by Dee McLachlan
I can do four press ups — easily — so I’m off to join the army. (But I’m sure to be rejected on my age.)
A Daily Telegraph article, “Australian Army bans male recruits to get female numbers up,” is about the new targets sent out to ADF recruiters. The focus seems to be all about recruiting women immediately. An ADF recruiter allegedly told The Telegraph: “Yes they [men] can apply – but only women will get the job,” — and that there are no vacancies for men in the next 12 months. The article continues:
“The recruiter said he had also been ordered to tell any male already recruited for a combat role, but not yet in training, to change their choice of job to make way for women recruits.
“Former Army officer and Australian Conservatives member Bernie Gaynor said, ‘Recruiting officers have been directed not to process applications from males for combat roles over the next 12 months. Males will simply not get the jobs while females will be fast-tracked through the system’.”
Miranda Devine in another Telegraph article writes:
“To overcome such common sense thinking, diversity experts have designed a $30,000 program effectively to brainwash young leaders in the Army to become “champions of change” and stamp out the ‘white Anglo-Saxon male’ culture they are told no longer has a place in the military.
I wonder if this is a legal? This, below, from the Anti-discrimination Board of New South Wales:
“Under federal and state laws, it is against the law for employers to discriminate [against] employees and job applicants, or allow discrimination and harassment to occur with their organisations. In NSW, employers must not treat job applicants and employees unfairly or harass them because of their: age, carer’s responsibilities, disability, homosexuality, marital or domestic status, race, sex (Including pregnancy and breastfeeding), or transgender status.”
Maybe they need to change this log line on defence jobs, where it says “Equal opportunities — In the ADF, you are promoted and recognised based on your ability, not your gender.”
A Comment on the Film Industry
Gender diversity is part of a new push by all Federal and state film agencies, too. Screen Australia recently announced a five point, $5 million plan over three years for Gender Matters — a suite of initiatives that address the gender imbalance within the Australian screen industry.
Screen Australia’s CEO Graeme Mason said on the 12th of July (2017),
“Our focus is on female led creative teams rather than individuals. We are aiming to ensure our production funding is targeted to creative teams (writer, producer, director and protagonist) that are at least 50% female by 2018 year end.”
This is an attempt to balance what has been a “boys’ club” for a long time.
I worked with an experienced cinematographer recently, and for most of the year he’s been unemployed. Many of the projects he is attached to seem to be getting no traction in Australia — as they have been told (by the funding agencies) that they don’t have enough women in their team (even though the one film has a female protagonist).
After sipping his coffee, he says wryly, “If you’re white, male and over 50… you’re an endangered species.”
On arrival in Australia, I discovered quickly that the film industry was beyond gender — it was more like a “club” — and if you’re not invited to “the party”, be content with feeding on the crumbs on the outside. I imagine most industries work like this.
Are quotas the way to address the imbalance?
But, back to war and defence. Why the Army?
The Ministers of Defence
Across the world there has been a recent trend to appoint women into defence ministries.
There have been past Minister of Defence appointments, like Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (India, 1975), and Kim Campbell (Canada, 1993) — but why the recent global trend? I have only picked six women (in the photo) below, but there are many more. The first in Europe was Finland’s Elisabeth Rehn in 1990. Since then, 18 European countries have appointed women to the top defence job. A few more examples:
- Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide — Norwegian Minister of Defence. She took office in 2013.
- Andreja Katič is the current Minister of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia.
- Karin Märta Elisabeth Enström, served as Minister for Defence in the Sweden 2012.
- Marina Pendeš serves as Minister of Defence, Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, appointed in March 2015.
Top, Left to Right: Mimi Kodheli, appointed Minister of Defense of Albania in September 2013; the same year Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen was the German Minister of Defence; Roberta Pinotti, the Italian Minister of Defence (February 2014);
Bottom, Left to Right: May 2015, Penelope Mary Mordaunt was appointed UK Minister of State for the Armed Forces; Senator Marise Payne became the first female Minister for Defence in September 2015; María Dolores Cospedal García appointed Minister of Defense of Spain in November 2016.
Let me say here, that I hate violence, detest wars and killing. I think past (male) leaders have used wars in an immoral way, and I would be glad to see a change in how Ministers of Defence viewed war. On the surface, appointing a woman as Defence Minister might give the idea that she may take a less war-like approach. But I don’t think that is the case. The ministries still don’t understand how wars and governments are being manipulated.
This trend is not a random coincidence.
This seems to have been globally orchestrated. A directive from somewhere?
In a Bloomberg article — “Why Europe Puts Women in Top Defense Roles” — it sounds all so wonderful. The article reflects on a meeting of Europe’s five female defense ministers and their changing priorities and vision of the military’s role. May 18, 2017:
“At Thursday’s meeting of European Union defense ministers all five of the bloc’s biggest economies (minus the U.K.) were represented by women… This remarkable evolution of what was a traditionally male portfolio reflects the current European attitude toward military force and its raison d’etre.
“…They’re political appointees — but it’s hardly accidental that they ended up with defense portfolios at the same time… more than 40 countries have done this so far, some 30 of them picking the first woman for the post after 2000.”
This may appear as a new vision for a more peaceful and equitable future, but what is really happening here? What is being planned for us in the future?
Dr Day had predicted war in the future would be obsolete, and this is what Dr Dunegan recalled him saying at his 1969 lecture:
“Anyhow, the new system would be brought in, if not by peaceful co-operation with everybody willingly yielding national sovereignty and then by bringing the nation to the brink of nuclear war. Everybody would be so fearful as hysteria is created by the possibility of nuclear war that there would be a strong public outcry to negotiate a public peace and people would willingly give up national sovereignty in order to achieve peace, and thereby this would bring in the ‘New International Political System’.”
Is the global trend to appoint female defence ministers a good thing, or is it part of a plan to disarm nations, and eventually privatize the military under one globally governing body — for a glorious New World Order.