In good news for the Royal Australian Navy, it now has a ‘Diverse Sexuality and Gender Advisor’.
Meet the smiling Petty Officer Karen Dwyer:
In news breathlessly announced on the DEFGLIS website, Karen is also expecting her first child. With her partner. Amanda.
No doubt, being an official diverse sexuality and gender advisor she’ll be in a great position to explain what a father was. We don’t seem to need them anymore.
That’s not all.
The Navy is also setting up Diversity Reference Groups. After their initial training (of course) and then their official recognition (the obligatory feel good bauble), they’ll start meeting quarterly. And these groups will be set up at naval bases all over the nation.
There will also be Diversity Reference Group advisors. These important officials will meet weekly and they will have input into the Diversity and Inclusion Council. It’s chaired by none other than the Deputy Chief of Navy and will also sit every three months.
All of these people will be beavering away feverishly on the current major focus: Navy’s transgender guide. It’s critical to the defence of Australia apparently.
Meanwhile, in news that is not so good for the Royal Australian Navy, it seems that the $50 billion submarine program may well have sunk before it’s even started.
This is from today’s Australian newspaper:
The first signs are emerging that the French in the Australian submarine tender process hoodwinked Australian government politicians, including the Prime Minister.
Just what knowledge defence officials had of the French government’s real intentions is likely to become a major issue.
Last night before a Senate Committee we saw the French winning bidder DCNS back tracking on the clear promises both it and our government politicians had made — that 90 per cent of the work would take place in Australia…
…Apart from the Australian content there were other irregularities. In effect the submarine is based on the French nuclear submarine but they are designing a conventional engine to drive it. That’s a very high-risk process.
Prior to the tender, a defence white paper estimated the cost of the 12 submarines at $50bn (we learned later that this is an inflation-adjusted figure).
At the time, the Japanese were mystified because they knew their tender was less than half that and the German “all local” tender was even lower — probably under $20bn.
Japanese and German defence tenderers wondered why Australia would use such an inflated figure. Perhaps they were safeguarding themselves against yet another ‘stuff up’.
When the French won, the Americans, Japanese and Germans, concluded that the high-cost French tender had already been selected before the tender process started.
Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne needs to either take total control of the situation and force the French to honour their commitment or if he fails then recall tenders.
And then there’s the little problem of Australia’s two largest warships that don’t go. They cost about $1.5 billion each. Just over a month ago the ABC was reporting this:
“The Royal Australian Navy has conceded there might be design faults with its two largest ships which have been docked in Sydney since March undergoing urgent repair work.
Engineers are still trying to identify what is causing problems with the “azimuth” propulsion system on board the $1.5 billion Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide.
“It may well be a design issue,” conceded Rear Admiral Adam Grunsell, the head of maritime systems in Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.”
What a pity…
But at least the Navy has its priorities right. Battalions of diverse sexuality advisors and transgender programs are far more important than ships.
Once this problem is sorted we’ll be just like the Americans.
As Michael Smith has reported on his webpage, its diverse sexuality program has advanced rapidly in recent years and now includes education for commanders who are a little confused about pregnant male soldiers.
See for yourself:
And read Michael’s full article here.