‘War crimes’ report written with a ‘gender lens’

Today we woke to headlines from the left-wing Fairfax and ABC media that Australia’s special forces units were involved in ‘war crimes’ in Afghanistan.

Yet there were no specific allegations from this ‘leaked’ report, which has very coincidentally hit the media just days after the Army sustained criticism for its push for ‘Xena’ women warriors and lower standards for entry into special forces.

And the media reporting did not mention at all any of the following about the author of this report:

  • Samantha Crompvoets proudly describes herself as a feminist.
  • She has now been paid more than $4.6 million by Defence to promote politically-correct cultural change agendas.
  • She runs a firm which is almost entirely staffed by females and which she admits is unable to attract job applications from males.
  • She has called for Defence to apply a ‘gender lens’ to everything it does.

Rapid Context, the firm she runs, has just won an award for ‘flexible working hours’. Given special forces soldiers operate 24/7 on a battlefield with a severe shortage of childcare centres, this makes it well placed to provide useless information to Defence.

This is especially so, considering that most of those who work in special forces are men and Rapid Context is a testosterone free zone.

Samantha Crompvoets has a history of investigating ‘war crimes’.

She has been involved in investigating war crimes at the AFL, at the Australian National University and at Sovereign Hill mining.

And her work is replete with sentences like these:

Payne has asked that she be judged by her work, rather than her gender, and I, like other feminists, would hope that’s the case. However, it’s her experience as a woman in Government, as a woman who knows the Defence landscape, and as a woman who proudly calls herself a feminist, that brings an unprecedented vantage point unseen in the Department until now. It is this vantage point that will be a significant point of difference from her predecessors.

And these:

…Further, gender remains a central cultural lens necessary to understand the take-up of flexibility options. The ‘preference’ demonstrated here by males for more informal options may not be such a ‘free choice’ but one that is a shaped and constrained by the ADF circumstance; that is, an environment that values and rewards those members who are fully present and able to ‘render unrestricted service’. Formal FWAs require men to challenge such constructions. ‘Informal’ options thus emerge as the middle ground, enabling the balancing of ‘work’ and ‘life’ spheres. Strong associations between family/childcaring (traditionally more ‘feminine’) reasons marginalise non-family reasons as legitimate reasons for requesting FWAs.

It would be a strange world if units like the SAS did not have problems to overcome. This unit has a proud history. But it is still filled with humans who suffer from faults and flaws.

However, the problems that may exist are being seized upon by social justice warriors to feminise our elite fighting units and neuter our military.

There is a broader push underway to transform our special forces units into ‘safe spaces’ for women.

I have no doubt that at some point this will occur. I also have no doubt that to make this happen people will be thrown under the bus.

The careers and reputations of some of Australia’s bravest fighting men are now in the process of being sacrificed on the altar of diversity and political correctness.

Since 2012 the Australian Defence Force has basically come under the command of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Special forces are the last bastion holding out against human rights commissars.

I fear that this final stronghold is about to be overcome. Australia’s military will be far worse off as a result.

The changes underway have been in train for many years but really began in earnest in 2012 by Labor’s Stephen Smith. They’ve been further entrenched under the ‘leadership’ of Australia’s feminist Defence Minister, Marise Payne.

There is no chance that action will be taken to stop the rot in the military until Turnbull is replaced by a proper conservative. That is unlikely to happen any time soon and it probably won’t occur until a Labor government is defeated. Given the electoral cycle, that may not be until 2025.

By that stage, the social justice warriors will have been running Defence for 13 years. It will take just as long to rectify the damage that has been caused.

Australians should prepare themselves for the likelihood that our military’s moral compass, morale and leadership will be out of action until almost 2040.

Defence documents state that they are preparing to fight the return of Xena then. Australians should be far more worried about China’s ambitions.

I can absolutely guarantee you that its special forces units are not subject to a ‘gender lens’. Or to reports about ‘war crimes’ written by feminist academics who have interviewed a bunch of bureaucrats from the public service about OH&S problems…

Samantha Crompvoets

Samantha Crompvoets has been paid more than $4.6 million by Defence for cultural change ‘research’ since 2012.

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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