Andrew Broad’s courage & Stuart Robert’s homophobia

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Andrew Broad’s courage & Stuart Robert’s homophobia

Courage should be applauded. Especially when it comes from a politician.

And there is no doubt about it. The Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, is a man of courage.

Mr Broad has not only been brave enough to oppose uniformed military involvement in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. He has put his opposition in writing. In doing so, he’s pulled no punches, acknowledging in black and white text that he disagrees with the Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, and his decision to allow the Australian Defence Force to continue marching down Oxford Street.

That is a brave move for a backbencher working inside a party system that frowns on dissent.

You can see Andrew Broad’s letter below:

Andrew Broad letter 2

Mr Broad wrote his letter after receiving this one from the Assistant Minister for Defence:

Stuart Robert letter

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Guest post: The price of freedom is eternal vigilance

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Guest post: The price of freedom is eternal vigilance

As readers may be aware, the Bendigo Mosque has recently been approved, despite strong community opposition.

The local government has been supported in its decision to ignore its duties towards the people of Bendigo by corporate entities, the main culprit being the Bendigo Bank. It pretends to be a diverse and tolerant organisation, but shut down the accounts of the the local concerned citizens group because it exercised its democratic right to oppose a building application.

This post from Melodious Ocean highlights how Bendigo Bank is now in the business policing thought.

If you are interested in viewing the other articles online at Melodious Ocean, please click here.

If you would like more information about the proposed mosque in Bendigo, please visit this Facebook site.

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On 18th July 2014, 250 Bendigo Bank employees ‘gathered out the front of the Bendigo Bank building holding colourful balloons and signs of letters that ...

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Anti-Catholic bias in the ADF

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I was grateful for the opportunity to speak with Christine Nile a few weeks ago.

Christine hosts the American-based program Forward Boldly, and you can listen to our 30 minute interview regarding the ADF’s decision to terminate my commission and march in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras by clicking the link below.

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Promoting childcare is unproductive insanity

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Promoting childcare is unproductive insanity

If there is anything that meets the definition of stupidity with absolute perfection, it is having the Productivity Commission write a report to promote childcare.

Childcare, by its very nature, is inefficient. And a reliance on childcare actually subverts parental care, which is the most productive thing that anyone can do to raise good citizens and build a sustainable society.

However, as logic is not the strongest point of most people walking around Australia today, this fact might not be readily apparent. So I’ll explain why this is the case in two very short, simple sentences.

Efficient, productive parents raise their children. Unproductive parents get someone else to do it.

Or, in case the message has not sunk in, I’ll put it another way.

Getting mothers into the workforce by subsidising someone else to look after their children is simply a drain on society. It’s an exercise in futility. Once you take out taxes, ...

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We’re not asking for your approval…

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We’re not asking for your approval…

The new Senator on the block is the Liberal Democrats David Leyonhjelm.

He believes that he is a classical libertarian.

And with those words echoing in your mind, note that yesterday this ‘libertarian’ claimed that he was going to put forward yet another marriage ‘equality’ bill. The big difference between this one and the rest is that Senator Leyonhjelm has also made it clear that he is not asking for approval this time.

In fact, that’s exactly what he said when he addressed Australians from Parliament House: “We’re not asking for your approval…”

Senator Leyonhjelm is just expecting that his bill will be passed, regardless of what voters voted for the last time they all went down to the voting station and voted in a government.

In case you don’t remember, the party that did not get elected was the one campaigning for homosexual marriage. And the party that got the big thumbs up was ...

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Defence terminates my commission

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Defence terminates my commission

General David Hurley retired on 30 June, 2014. On his last day as Chief of the Defence Force, he signed a document terminating my commission. By Monday, I will no longer be a reserve officer in the Australian Army.

General Hurley’s letter confirmed that my commission is being terminated because he does not like the manner in which I express my Catholic beliefs. His letter also acknowledges that he is aware that Defence’s own investigations into his decision to approve uniformed participation in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras have found that it was a political event. And that it vilified Christianity.

But General Hurley went on to say that while my complaints have not been properly addressed, he is satisfied that the action taken in response to them has been adequate. The action taken to date has been to do absolutely nothing, except terminate my commission and continue marching down ...

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Press release: Defence terminates Major Bernard Gaynor

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Press release: Defence terminates Major Bernard Gaynor

I issued the following press release a short time ago, following General David Hurley’s decision to terminate my commission as a reserve officer in the Australian Army.

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On his last day as Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley signed a document terminating the commission of Army Reserve major, Bernard Gaynor. The decision will take effect by Monday.

Mr Gaynor came under the fire of Defence hierarchy after objecting to uniformed ADF involvement in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. He also lodged several complaints internally with Defence highlighting that lawful orders prohibit uniformed attendance at political events and religious vilification.

In his decision, General Hurley states that Mr Gaynor’s commission is being terminated because the manner in which he expressed his Catholic beliefs was inconsistent with the standards required of Defence members.

Surprisingly, General Hurley’s letter admits that Mr Gaynor’s complaints have not been properly addressed. The letter ...

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Christian army officer Bernie Gaynor pays the price for marching out of step with top generals

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Christian army officer Bernie Gaynor pays the price for marching out of step with top generals

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Paul Sheehan wrote this article in response to the Defence Force’s decision to terminate my commission.

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The Australian Army will terminate Major Bernie Gaynor’s commission tomorrow. It is not difficult to see why. Gaynor has accused the army’s higher leadership of cowardice.

He has made the claim publicly, repeatedly, and in various forms. He has predicted the moral cowardice of the army’s leadership would inevitably lead to a complete waste of the service and sacrifices made by thousands of Australian military personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq.

This has not gone down well. On June 30, the chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, AC, DSC, on his last day in the job, wrote to Gaynor detailing why he was no longer fit to serve in the Army Reserve.

Gaynor served three tours of duty in Iraq while serving in Army intelligence. In a column published on March ...

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Why are honour killings morally unjustified?

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Why are honour killings morally unjustified?

I’m going to go out on a massive limb today and partially defend Uthman Badar. Not because I like him, or agree with him, but because his recently proposed speech, “Honour killings are morally justified”, raises some very serious questions about the state of our society.

Let’s look at the facts.

He agreed to give this speech. There was a general emotional uproar against the Hizb ut Tahrir spokesman. And then the speech was canned.

But no one has been able to logically explain why a Muslim can’t give a speech about the morality of honour killings this year, while a couple of medical specialists could get up and present an argument justifying the morality of killing disabled infants in 2012.

And if that logical inconsistency presents a little problem, then the laws of this land present a bigger one. Right now, we have laws that allow all sorts of killing: soldiers can do ...

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Who is Zali Burrows?

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Who is Zali Burrows?

In recent times we’ve heard a lot about Clive Palmer, ISIS and bikies.

And in all these separate stories, one rather intriguing name pops up everywhere: Zali Burrows.

So who is she?

I did a little research and this is what I found.

First up, Zali Burrows, was a candidate for the Palmer United Party at the 2014 Federal Election, contesting the Sydney seat of Blaxland. And Ms Burrows is still up on the PUP website today.

When Zali was announced as a candidate by Clive Palmer on 12 June, 2013, this is what he had to say:

“We are delighted to be endorsing such outstanding candidates with a wide range of experience to stand as the Palmer United Party candidates.”

Zali responded by stating:

“If elected to federal parliament for the Palmer United Party I will be an advocate for the humane treatment of refugees as I believe Australia is ...

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