Complaint to police over decorated soldier

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Malcolm Turnbull says allegations about one of Australia’s most decorated soldiers will be dealt with appropriately.

Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith is under investigation over incidents in Canberra and also with the special forces in Afghanistan, according to Fairfax reports.

“I am aware of the allegations, complaints have been made to police and they will be dealt with appropriately,” the prime minister told reporters in Perth on Friday.

“I can’t make any comment on the specific matters because they are being dealt with by the police.

“But I just want to say that we have zero tolerance for violence against women and children.”

Mr Turnbull said the Defence Minister was updating him on the investigation into alleged misconduct in the special forces.

Corporal Roberts-Smith was thrust into the national spotlight in 2011 when he was awarded the Victoria Cross – Australia’s highest military honour – for bravery under fire in Afghanistan.

In 2013 he was named Australian Father of the Year, and in 2015 he was appointed chair of the Australia Day council.

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