Join the Defence Conservative Action Network
I am happy to report that after discussions and feedback from a large number of officers, soldiers, family members of Defence personnel and veterans that I am forming the Defence Conservative Action Network (DEFCAN).
DEFCAN will help Defence members with conservative social views to campaign for them and to ensure that these values are respected by Defence hierachy. The first step was taken today, when I sought permission through my chain of command for Defence personnel to attend pro-life and pro-marriage rallies in uniform. This document can be viewed here.
Defence has no option but to grant this request, given the precedent set with uniformed participation at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the support provided to the Defence Force Gay and Lesbian Information Service. Failure to do so would be hypocritical and make a mockery of Defence’s diversity policy. It would be nothing short of discriminatory.
I intend to launch a webpage shortly. If you are interested in being part of the Defence Force Conservative Action Network, please email me at [email protected]
The press release below was issued a short time ago.
Military personnel have requested that the Australian Defence Force allow them to wear uniforms at pro-life and pro-marriage rallies.
Spokesman for the newly formed Defence Conservative Action Network, Bernard Gaynor, says that he expects permission will be granted in line with the precedent set by Defence’s decision to allow uniformed members to parade in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
“There are a large number of military personnel and military families who feel very strongly about pro-life and pro-marriage issues and they are now seeking the same rights that homosexual Defence members have,” Mr Gaynor said.
“Defence has stated that it is committed to diversity. This will be a true test of Defence’s willingness to do more than talk the talk.”
“It would make a mockery of Defence diversity policy if it allowed members to attend pro-gay marriage rallies in uniform but refused to extend the same permission to those members who wish to show their support for traditional marriage.”
Mr Gaynor said that the Defence Conservative Action Network (DEFCAN) was being established along the same lines as the Defence Force Gay and Lesbian Information Service (DEFGLIS), and would be seeking the same level of Defence support.
“DEFGLIS has campaigned for gay marriage and to remove funding from religious organisations. That is their prerogative and it has not gone unnoticed that DEFGLIS has received official Defence support,” Mr Gaynor said.
“DEFCAN has now been established to assist Defence members with conservative social views to campaign for their rights. DEFCAN is staunchly pro-life and pro-marriage.”
“DEFCAN expects to receive the same level of support from the Australian Defence Force as DEFGLIS. Anything less would be discriminatory and would make a mockery of the ADF’s claim that it respects all of its members.”
Mr Gaynor said that the idea to establish DEFCAN came after he was contacted by hundreds of serving personnel, their famillies and former veterans who were concerned about uniformed military involvement in the Mardi Gras.
“Let’s not try and obscure the facts. DEFCAN is not our prefered course of action. We would have liked the ADF to end uniformed support for the Mardi Gras and maintain the existing policy allowing private political activity.”
“Unfortunately, the ADF has chosen not to do that.”
“So while we believe that it is preferrable for ADF members not to wear their uniforms to political events, given the circumstances, we have no option but to seek permission to do so.”
“It is the only way conservative members of the ADF can campaign for their values on an even playing field,” Mr Gaynor said.
DEFCAN expects to have a website operational shortly.