Point 1 - asking the question is OK. Point 2 - I have seen footage of these boat people with burns allegedly suffered at the hands of RAN personnel. It is evidence - it may be credible; it may not, but the question should be asked. The allegations were dismissed out of hand and with great indignation by both Morrison and Abbott, which would be fine if our defence forces had a 100% squeaky clean record. Sex offences and bastardization in Defence establishments is not a squeaky clean record. Aaron - I'd love to see you look at a picture with an unbiased viewpoint.
Anyone accused of anything, guilty or not, is besmirched to some degree - try Lindy Chamberlain for example.
The police, customs and even the ADF routinely conduct investigations based on allegations without prejudice.
It would have been very easy for an Australian official to conduct a preliminary investigation as we have nothing to hide. Nope the government turned on the old patriotism/nationalist indignation to protect itself, sorry the Navy from questioning.
As history has shown, when it comes to allegations against sacrosanct 'institutions' the Libs silence has been deafening.