Aug 10, 2020

ANTHONY ALBANESE & SHAYNE NEUMANN – MEDIA RELEASE – TEDDY SHEEAN – MONDAY, 10 AUGUST 2020

 

ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER

 

SHAYNE NEUMANN MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS AND DEFENCE PERSONNEL

MEMBER FOR BLAIR

 

TEDDY SHEEAN

 

Labor welcomes the Prime Minister’s concession today that Teddy Sheean is a war hero fit to be awarded a Victoria Cross (VC).

 

Today’s outcome is the correct decision. Teddy showed extraordinary bravery, sacrificing his own life to save and protect his comrades.

 

The Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal (DHAAT), Teddy’s family and supporters, our veteran community and all Tasmanians can all be proud that they did not give up on this fight to finally see justice for Teddy.

 

But it should not have taken a review of a review to do the right thing.

 

Earlier this year, the Minister for Defence told the Senate:

“…the government’s view is that the 2019 review by the tribunal did not present any compelling new evidence that might support reconsideration of the valour inquiry’s recommendation. That is also my view, and that is also the view of Defence.”

 

But we know the independent DHAAT – the most appropriate body to make such recommendations – already found new evidence and recommended that Teddy be awarded a posthumous VC.

 

There was never any ambiguity in the evidence they found as the Prime Minister has suggested in his announcement today.

 

The Prime Minister’s backflip comes only now, even after:

 

Labor congratulates Teddy’s family and their fellow Tasmanians who campaigned so strongly to recognise Teddy’s bravery in the way he deserves.

 

MONDAY, 10 AUGUST 2020