Taskforce calls for Royal Commission into ADFA abuse allegations

Taskforce calls for Royal Commission into ADFA abuse allegations

The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART) has recommended a Royal Commission be held into abuse allegations, at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

The DART has released its latest report today, with the document tabled in Parliament this morning.

The reportĀ  acknowledges the real difficulties for Defence in responding to allegations of sexual abuse at ADFA in the 1990s.

But it says given the ADF doesn’t appear to have the capacity to respond to the allegations, a Royal Commission appears to be the only option.

“the only way of ensuring confidence that the allegations of very serious abuse at ADFA can be thoroughly and completely investigated – and appropriately dealt with – is by way of a royal commission”, said chair of the DART, Len Roberts-Smith.

But Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has questioned the suitability of a Royal Commission to deal with this abuse.

She says while she believes there is a need for a mechanism to hold perpetrators to account, she is concerned a Royal Commission would reignite painful memories for victims.

The DART has also a report in abuse in the wider defence force, based on approximately 2,400 complaints.

It has found a large number of alleged abusers are still serving in defence, including 594 individuals in Permanent Forces and working as Australian Public Service employees in Defence, 204 individuals in the Active Reserve, and 341 alleged abusers in the Inactive Reserve.

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