PRIME Minister Julia Gillard is standing by independent MP Andrew Wilkie after accusations he ordered junior military cadets to salute the 50th anniversary of Hitler’s rise to power.
Mr Wilkie has admitted taking part in the bastardisation of junior cadets at Duntroon Military College in 1983, but said yesterday he did not recall ordering cadets to give a Nazi salute.
Ms Gillard said it was an event that allegedly occurred when Mr Wilkie was “a very, very young man”.
“We’re talking around about 30 years ago so, look, Andrew Wilkie is the only person who can tell his life story,” she told MMM radio.
“I didn’t know the Andrew Wilkie of 30 years ago, and so I’m sure he can speak for himself on all of that.”
Ms Gillard said she understood Mr Wilkie’s passionate motivation to make a difference on poker machines