ADF recruits performed sex acts in hazing, sources say

Alys Francis, ninemsn
12:11pm June 22, 2013

A group of Australian Defence Force (ADF) cadets were suspended for performing sexual acts on each other during an initiation ritual in a nightclub in Canberra, according to defence sources.

The details emerged after the ADF announced on Friday that about 20 male cadets had been suspended for "drunken stupidity" at a Canberra nightspot.

A defence source said the incident involved men performing sex acts on other men as part of a "hazing" ritual, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

It is believed members of the ADF rugby club were involved in the initiation.

Revealing the scandal yesterday, Vice Chief of the Defence Force Air Marshal Mark Binskin said defence had made clear that unacceptable conduct would not be tolerated but there was still a minority who "just don't get it".

Similarly, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick, whose reviews following the 2011 ADFA "Skype" sex scandal form the basis of defence's efforts to reform its culture, acknowledged more work was needed.

This latest episode comes a week after it was revealed a group of long-serving soldiers were under investigation for producing and distributing offensive material and imagery including filmed sex acts.

Air Marshal Binskin provided scant details of the alleged misconduct.

He said it came to light through the moral courage of a number of ADFA cadets who came forward to report it.

After the 2011 ADFA "Skype scandal", when a male cadet filmed himself having sex with a female cadet and had the imagery streamed live to his mates in a nearby room, defence embarked on broad-ranging reforms.

Air Marshal Binskin said the ADF would not accept conduct that contradicts defence values.

Author: Alys Francis. Approving editor: Nick Pearson.

Sources: the Sydney Morning Herald, AAP.

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