You’ll never guess what you can buy for $1,052,330

It’s not been a good day for the Australian Defence Force.

First up, it has been revealed that basically everything known about our newest Navy ships and Air Force jets has been handed over to a hacker.

And now it’s been revealed that basically the entire senior leadership of the military doesn’t care anyway because they are knee deep in briefing notes about transgender soldiers and sex change operations.

A treasure trove of over 70 documents detailing the senior command’s approach to transgender military service has just been released under freedom of information laws.

They show that there are only 27 transgender Defence personnel in the entire Australian Defence Force.

Despite this, since 2015 Defence has worked up umpteen documents relating to transgender service including:

  • 20 x Senate Estimates Brief
  • 9 x Ministerial advice briefing notes
  • 7 x Ministerial talking points
  • 2 x Media releases
  • Service newspaper articles
  • A ‘Public Affairs Plan’
  • A ‘Communications Strategies’
  • A ‘Communications Plan’
  • A ‘Diversity Communication Strategy’
  • A response to Questions on Notice
  • 2 x Quarterly Diversity and Inclusion Papers
  • 3 x DEFGRAMs

In between all of that, Defence also managed to:

  • Establish a Defence Gender Equality Advisory Board
  • Establish an Army Gender and Diversity Executive Council
  • Establish a Defence Pride network
  • Commence planning for Defence Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Employee Network
  • Propose a Defence LGBTI Ambassador Network
  • Appoint LGBTI Strategic Advisors
  • Appoint multiple LGBTI champions to the Senior Leadership Group
  • Brief Defence Force Recruiting
  • Deliver presentations to Australian Defence Force Academy officer cadets titled ‘Let’s talk gender’
  • Hold stakeholder consultation
  • Sit in on AHRC presentations
  • Support university research into LGBT military history
  • Participate in LGBT workplace accreditation programs
  • And even answer questions from the United States about what the hell this all means

And that’s not enough because Defence has also:

  • Organised support for DEFGLIS dinners
  • Participated formally in the Mardi Gras
  • Held Wear it Purple Days
  • Celebrated IDAHOT Days

All of this requires planning, briefings, travel, funding and a myriad of other bureaucratic support.

Fortunately, Defence somehow managed to juggle all of these events and still begin surveying soldiers on their LGBT preferences, support an Inspector General review into the ADF’s Equity and Diversity Program and even send a number of busy officers to Washington so that they could attend a conference on transgender military service.

And finally, Defence released some policies:

  • Air Force Diversity Handbook: Transitioning Gender in the Air Force
  • Army Forces Command Directive 49/17: Sex and Gender Diverse Members
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Defence
  • Navy Diversity Handbook Gender Transition and Sea Postings
  • ADFA LGBTI Guide
  • Health Directive 234

Despite all of this effort, some bright spark still managed to write these words about the whole transgender policy and action shindig on 28 July this year:

No policy

It is straight out of Yes Minister.

Three years of effort, hundreds of documents, countless committee meetings and numerous actual policies and the Minister for Defence is still receiving written briefings that there are no ‘official’ policies on transgender members (apart from a medical policy which has not been released publicly) because in some fictional universe of equality they are treated exactly the same as everyone else, even though the reality is completely different.

However, in the most delicious irony of all, the actual ‘guide’ that the Minister was informed about in the briefing above, Understanding Transitioning Gender in the Workplace (which sounds an awful lot like a policy document by the way) was written before any of this shebang started in 2015. And that document is publicly available on the website of the political lobby group DEFGLIS anyway.

All of this effort is for just 27 transgender Defence members.

Defence is worried about them when it should be concerned about other, more important things. Like how its F-35 data is now being whisked away to some foreign government’s underground bunker of analysis.

Hopefully the bad guys got the transgender policies too. They’ll either be entirely confused by them or drop dead laughing.

And this brings us to the title of this article.

What can you buy for $1,052,330?

The answer is not much. Just 17 sex change operations.


And that question is wrong anyway.

It costs a lot more than $1,052,330 just to get that.

This figure does not include daily pharmaceutical requirements so that transgender soldiers who have left their ‘biologically assigned’ gender can ‘live truthfully’. The truth is that the body does not recognise the fiction of sex change operations, hence the reason hormones must be provided in a taxpayer-funded bottle.

This figure does not include the cost of ‘transition’ leave. The documents released under FOI show that this can sometimes take up to two and a half years and then require ongoing support and counselling. US analysis shows that the average transgender soldier is unable to deploy for 238 days after surgery (if they deploy at all).

This figure does not include the likelihood that Defence has lost about 11 years of effective military service since it started dabbling in sex change surgery.

And, most of all, this figure does not include the cost of having the entire military hierarchy give up their day jobs and waste time, effort and resources developing policies that are not policies for just 27 people.

The truth is that the actual cost of 27 transgender Defence members has run well past just a cool million.

But who cares when it’s someone else’s money? And who’s counting when you can simply chant over and over again that diversity increases capability…


I’ve read every single document in the FOI release and there is much more to come.

You can find the source documents here but I will bring you key details over the coming days.

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. Beware the false prophets.
    My father fought in World War 2. He would be horrified anout what is happening to our armed forces.
    If the Japanese had got here we would not even be having this conversation. These bloody social justice warriors would not be here either to destroy our country.. my father would be saying now if was still alive. Why did we bother.

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  2. Hi Bernard,
    In the Daily Telegraph paper on Tuesday 10th Oct – Mark Latham has exposed the same agenda
    in the Aust Fed Police service….they plan to include a 10 percent gay representation in their future
    recruitment plans regardless of merit as well as a 35 percent female representation……needless to say
    the male police reps are becoming very cheesed off. My father in law was Traffic Superintendent in NSW
    & a devout Catholic father of 8 children……he would never believe what is happening now……This is
    what happens when society ignores God.

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  3. The defence budget can be forced to pander to 17 people’s bent imaginations. Yet a vote on ssm is labeled wasteful???
    Thank God the no vote will smash this babbling brook of Homonormitivity that’s been watering down the heteronormitivity we should all trust as the foundation of life as we know it.

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  4. Seeing that picture of that hideous-looking “transgender” person nearly made me bring up my lunch!

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  5. This is disgusting and incredibly stupid!!!! Power to you Bernard…you’ve got us fired up too – you’re an absolute legend sir!!
    Anastasia, the wife

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  6. This makes my blood boil…. What do you mean Bernard by ‘answer questions from the US about what the hell all this means’?

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  7. Don’t worry Bernard,when the hack of the dud F35 and ships, now the FOI request
    on sex changes costs gains momentum, they will blame Russia,DPR Korea,China,
    Iran,Syria or some other enemy de jour instead of the decrepit,nepotist,irresponsible
    charlatans that are the hierarchy of political and military power.

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  8. Being an ex serviceman I am so disgusted I am unable to spit

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  9. Bernard needs to be invited onto Ross Cameron and Rowan Dean’s Sky ‘Outsiders’.

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  10. Absolute stupidity!
    There was a time, not that long ago, when claiming to be “homosexual” was a good enough reason to be dismissed from any branch of the ADF. Now it seems to be compulsory. 🙁

    The entire upper echelon of the ADF from the Minister down needs to be sacked and replaced with honourable men and women. People that have the defence of the nation at heart. People like Bernard Gaynor.

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  11. It should also get you your favourite LGBTQI fetish…

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  12. If you wanted a sex change op, why on earth should the employer pay for it? This is insanity of the highest order paid for by us mugs.
    It’s pretty obvious these people are joining a govt organisation solely for the purpose of milking the taxpayer to pay for their surgery. Why the ADF? Why aren’t people demanding BHP pay for their sex change ops?

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    • My thoughts exactly.

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  13. I remember when ECNs and money were being slashed from the ADF in late 80s and early 90s. The buzzword “Core Role” of the ADF was bandied about as an excuse for the civilianisation of tasks and decimation of budgets.

    It is past due time, the same ‘ hoary old chestnut’ was rolled out and the core function of the military was again used as a yardstick to gauge the value of current operational procedures! Then at least someone will have to explain why it is so vital for our Defence Budget to be spent on social experiments, sex change operations, homo and confused sexual balls, parades in Mardi Gras and EEO policies that clearly detract from the effectiveness of our ‘teeth’ corps.

    Can it really be that these tolerated deviancies are so now driving the agenda that the fools in Partiament really believe that the money is better spent on these things than on training for war and weapon upgrades?

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  14. Front page tomorrow’s The Australian – Taxpayer $1 million bill for ADF sex changes – by Joe Kelly.

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  15. All of this is an absolute disgrace.

    None of this frantic ADF activity advances Australia’s security one iota.

    Australia’s enemies will be shaking their heads in disbelief.

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    • Thank God this didn’t happen during WW2, or we would be speaking Japanese today.

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  16. The country needs a dictatorship and someone to drain the swamp asap! All the brass seem to care about is retiring and spending their SUPER

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  17. I feel sick all over… this is beyond the most wicked insane conspiracy of the mind, eeh military?

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  18. It’s like having a bad nightmare.

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    • Don’t have any respect for ny of our Defence Chiefs. They are just a bunch of YES men who seem intent on destroying the name and reputation of what was once a highly respected Defence Force. Ever since that most reviled Morrison, all have in some way carried on with the same agenda.

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    • Thanks Bernard for your dedication to the truth and justice for all, I just donated $10. Please donate and support Bernard if you believe in the cause. God Bless

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    • This country is no longer the country that I was born in or served . I am no longer sure if I am even on the same planet as our Pollies

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    • No wonder President Trump didn’t like what expense this ‘gender’crap entailed.

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    • Kim of the NK will be so thrilled to watch our Defense Force charades. He will be rubbing his pudgy palms together, licking them periodically in fly fashion, imagining how much weaker we’ll get, then… BOOM.

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