Dear Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration Andrew Robb,
I am proud to live in a country that values equality amoungst the sexes and a quintessential opportunity to be permitted and encouraged to try, enshrined in the notion of a ‘fair go.’
“To be eligible for service in this position you must be male. Government policy currently precludes women from being employed in certain ADF positions.”
I am wondering how you could insist that a new Australian can sign up to our values of equality between the sexes and a fair go when neither of these statements are strictly true. Australia discriminates against women in joining aspects of the ADF thereby denying them a fair go.
Please, if you go ahead with this Australian values sign up, exclude the Canadians from this exercise and save yourself considerable embarrassment as they laugh uproarously at your record of equality and a fair go in the military.
Or you could add an asterisk to denote that these Australian values have exceptions.
Or you could scrap these pathetic motherhood statements, admit your hypocrisy, and embrace diversity.
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