Updated January 24, 2018 17:33:28 Army’s logo has been removed from its website after a backlash sparked by a cartoon published on Facebook.
Key points:The military has defended the decision to remove the military insignia on its website, saying the cartoon was “inappropriate and insensitive”The decision to take down the logo was made after “an internal review”The cartoon depicted an image of a military officer holding a gun, captioned “Army officers are proud of their guns.”
It said the officer was a “white supremacist” and “anti-Semite” and was “a fascist” and a “Nazi”.
“The Army’s decision to put out the message was made to ensure the public is informed about the actions of members of our Armed Forces and to ensure we can address the challenges of extremism, terrorism, and racial hatred,” a spokesperson for the Australian Army said in a statement on Friday.
“While we recognise that the military has a role to play in protecting our people and the Australian community, it is the responsibility of the Australian Government to protect the nation’s security and defend the freedoms we hold dear.”
Army Chief Gen Philip Stewart defended the change to its website and defended the cartoon.
“It was made on an internal review to ensure there was no breach of standards,” he said.
“In addition, we recognise the humour in the cartoon and we apologise for the offence caused by it.”
The Australian Government will continue to take appropriate action against those who use the Army to further their hatred of the Indigenous community.