Tonight’s Australian Story about Malcolm McGregor becoming Cate McGregor is interesting for me in one respect.
She is the speech writer to the Chief of the Army.
Which presumably means there is a speech writer to the Chief of the Navy, the Chief of the Air Force, the Chief of the Defence Force and the Vice Chief of the Defence Force.
McGregor is a Lt Colonel in the Army. Surely there is a better use of such an officer than being a speech writer?
The Governor of the Reserve Bank doesn’t have a speech writer. Secretaries of departments don’t have speech writers. The heads of APRA, ASIC, the PC etc don’t have speech writers. When these officials need to deliver a speech they generally write it themselves and get advice from their staff.
Surely Defence officers don’t need to have speech writers?