The whispering campaign against Major-General Jeffery recalls a story involving former veterans' affairs minister Danna Vale.
At a wreath-laying function, Ms Vale was allegedly introduced before the Governor-General.
According to Australian War Memorial staff involved at the time, Major-General Jeffery returned to Government House after the function but immediately despatched his aide-de-camp back to the memorial.
Senior memorial staff were informed that what had happened with Ms Vale was a breach of protocol and should not happen again.
Mrs Jeffery has also been targeted. According to sources close to Yarralumla, she tore strips off her husband's aide-de-camp after she didn't wear a hat to an official function whereas other women - including prominent Liberal MP Bronwyn Bishop - did.
This, too, was regarded as a serious breach of protocol.
Wouldn't happen if we had a President.