The Royal Australian Navy twitter account, @navyislamic, has disappeared.
One day, this official communication channel of the Australian Defence Force was tweeting anti-Australian Liberty Alliance statements to the world. And the next day, it was gone.
The Australian Defence Force is remaining resolutely silent about why this has occurred, so allow me to speculate wildly about the reasons for the mysterious removal of this account.
On 10 December 2015, the President of the Australian Liberty Alliance, Debbie Robinson, wrote to the Chief of Defence Force and reminded him of his own policies that require the military to remain out of domestic politics. She also required him to remove all statements from the Australian Defence Force about the Australian Liberty Alliance.
And, hey presto, the account was shut down.
As an Australian Liberty Alliance candidate, I think this is good news and on many fronts.
For a start, an ongoing diplomatic embarrassment for Australia has been removed. Our military has retracted its endorsement of the radical, left wing view of Mike Carlton that the most popular politician in The Netherlands, Geert Wilders, is a bully and a bigot.
However, regardless of the fact that this endorsement is gone, Australia owes Geert Wilders an apology for the Australian Defence Force’s public attack on him. After all, Wilders may well be the Dutch Prime Minister in the near future and Australia and The Netherlands worked closely together in Afghanistan.
Obviously, it’s a big win for the Australian Liberty Alliance in the politics of all of this. The Australian Defence Force has conceded defeat. It’s gone from boldly calling the party, the thousands of Australians who support it, and myself a fringe group threatening community cohesion to retracting its position and retreating in the face of principle to what can best be described as seething silence.
Yes, the Australian Defence Force has been put back in its box, much to its embarrassment, shame and annoyance.
It’s also a big win in the politics of this nation. We are a Western democracy. One of the conventions of Western democracies is that the military does not interfere in domestic politics. Unfortunately, and to the enduring shame of an organisation that so many Australians have proudly served, since 2013 the Australian Defence Force has contemptuously ignored this convention.
And here I must stress a point. I am not talking about the soldiers, sailors and airmen and women who go professionally about their business defending the nation. They do a great job and the last thing they want is to be embroiled in all of this. I know, because I have served with them and that is also what they are constantly telling me.
Instead, I am talking about the career officers in the hierarchy of a politicised organisation, positioning themselves for the next promotion. This hierarchy is politicised because it is politically correct. You cannot have the latter without the former.
This political correctness has resulted in unseemly uniformed participation in a protest against extant Commonwealth law. It has resulted in naval officers, in their capacity as Defence members, lobbying the government to fund mosques and imams. And it has led to political comment about registered political parties, elected members and government policy on official communication channels.
Worst of all, all of this has gone on unchallenged. Until, that is, the Australian Liberty Alliance confronted the Chief of Defence Force.
It really is an indictment of the military, the media and political establishment that the Australian Defence Force remained unchallenged on these issues for so long. All of these groups claim to protect Australia, its freedom and its institutions. And all of them turned a blind eye to a direct military attack on democratic conventions.
But the Australian Liberty Alliance did not and it has won a victory that all Australians will benefit from.
Finally, @navyislamic, is well, an endorsement of an Islamic Royal Australian Navy. At best, this communication channel can only be described as stupidly divisive. But now it is gone thanks to the Australian Liberty Alliance. There will be no Islamic navy on our watch.
The best part of all of this is that the Australian Liberty Alliance has not yet even contested its first election. This is just the start and you can expect more, much more, to come when the Australian Liberty Alliance is able to exert its influence in parliament.