Jacquie Lambie to call motion to axe Australian of the Year

After being named Australian of the Year in January, David Morrison received high praise for his commitment to women’s rights
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Jacquie Lambie is gunning for David Morrison to go.

After being named Australian of the Year in January, David Morrison received high praise for his commitment to women’s rights and equality across the board.

But one woman who wasn’t happy about the appointment was Tasmanian Senator Jacquie Lambie who has been calling for him to step down over his handling of the infamous army Jedi Counci scandal.

Senator Lambie will today take her issue to parliament and call a motion referring to Mr Morrison’s treatment of one of the men caught up in the scandal, reports The Australian

Former lieutenant colonel Karel Dubsky was initially named as one of the men involved in the sickening scandal in which material detailing sexual exploits and demeaning images of women were sent between army personnel. However, it was later conceded that he had no part in it.

Mr Dubsky says the treatment he was subjected to by Mr Morrison had a devastating affect on his life, causing him to be admitted to a psychiatric ward and attempt suicide.

Despite the fact that Mr Morrison’s term is nearly up, Senator Lambie is gunning for him to step down before January, leading some to ask: is it really worth it?

Others say Mr Morrison’s past actions clearly demonstrate he’s not fit for the role.

In the cutting motion to be delivered today, Senator Lambie accuses Mr Morrison of ignoring the NSW police report into the Jedi Counci and allowing Mr Dubsky to be “wrongly accused” of being a sex offender.

“General Morrison’s behaviour caused exceptional and undue harm to retired lieutenant colonel Dubsky, his family, and other innocent members of the ADF — and demonstrated behaviour that was the opposite required­ of the Australian of the Year,” the motion says.

Mr Dubsky says he was distraught when he found out Mr Morrison had been named Australian of the year and doesn’t think he is worthy of the title.

“With respect to the motion for removal of Australia of the Year, I personally believe the Australian of the Year should have honour, courage, respect and understand team work,” Mr Dubsky said.

“I don’t believe that in my case, and in many others, he (Morrison) has demonstrated those values.

He added: “I didn’t want any of this media coverage. I just wanted a correction of the public record that I was not ­involved in the Jedi Council — something that Morrison and (former defence force chief David) Hurley both gave me letters for.

“I’m hopeful that the Senate understands the gravity of the situation and the toll that it has taken on me and my family, and that they do pass this motion.”

What are your thoughts on this? Should David Morrison step down as Australian of the Year? Or is he the right man for the job?

  1. Guy Flavell  

    No Jacqui, I don’t agree with calling for Morrison’s resignation as AOTY. His military track record is impeccable and he fought hard for gender equality in the services. Sure, he did look somewhat
    dopey in those ladies shoes … but he was trying to prove a valid point. I tend to think that Jacqui
    is blowing his involvement in this Jedi business totally out of proportion for some odd kind of
    political benefit. However, I really do admire her untiring efforts to improve the lives of our veterans.

    • Steve  

      Talk to some of the men and women under his command, Bernard Gaynard would be a start. The man’s military track record is anything but impeccable. The Jedi Council fiasco is absolute proof of his deception, lies and showed his readiness to blame someone, regardless of their guilt or innocence.. The worst AOTY since the awards inception.

  2. J Sarkozi  

    I don’t agree with Jacquie on most things….but she is right to call it on this one. Trouble is she should have started her run months ago. Or just rename it the “Most Outstanding Lefty Mouthpiece of Australia” award.

    • Sandy Williams  

      Would hardly call Morrison Goode or Batty lefty mouthpieces.

      • Imelda  

        ‘Goode’?……..try ‘Goodes’!

        And he did NOTHING to help 98% of the populace whilst he had Award.

  3. Carmel  

    Actually, for once, totally agree with Sen Lambie.

    Morrison was a very bad choice as AOTY.
    He might have military credentials’, but in other ‘fields’, he’s hopeless!

    After some of the more recent recipients’ of this Award, I’d like to see it scrapped.
    Most of them do sweet fa during their tenureship. It’s a waste of money.

  4. Jan Cooke  

    Jacquie should do us all a favour and take a long walk off a short pier. She is a failed member of our military forces.

    • Marcia  

      Yes, Jan, so true.

      Think she was a driver in Transport Corps. She spent TEN years’ in ADF, & attained, I believe, rank of Corporal!

      Have a School friend who went through various exams’, & was selected for Officer Training, within ten MONTHS’ of joining the Australian Army Reserve.

      She’s a damn sight more qualified than Lambie!

      • Peter B  

        Then why isn’t she a senator?

  5. Lynette Hein  

    After hearing in the media recently of his failure to be upfront with the police investigation – perhaps wishing to keep the army ‘honour’ in tact – throughout this affair, I believe he should step down but he won’t. That would be admitting his failings, and apart from naming at least one innocent person, what has actually come from this whole investigation. It is a joke.

  6. Pamela  

    Jacquie is right – get rid of AOTY and cancel Morrison’s award.

    The whole thing has become a ridiculous embarrassment and would be another budget saving we sorely need.

  7. Joy Rhodes  

    The whole thing should be scrapped. Very rarely (if ever) does anyone who is genuine ever get this award, it’s supposed to be an honour. This is largely a joke due to the people or selections committee bestowing the award. Bit like Abbott’s stupid award to Prince Phillip. Ridiculous. Scrap it.

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