Navy nailed to the wall for PC post, by Deborah Cornwall.
The 100 Days For Change campaign was launched this month by Women and Leadership Australia to promote a nationwide push among companies for gender equity in the workplace. Journalist advocate Tracy Spicer is the public face of the campaign. …
“Navy has made great progress in making sure women aren’t unfairly treated,” he said. “But ordering uniformed personnel to join social-activism campaigns is a step too far and risks politicising the defence force.”
Lauding the aims of the campaign on the official navy website, Deputy Chief Mark Hammond said 21.3 per cent of the navy’s workforce was female, “a statistic navy can be proud of, but more needs to be done”.
Rear Admiral Hammond said the navy needed to look at a range of measures — from supporting women’s sporting events to reviewing procedures for unconscious gender bias.
“We must do this as one navy, regardless of age, rank, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or gender,” he said. “We cannot afford to leave anyone behind.” …
Former Labor leader Mark Latham let loose yesterday. “THIS WILL SCARE THE ENEMY,” he screamed on his Facebook and Twitter feeds. “Sadly, this is not a joke. It is the Australian Defence Force under Marise Payne and Malcolm Turnbull.”
hat-tip Stephen Neil