Did I ever mention that the Australian Defence Force has a lawful general order regarding uniformed attendance at political events?
It starts like this:
And it goes on to say:
Interestingly, isn’t the whole point of laws prohibiting political discrimination that laws about political activity must be uniformly applied?
Of course, anyone reading the Constitution of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Inc will quickly realise that this organisation does not conduct any activity of a political nature.
This complete lack of political activity is confirmed by this little excerpt from the Mardi Gras’ 2014 Annual Report (which, coincidentally, mentioned that this economic powerhouse received about $800,000 from taxpayers via the City of Sydney and Destination NSW and still lost nearly $200,000).
I would also like to point out the Mardi Gras parade participants in 2015 were not at all political and that no political parties or lobby groups marched.
Do you ever notice how these non-political lobby groups campaign to get the government out of their relationship by advocating for the government to get involved in their relationship?
Anyway, I suppose because the Mardi Gras is so unpolitical, its major broadcast partner, the taxpayer-funded SBS, decided not to run an advertisement in favour of marriage during this parade. Now there’s acceptance, tolerance and diversity in action for you!
When it comes to non-political lobby groups, you might be particularly interested in the photo below of the Nimbin Ganja Faeries. They want to lift legal restrictions on cannabis.
Funnily enough, the Australian Defence Force marched in the same parade as this group, even though it has a two word policy on cannabis: zero tolerance.
I think I’m starting to understand. The community has expectations that Defence members will not use illicit drugs. And in order to demonstrate that Defence is willing to protect its reputation in regards to illicit drugs, Defence members will march with groups calling for the use of illicit drugs.
Of note, the New South Wales police were pretty happy with the behaviour at the Mardi Gras this year. Only 30 people were arrested and only 25 people had to be taken to hospital, primarily in relation to drug use.
Obviously, these people didn’t pay much attention to the Mardi Gras articles telling them how to avoid arrest. Or maybe they did. After all, this is what the ACON puts out with your tax dollars.
Notice the link in the top right corner. It explains how people interested in using drugs can lodge complaints against police.
So it sounds like the Mardi Gras was a great night. After all, only one person was charged with indecent assault.
And, more importantly, the Australian Defence Force wasn’t marching in a political event. It was all just one big accident that led it to march gaily along Oxford Street directly behind a non-political lobby group calling for homosexual marriage.
The real reason Defence personnel were there was because the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a cultural event. Plus, marching at the Mardi Gras makes it easy for Defence to issue meaningless statements that contain the words ‘respect’ and ‘diversity’.
And what a diverse culture was on display in Sydney at this year’s Mardi Gras:
And when it comes to a diverse culture that is worth celebrating, there’s just nothing like the Sydney Leather Pride Association.
This esteemed group used to display ‘educational’ information about how to signal an intent to engage in bestiality and pederasty on its website, both of which are criminal sexual offences. I am proud to say that information was removed after this webpage publicly shamed the Sydney Leather Pride Association last year. But there was no apology issued and the cultural leaders of the LGBT community were quite happy to see the Sydney Leather Pride march again this year.
Now that’s not the kind of diverse and wholesome culture that I’d feel comfortable exposing my children to. Other people had different ideas.
Just so you know, marching right along behind the ‘Rainbow Babies and Kids’, was the ‘Tokyo Sing Song’ float, pictured below:
Here’s another view:
Anyway, while we’re on the topic of topless women, did you know that a Digger was jailed for two weeks last year for organising strippers at a soldiers’ function?
Also, did you know that the senior enlisted personnel in the Australian Defence Force marched in the Mardi Gras this year?
It’s their job to maintain morale and discipline. And they thought it would be a good way of doing this by marching in the same parade as these people:
I think you get the picture. Defence personnel might not though. It’s against Defence ICT policy to use the Defence internet to view galleries of the Mardi Gras because of their sexually-explicit nature. Remember, these are the same galleries showing the beaming Regimental Sergeant Major of the Australian Army.
But please don’t get the wrong impression. I’m not stating that the Australian Defence Force has no standards at all when it comes to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Luckily for the Australian Defence Force, there weren’t any ‘floats’ at this year’s Mardi Gras vilifying Mohammad. Strangely enough, there weren’t even any floats campaigning against the Sultan of Brunei’s decision to stone homosexuals to death or the Islamic State’s decision to execute gay men in Iraq.
But there were participants who vilified Jesus Christ and Christianity. Just like there are every year.
I guess it’s lucky for these culturally diverse and tolerant people that a high-ranking Australian Defence Force officer has scribbled the word ‘policy’ next to the paragraph in a Defence report admitting that the Mardi Gras vilifies Jesus Christ.
Of course, participation in the Mardi Gras is not a bad thing for Defence, if you are going to take the Defence Gay and Lesbian Information Service’s word.
They reckon it shows that Defence culture has changed for the better.
This statement came under the heading, ‘Mardi Gras Strengthens Defence Capability and Community’.
I’m not so sure capability is enhanced though. I don’t think anyone can tell who’s in what army anymore.
By the way, how do you think the media would react if an armoured vehicle was brought along to a pro-marriage event?
Regardless, I’m sure there’s not too much to worry about here. After all, Defence is only breaking the same rules as every other government department that tags along to the Mardi Gras.
I forgot that the other departments aren’t subject to the Defence Act 1903. It’s the law and it says it’s an offence to bring contempt upon the uniform.
Oh well, on the bright side, there’s a recruitment campaign all ready to go.
All the Australian Defence Force has to do is rip off the 2014 Anzac Day posters displayed in prominent gay bars. Now there’s some real respect on display.