With travel to Afghanistan is nearly impossible right now and difficult questions over the types of evidence that would be admissible in court, investigators have their work cut out for them.
Lazy platitudes about Australian moral and military exceptionalism were put to the test in Afghanistan, and found wanting.
The Brereton report is providing an opportunity for the ADF to rethink its core values. It ignores changing social expectations at its peril.
When the honour of Australia’s revered soldiers is questioned, so, too, is the national self-image. But war is an ugly business, and we pay a price for tethering it so tightly to our identity.
Investigating senior officers, and where appropriate, taking action against them, is an important part of restoring the reputation of the Australian military abroad.