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Veteran slams ‘irreparable damage’ from Brereton Inquiry ‘witch hunt’ 

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The ADF has come under fire after special forces soldiers were told no sufficient evidence came of the investigation into alleged Afghanistan war crimes for them to be referred to investigators. 

Retired Special Forces Commander Heston Russell told Neil Breen the inquiry has caused “irreparable damage” to the soldiers identified by the Brereton Report.

“Every workplace has its issues and to then grab those rumours and turn them into a witch hunt…

“They’ve been so isolated and ostracised internally; their families have been through hell.

“There’s irreparable damage there and what’s more is we can’t even afford them an apology.”

Press PLAY below to hear Heston Russell’s full response to the inquiry 

If you are a serving ADF member, veteran or family of a veteran, counselling is available through the 24-hour helpline Open Arms by calling 1800 011 046. 

For ADF members, veterans or family members not wanting to disclose their identity, an anonymous 24-hour helpline, Safe Zone is available by calling 1800 142 072. 

Neil Breen
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