Peter Dutton overrules decision to strip medals from SAS soldiers who served in Afghanistan

Peter Dutton overrules decision to strip medals from SAS soldiers who served in Afghanistan

The Guardian

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Move by new defence minister ensures 3,000 soldiers will retain meritorious unit citation unless they are convicted of war crimes

Peter Dutton has moved to stamp his authority as defence minister by overruling a decision to strip meritorious unit citations from about 3,000 special forces soldiers who served in Afghanistan.

The new defence minister told radio 2GB on Monday, war crimes allegations were shocking but added: “My judgment was that we shouldn’t be punishing the 99% for the sins of the 1%.”

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