Equality advocates have condemned Defence Minister, Peter Dutton's clamp down on LGBTIQA+ diversity.
According to media reports
, Mr Dutton has ordered the Australian Defence Force to stop affirming diversity in ways he doesn't like after it marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia on May 17th.
Just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said,
"Mr Dutton has ordered the ADF to fight his phoney culture war, when it should be preparing to defend Australia in actual wars."
"Affirming diversity in the ADF, as in any organisation, is good for recruitment, retention, morale and productivity."
"By imposing his own narrow, personal, anti-diversity values on the ADF, Peter Dutton is undermining the organisation and betraying his duty as minister.
"In 2017 Mr Dutton told business CEOs who publicly supported marriage equality to “stop throwing their weight around” and “stick to their knitting”?
"It seems that advice doesn't apply to him."