In poor taste
THE Defence Department is investigating allegations that television celebrity Tania Zaetta had sex with Australian special forces soldiers during a recent tour of war-ravaged Afghanistan. So what? The lady's behavior isn't in question; it is the ethics and poor manners of those who reported the alleged incident, with name, to the Defence Minister and those who then released it to the media. Opposition defence spokesman Nick Minchin, who travelled on a transport aircraft with Zaetta and Anderson during the tour, has demanded an explanation from Mr Fitzgibbon. He says;
DEFENCE Minister Joel Fitzgibbon must apologise for the "gross" and "extraordinary" invasion of entertainer Tania Zaetta's privacy after claims she had sex with Australian troops reached the media.I agree and wait with baited breath for Fitzgibbon to make amends to the lady in question. I watched the Australian Story on ABC and was moved by these young guys and girls doing their bit for the morale of the troops. Conversely, I noted in the show that there were entertainers who declined to volunteer to join the entertainers for ideological reasons. If there is any naming to be done then maybe we could have the names of these bastards who have insulted our troops rather than naming of someone involved in a rumour. UPDATE: This entire event happened on Fitzgibbon's shift but when called to task and asked for answers he has this to say in a Defence Media email release;
The Opposition Spokesman for Defence Senator Nick Minchin’s attempts to play politics with what at this stage is an allegation only has dragged the state of the Liberal Party to new lows.Nick is not 'playing politics' with the allegation; he is questioning the release of the details of the allegation to the media. Just answer the questions, Minister. He goes on to make sure we know it's not his fault;
The Minister has formally asked Defence for a review of the process which determines how ‘Hot Issues Briefs’ are generated and how widely they are distributed. He has also asked what measures are in place to test the necessity of using names in such briefs. Further, the Minister has directed that an inquiry be held into how this particular Brief came to be made public.I look forward to the answers.