Defence Minister Stephen Smith has been overwhelmed with complaints about sexual assault since the Skype sex scandal but to his credit, he has not backed away from the issue.
Dr Fidge thinks the issue of women being allowed to take up any role in the military is just a furphy, a side issue to take the presssure off the destructive brutality meted out by certain officers over years. He said that women are set up for failure under the current culture because of discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse of power and misuse of the military justice system.
Dr Fidge has gone public about issues within the ADF before, last September he was court martialled for trying to raise concerns with the hierarchy. "They assembled a full court martial last year ... and they had eight counts of insubordination to try and get rid of me, but my defence barrister convinced them this was inappropriate. "I've written personally to the Chief of Defence about this toxic culture because it affects medical and nursing officers.