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My Australia: Fairwell old friend

My Australia: Fairwell old friend

Jennifer Oriel writing in The Australian brings to light all that personifies the ADF of 2017. MM has a large ex-digger following and the reality of Ms Oriel’s article will have them reaching for the brandy bottle, or more so the barf bag. Better still is the baseball bat for the next elections—out with the lot of them—take no prisoners at the ballot box!

Given Australia rates below countries like Vietnam, Brazil and Thailand in military strength, one might expect the Defence Minister to make vast improvements in combat readiness her sole priority. It takes a long bow to contend that breast jobs and transgender surgery have a direct relationship to military prowess. Yet last week the minister, Marise Payne, justified Defence spending more than $1 million in taxpayer funds on cosmetic surgery for troops. All that remains is to ditch ‘Advance Australia Fair’ for ‘I Feel Pretty’.

Source: News Corp

Ignorant broadcaster ABC is guilty of soft treason


There is no point in maintaining the fiction that Australia is ready for war. Yet the Prime Minister made the fiction official when he promised war with North Korea if fat boy Kim fires at America. Kim Jong-un is determined to prove that his nuke is bigger than Trump’s, but seems doomed to premature articulation. The only thing worse than North Korea’s missile porn is the possibility that Kim will acquire nuclear power and make the West pay. We had better hope his losing streak lasts because Australia’s military preparedness underwhelms and soft treason is rising through the ranks.

Australia shares more than fiery rhetoric with North Korea. We are neck and neck on global rankings for military capability. On this year’s Global Firepower ranking, Australia is listed 22 and North Korea 23 for military strength. America leads the world but China is rapidly gaining.

Given Australia rates below countries like Vietnam, Brazil and Thailand in military strength, one might expect the Defence Minister to make vast improvements in combat readiness her sole priority. It takes a long bow to contend that breast jobs and transgender surgery have a direct relationship to military prowess. Yet last week the minister, Marise Payne, justified Defence spending more than $1 million in taxpayer funds on cosmetic surgery for troops. All that remains is to ditch Advance Australia Fair for I Feel Pretty.

When Defence isn’t funding nips and tucks for troops, it’s busy banning boys from jobs. The Australian Army banned male recruits in a majority of positions advertised in early August. The Daily Telegraph revealed that 35 of 50 jobs were available only to women. Australian Defence Force recruiters were told that if they did not follow the women-only directive, they would be “re-posted”.

Malcolm Turnbull and Payne are enthusiastic architects of ­diver­sity policy in the military. The trickle-down effect seems clear. Last year Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell ­addressed a Defence Force conference on recruitment. He said: “The number one priority I have with respect to recruitment is increasing our diversity, with a focus on women and indigenous Australians.” He emphasised that his “goal of increasing diversity in the army” was urgent and exhorted members to “examine your ­‘energy levels’ for this task and see that they are aligned with mine”. Campbell used a shopping study to propose varied approaches to ­recruiting women and men for the army. Apparently, men and women shop differently and Campbell said: “We can reasonably extrapolate these ‘sales’ issues to our ‘sales’ of army careers.” Once again, I Feel Pretty.

If Australia was the world’s num­ber one military power, the transformation of Defence from a patriotic military to progressivist civil service might seem less problematic. But I suspect the transformation would not occur under a government determined to make its military supreme. President Donald Trump is already seeking to restore US military might by ­advancing beyond Obama’s queer programs and habitual Islamist appeasement.

Perhaps only one activity is more corrosive to the modern military than systemic social ­engineering. It is soft treason. The latest attacks on Western forces is friendly fire aimed at our elite troops. In Australia and Britain, special forces soldiers are ­accused of war crimes and the left’s political-media class is producing prime propaganda for our enemies.

In 2008, human rights lawyer Phil Shiner accused the British military of war crimes, alleging soldiers mutilated and killed innocent civilians in Iraq. The tax­payer-funded BBC repeated the allegations. A subsequent multi-million-pound inquiry concluded what many Britons had suspected; the allegations were baseless.

As it turned out, the human rights lawyer who smeared allied troops as war criminals had been the vice-president of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. In a revelatory article for the Daily Mail, Dominic Lawson wrote that Shiner: “Enjoyed the acclaim … from newspapers such as The Guardian, and the awards from like-minded lawyers: he was named solicitor of the year by the Law Society … in 2014, even as some of the evidence about Shiner’s methods began to emerge, the Law Society Gazette wrote … ‘In Defence of Phil Shiner’.” The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal ­described Shiner’s cam­paign of war crimes allegations against British troops as “deliberate lies, reckless speculations and ingrained hostility towards the UK”. London’s The Telegraph ­reports that a legal associate of Shiner’s, Leigh Day, is now involved “in claims alleging members of the elite regiment executed unarmed civilians”.

Australia, too, is enduring a protracted period of war crimes ­allegations directed at our elite troops. The most publicised case involving former SAS commander Andrew Hastie was timed with the Liberal Party’s public endorsement of his candidacy for the federal seat of Canning. Despite the left media’s best efforts to discredit him, Hastie won the by-election. And after a two-year investigation, the soldier directly accused of wrongdoing was cleared by the Australian Federal Police.

In July, the ABC chose to publish damning allegations about our elite forces. ABC staff introduced the material thus: “Hundreds of pages of secret defence force documents leaked to the ABC give an unprecedented insight into the clandestine operations of Australia’s elite special forces in Afghanistan, including incidents of troops killing unarmed men and children.” There are two pertinent questions. Does anyone at the ABC understand the meaning of non-state actor, jihadism and asymmetric warfare? Has Defence launched an official investigation into the leaks, given their potential to damage the reputations of Australian troops and compromise ­operations security?

The SAS is being placed under intense scrutiny over operations against Islamist terrorists. It is difficult to avoid observing that under Marise Payne’s Defence leadership, a culture of complaint has developed that undermines military cohesion, ­violates the principle of merit and punishes soldiers for courage under fire. Along with the numerous problems plaguing Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne’s submarine program, the Liberals’ traditional role in fortifying national defence appears to be fatally compromised. It should concern any prime minister, but especially one willing to go to war with a paranoid dictator hot for nuclear holocaust.

{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Cliff 24/10/2017, 6:20 am

    It ain’t the military I served in.

    The Left would see that as a positive. I, and anyone with half a brain would certainly NOT. I despair for the PBI* if they ever have to face something even vaguely like situation Australia’s did in 1942.

    *poor bloody infantry.

  • Lorraine 24/10/2017, 9:16 am

    In my memory there has been no worst Government and the Ministers are mismatched as well> Payne and Pyne. are two of the most useless members , no wonder the French are counting their $50 Billion it may stretch to $70 billion . When Labor gets in it may well be $100 billion because they have no Talent either

  • Albert 24/10/2017, 9:25 am

    Sadly we have reached that point where treason within our own government has become the norm.

  • Crankykoala 24/10/2017, 9:37 am

    Not wishing to dwell on traitorous ABC and dopey government I question how we rank above “Rocket Man’s” Korea because I’m sure his are much bigger than ours – nukes and ballistic missiles that is.

  • Ernie 24/10/2017, 9:37 am

    It make you wonder what side they are on. Obviously not the side of the regular soldier, sailor or airman. Our ancestors would turn in their graves. The pendulum has swung too far!

  • Eliza 24/10/2017, 10:00 am

    NWO/Getup/Soros/Bob Brown/Wilkie/Shorten etc are certainly winning with the willing help of this useless government. They say to destroy something good, you must start from the inside and that is precisely what has happened with our forces and our country. And what is more there is no such thing as traitors anymore otherwise most of labour and the liberals would be inside or shot drawn and quartered.

  • Tom 24/10/2017, 10:01 am

    Surely the ‘D’ in ADF is now for ‘dysfunctional’.

    Or ‘divided’/’deluded’/’denuded’.

    But all’s well. It’s ‘diverse’.

  • Biking Voter 24/10/2017, 10:23 am

    Glad I served in an ADF that had core values and objectives and not this pansyfied rabble that it has now degenerated into with the full connivance of the government and top brass.

    • Joe Blogs 24/10/2017, 12:54 pm

      Glad to have served in the Armed Forces – before the ADF fell to Earth from outer space.

  • ROSS 24/10/2017, 1:57 pm

    Bloody shameful and sad that our once proud Australian Army has changed its motto to another meaning to “never leave ya mates behind” or those of the other persuasion are automatically given a gift voucher from “snap on tools”!!

    • Neville 24/10/2017, 10:14 pm

      Oh, Ross! That’s just terrible! (snicker, chortle)

  • Graham 24/10/2017, 3:07 pm

    As Lorraine says Payne (who ate all the pies?) and Pyne (the mincing poodle) the 2 most useless gormless morons ever to wield power over the armed forces. And to thinks these goons along with the Turnip are in charge of taxpayers billions defies any sense of reason.

    Payne – the only front line she has seen is at the queue at the canteen

  • Colin 29/10/2017, 11:36 am

    I served in the RAAF for 23 years & I am proud to have served. But not today! There is nobody of worth in charge just those who are intent of destroying our once proud military service made up of Men & Women!!

  • Anthony 31/10/2017, 5:29 pm

    It is an utter disgrace the way they are treating the diggers of the SASR. All based on hearsay, innuendo and rumour none of these is allowed in a court of law as evidence.
    Who would want to go through the hardest training in the Australian Defence Force to be accepted into the SASR and for what to be put on public trial when you get back home. These people do an incredible job and they should be held in the highest regard not kicked in the guts by these leftest lunatics who are ruining this country. Get rid of the PC brigade.
    I spent 20 years in the RAAF and I am very proud of my service. But
    I would not want to serve in today’s military.

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