Dear Mr McMahon,
Thank you for your email.
I am not sure if you checked the context of the quote Andrew Bolt published. It appeared in an article written nearly a year ago in a week in which there had been football sex scandals, defence sex scandals, and our then Prime Minister had been referred to as meat on a menu. The article drew on examples across all three spheres to describe a broader Australian cultural phenomenon of men pumping themselves up and male bonding through the sexual degradation of women. An observation I absolutely stand by.
The published article made no specific references to contemporary defence practices.
The one line email that Bolt published that referred to ADFA was a poorly considered off the cuff dismissal of a troll in a private email.
The off the cuff response reflected that I was in the midst of supporting a student through a set of circumstances that reflected the institutions on-going challenges in managing these issues. I don’t think it was in the institutions interests for me to expand on that then or now.
I am an employee of the University of New South Wales. ADFA cadets benefit from G8 quality university education in which they are exposed to a variety of ideas and are taught to think critically about them. I would hope that I do present the cadets with some ideas they find challenging. Fortunately, the students are of a higher calibre than many, and they value that opportunity. Last year the cadet’s evaluations revealed I was one of the most respected and popular lecturers at ADFA.
I hope that sufficiently clarifies your concerns.
Dr Lindy Edwards