A Commie On The Board

The government is insisting they will go ahead with “religious freedom” legislation, but their argument for change is false.

The religious right of the Liberal Party, led by Pastor PM Morrison, are indeed using “Religious Freedom” as their “Get Out Of Jail Free” card, as I predicted:

“Like the ‘people smuggler’ boat that magically appeared in the Daintree, bashing the gays could… buy Scummo some much needed time and credit… Scummo is a fundy himself, very keen to wave his magic wand and provide Erica Betz, Tony Abbott, etc., with some red meat – and a licence to discriminate against LGBTI could be just the thing.”

And so it has come to pass. The government is still refusing to release the Ruddock report, because it’s basically too feeble for the PMs taste. He wants to go harder.

According to sources I have spoken to, Scummo and friends are particularly fired up about the case of Mark Allaby. The changes Ruddock is proposing would not fundamentally change the current situation.

In fact, even a Religious Freedom Act wouldn’t save Allaby, because it wasn’t his religion that undid him. But we’ll come to that in a minute.

“Allaby resigned from the board of the Australian Christian Lobby after PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers), where he was a director, were made aware of this clear conflict of interest with their commitment to LGBTI inclusion. Allaby later left the PwC Board, too. “Christian” activists of course claimed he was “forced out”.

He came under similar pressure again a year later, again over a perceived conflict of interest between his role as a managing partner at IBM (another supporter of LGBTI rights), and his directorship of an ACL subsidiary, the Lachlan Macquarie Institute, which mentors high-flying young ‘Christians’ to be a fifth column for Jesus inside business and government.”

Ultimately, he chose to resign from PwC. According to the PM and his mates, this was a dreadful attack on religious liberty. But if you think about it, really, what business does an extremely political Christian like Allaby have on the board of a company like PwC? What was he really doing there?

A Dominionist On The Board

Allaby was simultaneously a director of the Australian Christian Lobby, an organisation dedicated to advancing the imported American Dominionist agenda known as the “Seven Mountains”. I wrote about them many times before: here’s one post

“While Australians get worked up about Islam and the danger of shariah law, they are blithely ignoring these ‘Christaliban’ groups that want to establish an Old Testament theocratic government, every bit as repressive, violent and deranged as ISIS. Maybe because they speak English, are mostly white, and look ‘normal’. But they are anything but. These zealots, backed by a ton of money, not only from their American mentors, but rich Australian businessmen, are quietly funding and mentoring people into positions of influence and power. They have begun to storm the seven mountains.”

What’s more, Allaby wasn’t just a director of the Lobby, he was also on the board of, and played a major role in, the Lachlan Macquarie Institute. Again, I have written about this before.

“For those who don’t know, the Lachlan Macquarie Institute runs what it calls Internships. Young Christians thinking of entering public life live together for a few weeks. They are schooled in how to put their Christian faith into practice at work, in public service, and in politics. They are introduced to people who can help them in their intended career. “

Why PwC Is Important

PwC is a pivotal organisation. Michael West explains:

“The Big Four global accounting firms… PwC, EY, KPMG and Deloitte – are major political donors. Ironically, as the architects of global tax avoidance, the Big Four are more responsible than any other institutions for undermining the government’s tax base thanks to their tax avoidance advice for multinational clients.

Besides advising the government on tax, while advising their clients on how to pay as little as possible tax, the Big Four are members of the Business Council of Australia which calls for cutting wages and lower taxes for large corporations… these are also the most powerful institutions in the world, institutions which have infiltrated governments and have a huge influence on policy.

A Commie On The Board

So Allaby sat in a powerful position in one of “the most powerful institutions of the world”, while also playing a senior role in an organisation dedicated to infiltrating and ultimately controlling such organisations.

If you can’t see why his links with the ACL and the LMI might have caused his fellow partners some disquiet, let’s try a little “what if” scenario. Imagine if Allaby had been a communist.

What if you are a director of PwC? You know that one of your fellow directors is a bit of a Commie, but so long as he doesn’t bring it to work, it doesn’t bother you too much. In fact, you scarcely think about it.

But what if it gets about that your company, one at the very centre of the global capitalist system, has a communist on the board? How does that look, to your clients, your investors, the governments with whom you do huge amounts of business? To the extent that your company pretty much is the government, in many respects?

What’s more, it turns out that your fellow director isn’t just any old Commie, but a leading light in the Party, on the executive, no less? Even worse, his role is to mentor bright young Commies, introduce them to his mates in governments and companies, grooming them to do as he has done: take a position close to the centres of power. Would you feel able to completely trust such a person? Could you be sure of their motivations?

Servant Of Two Masters

Now we can see why Allaby’s positions at PwC and IBM became untenable.  Because, just like the hypothetical “commie on the board”, he was in influential positions in two huge multinationals, both of which had a strong public commitment to equality and inclusion, while at the same time holding very senior positions in the number one Australian organisation fighting against equality and inclusion, and for a Christian takeover of businesses and governments.

The issue is not his religion. It’s the politics. It’s the contradiction. It’s the rank incompatibility of his roles. Clearly, something had to give.

No one impinged on Allaby’s religious freedom. He made a choice. He was free to give up the ACL. Instead he chose to give up PwC. He could not possibly in good conscience continue as a director of two organisations actively working to two completely opposed agendas.

He was asked to choose, and he chose to put his religio-political agenda first, ahead of the interests of his employers. He preferred run an institute grooming young people and ultimately attempting to place them in positions of power. He chose to work for the dominion of fanatical Christians over everyone else. It wasn’t his religion that got him into difficulties: it was his politics.

Would you have kept him on?

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)