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Almost exactly four years ago I published my first article highlighting the problems of political correctness in the Australian Defence Force.
Essentially, I stated that:
- Females should not be placed in front line combat roles,
- Defence should not pay for sex-change operations,
- Defence members should not participate in the Mardi Gras in uniform, and
- Defence needed to understand the link between Islam and the enemy it faces on the battlefield.
All of these politically-correct decisions or failings directly lead to a reduction in combat power, morale and public support of the Australian Defence Force. Further, the decision to march in the Mardi Gras directly links the Australian Defence Force to domestic political activity and entirely undermines the vitally important requirement for Defence to be apolitical.
Since then a number of other scandals have erupted.
The appointment of an imam. A prioritisation of Islamic recruits. A plan to change a hat badge to appease Islamic sensibilities. Ramadan dinners at the Australian War Memorial. An Islamic Navy twitter account gone rogue. Quotas for females and indigenous soldiers. Failing recruitment. An embarrassment in high heels topped only by a higher level of hypocrisy.
The list could go on.
I have had numerous serving officers and soldiers contact me to state that they are leaving Defence as result of its new PC culture. A large number of parents have written to me to express concerns about their children serving in this once proud institution.
I tried to combat this clear and present danger to Australia’s ability to defend itself. And for my troubles I was sacked. There is now a culture of oppression in the Australian Defence Force.
However, there is now a stone cold legal ruling that my sacking was both unlawful and unconstitutional. The PC push is not only madness but it also violates the most fundamental Australian law.
Yes, Defence has appealed this decision. But it does show that when ordinary people fight back against this culture they can do so successfully.
It also seems that I am not the only soldier speaking up now. Others are as well and they are demonstrating a virtue that we all should want in those who serve this nation: moral courage.
The real tragedy is that Defence is singling out those who show moral courage and terminating their careers.
A number have spoken with Miranda Devine and she has hit Defence’s PC culture for six today. She should be congratulated for covering this scandalous situation.
Furthermore, no one should be under any delusion: in Russell Offices this week a task force will be formed to identify and destroy those who have spoken. Those who have spoken up deserves congratulations too. But they should also watch their back.
This is from today’s Daily Telegraph:
Five years after the former Army chief and former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Liz Broderick launched a social engineering experiment aimed at stamping out the male “Anglo Saxon” warrior culture, the troops are unimpressed.
The top brass might have drunk the feminist Koolaid of “Pathway to Change” and its mutant offshoots, but most of the people they command are sceptical about gender fluidity, appeasement of radical Islam, and promotion by chromosome as payback for 116 years of military patriarchy.
“People just think it’s crap,” said one young officer.
To overcome such common sense thinking, diversity experts have designed a $30,000 program effectively to brainwash young leaders in the Army to become “champions of change” and stamp out the “white Anglo-Saxon male” culture they are told no longer has a place in the military.
In October, a handpicked group was taken to Sydney and Canberra for the “Junior Leaders Shaping Future Army”, and subjected to five-days of diversity indoctrination.
On day one was a three-hour session from an imam explaining his “Islamic conversion testimony” and proselytising the benefits of Islam, according to one participant who took detailed notes.
The lecture went down so badly that a planned mosque visit on the schedule the next day was cancelled without explanation.
Gender diversity expert Professor Robert Wood introduced the latest politically correct inanity, “unconscious bias”, and criticised the predominance of “Anglo-Saxon males” and the “banter culture” of the Army.
The next day Qantas diversity and inclusion manager Zak Hammer spruiked the airline’s same sex marriage campaign and LGBTI network for staff.
“Gender diversity no longer refers to male and female, because there are people within our community now who don’t identify with these,” one presenter told them.
In one exercise they were asked how they would “inclusively” manage a diversity scenario in which a digger under their command converts to Islam, requiring him to pray five times a day, eat halal food and fast at Ramadan.
“I felt like I was sitting in a North Korean indoctrination camp,” recalls one insider.
“Concepts such as bias and unconscious bias have been constantly harped on to try and change the way we think and speak. The soldiers are hating it.”
“It was an extreme politically correct environment for people who are dead set into war fighting,” said another participant.
A psychologist classified the students as “champions” or “skeptics”. However, in the Army, “champ” is an insult. “It’s the worst thing you can call someone. It means you’re a d—head.”
The ADF’s diversity orthodoxy decries a military comprising mainly “males of Anglo-Australian background”, Christians and “third-generation-plus” Australian.
“Such a demographic profile is no longer desirable or sustainable”, says one of the ludicrous diversity reports which now clog the minds and in-trays of generals.
“The typical Defence hero is a hero in uniform from an Anglo-Australian background who performs acts of bravery in battle and models the values of courage and sacrifice… This type of hero is unnecessarily exclusive and works against the desire for Defence ‘to represent the community it serves’,” writes education academic Dr Elizabeth Thomson in her 2014 report: “Battling with words”.
“Casual conversation in Defence is dominated by the kind of talk characteristic of the Aussie bloke… “Humour, banter, practical jokes and nicknaming are language practices (which) marginalise and exclude people (and must be) controlled”
If all this sounds frighteningly Orwellian, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Defence Force Recruiting is where crackpot theory first meets reality and Army chief Lt Gen Angus Campbell is frustrated with the slow progress to achieve his goal of doubling the proportion of women from 12 to 25 per cent.
In a speech to recruitment officers last August he criticised an unnamed dissident who had informed Defence Force Chief Mark Binskin’s “Gender Adviser”, Julie McKay, that he would resist diversity targets because he “needed to protect the Army from Canberra”.
“You need to understand that I will have no humour if my directions are ignored,” Campbell told the recruiters. “The number one priority I have with respect to recruitment is increasing our diversity.”
Since Campbell’s rocket, Defence Force Recruiting has pulled out all stops to entice women into the Army. One whistleblower says they run “female only information sessions, female only fitness assessments, female only job assessment days, have a dedicated female Specialist Recruitment Team… (and) free fitness training.”
Female recruits can ask to be posted with friends and to a location of their choice, and are offered reduced periods of service — one year while men have to serve at least four.
“Defence Force Recruiting has stopped males joining particular jobs which are open only to females,” he says. “Infantry, artillery, key jobs. Where does it stop?”
There is a new program at Kapooka for female recruits too out of shape to pass basic fitness requirements of eight push ups, 45 sit ups, and 7.5 on the Beep test. The Army Pre-Conditioning Program for unfit women offers seven weeks of intensive physical training, yet by the end almost half still flunk the entry test.
Women comprise 12 per cent of the Army, yet Broderick’s goal is 35 per cent of senior positions to be filled by women, so females have a three times better chance of promotion.
Army hasn’t met recruitment goals for ten years, and the exodus of men disillusioned about their promotion prospects won’t help.
At a time when our Army is being called on to step up the war against Islamic State, the deleterious effect of social engineering is clear.
As one former soldier puts it: “They’re messing with our war-fighting DNA”
This is just the start. The lid is finally being lifted on Defence’s crazy culture.
And there will be more to come…
We all know the Australian Defence Force hierarchy have gone PC-mad.
The Chief of Army has admitted that the female recruitment program is a failure likely to result in less women in the military.
Yes. Less women.
And less men too. I’ve been informed by recruiters that they are not allowed to place keen, young and fit blokes in the ever growing number of ‘female only’ slots. That means less soldiers overall.
In corporate speak, this is called a ‘capability gap’. Ordinary Australians would simply describe it as bloody insane.
Speaking of insanity, the Chief of Army mentioned it in his speech letting the cat out of the bag on female recruitment. He described insanity as continuing to try the same old failed methods over and over again. And then he proceeded to push the program that he knows is a dud.
To make this situation even worse, Defence is now seemingly removing advertisements from ‘conservative’ websites. Apparently, advertising to conservative readers is ‘bigoted’, even though Defence’s own internal research shows that the majority of people who sign up to serve Australia have conservative political views and even – shock – believe that Islam is inherently violent.
Defence needn’t have paid for that ‘research’.
The loony ‘Left’ has always hated Defence and you don’t need to be Einstein to grasp an important reality: new age rainbow lovers have a less than tender attitude towards Australian culture, institutions and values. So don’t expect many of them to put their lives on the line for the nation anytime soon. It is conservative Australians who shoulder the load when it comes to defending Australia.
But I digress.
On 24 January the Defence Jobs Twitter account was alerted to Defence advertising on Breitbart, a conservative news website.
However, to be fair, Defence Jobs was told that Breitbart was ‘racist’, ‘sexist’ and ‘homophobic’.
I think the digital dobber forgot to mention ‘Islamophobic’ as well, but hey, there were only 140 characters and I guess Defence instinctively grasped that ‘fact’ anyway. After all, just days earlier Breitbart was prepared to report that the driver behind the wheel during the ‘Melbourne incident’ had proclaimed himself to be a ‘Greek Islamic Kurd’.
Most news outlets in Australia were not so keen to report that fact. And the Victorian police even ordered a reporter to remove footage of a witness reporting that the words ‘Allahu akbar’ were shouted from the car.
But I digress again.
Back to the issue at hand: once alerted to the Breitbart advertisement Defence Jobs responded that they were now ‘getting this sorted’. One can only guess that Defence has now pulled all advertisements from Breitbart and similar sites, or from third parties that advertise on them.
I have asked Defence to confirm this. However, I think the email was automatically directed into the ‘Islamophobic/Homophobic/Racist/Bigoted’ spam filter because I didn’t get a response.
That’s not surprising. Breitbart readers might think a little like me. And the last thing embarrassed Defence head-honchos want is another person taking them to court and proving that they are breaking the law.
However, in the interests of helping Defence meet its goal of recruiting ‘diverse’ soldiers, I will point out that its current emphasis on Islam is not likely to meet the required audience. If Defence really does want fit, young Muslims who are keen on getting behind a gun it should cease with the warm and fuzzy stories about how recruits who can’t drink water are great soldiers.
Instead, it would probably have more success if it simply took an ad out in Dabiq, the Islamic State’s monthly magazine of love. After all, the Islamic State is having more luck than Defence recruiting Muslims from Australia…
(thanks to @Chronic_Remorse for this story)
As a progressive, tolerant, Islamic feminist with a gay nephew in Nimbin, I have been speechless for the last week.
I. Just. Have. No. Words.
And I’m frightened too. What depths of bigotry has our nation sunk to when hate preachers can gather so freely? And how can there be hope when even progressives are casually racist?
I’m speaking about the Islamophobic, homophobic and racist Q Society gatherings last week. And I’m also referring to an unthoughtful marriage equality advertisement. Both were offensive: the former deliberately (showing the deep problems entrenched in this nation) and the latter carelessly (showing how far we still need to go).
Let’s start with the Q Society.
The fact that George Christensen and Cory Bernardi were even invited to speak at these dinners shows that they were hate events.
There should be laws to stop these so-called politicians from spruiking hate. And if Australians actually go out of their way to elect them it shows that we have a fundamental problem with racism in this country.
They are proof that some people (perhaps most people) should not be allowed to vote.
The only way to solve this problem is for a massive investment in government funding for educational programs to teach children about the benefits of diversity. Unless future generations are educated about things like the joy of homosexuality or the love of Islam, we will continue to have problems with those who embark on crusades to entrench the Christian patriarchy that has held Australia back.
And I want to make this very clear: it is not our diverse minorities who need to change. We are improving this nation and we should be accepted without question. It is those who think that Western values hold some intrinsic value that must change. This notion is simply an imperialistic crusading hangover and it threatens and intimidates anyone who wishes to open Australia’s doors to new ideas and cultures.
Diversity is impossible with this type of thinking. So it must be eradicated.
I am terribly disappointed that Bernard has written to support the Q Society. He even referred to the fact that the media covered the Islamophobic and homophobic hate speech at this event but failed to give the same coverage to the same day jailing of an allegedly Muslim man who shot a homosexual outside a gay nightclub in Sydney.
This is just irresponsible.
The truth is that the media showed great restraint. It was responsibly limited. Even though this man has links to terrorists, any educated person knows that there is absolutely no link between terrorism and Islam.
There is just no proof that this shooting had anything to do with Islam and jumping to unproven conclusions simply creates fear. More likely this incident was a result of mental illness, casual racism and the failure of ordinary Australians to welcome a stranger. It may even have been an act of self-defence.
However, as it seems many Australians unreasonably and obstinately fail to accept this, it’s better for society if the media simply does not report on these incidents at all.
But the media did rightly focus on the ignorance and prejudice of the Q Society. This is a good thing because it gives progressive Australians an opportunity to dispel a big myth: that the Islamic community does not support the homosexual community.
Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the truth is that the homosexual community is doing more than any other to welcome Islam into Australia.
Take marriage for instance. It is clear that legalising gay marriage will remove all legal, cultural and procedural barriers to acceptance of Sharia law polygamy in Australia as well. That is one reason why forward-thinking Muslims support the homosexual community’s push to redefine marriage and we applaud gay Liberal, Tim Wilson, for his advocacy to enshrine all forms of religious marriage in Australian law.
Unfortunately, there are some Muslims who focus on minor disagreements with the homosexual community. However, they are simply jumping the gun, so to speak. It would be much better for all if they showed restraint now to cement longer-term gains.
Another area of cooperation is immigration. Overwhelmingly, the homosexual community supports refugees, open borders and Islamic immigration.
There is no better example of this than Garry Burns, one of New South Wale’s most prominent homosexuals. His Facebook page devoted to removing all forms of discrimination has made it crystal clear that he opposes any curbs on Islamic immigration:
As a progressive Muslim, the Q Society hate-events were frightening and deeply hurtful. Muslims and homosexuals were both vilified by people who focus unreasonably and callously on truth over the feelings of others. But they are an opportunity to move Australia forward too. I want to use them to thank the homosexual community for its support of the Islamic community.
I just ask that the homosexual community continues its support with sensitivity. And this brings me to my second point: careless progressive advertising.
Recently, advertisements for marriage equality pictured a navy sailor with his medals. One of those medals was the Border Protection medal.
This medal is profoundly hurtful to the Islamic community. It represents an attack by the Australian government on innocent Muslims fleeing to Australia. As such, it reinforces the casual racism that oppresses Muslims every day. It is this casual racism that leads some, in frustration, to lash out.
I am sure that no offence was intended but it has been taken. This advertisement is an example that even the most progressive sections of Australian society still have much work to do before they can truly be described as open, tolerant and diverse.
Iffaiyah Waazah-Llefte is a guest writer for bernardgaynor.com.au. Iffaiyah believes that every conservative has a suppressed inner ‘lefty’. She does her best to help them free by fully explaining, in a logical and coherent manner, the reasoning of progressive, modern Australia.
I was there on Thursday. At the most evil function ever held in Australia.
We know it was evil because the Sydney Morning Herald has told us. Not directly so, but in the subtext and the contorted reporting about the context.
The Sydney Morning Herald report starts like this:
“Let’s be honest, I can’t stand Muslims,” said Larry Pickering, cartoonist and VIP guest at the Q Society fundraising dinner held in Sydney on Thursday night.
“If they are in the same street as me, I start shaking.”
Then the cartoonist, who had donated for auction one of his own works depicting the rape of a woman in a niqab by her son-in-law, softened slightly.
“They are not all bad, they do chuck pillow-biters off buildings.”
Subtext: anyone who supports the Q Society is a racist bigot. Full stop.
Context: turn an off-colour, off-the-cuff comment at the end of the night into a serious statement and run it as the main event of the evening.
For the record, I heard Larry’s comment.
Was it funny? No.
Would I say it? No.
And, for the record, it went down like a lead balloon.
But for those who weren’t there, the Sydney Morning Herald has put what came last, first. It has changed the context of what was said by leaving out other things that were said. And the black and white text simply does no justice to Larry Pickering: he was clearly not advocating violence against homosexuals but was making a very poor joke.
I’ve always said that the Thought Police have no sense of humour. They are the Joke Police too. Eventually, in the PC world, smiling will be banned along with jesting. After all, jokes are un-PC. They poke fun at absurdity. And I’ll get to the absurdity shortly.
But back to Larry. After he made his joke he also said this:
“So it’s not Muslim that we should be against, it should be Islam.”
Now that quote did not make the ‘big’ story. True, the Sydney Morning Herald did quote it along with the entirety of Larry’s speech in another story, but it’s simply not the same thing.
And that statement makes it clear that Larry rejects Islam, doesn’t hate Muslims, and opposes an ideology that justifies throwing homosexuals from buildings.
The Sydney Morning Herald also left out another quote from Pickering in its accusatory piece. This one:
“I mean, I was brought up very religiously, so I, you know, I- not that I’m religious. I mean, I’m not. But, uh, you know, they made me read the Bible every night, and I thought it was a load of shit, to tell you the truth.”
And that’s just hypocritical of the Sydney Morning Herald. This failing newspaper rails against anti-Islamic sentiment. But it’s entirely silent about anti-Christian statements.
That’s probably why it’s failing.
The Sydney Morning Herald also had a crack at Ross Cameron for his speech. In my opinion, it was one of the funniest speeches I’ve heard. Witty, informative and interesting. And the delivery was brilliant.
Unfortunately for Ross, he made the mistake of failing to show due reverence to Emperor Hadrian’s homosexuality and affection for a young boy. Gay History Month is so 2012. It’s gotta be Gay Adulation Month now.
Plus Ross also praised Hadrian for building a wall. You know, the kind of wall Trump wants to build. That didn’t go down so well either with the progressive media. After all, a wall might stop Islamic immigration.
And we can’t have that.
Thankfully, the Sydney Morning Herald has given us all the last laugh today. It has Ross Cameron plastered across its front page.
And buried deep down on its webpage (but not its print edition) is this little story:
It goes on to say that Al-Ahmadzai would not stand for the judge and that:
“A motive for the shooting has never been uncovered.”
Really. I wonder what Dumbo is running that investigation. I mean, even the Sydney Morning Herald went on to point this out:
“Al-Ahmadzai has been serving time in Supermax for unrelated offences, including threatening to slit the throat of an ASIO officer and ram-raids on ATMs.
He is alleged to be linked to a group of Islamic extremists operating a large terrorism network in Sydney.”
Luckily, the justice system cannot pinpoint any possible motivation for a gay nightclub shooting by an Islamic extremist who has threatened to kill an ASIO officer. But it will consider other more important details:
“Judge Bennett said his sentence had taken into account the fact that Al-Ahmadzai suffered from an inflammatory bowel disease that made prison particularly onerous for him.”
Thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald, we know that making poor taste jokes about the Islamic State’s threat to homosexuals is big front page news. But Islamic extremists actually blowing away homosexuals in Sydney is not a big enough story to even make the paper.
That’s so absurd, I might even call it a joke.
About 18 months ago, chief Liberal polling guru, Mark Textor, told The Australian newspaper that a segment of society was irrelevant: conservatives.
“The qualitative evidence is [conservatives] don’t matter. The sum of a more centrist approach outweighs any alleged marginal loss of so-called base voters.’’
At the following election, Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘centrist’ approach saw him almost lose government. The embarrassment and days of waiting were more than alleged. And they were marginal. As marginal as it gets.
Today, Senator Cory Bernardi hit back hard. When asked specifically about these comments at a press conference his response was simple:
“You cannot dismiss the base.”
With that he went off to launch his new party, the Australian Conservatives. It is aimed entirely at meeting the needs of the base.
All of a sudden, those conservatives will be the most polled segment of society in Australia.
All of a sudden, they matter. A lot.
It is all due to Bernardi’s courage and decisive action.
And it all started an hour earlier when the Senator addressed the Senate, ending weeks of speculation about his intentions:
“It really is time for a better way; a conservative way.
The enduring beauty of the conservative tradition is that it looks to the past, to all that is great and good, to inform the future. It is a rich paradox where the established equips us for the new.
And so today I begin something new, built on enduring values and principles that have served our nation so well for many decades.
It is a political movement of Australian Conservatives…a community of individual Australians who will share their unique gifts and talents to chart a better way.
We will be united by a desire to create stronger families, foster free enterprise, limit the size and scope and reach of government whilst seeking to rebuild civil society.
We will give hope to those who despair at the current state of Australian politics and who demand a better way for themselves, their children and their country.
The journey ahead will not be for the faint of heart but worthwhile ventures rarely are.
And every journey begins with a first step.
Today I take that step, knowing the direction in which I will head and hoping that those truly concerned for the future of our nation will choose to join me.”
With those words, the Australian Conservative Party was born.
Its webpage was launched shortly afterwards, making it clear that this party is not an ‘I don’t like it’ fan club, but one that will campaign on a credible philosophical platform. It is here for the long term.
Its principles are focused on four key areas: limited government, personal responsibility, free enterprise and protecting a civil society based on western culture and Judeo-Christian values.
That will be music to the ears of the base.
And they are not the only ones relieved tonight. Cory Bernardi is too. In fact, when Bernardi was asked at his press conference today about Turnbull, Abbott and the leadership of the Liberal Party it was almost therapeutic. His response:
“The leadership of the liberal party is now a matter for them…I’m no longer a member of the Liberal Party.”
And how true that is. The conservative and liberal wings of Bernardi’s old party are stuck with Malcolm or readying for another round of musical leadership chairs. Cory Bernardi, meanwhile, is free to focus on taking up the real fight to Labor and the Greens.
If he does it well, the Australian Conservatives will be very successful indeed. And the Liberal base will be gone.
Defence is currently prioritising women. Over capability.
And it’s prioritising indigenous Australians as well. Over capability.
And, of course, it’s gone political. Uniformed bodies marching down Oxford Street on Mardi Gras night with every left-wing political party in Australia is proof of that.
So how can anyone be surprised by this story in the Daily Telegraph:
THE Navy is investigating an anti-Australia Day Facebook post made under the name of a Cairns-based officer that included threats to spit on and burn the flag.
Micqaella O’Shane, also known as Micqaella Pryce, is understood to work at HMAS Cairns and the message appeared on January 26.
The message, which has been deleted, also featured a picture of her in a Navy uniform.
It will be very interesting to see where this goes. Remember, I was sacked for my views on marriage and Islam. But I did not express them in uniform. And they supported extant Commonwealth law (the laws Defence is there to protect).
Micqaella O’Shane appears to have dropped a photograph of her in uniform on her Facebook page and used that to support her offensive comments about our Australian flag. But sacking her might upset the female indigenous recruitment pool.
What a quandary.
Welcome to New Age Defence, where PC recruitment plans, politics and plain-old hypocrisy see the Australian Defence Force reduced to a laughing stock at war with the flag it serves.
Meanwhile, here’s a question for you: if you burnt an Aboriginal flag how long would it take before an 18c complaint limited your freedom of political communication?
Today bernardgaynor.com.au welcomes a new semi-regular contributor, Iffaiyah Waazah-Llefte.
Iffaiyah brings a new voice to this webpage: she claims to be a moderate, enlightened progressive. And in the interests of diversity I am proud to provide her a platform on this webpage. Never let it be said that we don’t cater for everyone’s views here.
Without further ado, here is Iffaiyah’s first piece.
Let’s get straight to the point. You don’t like me and I don’t like you. I am a leftie. In fact, I am more than that: I’m a progressive, secular, modern, empowered, Islamic feminist.
We do exist you know. And we are everywhere, all around you. You just have to check Twitter out to know that.
We may not all be Islamic. Or even women. In fact the former is just one small part of my life and the latter is nothing more than a binary construct devised by a misogynistic patriarchy to disempower the weak. I reject the notion of ‘woman’, even as I proudly call myself a feminist and I welcome my transgender sisters in our march for freedom.
There are thousands of us meeting in indie cafes in trendy suburbs all over this land, comparing beards and photos of gay nephews. All of us are desperately hoping that Malcolm will finally have the courage to legalise love and usher in a new era of empathy, equal wealth for all and cooler weather.
Furthermore, I know that even you climate-change deniers want some of that in the current record-breaking heatwave. You only have yourselves to blame. If you hadn’t kept feeding Holden with the taxpayer teat it would probably only be 25 right now.
I also want you to know this: I feel like I am dying inside. If this is not the end, it might as well be.
And there seems no one to turn to. Turnbull and most other world leaders are simply missing in action.
Let me explain what I mean. Democracy is dead. Well, at least the idea of it is. It was supposed to see great leaders rise. Statespeople who could unite. And now we have Trump. It is proof that you can’t leave things to other people.
Now many forward-thinking, progressive humanitarians are reaching the conclusion that we might need to rethink democracy. I will delve deeply into that moral dilemma in future, but suffice to say at this stage that democracy is frailer than we all thought.
If the majority want Trump then it is clear that the majority is wrong and cannot be trusted. So we need a new version of democracy: responsible democracy. That will only happen in the short term if we heed the call of our modern moral authorities and in the long-term if we recognise that education is far too important to leave to untrained and ill-prepared parents.
Hey, don’t blame me if you don’t like the message: I’m just saying what thinking people are pondering. And it’s your fault if you voted for Trump in America, or if you cheered him here in Australia. You’ve made the rest of us feel indignant and violated with your political bigotry.
However, until there is a revolution in our failed democracy, then all we can do is hashtag and hope. Hope in flawed Malcolm.
If ever there was a time he needed to stand up, it is now. We face a monster in the White House unlike any we’ve seen before in world history and it seems that the only person willing to stand up to him is that gorgeous bloke from Canada.
Our Prime Minister needs to take a carbon-neutral leaf out of his book. After all, Trudeau’s not lagging behind in the Newspoll. Turnbull wouldn’t be either if he just listened and acted like he has a sense of social justice or emotional intelligence.
And there’s no better place for him to start listening than with the progressive media. These brave journalists and commentators remain above politics. They don’t despoil themselves by allowing their opinions to be tested by a vulgar public vote. As a result they are free to speak as our enlightened, secular moral authorities.
And they speak with passion, conviction and force. Indeed, one of my close girlfriends is a ‘reformed’ Catholic. She’s simply replaced Sunday Mass with the ABC. It’s cheaper and more patriotic she says.
The message, Malcolm, is clear: if you want to be anointed by the High Priests of today, you must Tuck Frump. See:
Absolutely. Why can’t he see this? Also US has already curtailed Indian immigration. Let’s open our (much closer) doors. https://t.co/DUPQPOBkb9
— Anne Summers (@SummersAnne) January 26, 2017
Dear @TurnbullMalcolm there is an easy solution to this Trump refugee blow-up. Close the bloody camps and bring them here. Enough suffering
— Paul Syvret (@PSyvret) February 2, 2017
— Josephine Tovey (@Jo_Tovey) February 3, 2017
Turnbull has a chance to prove he a) stands up for his convictions b) has the courage to stand up to the far right. https://t.co/OMmYyyz4pw
— Dee Madigan (@deemadigan) February 4, 2017
— Michelle Grattan (@michellegrattan) February 2, 2017
Yes right up until that phone call Australians thought Donald Trump was the epitome of a statesman pic.twitter.com/llxf19358S
— Bridie Jabour (@bkjabour) February 3, 2017
Not for long. https://t.co/brWwsSmu16
— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef) February 3, 2017
It is clear from these Tweets, a mere glimpse of wider public opinion, that these righteous people are courageously standing up to injustice today. And they want you to as well Malcolm.
But if you don’t see the need for justice’ sake, I’ll put it more basely: journalists are voters too. And it just seems that they might not be voting for Malcolm in future. That’s probably why his Newspoll numbers are dwindling.
As a progressive, I urge Malcolm Turnbull to take on Trump. He’ll feel better about himself, we’ll feel better about Australia as it will provide us an opportunity to wash away the sins of the past, and the people will rally around Malcolm again…
PS – How ungrateful is Bernardi? Just after Malcolm donates $1.75 million to the Liberals he’s off rocking the boat. It is a perfect example of the loose moral fibre of conservative values…
You know things have become a complete joke when even Fairfax columnists lampoon Defence Chiefs as politically correct wowsers.
Tony Wright is the National Affairs Editor of The Age. And over the weekend he penned a satirical piece about our Prime Minister’s current misfortunes, pretending to tell the story of a panicked conversation in the Turnbull Potts Point mansion. In it, a desperate Malcolm calls for the military, only to be told:
“As for the military; none of our subs are working, the frigates and destroyers and landing craft are all employed searching for broken-down fishing boats to the north, the air force can’t get a plane into the air because of budget cuts to pay for ministerial flights, and the defence chiefs are attending a two-week conference on workplace safety and gender balance.”
Yes, in this satirical piece the Defence chiefs have let the PM down as they while away the hours fretting about gender balance.
The sad thing is that this satire is not without truth. In fact, it is the truth.
Late last year the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, stated:
“The number one priority I have with respect to recruitment is increasing our diversity; with a focus on women and Indigenous Australians.”
His goal is an Army that’s 25% female. He based his reasoning on the fact that lots of sheilas are jogging past him on his way around Lake Burley Griffin. Campbell then spoke in depth about how men and women approach shopping differently, before adding this:
“We only met 60% of our ARA general enlistment target for women. We also did poorly in officer entry. We only hit 67% of our target overall, and 55% and 10% for women and Indigenous candidates respectively. Not hitting anywhere near our targets for ARA women means that not only are we not on path to 25%. In fact, the actual percentage of women in the force in being is likely to decline.”
So, the Army’s push to recruit women is not only resulting in less women in the Army, but it is actually making it harder for the Army to meet its overall recruitment goals. That’s gotta hurt. And not just because these guys have staked their success on the flag of women’s lib. It hurts capability too. That’s slightly more important.
Not to worry. The Chief of Army did acknowledge that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results was the definition of insanity. So someone should deploy a psychiatrist to Russell Offices pronto.
In March 2017 the head honcho himself, Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin, is the keynote speaker at, you guessed it, the National Defence, Police & Emergency Services Women’s Leadership Summit 2017.
So someone better also let Turnbull know that the Defence chiefs ain’t riding to his rescue anytime soon.
By the way, if you do want to roll up and listen to Binskin et al as they burn their bras it will only cost you a cool $1,495…
Poor Malcolm Turnbull.
He’s never been so popular in his own mind. And nowhere else.
This is a man who based his ‘coup’ on Newspoll. Remember this:
“The one thing that is clear about our current situation is the trajectory. We have lost 30 Newspolls in a row. It is clear that the people have made up their mind about Mr Abbott’s leadership.”
Those were the words Malcolm Turnbull used to justify his midnight coup.
Life might guarantee death and taxes. But it also guarantees that opinion polling will always turneth against the man too.
And it has. Today’s numbers are nothing more than a little black cloud of repudiation for the man that ousted a PM on the basis that he was repudiated. In one newspaper article the entire moral basis for Turnbull’s time at the top has evaporated.
When Abbott went, the Liberals rated 39% in Newspoll. Today, under Turnbull, they sit on 35%. The ‘Other’ vote is now rapidly closing in, just 6 points behind on 29%. The way things are going, ‘Anybody Else’ will shortly lead Turnbull in the polls.
And that is embarrassing when you’ve campaigned as the Emperor of Popularity.
To make things worse for Malcolm, not even the Yanks know who he is. They’re dealing with a bloke by the name of Prime Minister Trumble. He might not exist but, hey, he’s still doing more than Malcolm. And it seems that he’s a lot more likeable too.
The only thing that can possibly cheer MT up is this fact: however much trouble he’s in, the Liberal Party itself is in an even worse position.
For a start, it is simply pointless. It did something useful in the old days when political parties existed to provide jobs for professional politicians and frustrated voters felt that there was no alternative but to lump it. Those days seem so long ago now.
Now political parties exist to promote political agendas. And the only party now without one is the Liberal/National coalition.
It doesn’t own the ‘progressive’ agenda, even though Malcolm thinks he’s popular because he’s progressive. He was only ever popular in the minds of the media who wanted to see the conservative Liberal Party destroyed. Or in the mind of progressive voters, who continued to vote Labor or Green anyway.
And it doesn’t own the ‘conservative’ agenda anymore either. That used to be why people voted Liberal.
However, that position has long been fraying before it was abruptly terminated on 14 September 2015. On that day conservative Liberals sold out and elected as their leader someone who Labor had tried to recruit. Or they simply found out that the numbers in the Liberal Party room all went the wrong way, even if the membership were incensed.
For those who sold out the price soon became clear. Malcolm Turnbull effectively purchased the Liberal Party over last year for $1.75 million. He might as well own it now, not least because it is clear that without Turnbull’s cash the entire thing might not even be able to run an election campaign.
Throw into this mix the fact that Cory Bernardi is leading the conservatives in a different direction (that would be an actual conservative direction) and all of a sudden one has to wonder what future there is for an organisation that has no values, no agenda, no vision and a dwindling membership base at a time when it is selling the only thing people don’t want: career politicians who want to sit on a fence.
Given all of this, Trumble might stumble on for a little longer. But you really have to feel sorry for the guy that takes up the reigns after him. He’s already finished…
The rumours have been building for some time now. Cory Bernardi will launch a mainstream, viable and credible conservative party. If he does it will be for one key reason: the Liberal Party has left Bernardi and its conservative base hang out to dry, while it goes gallivanting after the Greens, retweets and ABC affection.
Last week several outlets announced that this would occur shortly. Now every journalist is running ‘exclusives’ claiming it will all happen tomorrow.
It seems likely: all my sources have been saying the same thing.
Of course, if Senator Bernardi does launch tomorrow there will be something else that will give this new party an incredible electoral advantage: it will be the only mainstream, viable and credible conservative party in Australia.
That used to be the Liberal/National coalition. Then it embraced climate change targets, pushed gay marriage, racked up debt like it doesn’t matter on the taxpayers’ credit card and crowned Turnbull king. So it gave up any hold on the ‘conservative voter’ market a long time ago.
And this market is not a niche one. It is the largest slice of the electorate and where all the growth is.
Hanson, Katter, Xenophon, Palmer – all these figures (and the parties that they lead or led) are reactionary and ego-centric. They may have good instincts on occasion but they also get it wrong. Furthermore, because they lead authoritarian organisations, members get no say and are left to watch silently when the leader sails the ship towards the rocks.
However, it is true that these parties can garner support on occasion. But they are still not stable or conservative and they live only as long as the fan club holds it together.
All the indications are that Bernardi will not be launching a fan club. He will be leading a conservative political party that will endure long after him. This will empower members, drive confidence and ensure stability. It is exactly what Australia needs and what conservative Australian voters have been thirsting for.
Brexit and the election of Trump mean that Bernardi has timed this perfectly. The last major political force to rise in Australia was at the end of World War Two when the Liberal Party of Australia was born. That was 70 years ago. So it is no exaggeration to say that the present moment is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
And it would be no surprise either if Bernardi’s actions kill off the Liberal Party as well.
It no longer has a purpose except as a career path for professional politicians. Nothing highlights this more than the fact that Bernardi’s move is likely to end the aspirations of the leading Liberals from both sides of the party divide: Turnbull and Abbott.
These men represent polar-opposite ideological views in an irreconcilably fractured party that has been held together by no other force than personal ambition.
Turnbull has presided over a party contemptuous of its members and their wishes. Many have already abandoned his ship. If Bernardi walks, much of the rest of the conservative base will as well. And that leaves Turnbull running a diminished organisation that truly is no different than Labor, with one exception: it will be led by a man who proves every day that he has no conviction of character.
Labor may be a disaster but at least we know that whoever leads it will unashamedly back its disastrous policies.
Turnbull prefers to dither around his train wrecks and that is just embarrassing.
And that leaves Abbott.
Conservative Liberal members were irate when Abbott was ousted. But they were also irate at him for selling out just when he arrived at the top. They would have forgiven him after the coup if his mea culpas looked genuine. But it appears that Abbott is continuing to sell a flawed message: conservatives need to stick with guys like Turnbull if they want something done.
Abbott still doesn’t get it. Conservatives know that working with guys like Turnbull is precisely why things don’t get done.
So Abbott’s pitch is really about his own self-interest. He wants conservative numbers to bolster his own position.
Abbott more than literally led conservative Australia. He was the PM that promised conservative hope and then delivered little. It was not because he lacked the numbers. It was because he lacked the courage. And now he has given up all claim to the title of Australia’s conservative leader by maintaining the illogical line that conservatives need to support Malcolm Turnbull’s ever more liberal Liberal Party.
If Abbott remains with Turnbull he will become the leader of the irrelevant and compromised conservatives. Any conservative politician who sticks with Abbott will die the political death as well.
Even if Abbott did join with Cory, his role will not be that of Australia’s conservative leader. That role will go to a man with courage, conviction and the ability to act decisively.
If he seizes the moment that man will be Senator Cory Bernardi.