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Australian army soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia

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Ben Roberts-Smith: Australian army soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia
Benjamin Roberts-Smith, is an Australian businessman, former Australian Army soldier, and a recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia (VC), the highest award in the Australian honours system. Roberts-Smith was awarded the VC for his actions during a helicopter assault into Tizak on 11 June 2010 as part of an offensive in the Shah Wali Kot region while serving with the Special Air Service Regiment in Afghanistan. The medal, together with his Medal for Gallantry awarded during a tour of Afghanistan in 2006, made Roberts-Smith the most highly decorated serving member of the Australian Defence Force. He was presented with the VC by the Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, at a ceremony in Perth on 23 January 2011. He was also later awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service for his leadership as a patrol commander during a 2012 tour of Afghanistan.


Herald investigations: a year of agenda-setting reporting

From war hero Ben Roberts-Smith, to neurosurgeon Charlie Teo; from wage theft in our restaurants, to corporate upheaval at Crown Resorts. The Herald's award-winning investigations have shone a light on..
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The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald respond to Ben Roberts-Smith

Late on Monday, former special forces soldier Ben Roberts-Smith put out a statement attacking reporting by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. This is our response.
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Ben Roberts-Smith rejects reports by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald

Former special services corporal Ben Roberts-Smith has rejected reports that he criticised senior military figures and attacked a royal commission-style investigation into allegations he was involved..
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Police launch second war crimes investigation into Ben Roberts-Smith

Two separate Australian Federal Police teams are now conducting investigations into Australia's most decorated living soldier over his time in Afghanistan.
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Journalists fight attempt by Ben Roberts-Smith to expose their sources

Multiple Walkley Award winners Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters are fighting an effort by the decorated soldier to reveal the sources of war crimes allegations.
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Shining the spotlight: Why we reported that Ben Roberts-Smith was under investigation

Many people question why we reported the military and police investigations into a war hero. We were prejudicing an inquiry, ignoring the fog of war, making our soldiers soft, they said. This is why we..
The Age - Published

Ben Roberts-Smith 'categorically denies' war crimes allegations

Victoria Cross and Medal of Gallantry winner Ben Roberts-Smith has slammed a 60 Minutes report that he participated in a possible war crime in Afghanistan.
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Ben Roberts-Smith under police investigation for 'kicking handcuffed Afghan off small cliff'

Multiple defence sources have confirmed the Victoria Cross winner is the subject of an AFP inquiry into the brutalisation of Afghan farmer and father Ali Jan after he was taken into custody by the SAS..
The Age - Published

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