This victory notification is a little late but it is a victory nonetheless. And it is still one worth celebrating. Actually, it’s a combination of three wins which makes all of this even better.
The Army’s ‘Pride Pin’ has been humbled. It is no more. Gone. Thank God.
That’s victory one (which I’m letting you know about for the first time today).
We know it’s gone because a Greens Senator was a tad upset that Defence had banned its rainbow morning teas.
That’s victory two (which you may have been aware of due to media coverage earlier this year, although I have not detailed until now what went on behind the scenes).
And the decision to remove the Pride Pins came directly as a result of ‘negative media attention’ following Defence’s 2018 plan to force soldiers to publicly demonstrate whether they support LGBTWHATEVERISM on its internal ‘white pages’ directory.
That’s victory three (which I have previously told you about).
The best part? Each of these victories were won by this webpage, with your support and due to the bravery of Defence personnel who are sick of this woke nonsense and who contacted me with the details.
Each of these issues then become headline stories and Defence was forced into a humiliating retreat on ’em all.
There is a point to be made here: rainbow madness is spreading across every sector of our society. Similar programs are being rolled out in other government departments, bureaucracies and in big business.
But I am not aware of any similar success anywhere in Australia at pushing back on this crap. It’s only happened in Defence. And it’s only happened because of you. I could be wrong (in fact I hope I am) but I do think that it is true to say that, together, the readers of this webpage are the only group in Australia that has been able to mount any successful counter-revolution against this madness.
This is not to say that we are winning this war. We are clearly not. But it is to say that we can achieve some good and, perhaps, if there was more backbone and better organisation that we could even turn the tide.
I will point out now that I was the only person in the Australian Defence Force who said this publicly. I do not do this to boast but to highlight the sad fact that in an organisation that functions on courage, it was nowhere to be found.
At the time, Defence was ‘standing firm’: an anonymous spokeswoman boldly claimed that the pins were a ‘high priority’ for Defence as it underwent ‘cultural change’.
And then, four days later, our current Governor General issued me with a termination notice, claiming that my behaviour was inappropriate, that Defence’s double standards were irrelevant and that my conduct was ‘inconsistent’ with Defence policies.
That last claim stung. Not because it was true but because it was so blatantly false.
Defence had previously charged me with twelve military offences and subjected me to a high-level administrative inquiry alleging that I had failed to comply with Defence policies. If I was found guilty, I could have been jailed.
But I wasn’t. Both the disciplinary and administrative investigations cleared me of any wrongdoing. To this day, Defence still cannot point to a single finding against me.
The termination notice also stated at paragraph 3a that I had provided ‘official information’ in contravention of Defence policy and at paragraph 13e that the Chief of Defence Force accepted that I had not disclosed ‘official information’ in contravention of Defence policy. So I guess the entire document made about as much sense as the Army’s Pride Pins.
But I was thrown out anyway and gay activists inside the military were allowed to stroll around with rainbow bling. Policies allowing this – and participation in political activity – were then introduced. Changing them after the fact was how Defence conveniently ensured that its homosexual campaigners did not act ‘inconsistently’ with policy.
Anyway, in early 2018 Defence admitted to Senate Estimates that it had forked out over $11,000 of your money for its gay jewellery. Then a year later Defence told Senate Estimates that it had just given this stuff away. Army Headquarters authorised the transfer of 6,000 odd lapel pins to the Defence Gay and Lesbian Information Service (DEFGLIS), a political lobby group.
And then silence.
Until June 2021.
Greens Senator, Janet Rice, was all hot under the collar at Senate Estimates about the ban imposed on the ever increasing number of rainbow morning teas on military bases earlier this year.
The Chief of Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, was also probably just as hot under the collar. After all, he had allowed these divisive, pointless and woke displays to fester and then explode under his command. And then he was publicly humiliated and ordered to end them.
What a legacy.
Some Australian generals stopped the Germans in France during the First World War and then pushed them back. Others defied Rommel or defended Australia from the Japanese. The most exciting thing Campbell has done is give a speech about White Ribbon Day and lose a morning tea war.
By the way, I can’t think of anything worse than wandering about Russell Offices in winter looking for the bland conference room with a tin of International Roast and a couple of balloons to celebrate ‘Wear it Purple’ or ‘IDAHOBIT’ or ‘International Pronouns’ or ‘Transgender Remembrance’ Day.
Fortunately, this hell on earth is now forbidden.
Why? Because whistle-blowers contacted me with the glossy 24 page communication plan (yes – someone (actually an entire team) at Defence People Group was paid to put it together) to celebrate ‘IDAHOBIT Day’, including associated efforts to prohibit solders from using offensive words like ‘husband’ or ‘wife’.
That’s a real war winner there.
Within 24 hours this had become national news and Peter Dutton had Angus Campbell on the mat. Rainbow mornos were no more.
So a few weeks later Janet Rice pleadingly asked Angus if the gay activists would at least still be able to wear their rainbow pins.
But Campbell must be so deflated that he even fizzed out on answering that.
He had previously supported the idea (he was the Army’s chief administrator when they came in) and must have known the answer. But he didn’t give it.
Instead, the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, responded. And his response was that the Army Pride Pin was scrapped in 2018.
Now there is an admission to behold. It’s an acknowledgement that the Army’s not so proud of its Pride Pin after all. Campbell et al spent five years gleefully promoting them. And then they spent the next three years hiding from them.
Would anyone notice that they were gone?
Well, yes, thanks to the fact that a Greens Senator was unhappy, I did. I did notice it. And now you all know it too.
And the reason they’re gone?
Well there are two.
The Chief of Army says the Rising Sun Badge is protected, must stand alone and should not be combined with other symbols.
Ok. Fair enough.
I guess that’s kind of like saying it’s completely inappropriate to place the Rising Sun Badge inside a gay rainbow. And I guess that kind of means the Army now accepts that I was correct all those years ago. And that the generals were wrong all along.
So an apology would be in order right about now but I’m not holding my breath.
The second reason is pretty good too.
The decision to remove the Army Pride Pin was made due to ‘negative media attention following reports detailing an initiative to use the rainbow flag to identify LGBTI allies in the Defence Corporate Directory.’
Ah yes. I also remember that story. It made its way to the front page of the Daily Telegraph, also after brave Defence whistle-blowers contacted me.
That plan was to ask soldiers if they were LGBT ‘allies’. Those that said yes would get a little rainbow next to their name on the Defence Corporate Directory. Kind of like a tick of approval.
And those that said no? Well, I’ll let you work that out.
Defence now sheepishly admits that this little plan was ‘premature’. It went off early and Defence was left with an embarrassing mess. And it’s still causing problems for the generals nearly four years later.
As I mentioned above, none of these victories would have been possible without your support. I greatly appreciate it and the trust that has been shown in me by people inside Defence who are extremely concerned about the addiction senior officers have for woke applause.
I have no doubt that there are more battles to come. I am ready to fight them.
But, right now, our little Christmas present is knowing that the Army’s hated Pride Pins have been humbled. And that we won this fight all by ourselves.