious reaction after announcing he would recommend three thousand special forces troops be stripped of their Meritorious Unit Citation after a report found 19 serving or former soldiers could face possible prosecution over alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.

Chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) General Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry, in Canberra, Thursday, November 19, 2020.
Chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) General Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry, in Canberra, Thursday, November 19, 2020. Credit: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE

“Campbell should have already been gone, and the prime minister should explain why he hasn’t sacked him,” said conservative media commentator Alan Jones.

Despite softening his stance, the damage has been done. Of those three thousand soldiers, twenty of them have since died and their families would have been forced to hand back the citation., robbed of due process, with no chance to clear their names.

Angus Campbell refused to respond to our requests for an interview.

Chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) General Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry, in Canberra, Thursday, November 19, 2020.
Chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) General Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry, in Canberra, Thursday, November 19, 2020. Credit: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE

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