Last night Channel 10 had a scoop about a sex scandal at ADFA*. A female cadet was allegedly filmed while having consensual sex with a fellow male cadet who then shared the film with other cadets. She could be trouble for breaking the fraternising rules. For a while it seemed that her partner was getting off without penalty. Initially the Federal Police did not think that the matter warranted investigation. They have since reconsidered. Then the Minister for Defence got involved.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith says he cannot imagine a greater “betrayal of trust” if it is true an Australian Defence Force cadet filmed himself having sex with another cadet and broadcast it via webcam.
I suspect that the pressure may now be on the male cadet to quietly resign his position and leave. He certainly hasn’t been left with much wriggle room.
The woman could face her own disciplinary procedures for potentially breaking so-called fraternising rules and going public with the scandal.
Mr Smith said that was entirely a matter for the normal Defence procedures.
“If that is to occur, it will occur subsequent to the investigation of this very serious matter [my emphasis], which is qualitatively different in every respect from any suggestion that the young woman concerned may not have followed appropriate Defence procedure,” Mr Smith said.
“I regard those as very much 10th-order issues.”
Yep, young people having sex is going to happen. Young people filming sex and sending the video around their mates without their partner’s knowledge or consent – not going to happen on this Minister’s watch. I think he has his priorities right.
You know what, I’m going out on a limb here and saying that not only is Stephen Smith a top bloke, but that having a feminist PM has helped create an atmosphere where Ministers can speak up and say ‘this is not how we treat
women each other.’
This from our Prime Minister:
“But if I can make a point more broadly, any conduct that treats a woman in a way that her dignity is pushed aside, that engages in misusing trust, breaching trust, going out of the way to embarrass her dignity and sense of self-worth, is disgusting conduct and we would all repudiate it,” she told Fairfax Radio in Brisbane.
“It’s not what we would want to see in this country.”
*The Australian Defence Force Academy is a separate entity to Duntroon – the Australian Army Officer Training establishment.
Attribution: Quotes from the Sydney Morning Herald article linked to in the text.