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Transgender Lieutenant Colonel Cate McGregor counseled after online outburst

in AUSTRALIA, 05/10/2013

Army chief David Morrison's speechwriter was formally counseled for lashing out against online criticism of her transgender status only days after penning his landmark "get out'' speech demanding higher standards.

Lieutenant Colonel Cate McGregor was found to have breached Defence policy over the "inappropriate'' attacks during the online stoush with a reserve member and a member of the public who had singled her out in a prolonged criticism of gay people in the military.

Amid a series of emails and tweets around the time of Lt Gen Morrison's speech, Defence has confirmed Lt Col McGregor asked a private blogger in an email if "cattleman was your occupation or your sexual preference?''.

In an email after the speech, Lt Col McGregor criticised the reserve member's father as a failure in the army and later signed off an email "Catherine McGregor AM - suck on that f#$%wit!".

She had been described as a "walking talking parody of Australian womanhood".

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