This is interesting…

A little while ago, I put a Freedom of Information request into the Australian Defence Force seeking any emails to or from Wing Commander Vince Chong between 14 August and 14 September this year containing the words:

  • Defence Gay and Lesbian Information Service
  • gay
  • homosexual
  • LGBT
  • plebiscite
  • postal survey

Wing Commander Vince Chong works in the Royal Australian Air Force. According to his biography in the symposium notes of a recent event run by the University of NSW, Chong is the Commanding Officer of Maritime Patrol Systems Program Office in the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group for the Department of Defence.

That’s an important title with a lot of words.

In a nutshell, it means that he is heavily involved in the maintenance, upgrade and configuration control of Australia’s maritime patrol aircraft, including the new $4 billion P-8A Poseidon. The first of these aircraft arrived in Australia late last year with 11 more to come into service by March 2020.

It’s busy times at the Maritime Patrol Systems Program Office.

So you can imagine my surprise when the FOI dude contacted me. It is estimated that between 14 August and 14 September, the Commanding Officer of the Maritime Patrol Systems Program Office sent and received more than 1,000 pages of emails dealing with LGBT issues.

Even if Vince Chong worked weekends in this period he churned through, on average, more than 30 pages of emails a day relating to a political lobby group that has campaigned for gay marriage and other assorted rainbow agendas. It is possible, although unknown at this stage, that some of these emails discussed the postal survey on marriage.

If he wasn’t working weekends, the number of pages per day rises to at least 41.

And all of this was done on an Air Force computer using an Air Force account.

Isn’t that interesting?

Maybe it’s not so busy times at the Maritime Patrol Systems Program Office after all.

Defence computer systems should be used for Defence-related work. It is an abuse of these systems for one officer to generate more than 1,000 pages of emails relating to a homosexual lobby group and other related rainbow agendas in a single month.

Unfortunately, it is not yet known what these emails consist of. Because there are so many of them, Defence estimates that it will take 85 hours, or over two standard work weeks, to process my FOI request.

Remember, this request is for emails sent on a Defence network using a Defence account. Yet the emails contain words that have absolutely nothing to do with Defence and everything to do with a homosexual lobby group, sexuality and the most contentious political debate in Australia at the moment.

It is going to cost about $1,500 to process this FOI request. I can’t afford that on my own. If you’d like to chip in to help and find out what is going on inside Defence, please donate here.

And you can view my request and response to date thus far here.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of eight 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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