Australian Agenda26 August 2012 Elizabeth Broderick
Is it worse than I might see in other organisations, civilian organisations? I'm not surewhether the prevalence is worse but what I would say is the severity of some of thosestories is worse than I would expect to see elsewhere.Paul Kelly:To what extent do you think this can actually be addressed? I mean, the ADF is a verydifferent sort of institution. I mean, by definition in terms of its fundamentalresponsibilities. I mean, I think there are always going to be limits to the role of womenin the ADF. I appreciate we've got 13% now, we're going to increase that. But it is adifferent institution. So to what extent do you think you can actually address theculture and change it?Elizabeth Broderick:It is a different institution, I was very clear to make that point in my report. And it's aninstitution which, for personnel who serve there, it carries many more inherent risksthan any other institution you might come to. But really sexual assault, sexualharassment, victimisation, bullying, they should not be part of the inherent risks thatare appropriate when I serve in the defence force. I do think there's a lot that can bedone to really evolve a culture, firstly to making it a contemporary culture, a culturewhich attracts the best talent Australia has to offer. But secondly, which mitigatesagainst some of the current deficiencies such as those issues, the issues around sexualharassment but not just those issues, the ability that as a woman I might be able tohave a career that takes me to senior leadership level, that I can have an opportunityto serve in any role that I choose and a desire to serve in, there's some reallysignificant structural impediments currently and they're the things that need to change.Paul Kelly:What about the work/family thing? I mean, you stress this a lot and again the ADF is aparticular here because of the strains that it places on the family in terms of postingsand so on. So what can you do to get that work/family balance right?