DEFENCE CALLED TO DELETE OFFICIAL STATEMENTS ATTACKING AUSTRALIAN LIBERTY ALLIANCE
Thursday, December 10th, 2015 – Australian Liberty Alliance Ltd
The President of the Australian Liberty Alliance, Debbie Robinson, has today written to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin AC, over statements criticising the party from an official Defence Twitter account.
The Twitter account, @navyislamic, describes itself as the “Official Royal Australian Navy Islamic Advisor Twitter account.” It is operated by Captain Mona Shindy, CSC, RAN. Following the launch of the Australian Liberty Alliance, this account tweeted:
Real shame to see these extreme ill informed fringe groups threatening #community #cohesion. #auspol #teamhumanrace
This tweet also retweeted a statement from Mike Carlton linking to an ABC news story about Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, who launched the Australian Liberty Alliance. Mike Carlton’s tweet stated:
FFS.@What sort of political party gets a Dutch bully and bigot to launch it in secret ?
Defence policy prohibits political statements from Defence personnel in their official capacity.
Ms Robinson has asked the Chief of Defence Force to confirm that the tweet does not represent the official position of the Australian Defence Force and that it be deleted.
“It is completely unacceptable for an official Defence Twitter account to criticise any registered political party in Australia,” said Ms Robinson.
“This is military interference in Australia’s democratic political process. It must stop.”
“The Australian Liberty Alliance is very concerned that the Australian Defence Force appears to be promoting pro-Islamic political views and attacking a party that has the support of many Australians.”
“We reject the message from this official Defence Twitter account. The Australian Liberty Alliance is proudly pro-Australian. The threats to community cohesion and safety come from a community that clearly rejects our flag, laws, anthem and heritage.”
“The Australian Liberty Alliance is also proud of its strong stance supporting freedom of speech. In fact, its Queensland candidate, Bernard Gaynor, has won an important legal case protecting the freedom of speech of all Australians, including Defence personnel.”
“We respect and protect the right of all Defence members to express their private political opinions. This right has been hard won and it should not be threatened by the promotion of official political views by the Australian Defence Force.”
The Twitter account, @navyIslamic, has also criticised other politicians and questioned Australia’s immigration policies and Australian Defence Force operations against the Islamic State.
On 31 March, 2105, Captain Mona Shindy also gave a speech in her official capacity as a Defence member calling for the government to fund mosques and imams. The Australian Liberty Alliance has also requested that the Chief of Defence Force confirm that this view is not official Defence policy.