Defence Lives Matter- Stand Tall for ADF policy reforms

Defence Lives Matter- Stand Tall for ADF policy reforms

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Kerry Danes started this petition to Jacqui Lambie (Jacqui Lambie Network) and

Many Australian Defence Force members have been subjected to professional employment failures during service, causing them irrevocable reputational HARM and mental trauma. 

​If WORKPLACE REFORMS are not addressed then Australian Defence Force (ADF) members will continue to carry unresolved grievances into life beyond service. This impacts efforts to realistically reduce  LEGAL redress claims, SUICIDE risk and SELF-HARM, currently plaguing the ADF veteran community.

​It is time to do better!

Click here to sign our Official Petition to the House of Representatives. 

What are Professional Employment Failures? 

Discrimination  |  Bullying  & Harassment  |  Unacceptable Behaviour  |  Sexual Abuse  | Maladministration  | Defective  Administration

(Not an exhaustive list)

WHAT REFORMS ARE NEEDED? 

"We are asking:

  1. ​for changes to the Defence (Inquiry) Regulations 2018 so that Defence Inquiries are subject to legal  technicalities, rules of evidence, principles of open justice and common law;
  2. that Defence Inquiry officers undertake legal training;
  3. that witness testimony is taken under oath/affirmation;
  4. for an introduction to an appeal process outside the Chain of Command;
  5. for access to genuine mediation for ADF members to resolve workplace complaints; 
  6. for a corrective action policy to be put in place to ensure procedural fairness; and 
  7. for a reparation policy to include: acknowledgement that violations were committed against the ADF member, to repair the damage done by these violations, and to identify the root causes of the violations to prevent them from occurring again in the future.

Reforms will help ADF commanders improve current best practice within the ADF and to help maintain good relations in the ranks, by dealing with workplace complaints at an early stage, and through genuine mediation.

Expected Outcome: 

Introduce an appeal process outside the Chain of Command, that affords corrective action policy to ensure procedural fairness, allows the ADF member access to genuine mediation to resolve workplace complaints, AND create a reparation policy to acknowledge a detriment has resulted, to repair the harm caused to the ADF member, and to prevent a similar harm from happening to ADF members in the future.

Website: www.defencelivesmatter.com

Contact the Australian Prime Minister: www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

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Kerry Danes is a Veteran of the Australian Defence Force with 42 years military service, predominately with the Australian Special Forces. He is one of a growing number of ADF Veterans who is deeply concerned with the confirmed connection between suicide risk and complaints relating to professional employment failures.

"The mistreatment of serving ADF personnel must stop!" - Kerry Danes, CSM (ADF Veteran)

Contact: kerrydanes@gmail.com

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