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The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is conducting a
Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force. Specifically
the Review is examining the effectiveness of cultural change strategies and
initiatives required to improve leadership pathways for women in the Australian
The Review is being led by Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick,
who chairs the expert Review Panel.
The Review Panel is now calling for written submissions. In particular, written
submissions are being sought on the following aspects of the Terms of Reference:
The effectiveness of the cultural change strategies recommended by
the CDF Women's Reference Group in the Women's Action Plan including the
implementation of these strategies across the Australian Defence Force;
Measures and initiatives required to improve the pathways for increased
representation of women into the senior ranks and leadership of the Australian
Defence Force; and
Any other matters incidental to the terms of reference such as sexual
harassment and abuse and sex discrimination.
The Review will not be investigating or making findings in relation to individual
allegations or complaints. The Review can only report and make recommendations
in relation to the systemic issues arising from the Terms of Reference.
Submissions will be accepted over a four week period from
Saturday 5 November to Sunday 4 December 2011.
To view the full terms of reference and to lodge a submission please refer to
the Submissions page of the Commission website at www.humanrights.gov.au/
For any inquiries in relation to the Review submission process please see our
website or contact the ADF Review Secretariat by email at defence.review@
humanrights.gov.au or call 1800 656 945.
Please note that submissions received will ordinarily be made available on the
Commission website. People wishing to make a confidential submission should
make this clear at the time of lodgement and the Review will not publish those
submissions on the website. However, people should also be aware that whilst
every endeavour will be made to ensure confidentiality, the Commission is obliged
to determine any request for access to documents made under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 in accordance with that Act.
Call for Submissions into the
Treatment of Women in the
Australian Defence Force
Army November 24, 2011
the sky ready to deploy
CA LT-GEN David Morrison
observed the Shadow 200 and
SH1's capabilities in action dur-
ing a visit to Evetts Airfield at
the Woomera training area on
After visiting all of the compo-
nents of SH1 and speaking to the
personnel who were about to deploy
to Afghanistan, he said he was
impressed with what he saw of the
"It will give soldiers on the
ground in Afghanistan a much
greater level of surveillance, target
acquisition and reconnaissance
capability," Lt-Gen Morrison said.
"It's such a step beyond the level
where we have been operating at to
He said the TUAS was now
an Army-owned asset and would
improve Army's ISTAR capabilities.
"This will now give us the
opportunity to deepen skill sets and
continue meeting the challenges we
will find in any operational theatre,"
Lt-Gen Morrison said.
"The Shadow system is a fantas-
tic capability and it's the approach
taken by 20 STA Regt, with the
commitment and dedication by all
ranks within the regiment, which
will really turn this into a fully
"When they get into theatre they
will make a telling difference."
'They will make a
Good to go: Gnr Tori Ritchie is excited to be one of the 20 STA Regt Shadow 200 operators preparing to deploy to
Afghanistan in December.
Photo by LS Andrew Dakin
SHADOW 200 ON PAPER
Endurance: six hours
Max altitude: 15,000ft
Max speed: 203km/h
Multiple launch and
design for deploy-
Sgt Andrew Hetherington heads to
Woomera to catch up with a team of specialists
preparing to bring a new level of aerial
surveillance support to troops in Afghanistan.
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