We get the term regimented from the military, and it’s no secret the Australian Defence Force has one of the most ingrained, change-resistant cultures of any organisation.
So it was startling yesterday to hear the chief of the ADF David Hurley talking about the “intensely personal” experience of undergoing a review by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick, and the need for “the spirit” of her recommendations about the place of women in the military to be implemented.
While Hurley and Defence Minister Stephen Smith were yesterday all embracing of a new “core value” for our military being the “equal treatment of women”, Broderick has gone much further than “equal treatment” and specifically called for in some cases special treatment.
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