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No matter how messy, and how stupid, and how pigheaded this whole process to get here has been, I don’t care. I am just so thankful we got here at all.
Teddy Sheean has finally been recognised with a recommendation to receive the Victoria Cross of Australia.
It’s taken too long, and it’s cost us too much, and it’s been a fight for his family that it should not have had to put up with, but we have got there. This decision today gets right what the prime minister got so badly wrong.
It was his decision to overrule the unanimous and unprecedented recommendation of the independent defence honours and awards tribunal to award Teddy Sheean a Victoria Cross.
He’s seen the light and seen sense, and that’s what we expect from our leaders. He has done what we need our leaders to do, and he’s got it right.
The prime minister thanked many people today, but he missed thousands more. Thousands of Australians have fought like hell for this, and I am so proud and grateful they have taken up Teddy’s cause with the kind of passion, intensity and relentlessness that Teddy deserves.
This isn’t about politics or popularity. This is about justice.
An 18-year-old kid from Lower Barrington didn’t lay down his life to win a medal. He did it to save his mates. He gave all he had to give for his country. And today his country finally went a little way to repay him.