STOP foreign affairs department removing the word "mateship" from a Kokoda memorial.
- Foreign Minister Julie Bishop
The Kokoda Trail is a sacred military site and there is no place for Political Correctness.
One of the most brutal conflicts in Australian war history, the Kokoda Campaign was a powerful victory that directly saved Australia from the threat of Japanese occupation.
Mateship is often associated with Australia's diggers in World War I.
It is a term that conjures images of young men providing unconditional support for one another amid the toughest of conditions.
The memorial is comprised of four black marble obelisks engraved with the words “courage, endurance, mateship, sacrifice”.
I can tell you from experience...that that Digger Mentality stills flows within the 3 services of the ADF now, and to have some people who have never served a day in their life's think that changing Mateship to Friendship means the same thing then they are delusional.