ONE of the Australian Defence Force’s most controversial figures who has criticised LGBTI inclusion in the force has been given his marching orders following a directive by the former Chief General David Hurley.
The former Queensland candidate for the Katter’s Australian Party, Bernard Gaynor, was told of his dismissal from the ADF via a letter from General Hurley as one of his final acts as Chief on June 30.
The ADF has issued a statement today confirming General Hurley’s directive and that Gaynor’s reservist position had become untenable, and his views were not welcome within the force.
“Defence can confirm it has made a final decision to terminate the service of Army Reserve member Major Bernard Gaynor as a result of conduct that demonstrates repeated behaviour inconsistent with Army and Defence policies,” an ADF spokesperson told the Star Observer.
“In accordance with procedural fairness and the principles of natural justice, Major Gaynor was provided an opportunity to demonstrate why his service should not be terminated.”
Gaynor has had a colourful history as a reservist for the ADF. Along with publicly accusing the ADF of lacking “moral courage” and capitulating to extremist Islam, he has accused Chief of Army Lieutenant General Morrison of being “a slave of Islam” and labelling him a “coward”.
Gaynor has also been a vocal homophobic and transphobic detractor of ADF efforts to promote LGBTI inclusion and equality amongst its members. Most notably, Gaynor led a campaign to stop any ADF involvement with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, something he has likened to child abuse.
“If you then knew that on this excursion [to Mardi Gras] my children would be exposed to nudity, sexually explicit activity and groups promoting sado-masochistic homosexual practices and clad in leather like they were about to begin, you would probably think about calling in the child protection agency,” Gaynor said on his website.
The now ex-reservist has also taken aim at the speechwriter for General Morrison, Lieutenant Colonel Cate McGregor AM — who underwent transitioning to become a woman in 2012 — accusing “him” of being a “full-time cross dresser”.
Gaynor has not taken the news well, accusing the military of being “corrupted” at the top.
“At this stage, the Australian Defence Force will be marching in Sydney with those who vilify Jesus Christ and Christianity next year and General Hurley will be Governor of NSW,” Gaynor said.
Gaynor has indicated he is seeking legal advice in order to “rectify” the ADF’s decision.
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