Raising the White Ribbon

Today, Army Chief Lieutenant General Angus Campbell addressed the National Press Club.

But his address wasn’t about the war against the Islamic State. Nor was it about rising tensions and threats of nuclear war from North Korea.

And when he was asked about the upcoming independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdistan region and the potential impact it might have on operations there, Campbell admitted that he was not across the issue as he should be.

So what did he speak about?

Domestic violence. That’s what. He’s definitely across that issue.

The Chief of Army didn’t wave the white flag. But he did raise the White Ribbon. And he supported its political campaign which Defence has also signed up to.

In fact, giving such speeches is just one requirement of White Ribbon accreditation. It appears that the Chief of Army is actually working to White Ribbon’s tune rather than doing the job he’s been given under the Defence Act 1903.


Now, let’s get one thing clear for all the breast-beaters out there. I don’t support domestic violence. No one does.

But you don’t need to be coerced into joining the White Ribbon brigade to hold this position. Nor do you need to uphold dubious campaigns that give an impression that all Defence members and, indeed, all Australian men are wife-beaters.

In fact, according to statistics in the Chief of Army’s own speech, a grand total of 0.4% of Army members have been linked to domestic violence. And, if you care to read White Ribbon’s definition of domestic violence, almost everything can be deemed evil.

Indeed, this is one of four examples the Chief of Army gave about domestic violence:

Elsewhere, as one of our Platoon Commanders was walking by, he overheard what he later learnt was a recruit’s ex-husband very loudly abusing her during a phone conversation. She described a very controlling relationship, in which her ex-husband was continually pressuring her to quit her training and return home.

There is no example of what the verbal ‘abuse’ was. It may have been terrible.

Or it may, just perhaps, have been nothing more than a husband trying to get his wife to leave the Army, return home and restore the marriage. We just don’t know.

But this is the point.

Both possibilities amount to violence against women according to White Ribbon’s definitions. And we are all expected to condemn both with equal ferocity.

And there is no detail of the ‘controlling’ relationship. On the face of it, it cannot have been that controlling. After all, the husband wanted his wife to return home. And she was ignoring that desire and was instead in the Army.

So the real surprise is that more people have not been labelled a perpetrator.

The truth is that White Ribbon is nothing less than hypocritical virtue signalling of the highest order. And, even worse, support for White Ribbon equates to support for the worst form of domestic violence in Australia.

It is also part of the leftist program and political agenda to criminalise dissenting thought in this nation. And even if you do support abortion, which I will touch upon below, you should still understand this because it has ramifications for you.

Now, these are harsh words. But they are true.

I will explain shortly.

But first, this point needs making. The reason the Australian Army exists is to wage violence and engage in lethal combat to protect Australians.

The focus on diversity and anti-domestic violence campaigns might sound nice. But they do absolutely nothing to ensure the Army can do its job. Despite all the catch-phrases, zero evidence has been presented that our Army’s capability has been increased by any of these politically-correct policies.

And when they result in insane recruitment programs that prioritise women over men, they actually decrease our national ability to defend ourselves.

Ironically, they also put women in harm’s way for no good reason at all, which seems quite contrary to the goals of anti-domestic violence campaigns. I can’t explain the logic but I’m not a feminist, so I won’t try either.

Now, let’s turn to White Ribbon.

It supports abortion.

Let me say that again: White Ribbon campaigns for abortion.

Abortion involves the deliberate destruction of a baby. In other words, its death.

It is the most brutal, violent and prevalent form of domestic violence in Australia. It also occurs on an epic scale, with about 100,000 abortions each year. That’s about one every six minutes.

If our nation truly does have a systemic problem with domestic violence, then I helpfully venture the suggestion that ending the culture that legalises mass infanticide will probably do more to increase respect for life and limb than anything else.

However, the organisation that pretends to campaign against domestic violence is out unashamedly campaigning for it.

This is a quote taken from White Ribbon’s webpage earlier this year:

Because of this, we advocate for:

– Decriminalisation of abortion, for example we support the It’s Not 1899 Campaign by Pro Choice Queensland.

Just so you know, the ‘It’s Not 1899 Campaign’ urged the Queensland government to decriminalise all forms of abortion, including late-term and gender selection abortion. White Ribbon is loud and proud in its support for your right to abort unwanted baby girls.

Pictorially, if you buy a White Ribbon you are donating to political campaigns to legalise this:


Unfortunately, the Australian Defence Force has signed up to White Ribbon, as detailed by former Chief of Army, David Morrison:

Your Army’s commitment to White Ribbon is not merely symbolic; it reflects the best of our culture and values. We are challenging ourselves to promote positive attitudes and behaviours in the workplace and in the community. I encourage Army members to intervene to prevent violence against women. I also encourage my commanders to become White Ribbon Ambassadors and our soldiers to swear the White Ribbon oath.

In fact, the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force and even the Australian Defence Force Academy are all White Ribbon accredited workplaces.

They fork over taxpayer dollars to this organisation so that they can display the virtue signalling, pro-abortion White Ribbon logo on things like our nation’s military equipment:


I have no idea how much this costs. But considering the Diversity Council of Australia charges a cool $10K per year for an organisation with more than 3,000 employees, one could guess that the Australian Defence Force bill each year might close on $100,000.

At this point, you might be saying so what. Especially if you support abortion.

Well, this is the first so what.

Defence has no business in sponsoring or promoting organisations that are campaigning politically to change laws in this nation.

The fact that it is doing so affects all Australians. It undermines our democracy because it violates the convention that Western militaries do not interfere in domestic political matters. They have had a tendency to do so in the past and it didn’t end so well for the general population.

But if that is a bit airy-fairy for you, let me get to the second so what. It’s a major threat that you now face to your own personal freedom. And not just if you work in Defence. But if you work in any organisation that is seeking White Ribbon accreditation.

If you don’t support abortion, your job in such a workplace has suddenly become a lot less secure. And if you do, you should be aware of the way these things work. I have not yet met any person who is actually politically correct enough to withstand all the demands of the new Thought Police.

Every single one of us still lingers in the real world in some way.

White Ribbon states that this is domestic violence against women:

Reproductive coercion is any behaviour, physical and emotional, aimed at establishing and maintaining power and control by restricting a woman’s reproductive autonomy, denying her control over decisions related to her reproductive health and limiting her access to reproductive health options.

This language makes it clear that opposition to abortion is a form of violence against women.

The White Ribbon workplace accreditation program also requires employers to implement policies that:

“define VAW [violence against women] in the broadest possible sense”

If the above definition did not cover liking pro-life Facebook posts, the workplace accreditation program does.

It gets worse.

As part of accreditation, all employees are required to sign a code of conduct that recognises violence against women is unacceptable as part of the job.

It might not have happened yet, but if you are in a White Ribbon workplace like the Army and you state that you do not support abortion, or you like a Facebook post of a pro-life group, then technically you are in breach of your code of conduct and should face disciplinary action.

And White Ribbon requires accredited workplaces to take action against all such ‘perpetrators’ of ‘violence against women’.

This includes counselling, warning, and ultimately loss of employment.

Just because no one has been sacked yet at a White Ribbon workplace for actually wanting babies to live doesn’t mean that the sackings aren’t coming.

The framework is in place for draconian, totalitarian crack downs from the Thought Police.

All it take is one huffy pro-abortionist to lodge a complaint and all of sudden a workplace like the Army will face questions about the disciplinary processes in place.

By the way, this is exactly what happened to me in the Australian Army, although on the issue of marriage and family. Homosexual members of the Defence Force lodged complaints and next thing I knew I was in the middle of an investigation and termination procedures.

The White Ribbon framework also encourages complaints from subordinates.

There’s nothing like the old Communist strategy of turning children against their parents and workers against their bosses. It keeps everybody on their toes, fearful and compliant.

Accredited workplaces need to demonstrate that they have addressed ‘perpetrators’ adequately if they are to keep the right to use the glossy White Ribbon logo that they have already paid so much to obtain.

So when it comes to weighing up the job of a pro-lifer against the complaints of a female victim of ‘violence’, you can guess who’s gonna win. No one wants the ABC on their back for failing to address ‘verbal abuse’ against women around the water cooler.

However, perhaps you think you can get by with being silent.

Unfortunately, that won’t work either.

The White Ribbon accreditation program does not require all employees to sign up and take its oath: just the ones who want to get ahead in life.

If you want to be promoted in a White Ribbon workplace, it’s more than likely you’ll have to start meeting performance measurement indicators for your support of the White Ribbon campaign. This includes participation in White Ribbon events, donating monthly, acting as an ambassador and generally promoting the logo.

All of this implicitly involves active support of White Ribbon and its campaigns for things like abortion.

You’ll also need to be seen to do things demanded in the White Ribbon accreditation program like ensuring females are prioritised for promotion, training and leadership roles.

So on top of the hypocritical participation in a campaign to eradicate domestic violence that actually supports the killing of innocent children in Australia, you’ll also have to participate in the feminist movement’s attempts to discriminate against men in the workplace.

All of sudden, White Ribbon is not a colourful flourish you wear on your suit or uniform once a year to demonstrate you don’t beat up on women. It’s an insidious cancer that is steadily hijacking your workplace and emplacing measures that will also silence your political opinion and replace it with theirs.

There’s no better proof of this than the Chief of Army’s speech today.

We face significant military threats across the world. But our nation’s most senior soldier is giving speeches to meet White Ribbon’s workplace accreditation demands.

The only way to stop this is to push back and end the political correctness that is being thrust upon society.

No one wants domestic violence. But no one needs a solution like White Ribbon either.

Next time you’re asked to buy a White Ribbon, tell them no means no.

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. How many people are employed in Defence to ensure that it White Ribbon compliant? How many manhours are spent on White Ribbon activities?
    The General linked battlefield behaviour with domestic violence. Research indicates that people’s behaviour show little correlation in different situations. A violent abusive husband can still be a great dog-lover.
    In a football match, players often choose the wrong option because they have to make a split-second decision under pressure. On a battlefield decisions are just as split-second but often involve risk of death to oneself and one’s mates.
    The General presents a desk jockey’s view of the world.

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  2. We can only hope the Army will trot out a poster Muslim to lecture the plebs about how Islam is this wonderful feminist religion with zero tolerance for wife-beating and abuse under Sharia Law.

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  3. It seems the Chief of Army has had the Virtue Lobotomy required of all Senior officers. The White Ribbon garbage is an object of derision amongst our allies & the wider world & is seen an object of cultural weakness – which it is.

    Campbell needs a slap in the face with a wet salmon Monty Python style !!!!!

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  4. As from May this year in Qld the Qld Police have new Government powers to decide on the issue of temporary domestic violence orders being obtained without the case even being put before a court. This also means that an accused need not even be interviewed by police and the decision rests solely with the police officer involved. A growing trend is for so called victims of domestic violence either physical or mental only having to plead their accusations towards a police officer in a convincing manner for the recipient to be served. What happens then is that the accused is required to pay for his own defence in this matter as the consequences of just accepting the charges results in the termination of employment of the serving member in accordance with the ADF White Ribbon. Policy. Family court advisers are now advising their clients to adopt this strategy to effect a superior negotiating situation where both children and property are Involved. Unfortunately there can be no compromises reached in relation to domestic violence undertakings as the policy captures these undertakings as well The serving member is being held captive to sometimes deceitfull challenges by vindictive spouses who are using the defence policy for their benefit. It is to be hoped that some very senior serving members are also caught up in this mischief to ram home the stupidity of the policy. There is already a history of public funded gender changes in the senior levels of the ADF. Perhaps this is why other members are now discussing ways of professing their gender neutral status so that they can get on with why they originallly joined the ADF. Even to question the gender of a serving member is out of the question now. Just let them serve and be left alone from idiotic policies.

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  5. Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, I do not give a damn about your views on domestic violence or violence within marriage, homosexual relationships, between dogs and cats or at the footy. I do not even care about your views on abortion, God, the meaning of life or the structure of the universe.

    You are paid the big bucks to be an expert (and to pontificate) on the defence capabilities of this country.

    Why are you not appraised better on the emerging situation in Kurdistan? Are you not interested? Are you ill served by your intelligence officers?

    Or do your political masters have you bogged down in affairs that have absolutely nothing to do with the operational capabilities of this country? If so, do the honourable thing, do the right thing, show a bit of leadership and integrity…….resign….loudly.

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