A rights-based approach to women in combat

Of the Defence issues raised over the past 12 months, none has been more controversial than the government’s decision to lift a ban on gender discrimination in the military which means women are eligible to serve in close combat units, including special forces. In Australia, we value the principles equality and fairness and the right…

Blame Canada! On women in combat and research

A few quick points about developments in women in combat. An article published this morning quotes Chief of the Defence Force General Hurley as saying that, as a result of examining the Canadian experience, all combat arms would now likely be opened up to women at the same time. At Senate Estimates in May General…