It appears that a nuclear bun-fight may have erupted inside the Department of Defence, prompted by this webpage’s reporting of politically-correct and insane Defence policies that have also been covered by the Daily Telegraph and The Australian.
News broke this morning that the Australian Defence Force Academy had its first ‘genderless’ officer cadet.
It has reverberated around the nation, much in the same way as news did that Defence was actively discriminating against males (also broken on this website along with the Daily Telegraph).
The Mandarin is reporting that media inquiries about the ‘genderless’ cadet have prompted the Minister for Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, to order Defence to reverse its policies and seek exemptions from the Sex Discrimination Act. And it appears that this is not just for ‘genderless’ persons, but potentially also opens the door for a reversal of the decision to employ females in combat roles as well.
But the real bombshell (if true) is this: it is reported that Dan Tehan took the opportunity to order the reversal while the ‘progressive’ Minister for Defence, Marise Payne, was away overseas:
Last night, while Defence Minister Marise Payne was out of the country, junior minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan ordered the department to find a way out of protections for non-binary gender individuals. The same legislative protection shielding women from discrimination also protects non-binary gender individuals since a 2014 High Court ruling.
The instruction was prompted by media inquiries about the first non-binary gender cadets at the Australian Defence Force Academy…
…Defence’s move has not been qualified to just X, rather suggesting it would be excused from all protections in the Sex Discrimination Act, which includes marital status and pregnancy.
If successful, Defence would be the first Commonwealth government organisation to be granted blanket exemptions to discriminate since the 2012 anti-discrimination law reforms. Doing so would undermine the efforts of the Attorney General’s Department, Office for Women, and prominent champions including the Minister for Women Michaelia Cash and former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick.
It almost seems like it is time to bring out the champagne…
The Mandarin’s journalist, Harley Dennett is also reporting that ‘horrified’ Defence staff are claiming that the decision was made behind Marise Payne’s back. Further, speeches are now being re-written for a ‘workplace diversity’ event – this almost certainly refers to the LGBT ‘Military Pride Ball’ which will be held tomorrow night and is being run by the pro-same sex marriage lobby group, DEFGLIS.
Incidentally, this website has also launched a petition seeking Defence to withdraw from that event in order to maintain its apolitical standing during the marriage postal vote survey. So I won’t shed any tears if it has just been blown off the rails.
There is no way of knowing whether any of this is true.
However, it certainly seems likely that something is up and that can only be good news.
Firstly, the response issued by Defence yesterday contained this curious statement:
The Defence of our nation is our first priority and we will examine anything that arises that may impact on our ability to achieve that.
In this regard, the Government and the Australian Defence Force are currently considering the need for an exemption to the Act (Sex Discrimination Act 1984) and the guidelines due to the unique operational requirements of military service.
I am always sceptical about such statements – unless they are backed by action they are meaningless.
But this one just may be.
Secondly, Harley Dennett is the ‘boyfriend‘ of the DEFGLIS chairman, Wing Commander Vince Chong.
— Harley Dennett (@harleyd) May 27, 2013
He is likely to have extensive links with LGBT staffers across Defence and in the ministerial departments. And his article indicates that they have just erupted.
Things could be about to get very interesting indeed…and not just inside Defence but in Turnbull’s government as well.