ANTHONY ALBANESE & TASMANIAN LABOR TEAM – STATEMENT: TEDDY SHEEAN AND THE VICTORIA CROSS, THURSDAY, 18 JUNE, 2020
ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER
TASMANIAN LABOR TEAM
JULIE COLLINS MP, BRIAN MITCHELL MP, SENATOR CAROL BROWN, SENATOR ANNE URQUHART, SENATOR HELEN POLLEY, SENATOR CATRYNA BILYK
STATEMENT IN PARLIAMENT: TEDDY SHEEAN AND THE VICTORIA CROSS
In the House of Representatives today, the Leader of the Australian Labor Party, Anthony Albanese, made the following statement:
The point of having an independent Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal is to ensure that the only considerations are the evidence and merit.
The Tribunal unanimously supported Tasmanian hero Teddy Sheean to get a VC.
But the Prime Minister tells us we need a review of the review, all because he can’t admit that he got it wrong and that the Government should just act on the recommendations, which were unanimous.
Now we hear the Liberal Party pollster, MediaReach, is conducting polling in Tasmania on Sheean receiving the VC.
After asking respondents how they would vote if an election were held today, and how likely they were to change their mind between now and 2022, they were asked ‘which issue do you feel is the most important for Tasmania right now, that being something that your Federal politicians could do something about?’.
Awarding Teddy Sheean a VC was listed as an option amongst others.
Then respondents were asked whether they were aware or unaware of a random selection of news from the past month, including, question, ‘were you aware the Black Lives Matters protests in the United States have turned violent?’, and ‘were you previously aware that the Federal Government rejected a recommendation to award the VC to Tasmanian World War Two sailor Teddy Sheean?’.
This is entirely inappropriate.
A decision to award a VC is not a popularity contest.
On the merits, Teddy Sheean is worthy of the Victoria Cross.
THURSDAY, 18 JUNE 2020