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DEFGLIS Board Member and self-confessed staunch ally Prudence Hawkins-Griffiths reflects on the importance of diversity and acceptance within Defence.

Until I was posted into the Defence training environment in June 2015, all I really understood about LGBTI matters was the very one-sided point of view I had seen in the media or heard in ill-informed conversations. Hyperemotivity, ignorance and intolerance is common to all these viewpoints  – including my own.

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Gillian Cosgrove-White and her partner Rachael first met when they were 20 years old but they lost touch when Gillian moved to Tasmania and Rachael joined the Royal Australian Navy. 

Fast forward some 13 years. The couple reconnected on social media, got married and are raising three children together, including twenty-year-old Corban from Gillian’s first marriage. 

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DEFGLIS National Events Director Andy Maskell introduces himself, discusses his previous successes and reveals his plans for events in 2019.

I joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1995, enlisting as a Writer. I’ve served on a number of ships and establishments, including HMAS Arunta, Ballarat, Stuart, Sydney, Choules, Cerberus, Kuttabul,and Stirling– Wow! That is a lot.

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