Ben Wadham

Ben Wadham

Dr Ben Wadham is a lecturer in education at Flinders University and a former infantry soldier and military police officer. He has a particular interest in military culture, soldiers and criminality, the ADF, gender and military, military masculinities, soldiers behaving badly - drink, drugs, sex, violence, bastardisation, initiation - and in group bonding, logic of training, mateship, women in forces, and the history of ADF culture.

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Defence’s head is in the sand, and I don’t mean Afghanistan

Defence’s head is in the sand, and I don’t mean Afghanistan

16 Jun 11 Claims of abuse with the ADF have emerged again. Community concern with a Defence culture has again been reignited; the…... Read more

Will Defence ever stop defending the indefensible?

Will Defence ever stop defending the indefensible?

06 Apr 11 The reputation of the defence force has once again been tarnished by its personnel behaving badly. A defence force cadet…... Read more

Soldiers’ comments racist, disgusting, embarrassing

Soldiers’ comments racist, disgusting, embarrassing

25 Mar 11 “We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who…... Read more

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Advocating risk management is not “victim blaming”

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From: Hasbro, go straight to gaol, do not pass go

Tim says:

They should update other things in the game too. Instead of a get out of jail free card, they should have a Dodgy Lawyer card that not only gets you out of jail straight away but also gives you a fat payout in compensation for daring to arrest you in the first place. Instead of getting a hotel when you… [read more]

From: A guide to summer festivals especially if you wouldn’t go

Kel says:

If you want a festival for older people or for families alike, get amongst the respectable punters at Bluesfest. A truly amazing festival experience to be had of ALL AGES. And all the young "festivalgoers" usually write themselves off on the first night, only to never hear from them again the rest of… [read more]

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Superman needs saving

Superman needs saving

Can somebody please save Superman? He seems to be going through a bit of a crisis. Eighteen months ago,… Read more

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