‘Do not mess with the Ghost who Walks’
His six years and five days term was eclipsed only by the remarkable Sir Harry Chauvel, who was Chief of the General Staff for six years and 308 days between 1923-1930 after distinguished service in two wars.
Leahy served from 2002-2008 with a very different military CV.
Promoted from deputy CA, Leahy had closely observed Canberra defence politics for a lengthy period, including appearing before parliamentary committees.
When someone with Leahy’s military and academic record takes a critically forensic swipe at Government defence policy, as Leahy did last week, Australians should take notice.
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