A female Indigenous soldier speaks her mind

Last week, it was revealed that females and Indigenous males were being recruited ahead of others in the Australian Defence Force.

As such, it is interesting to hear from a female Aboriginal soldier currently serving in the Australian Army.

She wishes to speak anonymously as she fears for her job. This is not unique. I have spoken to many serving Defence members in recent times who have said exactly the same thing.

This is her story:

I joined the Army from a young age. There were no diversity panels and no special entry ways were needed. My time in Defence has been great. I have not faced any circumstances of discrimination, although I have heard stories about things gone in the past.

I also studied at university. As I was Indigenous, I was pushed to apply for my degree as part of an Indigenous pathways program.

I won’t deny that it helped. I was poor and from an unstable background.

However, it was a double-edged sword that opened up the world of ‘black politics’. As I was Indigenous, it was expected that my views would always be left-leaning, no matter my status. Worse, I was supposed to uphold a ‘victim mentality’ or I would not truly be Indigenous.

Knowing that this environment exists within the university, I abstained from ‘black politics’ whenever I could. However the Indigenous community would look at me strangely if my views were not the same as theirs. ‘Victims’ were expected to stick together.

The more I studied, the more I became aware of the true statistics behind the issues pushed by feminists and social activist journalists in the mainstream media.

I started to realize how distorted stories and ‘facts’ were with regards to rape statistics, ‘gender pay gaps’ and the idea that women were the same as men. My belief is that women and men complement each other, just like salt and pepper. 

I choose to abstain from Indigenous politics as it always follows lefty tactics of blaming the Anglo-Australian community and declaring that all problems are the ‘white man’s’ fault.

My view in this regard is that we should be thankful that it was the British and not any other European country that chose to settle here.

Being in the Army has shown me that even if you have a different skin colour, you’re still green at the end of the day. That is something I am very proud of.

I don’t need a special treatment because I have ancestors that come from this land; one of my ancestors is a half-caste of British and Aboriginal decent. I wouldn’t dare spit on his grave for being what he is, and neither should anyone else.

I believe in an Australian identity. Indigenous people are not from a separate state that needs to be closed off from society. We need to be a part of it together and have a joint identity with all Australians.

I have come across Aboriginal & Torres Strait people who even tell me that I’m not ‘black’ enough to fit in to their community as I am not that ‘right’ shade of black.

I am concerned about immigration, diversity propaganda, the stigmatisation of ordinary Australians, the growing welfare state and the purchase of our land by foreign governments.

I am also concerned about the spread of foreign enclaves in our cities, especially the growth of Islamic and Asian only areas in Sydney.

I am especially concerned about the ‘left’ side of politics using Indigenous people for votes.

The government has no role to play in the manufacturing of a ‘culture’ for Indigenous people. History repeats itself and with that many cultures have died out due to technology and changes. The more advanced a society becomes the less favourable are the relics. They hinder people of self-growth and development which can be a hidden shadow of tall poppy syndrome.

Many of the Indigenous leadership roles have been created by the political left. These people are not elected and do not reflect the will of all Indigenous Australians. They are placed into these positions so people can say, ‘look I have an Indigenous person here, your area is bad because they are not as diverse as us’.

It’s stupid and doesn’t make any sense.

As are ‘Indigenous cultural advisers’.

How is an elder from a different state and from a different tribe an expert at telling me who my family and heritage is? How are they a true representative of my now manufactured culture?

I understand that we do have Indigenous people that live in the remote communities who do need help.

However the ‘help’ that politicians and social advocates have provided is beyond dumb.

You don’t throw money at problems and hope for positive outcomes. You create structure and guidance and reinforce that with persistence and patience which is something that those in need…really do need.

Growing up in a changing society has shown to me how dangerous the ‘left’ is with regards to pup petting Indigenous people for their votes.

They never ever consider the true problems of integration of all ethnic groups in Australia.

It’s frustrating to even see Indigenous people burn Australian flags and to be placed on media panels in order to further identity politics.

Our society needs to know that Indigenous people with mainstream and right-leaning views do exist. They too get angry when idiotic Indigenous people make fools of themselves on television or in the news for some political sway.

If boundaries need to be broken down to fix the issues I am for it. However, I am not for strawman arguments and pandering. I am fed up with the current Australian politicians and hope that actual leaders take control and apply a common sense approach to their impact on our community. 

These are my views alone and do not reflect those of the Department of Defence.

Very interesting.

I have no doubt that this ‘diverse’ thinking – that breaks all stereotypes of Indigenous females – is too diverse for the policy wonks pushing Defence’s new age diversity agenda…

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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32 Comments

  1. Yes very well said. Iam of aboriginal descent but i wish i could just be plain Australian without a hyphen

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  2. I am proud to call you a fellow Australian and I admire your brilliant writing. Stay proud for who you are – an Australian Woman

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  3. What an amazing digger. Articulate and intelligent. Having served 44 years in the Army I would be very proud and comfortable to serve with her in any theater of war.

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  4. If only there were more like you lass what a treasure you are .

    Surely there are many more out there who think as you now they may also speak out .

    Thank you ,well spoken and direct ,my hope is that now there in no witch hunt looking for you and be treated as has Bernard.
    OH how the Military has changed ,and i may say for the worse.
    Getting back to the days of Crimea and Cardigan and Raglan chaos reining supreme by petty Senior Officers

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  5. That was one of the greatest pieces of literature, I have read,in sixty five years, how passionate and true, I would love to meet this young lady and shake her hand, I have worked with some Aboriginal
    men over the years, who have said the some thing, and that ‘Black politics’ was their downfall.
    THANK YOU, YOUNG LADY, for your service and honesty.

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  6. True words by a true Australian

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    • Thank you for your story youare not alonethat for surei havehada fuĺl blood indigenous man tell memuch the same thing

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  7. You go girl, good on ya!

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  8. A true Australian. Its a shame the Media of all types wouldn’t run with this and saturate all forms of media. What a great example for all Australians to follow. What a great time with all the talk of Australia day. A true Ausie trying to bring us all together. Wonder how many more think the same but are to afraid to talk. All as one Trevor

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  9. how true,u should go for pm, would be good to have a pm that’s true to the words they say,and one who has served Australia too.and no more immigration.

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  10. Remarkable story. Bernard, if it is possible, please pass to this brave soldier the best wishes and comments expressed here, AND (I strongly suspect) the thanks and best wishes of the majority of Australians.
    BTW: ‘indigenous’ Australians are those born here and living here. ‘Aboriginal’ Australians are a subset of ‘indigenous’ Australians. All other residents of Australia are ‘migrants’. Please be clear; ‘indigenous’ instead of the correct ‘aboriginal’ is a PC-generated usage designed to divide and separate Australians into ‘tribes’.

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  11. Someone with some commonsense. Make a great politician, not like some of the lying, cheating appeasing, and thieving in politics now!

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  12. There you go that’s another who knows that the so called help that politicians and social advocates provide is beyond dumb.
    Not to mention it’s the same with a lot of government hogwash.

    The way our nation is heading with all this Political Correct nonsense, ranting that we all must look too big bro for it’s help and guidance and not to think for your self, not to mention it’s ways are always and have been the best you know. haha
    I always thought that a healthy democracy actually listened to the people and never did such come from the government own home baked intentions, mainly because the letter of the Law and red tape get in the way of reality, so in short it becomes about as useful as tits on a bull.
    Not to mention that socialist PC ranting’s belong in some fairy story book.

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  13. The lady is correct. Green is green. Less PC and pandering. Let the military be what it’s intended for. She sounds like a very capable leader.

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  14. Well said. Thank you for your service and commitment to OUR country.

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  15. This woman is a role model for all young Australian women, not just indigenous. Not because she doesn’t pander to the left but because she gets on with the job irrespective of the views of those around you. A credit to the Australian Defence Force and herself

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  16. Very well said ! A true thinker & natural leader.

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    • A really goog read ,I thin k maybe she could show the politicians a thing or two,🇦🇺🇦🇺

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  17. Quotinge this somber section of a 1992 US Government study on gender integration in the armed forces:
    A military unit at maximum combat effectiveness is a military unit least likely to suffer casualties. Winning in war is often only a matter of inches, and unnecessary distraction or any dilution of the combat effectiveness puts the mission and lives in jeopardy. Risking the lives of a military unit in combat to provide career opportunities or accommodate the personal desires or interests of an individual, or group of individuals, is more than bad military judgment. It is morally wrong.

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  18. Well said Soldier. There is no colour but green in the Army. You are definitely an inspiration, not just for the indigenous, but many other Australians with the lefty mentality.

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  19. The writer of this letter is eactly the sort of person who is needed in Australian politics – a balanced viewpoint and a work ethic. Its sad that people like this are also smart enough to stay away from politics – she could do a lot of good .

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  20. Not all indigenous people play the victim card. Sounds like the ADF have a true indigenous leader in their ranks.

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  21. Really good read, and it’s fantastic that there’s Aboriginal women like this one willing to speak out. I’m just wondering why though, that Bernard prefers to refer to this woman as “Indigenous” rather than “Aboriginal”. Does he understand what the two terms mean?

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    • Indigenous came into being in 2000.01 when the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (AAD) became the Department of Indigenous Affairs – (DIA). Aborigines at that point became indigenous.

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    • In response as to why Bernard refers to “indigenous” peoples rather than Aboriginal, I hope it is because he understands what Ab-original means. The refix Ab or ab means “not of”. Aboriginal is a Latin word and the first peoples called Aboriginal were the Italains who were called so by the Latiums. The English, past masters at manipulating the English language, called all those they found in every country they invaded “Aboriginal” because they could then claim the land was vacant and they could do whatever they wanted with said land. In other words, it was put in plain sight and if you did not understand what they did the fault lay with you. We are Original, Origines, native or whatever else is iused to highlight that we are the original peoples of this land. It is, was and always will be Original land and nothing can distract from this. Full marks to this Indigenous female who has made very good points. We need to all come together but, I maintain that we, Originals, do not need “recognition” in An Act to Constitute the Commonwealth of Australia 1900 (Imp) 63 & 64 Victoria Ch 12 Clause 9, we need firstly a written constitution of we Originals peoples into by which those who are not of original can be recognised.
      Signed: a proud Origine. (not a first Australian because we were here thousands of years before the “Australia” was invented. The first Australians were those who weer alive at the time of the introduction of their Constitution marking the birth of their Australia.

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      • I agree with some of what you say Leonard.. There are not many “originals” left in Australia now. There are a lot of people who are descendants of Originals who are also descendants of originals from another country. Take the case of a true, full blooded “original” lady who travels to England, marries a Pom and has a child. This child is English and therefore not an Original Australian, although descended from an Original Australian. Do you agree? or am I way off the mark here. I have 5 grandchildren who are of Original descendancy, and 4 great-grandchildren of the same ilk.

  22. what a ray of sunshine. thank you

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  23. Very well said. Yes the Left is destroying our Australian way of life. Australians need to unite behind a new conservative political party to restore integrity and ethics back into politics.

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    • Well said. I’m perturbed for you with regards to not being black enough. It’s sad to think that some people still hold that view. Aboriginality isn’t about the colour it’s about the culture. 😇

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