Broadening the employing of female personnel in combat duties

09 September 2009, ABC Television, "7:30 Report"

Aussie Combat Women

The 7:30 Report attempted to discuss the issue of the defence force's employment of female personnel in combat positions.

The program included numerous factual errors. It was based on several fallacious assumptions (such as no women are undertaking combat tasks now). Most importantly it did not address the key issues in a balanced manner and in some cases did not address them at all.

On the following day the ADA raised these errors with the ABC and also pointed out that the editing of ADA comment had been done so badly it had seriously misrepresented the Association's position.

Our complaint and the ABC's eventual apology can be found on our media corrections page.

On 27 October 2009 (six and a half weeks later) the ABC admitted fault to some extent and notated the transcript of the program on the ABC website accordingly.

Corrected Transcript