Malcolm Turnbull and ADFA cadets listen to a speech during an International Women's Day breakfast event in Canberra yesterday.
Malcolm Turnbull and ADFA cadets listen to a speech during an International Women's Day breakfast event in Canberra yesterday. LUKAS COCH

Women in the ranks lauded

THE Prime Minister has marked International Women's Day by celebrating the achievements of women in the defence force.

Malcolm Turnbull talked about Major General Simone Wilkie, the first woman to command operations in Afghanistan. She joined the army back when women weren't allowed even to do basic guard duty at Victoria Barracks in Sydney.

"As a role model for young women coming up through the ranks, she is a great example of the motto: if you can't see it, you can't be it,” Mr Turnbull told an event at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra yesterday.

Mr Turnbull told ADF members, "There are so many young girls that will look at you and say: 'I can do that'. And that is important.”



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