Defence considering Defence Conservative Action Network

I am pleased to report that the Australian Defence Force is now considering my request to wear uniform at the March for Babies, which will be held in October in Melbourne.

Defence has also received my request for the Defence Conservative Action Network to receive the same support and recognition that has been given to the Defence Force Gay and Lesbian Information Service.

I have no idea whether these requests will be granted but I suspect that the answer will be no. I am not convinced that Defence genuinely believes in a diverse workforce. We will see whether I am wrong when an answer is given.

I have to say straight up front that this is not my preferred course of action. In principle, I do not believe that it is appropriate for Defence members to attend any political events or rallies for social causes in uniform. It is not fitting for Defence members to do so.

However, I have reluctantly formed the opinion that there is no other option but to head down this path. Defence continues to support uniformed involvement in the disgraceful Mardi Gras. And this is not just a hangover from the previous Labor government. The current government is well aware of this issue (thanks in large part to the actions taken by readers of this website) and has chosen to allow Defence to continue its uniformed participation in this radical political activity.

As a result, the only way that Defence members with conservative views can be protected or campaign on a level-playing field is if they demand the same rights as other Defence members. Even within the last 24 hours I have been informed of officers who have been told that their views on homosexuality are not acceptable.

I hope to have the Defence Conservative Action Network website online very shortly (and I pass on my gratitude to those who have assisted thus far).

In the meantime, the letters below provide an insight into the latest developments.

Response re Mardi gras on behalf of Assistant Minister for Defence

This letter proves that the Liberal Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, is just as supportive of ADF involvement in the Mardi Gras as the previous government was, even though Defence’s own investigations have reported that vilification of Christianity occurs at this parade.

Coincidentally, if I had a dollar for everytime someone told me that Stuart Robert was a good Christian, I would be rich.

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This is the letter I sent through my chain of command on April 28.

As you can see, I highlight that uniformed attendance at conservative political events in not a preferred course of action, but is the only possible response to ongoing ADF involvement in the Mardi Gras.

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This last letter confirms that my request has now been forwarded to the Defence People Group (DPG). It is now up to DPG to decide if the ADF is truly as tolerant and as diverse as they like to make out.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of seven children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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