DEFGLIS, you’re next

After the spectacular failure of the politicised and pro-Islamic Twitter account, @navyislamic, the Defence Gay and Lesbian Information Service (DEFGLIS) must be treading warily.

Because it is next.

And when this political domino eventually falls, as it surely must if Defence is to have any credibility to its claim that it even pretends to remain politically impartial, the reverberations will be much larger.

DEFGLIS claims that it is apolitical. It’s a funny claim from an organisation that busies itself by campaigning for homosexual marriage and the removal of rights and funding from private schools.

DEFGLIS also likes to give the appearance that it is part of the Australian Defence Force. And it has been allowed to spread its tentacles deep inside Defence which, being led by a homophobic hierarchy, has been too afraid of the rainbow backlash to resist it.

But DEFGLIS is not part of the Australian Defence Force.

It is nothing more than a private lobby group of homosexuals who blatantly, offensively and inappropriately use their connection with the Australian Defence Force to promote their political agendas.

Here are some facts of which you should be aware:

  • DEFGLIS has lobbied federal parliament to increase anti-free speech laws and remove rights and funding from religious organisations including private schools.
  • DEFGLIS has been allowed to assist in the policy development of the Australian Defence Force.
  • DEFGLIS has promoted a report that stated the number of Anglo-Australian males in the military was undesirable, as well as the military’s focus on physical courage.
  • Defence sponsored DEFGLIS to the tune of over $7,000 in late 2015.
Sponsorship DEFGLIS

Defence paid over $7,000 to DEFGLIS in late 2015, including a $5,000 sponsorship payment.

DEFGLIS ADMININST

DEFGLIS issued orders to Defence personnel participating in the 2013 Mardi Gras.

  • Defence has admitted that the Mardi Gras is a political event and that its participation means it is now viewed as supporting politically polarising issues.
QA report political activity

A Defence report into participation in the 2013 Mardi Gras found that the ADF was now seen as being involved in politically polarising issues. Defence participates in the Mardi Gras due to lobbying from DEFGLIS.

  • Defence has allowed the DEFGLIS chairman to provide media statements and media advice over how it should respond to the privately-expressed conservative political beliefs of Defence personnel.
  • Defence allows DEFGLIS to use Defence IT networks for its activities.
  • Defence has spent tens of thousands sending DEFGLIS members on international visits to promote transgenderism in the military.

And right now the DEFGLIS website provides direction to Defence personnel about locations, timings and uniform standards for the 2016 Mardi Gras – a protest against extant Commonwealth laws on marriage and family.

DEFGLIS uniform

This image is taken from the DEFGLIS website. DEFGLIS is coordinating the Defence ‘contingent’ at the 2016 Mardi Gras. Its website details uniforms, timings and locations for Defence personnel. All Defence members participating at the Mardi Gras must register on the DEFGLIS website.

If the Richter Scale reads ‘inappropriate’ for the Chief of Navy’s Islamic Advisor’s use of an official Twitter account to attack the Australian Liberty Alliance and Tony Abbott, then this situation is off the chart. DEFGLIS is not Tweeting about Tony Abbott. It is organising official Defence participation in a protest that portrays Tony Abbott in this fashion:

Tony Abbott Mardi Gras

The Mardi Gras regularly attacks Tony Abbott and any other politician that supports the concept of the natural family and marriage.

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DEFGLIS is an organisation that has to impose a ‘yellow card’ and a ‘red card’ rule in its behaviour standards in order to prevent what it describes as ‘predatory behaviour’ at DEFGLIS events. It also warns its members to be cautious taking photographs during DEFGLIS activities, lest they cause ‘damage to reputation’.

And in addition to the political activity above, DEFGLIS is also heavily involved in promoting itself to officer cadets and midshipman at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

This is not an organisation that should be given command of Defence personnel, or permitted to use Defence as a tool for political activity. And it is now running on borrowed time.

As I said, DEFGLIS is next and the unlawful, hypocritical and political patronage it has received from certain high-ranking military officers is about to backfire on both them and this political lobby group.

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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