On 19 November, 2020, the Chief of the Australian Defence Force stood in front of our nation and apologised to another: “To the people of Afghanistan,” said Angus Campbell, “on behalf of the Australian Defence Force, I sincerely and unreservedly apologise for any wrongdoing by Australian soldiers.” He spoke on the release of the findings of the Brereton Inquiry into War Crimes. Samantha Crompvoets’s work triggered that report and is outlined in Blood Lust, Trust & Blame. Mark Willacy reported first on the crimes it investigated, detailed in Rogue Forces.
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Dr Samantha Crompvoets is a sociologist with over twenty years’ experience in the design, implementation, analysis and reporting of strategic and applied academic research, with particular expertise in military contexts. She sits on a number of advisory boards across the defence and security sector. Blood Lust, Trust & Blame is her second book.
Mark Willacy has been a journalist for more than 25 years and has reported for the ABC from more than 30 countries. A seven-time Walkley Award winner, in 2020 Mark was awarded Australia’s highest honour in journalism, the Gold Walkley, for exposing alleged Australian SAS war crimes in Afghanistan. That story led to his book Rogue Forces.
Sharon Davis is a four-time Walkley award winning journalist, documentary producer and podcaster working across radio, television and print. She is currently working on a four-part documentary television series as well as an international podcast with the Canadian and Irish public broadcasters.