Federal Liberal MP and former Army officer Andrew Hastie has joined Australian Conservatives leader and South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi in arguing female soldiers should not be allowed to fight on the frontline.
Mr Hastie, who served in the elite SAS for five years, admitted it was not a popular view but told Sky News the "fighting DNA of a close combat unit is best preserved when it's exclusively male".
The WA MP argued the selection courses for combat roles are rigorous, and the work "incredibly exacting".
His comments come after Senator Bernardi said women serving in combat roles could be against Australia's national security interests.
"It's about blurring the lines between political correctness and sound tactics in the name of what I think is social justice," Senator Bernardi told Parliament.
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