'Jedi Council' Abuse Incident

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13 June 2013

"Over 100 defence force personnel have been embroiled in a damning new scandal over the distribution of thousands of derogatory and explicit emails using defence computer systems since 2010".
[Source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/defence/defence-investigates-army-personnel-over-explicit-email-scandal/news-story/e60d3b8f2db8f7921f5fbfee97599d14]

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14 June 2013

"Army chief David Morrison has issued a stern warning to personnel after it was revealed that dozens of members were involved in the distribution of hundreds of explicit emails denigrating women.
Army chief David Morrison has addressed defence personnel in a video uploaded to YouTube, telling sexist troops "to get out" and "find something else to do" ".
[Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-14/chief-of-army-fires-broadside-at-army-over-email-allegations/4753208]

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15 November 2013

"Six members of the Army have been sacked over a scandal involving the distribution of explicit emails that denigrate women. Army chief David Morrison released a statement saying the six men had been part of the so-called Knights of the Jedi Council group.
[Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-14/army-personnel-sacked-over-explicit-emails/5092966]

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09 February 2015

"A Sydney judge says he doubts a former soldier who was the central figure in the so-called Jedi Council sex ring feels genuine remorse for his actions.
Hastings Fredrickson pleaded guilty in August after he secretly filmed himself having sex with a woman and distributed photos of the encounter".
[Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-09/jedi-council-ringleader-hastings-fredrickson-jailed/6081028]

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26 January 2016

"Former Army chief David Morrison said he was "almost at a loss for words" after he was named the 2016 Australian of the Year for his commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion."
[Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-25/australian-of-the-year-david-morrison/7113086]

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15 February 2016

"Former Army chief David Morrison has hit back at members of the veterans' community who have criticised his appointment as Australian of the Year, saying he will not be defined by his critics."
[Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-15/david-morrison-hits-back-after-war-veteran-criticisms/7169616]

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23 October 2016

"Townsville is a garrison town where Morrison is widely detested because of the egregious injustice done to one of their own, the former commanding officer of the Joint Logistics Unit North Queensland, Lt Col Karel Dubsky, sacked by Morrison for not reading emails containing sexist material cc’d to him."
[Source: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/its-not-too-late-to-say-sorry-david-morrison-many-are-still-waiting-to-hear-a-few-simple-words/news-story/fa861060b1187f75598c0dbcff4288e9]

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23 November 2016

"A leaked New South Wales Police report says Defence failed to cooperate with its investigation into the so-called Jedi Council sex scandal.
The confidential document obtained by the ABC also said the office of former Army Chief David Morrison knew of the scandal 11 months before he went public with his now-famous speech condemning those involved."
[Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-23/police-say-defence-failed-to-cooperate-with-investigation/8051974]

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"According to the 120-page police document "the findings that the Chief of Army was not briefed in August 2012 are simply not supported", although the current Australian of the Year has always maintained he only knew of the affair shortly before he made the allegations of vile online behaviour public.
The report from the NSW "Strike Force CIVET" also cited "serious concern about the integrity and methodology of the Inspector General Australian Defence Force Report". "

The report reveals some of the men targeted were not as involved as first thought

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The confidential NSW Police report states
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In a statement, Defence rejected any suggestion of wrongdoing.
Defence said it believes no apology was owed to Mr Dubsky.
"All action was concluded in mid-2014 and Defence therefore considers this matter closed. Should the affected individuals elect to redress these administrative or disciplinary outcomes, other avenues include the Commonwealth Ombudsman or civil action."

Two years later he was medically discharged from Defence, and said the episode had "destroyed his life".
"I was admitted into a psychiatric ward … and I tried to kill myself in there," he told 7.30 in 2016.
"And I tried again when General Morrison was named Australian of the Year."

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29 June 2018

The highest-ranking soldier accused of taking part in the so-called "Jedi Council" sex scandal has been publicly cleared by the Army, more than five years after being condemned in a now famous video address.
[Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-29/army-clears-karel-dubsky-of-any-jedi-council-involvement/9925358]

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