Minister bans ‘woke agenda’ in Defence

After giving the head-shed in Defence a dressing down over ‘twerking dancers’ at a ship commissioning ceremony, Minister for Defence Peter Dutton has again spoken harsh words to his ‘top brass’ in the wake of this weeks anti-homophobia day.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia – IDAHOBIT – was celebrated in many communities and organisations around the country, including in Defence, on Monday 17 May.

CDF/DefSec communique – click to enlarge

Today, Chief of Defence General Angus Campbell and Defence Secretary Greg Moriarty were forced to issue a Defence-wide order, banning any and all gatherings, including morning teas, that encouraged ADF employees to ‘wear particular clothes’.

Monday’s IDAHOBIT morning tea organisers encouraged participants to wear “visible rainbow clothing or ally pins”.

Minister Dutton apparently told the Sydney Morning Herald that he had been very clear to the chiefs that he would not tolerate discrimination – “but we are not pursuing a woke agenda”.

“Our task is to build up the morale in the Australian Defence Force and these woke agendas don’t help.”

The communique from General Campbell and Defence Secretary Moriarty said, among other things, that Defence “must at all times be focused on our primary mission to protect Australia’s national security interests” and “we must not be putting effort into matters that distract from this”.

The communique also said that “changing language protocols” should cease – in an apparent reference to a recent memo that reportedly instructed Defence staff not to use the term ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ because to do so assumed a heterosexual relationship, which could be offensive to LGBTQI+ people.

Because today’s communique was signed by both CDF General Campbell and Defence Secretary Moriarty, the order applies equally to military members and Australian Public Service staff in Defence.

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30 thoughts on “Minister bans ‘woke agenda’ in Defence

  • 24/05/2021 at 10:22 am
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    Send the CDF too fight with a flower hanging from his barrel an magazines full of love hearts!
    Hoppy

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  • 23/05/2021 at 10:34 pm
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    The actions of Minister Dutton speak for themselves. They are addressing areas which have been screaming out loud but never heard by the top Brass. Personally, with 33 years service behind me, I hope the next missive from the Minister is to the CDF and the Secretary for Defence “Two choices for you, resign now or be sacked!
    BG

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    • 24/05/2021 at 1:37 am
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      Career soldiers that have clearly lost there way an following party lines so they can get another ribbon or promotion!
      Tell that too a elite soldier an stand I don’t of a mirror, an ask him what his uniform stands for and his country.
      Go sip ya lattes an get ya head out of ya arses.
      Wake up! They didn’t sign up to a circus.
      Hoppy.

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  • 23/05/2021 at 3:35 pm
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    Its about time people made a stand on some of the issues in our society.
    It makes no difference which way you swing a bat, what matters is doing your job, and that entails discipline.
    Its a defence force people!
    There are protocols that are in place! If a person does not like the way things are then discharge!
    The services should not have to change to suit the person, the person should change to suit the services.
    What about the hetrosexual white person? We seem to be the scorned ones in this present climate!

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    • 25/05/2021 at 4:52 pm
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      Thank god they’ve drawn a line for this. There will/should always be a wife/husband- nobody cares these days if they’re both husbands or both wives- whatever, so don’t go on with all the other names. I am getting a bit sick and tired of how many Coffee Days, or Support This Cause/“Awareness” Days there are now in the ADF. Jeez, just get on with the job for gods sake, your “support” looks like your mooching instead of working.

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      • 26/05/2021 at 6:20 pm
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        Thank goodness for Peter Dutton as the rest of the countries leaders have lost the plot in their air conditioned offices. Could be hope for sanity in Australia at last.

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  • 23/05/2021 at 1:43 pm
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    Calm down people. Being tolerant of others doesn’t spell the end of the military. To me when you’re at work, you’re a worker, soldier or officer who is either good at their job or crap at it.

    If you think there were no gay people serving in Australian wars for the last 120 years you’re the joke.

    Stop pretending our “white male heterosexuality” is under attack. It’s boring and these buzz words like “woke” are stupid AF. Why are some so frightened by different people? Seems weak to me.

    Just be a good guy and work hard no matter who you are and don’t discriminate against people who are different. We’re all here because we want to serve our country. If you’re willing to serve and die for Australia then what’s the problem?

    They would never have allowed PJ’s at a morning event anyway.

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    • 23/05/2021 at 2:56 pm
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      Same story Jet the people that have the biggest chests and the tough attitudes are the people that will just sit back and watch other people do the fighting.

      Australia logistically can’t handle one hundred casualties with the wuhan flu and these idiots are advocating a conflict that has the potential for a Million casualties in a day.

      old and irrelevant

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    • 23/05/2021 at 4:48 pm
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      The only problem I have is having his sort of rubbish thrust down my throat. As for the rest yep do your job and have your own private life.

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  • 23/05/2021 at 12:41 pm
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    About time we had a minister who supported our troops and not the woke idiots in Defence like this pathetic CDF what an embarrassment he is to all serving members.

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  • 23/05/2021 at 11:20 am
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    Wow these comments make it clear why the day was necessary

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  • 23/05/2021 at 10:25 am
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    Our job as a military is to serve Australia with prejudice. We have a standing Military that is there to repel or fight those that would do us harm either on our soil, or abroad. All of this PC crap distracts us from doing our job.

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  • 23/05/2021 at 9:54 am
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    Dutton is a redneck racist corrupt tool and give it six months he’ll be just another ex-politician, we don’t need people talking it up big for the media.

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    • 23/05/2021 at 10:58 am
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      At least he says what 99% of us think Joe. Fuck all this woke shit off. We are far too far away from having a tough, hardened, capable fighting force to enter a high end hot conflict. We couldn’t stir up a cup of tea at the moment. Dutton is a good thing.

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      • 23/05/2021 at 12:36 pm
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        Here we go again. The majority on bended knees to the needs of the minority yet again!! I for one don’t need to be reminded that there is room in our society, (and Defence Force) for those folk who have a differing slant on morals, opposing sexual inclination and living life. Just don’t shove your preferred differences it in my face and we’ll get along just fine. Let soldiers be soldiers during times of ‘stand to’ and ‘stand down’. What these same LBGTQI+ soldiers practice behind closed doors in their own time is their business on or off base.

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        • 23/05/2021 at 1:59 pm
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          Frank, from a Brit squady group of vets I am loosely associated with ” We kneel for the Queen, the fallen and to open fire ” – resonated with me.
          Way back in a previous epoch I served on Melbourne there were a couple a guys who batted for the other side but were fully integrated and part of the ship’s company. This was when it was nominally against QR & AI, in the 1960’s. Cannot remember anyone getting up-tight with differing orientation of other folk and humor flowed both ways without all the precious nonsense of more recent times.

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      • 23/05/2021 at 2:38 pm
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        His job isn’t to start wars the country can never in a million years survive, leave the big boy talk to the big boys that have the hardware to win a conflict with China.

        Last I heard the ADF mission was still Defence.

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        • 23/05/2021 at 4:53 pm
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          At the very least Peter Dutton is providing leadership to the leaders and getting them to focus on their core jobs.

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    • 23/05/2021 at 11:16 am
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      Politicians in this deeply corrupted country don’t get their bum on a seat without first being a Freemason, including Dutton and every one of his peers, both male and female. This unexplained break from the usual Agenda-21/30 behaviour that we see them all display in public will have a purpose. Look deeper than the surface ripples on the water. Why is it happening? He is a puppet, just like all of the others. Why is he displaying different behaviour? Why the change?

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    • 23/05/2021 at 1:02 pm
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      Surprise surprise Joe another woke person hiding behind a false name. Get a grip, it’s not all about precious little you but about all of us living our own lives together whatever our thoights or orientation. To be a white hetrosexual male is tantamount to being evil incarnate these days. Equality works all ways.

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      • 23/05/2021 at 2:43 pm
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        I’m note in any way woke Carl, I’m serving and don’t have the freedom to openly criticise our Political masters publicly, Dutton is a dick that’s in a position way above his paygrade, intelligence and moral fibre.

        Only an idiot would believe him and his staff bs with their childish position of taking on China, with what?…..”the drums of war” ffs what a tool.

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  • 23/05/2021 at 9:44 am
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    as a Vietnam vet I served in a Defence force which was entirely focused on winning wars. I and many other Vets have been horrified at the degree of woke garbage issueing from Defence , and in particular the failure of Senior Officers(who themselves have questions to be answered) to support their troops

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  • 23/05/2021 at 9:27 am
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    So often this is a campaign against someone being offended. “He hurt my feelings.” Good thing they never had to attend a recruit camp or exercise training. Those NCOs can really upset you the way they address the grunts.
    How am I protected if I am offended by the LGBTTFN practices? Am I also to endorse as a valid another’s chosen fornication or adultery as a lifestyle choice?

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  • 23/05/2021 at 9:20 am
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    Next step for Minister Dutton – Identify and terminate the careers of all Senior ADF Staff that have actively contributed to undermining the primary mission of defense, at the expense of both common sense and the morale of the all serving members. A strong statement is needed to deter any future attempts at woke social engineering.

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  • 23/05/2021 at 9:09 am
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    Well. Proud to have him as my Member of Parlament.

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  • 23/05/2021 at 8:25 am
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    About time. The military is not the place progressive social engineering. It is there to do a specific and usually unpleasant job.

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    • 26/05/2021 at 11:37 am
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      I did 22 years and proud of it. Thumbs up Dutton, it’s about time we had a Politician with some guts to do what the majority of this country thinks. And not to follow the idiots with the squeaky wheel. What they do behind their bedroom door has got nothing to do with any body else. Just keep it to yourselves, we’re not interested. To get the Defence Force back on track get rid of the trouble makers, those two at the top, and start fresh with some new views & ideas.

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  • 23/05/2021 at 7:47 am
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    Finally, a Minister with backbone to refocuse the PC mob on our priority, defence.

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    • 23/05/2021 at 8:19 am
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      Exactly!!…. About bloody time to start worrying about our country, the defence personnel essentially kicked out because of their age or medical condition. WOKE has been nothing but “War On the Known Enlisted”….

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