Speak now or lose your freedom

In news that should worry all Australians, the Coalition government has today told public servants that they can be sacked for their political opinions.

From The Australian:

The Turnbull government will today seek to impose restrictions on public servants criticising the Coalition on social media, warning that employees risk disciplinary action for “liking” anti-government posts or privately emailing negative material to a friend from home.

Documents obtained by The Australian show public servants would also be warned they could be in breach of the public service code of conduct if they do not remove “nasty comments” about the government posted by others on the employee’s Facebook page.

You can read the new guidelines here.

I have been warning for some time now that workers have lost their political freedom. They, and their political views, are now legally owned by ‘The Company’ 24/7.

This was rammed home by the Full Court of the Federal Court in Chief of Defence Force v Gaynor earlier this year:

“Measured against the respondent’s statements, it is not difficult to conclude that it was open to the appellant to reach the conclusion that the retention of the respondent in the Army was not in the interests of the Army, given the weight placed on the fundamental changes in attitudes and policy about diversity in the ADF, measured against the content, manner and tone of the respondent’s public statements…”

My statements opposed official Defence participation in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Anyone prepared to accept the truth (and the Mardi Gras’ own constitution) knows that this event is political and that it promotes all sorts of things.

Like homosexual marriage.

Which, apparently, is not government policy (yet).

I also pointed out that Defence’s own policy prohibited uniformed attendance at events of a political nature.

So, of course, I was sacked (ironic really considering I expressed views supporting the actual government’s position and Defence’s own written policies).

And then the Full Court found that the Chief of Defence Force was entitled to set Defence on a political course of cultural change (including aspects that were contrary to official government policy) and that it was also lawful to sack me for raising concerns about its process of politicisation.

Lots of people agree with my views. And lots of people don’t. For the purpose of this article that is irrelevant.

What is relevant is the totalitarian and communist-like clamp down of freedom of political opinion.

This affects all Australians.

Not that you would know it. From the Catholic Church to the union movement, there has been complete silence even though all will be hit by a new system that says the government can censor, silence and target anyone it pleases on the basis of their political opinion.

I have not had help from any of the institutions that are now seeing their own freedoms eroded through these and other ‘human rights’ law, policies and guidelines, even though my High Court appeal will benefit them all (if it succeeds) or lock the shutters closed (if it does not).

The High Court will hear arguments in relation to my application for leave on 18 August. I will keep you posted.

The targets today are public servants. But this policy (and the principal behind it) has enormous scope for mission creep. Tomorrow it will be anyone who has any link with government funding. And that is everyone.

And it will also spread beyond government.

Qantas, it seems to me, can legally decide to require employees to wear symbols supporting its stance in favour of ‘marriage equality’. And it can also, legally, decide to sack any of them who refuse to do so or who might question ‘marriage equality’ on Facebook.

So don’t think the private sector will escape. The same principles apply there as well. The chiefs set the beliefs in today’s brave new world of freedom. And that is simply another way of saying might is right.

The Coalition might think this policy is good because it will prevent public servants from criticising its policies. But, instead, it is just dumb.

Malcolm Turnbull might be many things but there is one thing he won’t be: prime minister for much longer.

When he goes, it is likely to be Bill Shorten who replaces him. And, credit where credit is due, when it comes to political purges of the public service and socialist policy, Shorten and Labor have it all over Turnbull and the Coalition.

The ‘Blue Team’ might be moving left as fast as they can, but they are mere amateurs at this game. The policy announced today will be a totalitarian disaster under Labor.

And even if the Coalition remains in power for longer than I anticipate, it is still dumb.

Every government department now has bizarre politically-correct policies in place. And the public servants who are most likely to feel the pain of these measures (which openly speak of ‘dob ins’) are likely to be those who aggrieve the endlessly offended.

If you work at Centrelink and like a post supporting traditional marriage, you could well find yourself subject to investigations for a breach of code of conduct for offensive statements launched by a gay colleague. Ditto if you slave away at the Department of Immigration and share an article about the latest push for Sharia law.

This policy is straight out of the ‘Lefty’ handbook and it will be policed by Lefties and for Lefties.

Like I said at the start, we should all be concerned. But conservatives should know that they will be likely to suffer most.

Finally, if that doesn’t convince you, I hope the sheer hypocrisy will.

Public servants have been told that they are likely to breach the APS Code of Conduct if they criticise their department, their minister or even the Prime Minister.

So, if that is true, it seems that public servants could face disciplinary action if they share the posts of the Community & Public Sector Union (of which they may well be a member) on their own private Facebook account in their own free time. Like this one:

However, the Australian Public Service Commissioner, John Lloyd, can use his official account to attack the union and its stance. Like this tweet (which is just one of many):

I don’t bring this up to indicate that I support the CPSU or any other union.

In fact, it promotes many things that I vehemently disagree with. But if we live in a world where union members are no longer free to express their views about government policy, we are probably living in a world that is closer to communist than free.

And that’s not a world I wish to live in. Or to hand to my children.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of nine 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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  1. There is always two sides of story! As a former public servant, I have seen a lot of what’s going on! For a starter, any public servant who commenced employment with government have to sign an oath of secrecy! Sound good! However, every individual public servant have a conscience. There are two things that every public servant have to deal with all the time. One is moral the other is political. Before I elaborate, essentially a Public Service is actually a government with in a government governed by their own rules and regulations not given by our parliament. In some case it is illegal!

    As for attempt to gag and prosecute public servants for speaking out, it is a very gray area. You must remember that generally public servants tend to be left leaning and would vote mostly for ALP and Greens. A classical example of it is being well protected under so called anti-discrimination legislations passed by ALP and Greens. In fact, conservative public servants often have been marginalised and ignored even if they have contributed greatly!

    Now, any attempt to gag and prosecute it all depends on situation,if it violate commonsense or would lead them to say shoot anyone regardless like in Nazi Germany they would disobey the government. That is the moral viewpoint and should not prosecuted. However, as I have said before about leftist leaning, becoming political in speaking up is more likely to be dangerous and seditious. This is a valid ground for prosecution as it undermine the operation of government. Unfortunately, it is a very gray area that wisdom is needed in this area!

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  2. An important consideration in this Correctoid Dictate is that the Endlessly Offended are organised. There is a Politically Approved Victim Hierarchy of persons who are organised (and many are paid) to be ‘offended’.

    If your victim group has a tier in the Hierarchy then you are organised and enabled to hustle the Mainstream and its structures: governmental, financial, corporate, educational, entertainment and sports. You have a free pass to play the race card, the indigenous card, the Muslim entitlement card or the card of your gender ideology or climate crusade on the Majority Demographic and/or White target group for vendetta, payola, affirmative actions, benefits and entitlements.

    Specifically your target group would be the White, Christian, male target group.

    The Approved Victim Hierarchy is the social engine that drives ‘change’ in the Leftard direction of law, government and the list of Orc Rulz & Regs for the ordinary Australian which grows longer on a daily basis.

    When this process is as far advanced as it is in the UK, you get laws like this one – an abomination from the College of Policing’s Hate Crime Operational Guidance Manual. The Irish Savant reports this on his Friday Aug 4 2017 post

    Further down the Rabbithole in the UK, evidence of hostility is not required for a crime to be recorded as a Hate Crime. All that is required is for [A Politically Approved] Victim to perceive that a hate crime has been committed. The UK police are not to challenge the Victim’s perception [with irrelevancies such as evidence]. They are to record the offence against the target as a hate crime.

    This is where Polictical Correctoid laws and rulz are going.

    For those who want to push these thoughts into the Apex of the Victim Hierarchy and its Banking structure: ‘the Bagel has landed’. And it has landed hard.

    The essential text for our time is the history of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia 1917: who financed it, organised it, executed it and created the Soviet – the names, dates, organisations and international networks. Two Hundred Years Together by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn – now translated in English and online. Read it and conserve it while you still can.

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  3. Voters have no say about decisions that effect our safety and economic prosperity. Now they want to control what individuals say, we are definitely heading towards a communist controlled government.

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  4. Ideally:
    1. Citizens vote sensibly and retain their freedom.
    2. Governments enact the peoples’ (sensible) wishes.
    3. Government is limited with few public servants.
    4. This lets private interests and businesses flourish and there are lots of jobs.
    5. If a person doesnt agree with their employer or employee, they can easily find another.
    6. In this case, they are both free to part ways.

    Unfortunately in Australia:
    1A. We have voted our freedom away.
    2A. The government has been enforcing strange social engineering programs
    3A. The government is so bloated that almost everyone relies on it for income.
    4A. Taxes and regulations are so high that the economy offers only limited job opportunities.
    5A. Many people are stuck with job situations where we cannot speak freely, and
    6A. When someone feels the need to speak plainly,…..all hell breaks loose.

    Give em hell Bernard.

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  5. All this rubbish and today Pauline started calling for a microchip based identity card for all Australians. I think we are headed for a communist nation especially when a so called conservative, Pauline, is calling for a national identity card but keeps totally silent on the SSM debate, wonder if that is Asbey’s doing? She is sounding more and more socialist left everyday. It seems the Government are putting these things forward while the left activists are keeping us all entertained with other issues. We must keep our freedoms and democracy. We don’t need parties like One Nation dictating on an ego trip. We will never get anywhere while there are people content on supporting parties that are based on one person and no democratic process at all. it has been proven in the past.
    I will never be silenced. I refuse to let them.

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  6. Silence me?……Never…

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