Over 5,000 Australians have signed the petition calling on the Defence Minister, Marise Payne, to ensure the Australian Defence Force remains apolitical.
Defence is currently supporting a dinner for DEFGLIS – an organisation that campaigns for homosexual marriage – on 23 September. Defence has also previously sponsored DEFGLIS with thousands of dollars.
This is completely unacceptable at any time, but particularly during the national postal vote survey on marriage.
I sent this letter to the Marise Payne a few days ago and I spoke to her office this morning. I have been told that a response is coming…possibly at the end of September.
I was also told that Defence has not sponsored DEFGLIS.
Yet these documents are up on the Defence website under the FOI section:
They clearly show that in 2015 Defence gave thousands of dollars to this organisation. And the DEFGLIS website is advertising that Defence Pride, a new LGBT network within Defence, is supporting this dinner once again…