Darren Chester is the new Minister for Veterans Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC.
FILE PHOTO: Darren Chester addresses invited guests during a ceremony at RAAF Base East Sale. Photo by Corporal Veronica O’Hara.
But I only know this because I received a press release with his official letterhead this morning – not announcing his appointment, but marking the 75th anniversary of the Torres Straight Light Infantry Battalion.
Now some of you may think I’m mad or ill informed because I didn’t know this already – it was ‘all over the news’ around the end of February.
But’ I’m in Ireland, on holidays, and it didn’t make the evening news over here, strangely enough 😉
But I should have been aware – I should have been told.
Just a couple of days ago, Defence sent out a national press release trumpeting a ‘New chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council in Victoria’ – a regional appointment that very few people (including me) care about.
Yet, the appointment of a new minister apparently does not warrant a press release – not from Defence or DVA!!!
Am I the only one who missed this?
Am I the only one who thinks this is dodgy (something to do with the controversial circumstances of his appointment and/or the resignation of his predecessor)?