Look, there’s nothing funny about the death and subsequent shenanigans transporting the body of Private Jake Kovco. So why is the Government playing silly buggers about the circumstances of his death? This is what we get from Defence Minister Doc Nelson:
He wasn’t in fact cleaning his weapon. It was near him in his vicinity and he made some kind of movement which suggests that it discharged. There was obviously a live round in it which there should not have been and that’s as much as I should probably say at the moment.
Ah good, that clears things up. “Some kind of movement” like what, falling over dead?
And sure it’s opportunistic, but you have to wonder – as did Australian Defence Association executive director Neil James – why Defence is so tight arsed it has to outsource something as sensitive as shipping home the bodies of fallen servicemen to a glorified freight company instead of getting the air force to do it.
And why is the very recently widowed Shelley Kovco giving the Prime Minister an earful about all this? Surely she realises no one told him what was going on. And he definitely didn’t read the report.