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The Australian Army: Taking responsibility

The Australian Army: Taking responsibility

When scandal hit, Australia's army chief managed media and expectations

In June 2013, scandal hit the Australian Army after allegations of unacceptable behaviour by soldiers, including those in the higher ranks. In response, the-then Chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, spoke passionately about the values of the army he led, and the need to take resonsibility and uphold them.

Watch the videos on this page or download the transcript to find out more.

The next day, Lieutenant General Morrison was interviewed on the television news programme, Today Australia, about his response.

In the interview he said, "I know that I am accountable to the government, and indeed to the Australian people. That comes with being the Chief of Army."

After you have watched these videos, or read the transcripts, you may find it useful to think about this style of leadership.

  • How would you have responded if you were in Lt Gen Morrison's place?
  • Would you have done anything differently?
  • Is there anything in the videos that you can adopt for your own leadership?
  • And what does the quote below mean to you?

"The standard you walk past, is the standard you accept."

Download a transcript of General Morrison's responses to the media