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Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force



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Senator the Hon David Johnston Shadow Minister for Defence I Senator for Western Australia Mr Stuart Robert MP Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Technology and Personnel I Member for Fadden

Joint Media Release

REVIEW INTO THE TREATMENT OF WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE

The Coalition has commended Elizabeth Broderick on the release of Phase Two of the Review into the Treatment of Women in the ADF, saying the review was a pivotal document for all women currently serving and those yet to join.

Shadow Defence Minister Senator Johnston said the Coalition will support the Department of Defence and the Minister in delivering Dr Broderick’s recommendations, to improve careers for women in the ADF in areas such as retention rates, work-life balance, leadership opportunities, and issues of discrimination, sexual assault and harassment.

Senator Johnston said the review follows on from the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s comprehensive report into the treatment of women at ADFA.

“Ms Broderick is held in high regard in defence circles as well as in Parliament and I think her recommendations are well thought out, balanced and will be workable for Defence,” Senator Johnston said.

“I have always supported the observation in the report that women are essential to the sustainability and operational effectiveness of the ADF.”

Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Technology and Personnel Stuart Robert said the report had identified the barriers to women entering the ADF and staying in the job once they’ve started a family, particularly those in senior roles.

“Like all workplaces, Defence needs to continually adapt the way it operates flexible workplaces. We need to recognise we can’t afford to lose the experience and talent of personnel because they happen to also have a family,” Mr Robert said.

Senator Johnston also called on the Minister to now immediately release the Government’s response to the DLA Piper review into past allegations in the ADF, so victims will know where they stand.

“On Sunday the Minister said he would release that response after Dr Broderick’s review was tabled, and as people made their complaints over a year ago now I think they have waited long enough.”

Media Contact: Rebecca Horton 0427 449 120 (Sen Johnston’s office) Richard Briedis 0401 056 054 (Mr Robert’s office)

22/8/2012

Rebecca Horton

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