Home' Army News : July 4th 2013 Contents Mr Phillip Nelson
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Army July 4, 2013
EIGHT officer cadets and midship-
men from ADFA have been suspend-
ed pending the outcome of an inves-
tigation into allegations of serious
VCDF AirMshl Mark Binskin said
an investigation was being conducted
by ADFIS into an off-campus incident
on the weekend of June 15-16.
It is alleged a group of male officer
cadets and midshipmen were exhibit-
ing conduct contrary to the values and
standards expected of ADF members.
“Enough is enough. People who
exhibit unacceptable conduct need
to understand their actions will have
consequences and we will not toler-
ate what is alleged to have happened
here,” AirMshl Binskin said.
“The strong, united stance you are
seeing from myself, the CDF and the
service chiefs should send a very clear
message – the ADF will not accept the
type of actions or conduct that contra-
dict our Defence values.”
AirMshl Binskin reassured parents
that ADFA had undertaken an enor-
mous effort to implement the recom-
mendations of the Broderick Review.
“I am confident ADFA has the right
leadership, reporting mechanisms and
support structures in place to deal with
incidences of unacceptable conduct,”
AirMshl Binskin said.
“This is about instilling the right
values and standards in our men and
women so they understand what
Australia expects from its Defence
Force and its future leaders.”
AirMshl Binskin has asked
Sex Discrimination Commissioner
Elizabeth Broderick to examine the
incident and provide advice on how to
further reinforce the cultural improve-
ments occurring at ADFA.
This follows the strong stance
taken by CA Lt-Gen David Morrison
on allegations relating to inappropri-
ate emails and images distributed from
2010 using the Defence computer net-
work and the public internet.
Three personnel were suspended
and Lt-Gen Morrison is considering
suspension of a number of other
personnel in connection with the
CDF Gen David Hurley said the
strong and visible stance against unac-
ceptable behaviour was cultural reform
“We will not accept or excuse ille-
gal, offensive or discriminatory behav-
iour in the ADF. Such behaviour con-
tradicts our Defence values and will
have swift and decisive consequences,”
Gen Hurley said.
“As individuals we must have the
moral courage to act, and the ability to
respond when issues arise.
“I commend the cadets who have
stepped forward to raise concerns at
ADFA and I encourage anyone who
experiences or is aware of unacceptable
behaviour to also speak up so that these
matters can be addressed,” he said.
Research to explore more
flexibility in the workplace
DEFENCE is conducting a large-
scale research project across Navy,
Army and Air Force to understand
flexible work within the ADF.
The research will help in the
design of a workforce model to
provide enhanced flexible career
options to ADF members.
Research Fellow from the ANU
College of Medicine, Biology
and Environment, Dr Samantha
Crompvoets, is leading the research.
“There is limited information
currently available on what flexible
working arrangements are in place
in Defence, why they are requested,
who is requesting them, and what
the outcomes are,” Dr Crompvoets
“We need a clearer picture of
how flexibility is already applied
in the ADF and of how it might be
applied in the future,” she said.
“This diary study will provide
some clarity around how formal and
informal flexibility applies in the
context of the day-to-day experi-
ences of ADF members from all
“Selected ADF members will
complete a confidential diary over a
five-day working week to describe
their current working arrange-
Dr Crompvoets said COs, war-
rant officers and XOs were also
being asked to take part in a short
interview to provide their insights
on the current flexible working
Defence will be better placed to
enable flexibility as a result of this
Flexible work practices are high
on the agenda for Defence and the
2013 White Paper recognises that
Defence’s approach to its people
needs to be flexible to build a more
responsive and integrated work-
The research will inform a report
submitted to Defence senior leaders
later this year.
Clarity: A study across the three services is designed to build on
the limited information on what flexible working arrangements are in
place in Defence.
ADFA incident to be investigated
In step: A Chief of Defence Force Parade at ADFA. VCDF AirMshl Mark Binskin said the united stance shown
by himself, the CDF and service chiefs sends a clear message that the ADF will not accept actions or conduct
that contradicts Defence values.
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