People Are Weirded Out By Turnbull’s Soldier-Packed Media Address This AM
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This is our Prime Minister now. Miss Tony Abbott's flags yet?
Turnbull was announcing new measures to give the ADF greater powers in dealing with domestic terror-related incidents.
“State and territory police forces remain the best first response to terrorist incidents, immediately after an attack starts,” he said in an earlier joint statement with defence minister Marise Payne.
“[But] defence must be able to contribute effectively to domestic counter-terrorism efforts, in addition to its offshore counter-terrorism missions and regional capacity-building activities.”
His presser this morning, however, was something else.
definitely an interesting choice of background for the presser today pic.twitter.com/Le98HZ49va— Mark Di Stefano ???? (@MarkDiStef) July 17, 2017
Did you ever see anything like it (even under Abbott)?...— Coalition Tea Lady (@ItsBouquet) July 17, 2017
Turnbull you are a dud extraordinaire. pic.twitter.com/xJuazrnPwN
Senior govt figure with masked troops - who did it better, Malcolm or Mendo? pic.twitter.com/9fvPjWl6Fa— James Jeffrey (@James_Jeffrey) July 17, 2017
People are obviously taking the piss.
ok who invited this guy pic.twitter.com/QNr8h8rGh6— yeoman sincereposter (@maxuthink) July 17, 2017
Weird announcement by the Prime Minister this morning pic.twitter.com/5JSbw6YtWC— Jennine Khalik (@jennineak) July 17, 2017
computer... enhance pic.twitter.com/JhAeI2xTdm— louise menchies (@dunkingdad) July 17, 2017
"There is a fine line between acknowledging and celebrating the incredible work that our Defence Force personnel do on the one hand a politicising them on the other," he told the ABC. "As public officials in this space, we must always ensure we never politicise the ADF.
"I think that the Australian people can well see a prop when it's presented. They can sniff if from a mile away and they will judge people accordingly and it is for all of us in this space to use our judgement appropriately to make sure that we are doing this in a way which is respectful to the ADF because I can assure you, the Australian people absolutely judge our actions as indeed they should."
Here's the presser, if you want to see what it looks like when our PM addresses media with a masked ADF member standing in the background. (Weird, not-at-all dystopian.)