Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley, who has a history of trying to cover-up the ADF sex tape scandal in 2011/2012, is now in the spotlight about his role in the war crimes cover-up given he was chief of the defence force when the alleged war crimes were committed.
It was reported last week that “Scott Morrison warned Australia’s Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell that he expects the top brass to be held accountable for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, not just the rogue soldiers who were on the frontline.” (Click here to read more)
I agree with Scott Morrison that “the top brass be held accountable” but that raises the question of why did Scott Morrison appoint David Hurley as Governor-General of Australia on the 1st of July 2019. Surely that needs investigating as well as the numerous alleged war crimes. The dates the alleged war crimes happened have been well known for several years and it was also well known that David Hurley was chief of the defence force when they occurred although he denies any knowledge of the alleged war crimes.
There were warning signs about General Hurley’s questionable morals and corrupt conduct as far back as 2011/2012 when I published a number of articles about the ADF sex tape scandal cover-up which happened when General David Hurley was in charge.
On the 12th of March 2012 I published an article titled “Defence Force Chief General David Hurley caught lying to the Australian public to cover up the abuse of an 18-year-old female” which started off:
Over the last few days, some of the media and others have been calling for the resignation or sacking of Defence Minister Stephen Smith over the defence force Skype sex tape scandal. Yet they have failed to call for the same from the Chief of Defence General David Hurley and the commander of the Australian Defence Force Academy Commodore Bruce Kafer.
Criminal offences have taken place in their attempt to cover up criminal offences in the defence force and there needs to be a Royal Commission as the cover-up is being directed by the highest levels of the defence force. (Click here to read more)
On the 5th of July 2019, I published an article titled “Governor-General David Hurley and the ADF sex tape cover-up. Will he be another Peter Hollingworth?” which started off:
On Monday (1-7-19) General David Hurley, former Chief of the Defence Force from 2011 to 2014, was sworn in as the Governor-General. But was due diligence done given David Hurley was up to his neck in the infamous ADFA Skype sex-tape cover-up scandal in Canberra? The obvious question is will David Hurley become another Peter Hollingworth who was forced to resign as Governor-General when he was exposed for covering up child sex abuse when he was Archbishop of Brisbane.
David Hurley was Governor of NSW from 2014 until May 2019 but that position does not get anywhere near the scrutiny or publicity as the Governor-General and the media in Canberra should have been asking a lot of questions, but they haven’t.
We’ll first have a quick look at former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth and his resignation as that gives an indication of what could possibly be ahead for David Hurley. The fact that Hollingworth’s past cover-ups keep being raised today, 15 years after his resignation, suggests very strongly that is likely what will also happen with David Hurley and his cover-ups at the Australian Defence Force which might lead to another Governor-General resigning. (Click here to read more)
Hurley investigation found nothing – Gross negligence? – Cover-up? – Similar to the attempted cover-up of the ADF sex scandal
David Hurley held an earlier investigation into the war crimes exposed by the Brereton Report but Hurley’s investigation uncovered nothing. (Click here to read more)
A quick overview of the Brereton Report is:
The Brereton Report which was released on the 19th November 2020 found evidence of 39 unlawful killings, primarily of civilians and prisoners, which had subsequently been covered up by ADF personnel. The report stated 25 ADF personnel were involved in the killings, including those who were “accessories” to the incident. The unlawful killings discussed by the report began in 2009, with most occurring in 2012 and 2013. (Click here to read more)
The Brereton Report found 39 unlawful killings by 25 ADF personnel but General David Hurley’s investigation could find absolutely nothing. It is not believable that Hurley found nothing and even less believable when you know Hurley has a history of cover-ups in the ADF.
What due diligence did Scott Morrison do before appointing David Hurley as Governor-General?
I suspect that Scott Morrison and the federal government did no investigation into David Hurley before they appointed him as Governor-General of Australia. If they did investigate Hurley’s background, why would they appoint him as Governor-General given the huge cloud that was brewing over war crimes during David Hurley’s time as Chief of the Defence Force?
The Brereton inquiry started in 2016 and during and before the inquiry there were allegations all over the media about alleged war crimes at the ADF on David Hurley’s watch? That should have had alarm bells ringing for the people who did due diligence on Hurley’s background before he was appointed Governor-General. Or maybe Hurley was Scott Morrison captains pick.
Maybe because David Hurley was Governor-General of NSW from 2014 to 2019 made him look like a safe pair of hands but he shouldn’t have been appointed to that position him his attempt to cover-up the ADF sex scandal in 2012.
It looks very much like David Hurley could end up being another Peter Hollingworth and forced to resign as Governor-General of Australia which is the question I raised last year as mentioned above. Scott Morrison and the government should have been asking the same question before they appointed David Hurley as Governor-General.
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