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Recruitment in Australian Defence Force

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Australian Defence Force Inquiry into Recruitment and Retention of ADF Personnel

Summary

My submission is addressed to parts (2)(c) and (2)(f) of your terms of reference. In particular, it examines potential breaches of international law arising out of discrimination against homosexual members of the ADF regarding allowances and benefits for members’ “spouses” and “dependants” under Defence Determination 2000/1.

Thank you for allowing the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
(the Commission) to make a submission to your Inquiry into Recruitment and
Retention of ADF Personnel. As the Human Rights Commissioner, I am
responsible for administering provisions of the Human Rights and Equal
Opportunity Commission Act 1986 (HREOCA) that pertain to breaches of
human rights in Australia. I am also particularly responsible for administering
provisions concerning discrimination on the basis of sexual preference.

My submission is addressed to parts (2)(c) and (2)(f) of your terms of
reference. In particular, it examines potential breaches of international law
arising out of discrimination against homosexual members of the ADF
regarding allowances and benefits for members’ “spouses” and “dependants”
under Defence Determination 2000/1.