Australia's war memorial provides worthless 'hot takes' of our Afghan war – a true history must now be written | Paul Daley

The Brereton report highlights the folly of exhibiting on contemporary and current combat operations while the dust of battle is lingering

Three years ago the Australian War Memorial launched its exhibition about this country’s special forces, the Special Air Service and Commando regiments.

From the Shadows: Australia’s Special Forces was an exemplar of the memorial’s direction under then chief executive Brendan Nelson to mount exhibitions about current conflicts, and was partly about the operations of special forces troops in the ongoing Afghanistan conflict.

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