Melbourne: Prime Minister Julia Gillard has promised Australian women to soon grant them the right to serve in frontline combat role in the defence forces.

"I think it's right...that men and women should have an equal right to fight and die for their country," Gillard said.

If Canberra okay's the move, then Australia would become the fourth country in the world after Israel, Canada and New Zealand to allow women a frontline combat role.

So far, Australia only allowed women soldiers to fill non-combative supportive roles in the military keeping them away from enrolment in special forces, rifle companies and fighter pilot roles.

A review of women's combat role was announced by the Defence Minister Stephen Smith after recent scandals that rocked the country's military.
   
The women in combat role was first mooted by Australia's former Defence Chief General Peter Cosgrove who said, "men and women should have an equal right to fight and die for their country".

Gillard said she could not agree more with that. However, she said physical and intellectual capability had to be judged for every job.

Agencies