Defence's problems go right to the cultural core

The DLA Piper review into sexual abuse in the military has unearthed a culture of cover-ups. An unwillingness to accept management failings has to stop both in the military and across the public service.

The latest chapter in Australian defence forces problems with abuse and treatment of women, which has lead to the discharge of some 120 people over the last year, is the tip of the iceberg.

What we are looking at is a much deeper management problem in the Australian defence forces, which extends way beyond sexual and abuse matters. And that deep defence problem is duplicated in many areas of the public service.

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