The Guardian • Issue #2098


  • The Guardian
  • Issue #2098


Powers to intervene in civilian public order management were given to the Australian Defence Force to be used during the 2000 Sydney Olympics, although the government probably always had the power to use the military in certain emergency situations. Since that time, the military has been given more real and symbolic powers.

The legal role of the ADF has been expanded in areas to include migration and customs. Its actual role has been expanded by deployment overseas, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Solomon Islands. At home, the ADF was used during the Tampa incident, when the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) was used to rescue refugees from a Norwegian vessel because the government had refused permission for the ship to come ashore. With Operation Rolex, the ADF used – and is authorised to continue to use – powers to prevent refugee boats from entering Australian waters.

On a symbolic level, the ADF has a higher profile in civil society. The Governor-General, Michael Jeffery, is a retired Major-General in the SAS, and has seen service in Malaya, Borneo, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam. The symbolic nature of Anzac Day, a celebration that almost died out in the 1960s, has been elevated and conflated with a tribute to all serving ADF personnel, rather than just soldiers who fought on a particular beach in Turkey.

Additionally, of course, the ADF was used to a greater extent in the so-called “war on terror.” It is involved in planning and joint counter-terrorism exercises with the police. This has led to a complementary process – as Melbourne academic Dr Jude McCulloch has pointed out – the increased “para-militarisation” of the police, as a result of the ADF working with and training State and Territory police forces.

CPA policies for women

The following are the basic demands of the CPA’s policy on women. The CPA advocates:

  • The immediate introduction of equal pay for work of equal value.
  • Part-time or full-time employment to be on a permanent basis with full rights to all entitlements such as sick and other personal leave, annual leave and long service leave.
  • The end of social security payments based on relationship status, so that women have access to an independent income.
  • The enforcement of anti-discrimination and affirmative action legislation to assist Indigenous, migrant and disabled women to become economically independent.
  • The provision of publicly funded before-school, after-school and long day child-care facilities for all who need them and for good quality, free early childhood education and care services, including after-hours, vacation and occasional care, in communities, schools and workplaces.
  • The payment of parental leave for at least 26 weeks.
  • Legalisation for the right of women to have an abortion.
  • The elimination of all types of violence against women.
  • The enforcement of laws against sexual harassment.

PARASITE OF THE WEEK: goes to whoever wrote the Australian Financial Review editorial of 30 April. The headline “Labor green-lights toxic bully-boys of the CFMEU,” followed by:

“The Albanese government has given the thugs and law-breakers of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime and Energy Union the green light to unleash its militant bully-boy tactics on the nation’s construction workplaces with impunity.”

Welcome to the class war.

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