Maybe we should just look at the portrait for a moment. It shows Ben Roberts-Smith, awarded the Medal for Gallantry in 2006 and the Victoria Cross in 2011, standing crouched, arms thrust out, thumbs cocked, as though to fire a gun at an invisible enemy.
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Rex Butler teaches Art History in the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture at Monash University. Paris Lettau is a contributing editor at Memo Review and was the 2015 Spiros Zournazis Memorial Fellow at the Australian War Memorial.