Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

Senators in war of words over women in combat roles

senator linda reynolds
Senator Linda Reynolds. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

A South Australian senator has come under fire after speaking out against women in combat roles in the Australian Defence Force.

A South Australian senator has come under fire after speaking out against women in combat roles in the Australian Defence Force.

Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi told Parliament he does not "believe incorporating women into combat units is in the best interests of Australia's national security".

Advertisement
Advertisement

The comment came while the senator was arguing against the removal of an exemption in the Sex Discrimination Act that allows discrimination against women being given combat roles.

"It's about blurring the lines between political correctness and sound tactics in the name of what I think is social justice," the South Australian senator said.

West Australian senator Linda Reynolds, who was Australia's first woman brigadier in the Army Reserve, hit back at Bernardi, labeling his comments as appalling.

PROMOTED CONTENT

"I want to say to Senator Bernardi: shame on you," Senator Reynolds said.

"He could not have chosen a more insulting or demeaning topic, not only to all of our women who now serve in uniform, but all those women who want to put their hand up."

Reynolds' Liberal colleague David Fawcett also took aim at Senator Bernardi's comments.

"If somebody is capable, willing and able to do the task to the required standard with the same amount of training and support that any other member has, then I don't think their gender should necessarily disqualify them," Senator Fawcett said.

Bernardi's comments come just weeks after former politician Mark Latham accused the ADF of lowering entry standards in an effort to get more women into the ADF.

Senators in war of words over women in combat roles
Senator-Linda-Reynolds.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

more from defence connect

Aug 14 2020
Expanding opportunities for Aussie industry in Hunter Class program
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has announced a government move to create opportunities for Austral...
Aug 14 2020
Evil Empire 2.0? Australia’s premier strategist raises important question
The concept of the ‘Evil Empire’ galvanised the renewed tensions between the US and Soviet Union...
Aug 14 2020
Updated Commonwealth procurement guidelines to support Aussie defence industry, SMEs
Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price has announced that Australian defence industry businesses se...
FROM THE WEB
Recommended by Spike Native Network