PM’s no-show at repatriation “a bastard act” – Veterans Party

Veterans Party leader Jeremy Davey called Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s failure to attend yesterday’s Terendak Repatriation Ceremony a bastard act.

CAPTIONHearses carrying the remains of 33 Australian service personnel and dependants leave RAAF Base Richmond after a repatriation ceremony at the base to welcome them home from cemeteries in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo by  Corporal David Gibbs

Mr Davey said that the PM’s decision demonstrates that he is seemingly more interested in his own political career than honouring fallen veterans and their families on a day of national significance.

“Like many Australians, I chose to watch the live coverage of the Terendak Repatriation. To my surprise, which quickly turned into an emotion of disgust, was the evident absence of our Prime Minister,” Mr Davey said.

“The Prime Minister holds the office that determines if Australia’s men and women go to war, and he should certainly have been there to see their return home, especially at a moment of such significance to the families, Vietnam Veterans and the wider Australian public.

“Mr Turnbull’s decision to campaign in a mattress factory was incomprehensible, and probably robbed the opposition leader of the opportunity to attend alongside the PM in a show of bipartisanship.

“I’ve been hearing the reaction of many veterans and whilst the majority of them were hammering the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has also been copping a fair flogging.

“Now I’m only speculating here, but I would suggest that if Mr Turnbull had made the conscious decision not to attend, then probably no opportunity existed for Mr Shorten to attend – but, Mr Shorten probably needs to clarify why he was not there too.”

Mr Davey added that Treasurer Scott Morrison’s choice of words and signage at a concurrent press conference was a poor decision.

“If I was Mr Morrison I’d be checking whether my closest advisers and confidants were members of another political party, because using the word ‘war’ in both his speech and accompanying signage at the time of a repatriation ceremony was simply clueless,” Mr Davey said.

“Surely such a political aspirant didn’t come up with this ‘brain-child’ idea himself.

The Veterans Party leader said today’s performance by key members of the Government were hardly heartening for Australia’s veterans or those who serve in the Australian Defence Force, let alone others in the Australian public.

“Let me say this to you Mr Turnbull; your decision today leads many to the suspicion that you possess no tradition other than self-interest. You have demonstrated a complete lack of leadership and a total disconnect from the issues close to the heart of our country. Even odds however, come Anzac Day, and you are the Prime Minister, you’ll be there hand on heart and taking salutes from members of the men and women who serve our country,” Mr Davey said.

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7 thoughts on “PM’s no-show at repatriation “a bastard act” – Veterans Party

  • 10/06/2016 at 10:03 am
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    Turnbull has shown his contempt for those who insured his freedom to make him what he is. A true living icon of the Left side of the Political Field. “Dispatch and Forget.” But then I must thank him for Highlighting my mistake in voting for the Liberals prior to this. I will now be paying the fines.

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  • 09/06/2016 at 8:10 pm
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    The Prime Ministers set a precedence in attending the funerals of Iraq/Afghan veterans. At no time did they ever attend the funerals of Vietnam Vets killed during the Vietnam War.

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  • 09/06/2016 at 3:42 pm
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    I was really not surprised that Turnbull and Shorten did not attend the return ceremony for the diggers who have been denied return to Australia for so long. Why? Because the over educated, under qualified pricks who profess to look after Australians are to busy with their snouts in the “magic pudding” of tax payers money! The more ya takes- the more their is! They send diggers to war very quickly, but don’t give a stuff after that. Then the apple eating bastards have the gall to say that we must vote or we will be fined! Keating was right to call the senate ” Unrepresentative Swill !” That phrase should now be extended to include the lower house also. I for one will not be voting at the federal election, in fact I may never vote again after the last eight years. The G/G at least did his duty.

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  • 05/06/2016 at 6:54 pm
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    Disgraceful conduct, if you agree
    ,then don’t vote for them and for Your own sake don’t even think about the Greens.
    Vote Australian Liberty Alliance, candidates who know about morals, honesty and tradition

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  • 04/06/2016 at 7:57 pm
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    Just a total lack of respect by both leaders .. …you cannot criticise one and not the other … both showing a lack of judgement , decency , and respect to not be attendance …..there is no excuse .. “If you really want to do something you’ll find a way .. if you really don’t want to do something you’ll find an excuse” Which of the two will apologise unequivocally from the heart without excuses .. or will niether apologise?

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  • 03/06/2016 at 5:59 pm
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    “””Well Mal, you’ve done it now. You’ve lost the votes of the entire Australian Defence Force and their families. Guess mattresses or tomatoes or whatever it was you were inspecting were more important than our dead veterans, or was it because the repatriation of these lost Australian’s was an Abbott initiative? After all, it is your penchant to never ever give Tony Abbott credit for anything and also a solemn occasion such as the homecoming of our war dead would have meant that you Mal would not (for once) have been the centerpiece – no, our dead sons and daughters were the stars.

    God Bless Them: Now that they are home may they forever Rest In Peace.

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    • 04/06/2016 at 6:04 pm
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      Brilliantly said, Thank You so very much. Turdbull wouldn’t make A PMs skid mark !! He has No Moral Compass 💩😵

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