I do think it’s important for that apology to have been issued, I acknowledge the ABC for doing that.
I also know that the group of performers who take great pride in what they do in the Woolloomooloo community have really been victims of extraordinary abuse as a result of this debate.
I think that goes a long way to the importance of the discussion we have about respect and how we deal with each other when we have a difference of opinion or a difference…
They are a Woolloomooloo community group, I know that they have strong support in the community, I know fleet based East, the location of the commissioning of HMAS supply has a good relationship right across the Woolloomooloo community and with its cultural organisations.
I am sure defence will look at the way they look at commissioning events and process and make sure that they are addressing any concerns that were raised, but I don’t want the participants in a performance group like that to have to endure the sorts of things that they have enjoyed in the last week, frankly.