A Female Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) cadet has been fined and confined to base, in a manner which creates the impression she’s being punished for speaking out about sexual abuse, Defence Minister Stephen Smith says.
Mr Smith said the Commandant of the ADFA, Commodore Bruce Kafer, had acknowledged a major error of judgement in allowing an unrelated disciplinary matter to proceed at this time.
The charges, relating to alcohol consumption and being absent without leave in March, were dealt with yesterday, with the 18-year-old fined a day’s pay and restricted to base for five days.
The action comes as the ADF and federal police investigate allegations that consensual sex between the female cadet and a male student was broadcast, without her knowledge, to six other defence members watching in another room.
“Now that I have access to the full facts and circumstances, it is quite clear that at precisely the same moment that the young woman was advised of the Skype (sex scandal) incident, she was charged with these matters,” Mr Smith told ABC TV today. Agencies