Australia lifts ban on women in military combat roles
Australia has lifted all restrictions on the roles that women can carry out in its armed forces.
Suitably-qualified female soldiers will be able to serve in the special forces and front-line combat units.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith said the ban would be lifted immediately but may take up to five years to implement. Critics described the move as premature and a gimmick.
Duncan Kennedy reports.
27 Sep 2011
- From the section Asia-Pacific