HMAS LEEUWIN 1963 ENTRY WEEKLY NEWS 2010
1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s Weekly News 19 December 2010
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G’day and Welcome,

Hope you and yours are well. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thanks to all those that contributed to Weekly News; this will be the final one for this year. It has been fun putting it together, I hope you enjoyed it. Saying that, a Newsletter is following this Weekly News.

Have been having problems with the website during the last week, consequently, some of the items from Weekly News have not been published. This should be rectified this week.

There are articles on the DFWA Update## Your downClick here to download this file load 'DFWA UPDATE 256 - 15 DECEMBER 2010.pdf">Click here to download this file , an article on the ‘Grey Funnel line on the Gunline’ a good read, a fabulous painting of PERTH and an article on touts trying to scam us.Click here to download this file

The CERBERUS Museum link is now on the website. I have found out since last week, Brent Balchin also helped with this project. Congratulations Brent, it is a top presentation, a really good look.

There is a link below, it is a trial in an attempt to further support ex serviceman – have a look

Also this week
Vale Doc Livingstone
New website to support ex members
Search for descendants of Alex Stewart
SYDNEY – Were you there
Overseas Vaccinations – DVA

Cheers

Ron

SUBJECT VALE DOC LIVINGSTONE

It is with regret we advise the passing of good mate Don "Doc" Livingstone - R35370 CPO UC Aged 80 years on 14 Dec 2010

Served HMAS HOBART Commissioning and 1st Deployment Buffer.

Funeral to be held West Chapel, Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park,
Military Rd, MATRAVILLE Sydney NSW 17 DEC 2010 commencing 1.45pm

Family has requested in lieu of flowers, a donation to Cancer Council
be considered. Envelopes available on the day.

REST IN PEACE OLD COMRADE.

Regards,
John Withers
Hon Sec/Treas
HMAS HOBART Association (NSW Section)


SUBJECT NEW WEBSITE TO SUPPORT EXMEMBERS

please see the DVA Intranet Home Page for details about this pilot program and about the website. (www.touchbase.gov.au)

SUBJECT SEARCH FOR DESCENDANTS OF ALEX STEWART

From: frankcole57@msn.com Subject: Looking for descendants of....Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 16:43:40 +1000
I am trying to locate a descendant of Alexander Gordon Stewart who was an Australian veteran of the Great War. I have his framed Certificate of Discharge and I would love to have it returned to a family member. The Certificate was actually found by a garbage collector in Granville (a Sydney suburb) and delivered by him to the Vietnam Veterans' Federation NSW head office in the same suburb. I am NSW Hon. Secretary of the NSW Branch.

3669 Private Alexander Gordon Stewart served overseas with the 6th Light Horse from April 1917 to June 1919. He was born near Inverell NSW around February 1889 and enlisted for Service Abroad at Narandera. His wife is listed as Victoria May Stewart of Coolamon and his mother Margaret lived on Murphy Street,
Rutherglen, Vic. Last April and May I had ads. placed in the Sydney Daily Telegraph and the Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun respectively. I received a few phone calls in response yet none were related. You are requested to forward this email to all on your list with the hope that it will lead to some positive result. I can be contacted on frankcole57@msn.com or 02 9626 8745. Let the veteran community try to return this memorabilia to it's rightful owner.

Best Regards, Frank Cole


SUBJECT SYDNEY – WERE YOU THERE

If you are able to help with the following please contact Robert or Lillian Jurey at lilrob1@bigpond.net.au or telephone: 03.9743.2185.

Would any person who served with ORDUW, Robert. W. Jurey, R104465 in H.M.A.S. SYDNEY, during trips between 08.2. 1969 - 30.5.1969, please contact Robert Jurey at: lilrob1@bigpond.net.au" or phone - 03.9743.2185

We are particularly looking for confirmation that SCARE CHARGES were dropped from the SYDNEY in Vung Tau harbour. Not from the cutters, but from the ship.

We are both hoping to finally see this matter put to rest and Robert given the support and respect he deserves.

I thank you in anticipation and wish you and your loved ones a Very Special Christmas.

many, many thanks Lilian


SUBJECT OVERSEAS MEDICAL VACINATIONS
Earlier this year after submissions had been made to me at an AVADSC meeting in Brisbane I approached the Deputy Commissioner in the Queensland Consultative Forum regarding Gold Card holders being required to pay for Medical Vaccinations prior to overseas travel, I have now received a positive outcome.
Prior to 1st Aug 2010 DVA has not provided coverage for medical vaccinations for DVA clients travelling overseas, the approach was that these were privately incurred expenses.
DVA has now released a new Business Line where in it now states that as from the 1st Aug 2010 all GOLD CARD holders are eligible for all required vaccinations to be covered under the Gold Card arrangements.
Any Gold Card holders that may have incurred charges from 1st August 2010 are able to seek reimbursement via DVA. I would expect a fact sheet covering this to be issued shortly.
I ask that you make this information widely available to your friends and association membership, I will send you a copy of the DVA Fact Sheet once it becomes available.
If you or anyone else has any questions ask them to contact their nearest DVA VAN office.
Regards Gordon Blake Chairman QLD State Advisory Council Australian Veterans’ & Defence Services Council




1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s Weekly News 12 December 2010
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G’day and Welcome,

Hope you and yours are well. Mudjimba was brilliant, 38 turned up for the luncheon, then out of the blue Russ and Viv Loane invited all to have a BBQ at their place for tea, 18 turned up to a great meal and fabulous hospitality. There will be a Newsletter on the function.

I mentioned earlier about obtaining photos for the dedication page on the website. Well we have our first one, Bernie Lawson is having a drink with Annie Oakley and John Shinn circa 1964. If you have a photo of someone who we have dedicated, please forward to me for publication.

If you are crook, let me know, your mates do care and they like to know. Greg Henderson-Smith forwarded the following email. Thanks Greg.
Ron
Just thought I’d let you know that I am out of hospital and back home again. Another blockage in the old ticker plumbing but no work required as blood is finding it’s own path around the problem area. Will suffer some pain from time to time and will probably have to have something done eventually but the Grim Reaper is still one short on his bowling team for now.
Regards to all.
Greg (Hyphen) Henderson-Smith

Brent Balchin sent an email containing footage of the CERBERUS Museum, I am having trouble copying it to the website. It will happen, keep an eye out as it is a great look. Many of you would remember Marty Grogan, he is the curator and has done a fantastic job.

Read the dit on the South African Navy. No wonder they were not allowed by their Minister for Defence to tour to UK last year to compete in the Commonwealth Navies Rugby Championship.


Also this week
Ships as we knew them
Sinking the South African Navy (attached)Click here to download this file
RAN Clearance Divers in Vietnam
Royal Navy customs and traditions
DVA Home modification programme
VENDETTA function invitation

Cheers

Ron

SUBJECT Ships as we knew them

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERy5sp3-jf0&feature=email

SUBJECT RAN CLEARANCE DIVERS IN VIETNAM

RAN Clearance Divers in Vietnam (Da Nang) - 1970/1971




www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ0HyHOx6QA&feature=related


SUBJECT ROYAL NAVY CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS

www.hmsrichmond.org/avast/customs.htm


SUBJECT DVA HOME MODIFICATION PROGRAMME

The objective of the home modifications program is to assist you to remain in your home with enhanced independence and safety and to reduce dependency on carers.
Modifications also reduce the likelihood of having to move residence and the consequent dislocation from family, friends and community and to reduce the risk of falls. An example of a home modification is the replacement of a bath with a hobless shower to allow safe, independent showering and many other modifications are also available that address safety and access in the home. These include internal and /or external rails and/or ramps to access your home. Household adaptive appliances are items used to assist you if you have difficulty with everyday tasks, for example turning a key in a lock or opening jars. Items such as jar openers, key turners and reaching appliances are available to assist you.
If you have a Repatriation Health Card – For All Conditions (Gold Card) you may be eligible for home modifications, where there is a clinical need. If you have a Repatriation Health Card – For Specific Conditions (White Card) you may be eligible for home modifications relating to an accepted disability. To access this service your doctor will refer you to an occupational therapist to ascertain if you require home modifications or adaptive appliances. The occupational therapist will assess your clinical needs and provide you with information on what alternatives may be available. The occupational therapist will then make recommendations to DVA and you will be advised if the recommended modifications meet DVA’s guidelines and whether they will pay for the modifications. The condition of your home is also considered, as it must be structurally sound and identified as suitable living accommodation. A licensed builder can advise you of any structural issues you may have with your home. Your prognosis is also taken into account as home modifications can take considerable time to arrange and install and may cause disruption.
Alternative options are also explored and DVA will not pay for modifications to your home if there is no clinical need or if you were aware, at the time of moving into accommodation of a condition that could make access to your home difficult in the future. They will also not pay if you are in the process of, or have had, a compensation or insurance settlement in relation to the condition requiring the modification or if you are a resident of a residential aged care facility, state-owned housing, independent living unit or retirement village. DVA will not pay for non essential items, such as additional toilets, spa baths and for home renovations or installation of basic utilities, such as water, sewerage, lighting and heating and are provided for one residence only. If DVA has paid for modifications to your existing home and you choose to move to a less suitable home, you and/or the owner of the new home will have to pay for any future modifications.
You do not have to own your own home for DVA to pay for the modifications, but the owner of the home must confirm that you will be a resident on a long-term basis and must also agree in writing to the modifications and that DVA will not restore the property to its former state once the modifications are no longer required. You can also contact the Veterans’ Home Maintenance Line on 1800 80 1945 for advice on general home maintenance matters and referral to reliable and efficient tradespeople in your area.

SUBJECT VENDETTA INVITATION TO FUNCTION









The Vendetta Veterans' Association
(Qld Division)

The next luncheon/meeting of the Association

will be held on

Sunday – 13th February, 2011

at the home of

Tim and Val Wall

3 Binganah Street, Slacks Creek

commencing at 11.00am

Cost - only $5.00 per person

BYO drinks and chairs

ALL WELCOME

For catering purposes please

RSVP 8th February, 2011

Phone: 07.3288.1702 or 0428.881.702

or send an email to:

MKRAUSE@bigpond.net.au



1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s Weekly News 5 December 2010
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G’day and Welcome,

Hope you and yours are well.

This Saturday 4 December at Mudjimba RSL. Be there around midday for lunch, dress casual. After lunch we will have a mini meeting and then tell some more lies. Jack and Carol Davey are now unable to attend, however Phil and Tracey Narramore and Dick Lewin have indicated they will attend. Should be around 35 attendees. My phone number is 0410529797.

You would have received the email on Lawyer Forster the 7:30 report. Nothing new in it really, but it is good to see he is receiving more adverse publicity.

Ken Dobbie has released Newsletter No.23. It contains information on what is happening to the donations received which were not spent on the Memorial. A good read. (attached)Click here to download this file


Also this week
LCDR Bob Sykes – Vale
Vietnam Veterans Health Study
DVA and Dental Implants
YARRA’s decommissioning Daily Orders – attached## Your picture: 'YARRA's decommissioning Daily Orders.jpg' has been inserted here ##
CANBERRA Reunion 2011
HOBART Reunion November 2011

Cheers
Ron


SUBJECT VALE LCDR BOB SYKES

It is with great regret that I advise of the passing of LCDR Robert J Sykes RAN Rtd, 058711. Bob passed away this morning, details at this stage are sketchy and I will pass on details as I know them.

Regards, Dimples

SUBJECT VIETNAM VETERANS HEALTH STUDY

National Health Study

Article November 2010
Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study (VVFS) Update
The VVFS is investigating the long term effects of war service on Vietnam veterans’ families. This study will help provide a better understanding of what those impacts are and how best to assist those who need help.
The VVFS was originally programmed to conclude in December 2016, however, it is now anticipated that the final report, incorporating all the research elements, will be completed and handed to Government late in 2012. This is over four years earlier than originally programmed and will be achieved without compromising the scientific validity of the study.
New registrations have slowed considerably, however anyone who hasn’t registered and would like to is encouraged to call the Family Studies Program Team on 1800 502 302 to discuss eligibility to participate. If eligible, you can be registered immediately.
The first research component of the study, the Re-analysis of the Vietnam Veterans’ Sons and Daughters Project data, which was undertaken by Enhance Management, has been completed. This report is available on the main DVA web site (www.dva.gov.au/vvfs).
Five of the study’s other research components are underway. These are the:
Semi-Structured Telephone Interviews being undertaken by the Institute for Social Science Research and the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health.
History of Health Case Studies being undertaken by Open Mind Research Group.
In-depth Case Study (Ethnographic Study) being undertaken by TNS Social Research.
Main Survey being undertaken by Colmar Brunton Social Research.
Children of Vietnam Veterans’ Mortality Study being undertaken by TNS Social Research.
The first three research components detailed above, along with the Re-analysis of the Vietnam Veterans’ Sons and Daughters Project data, have provided information to assist with the development of the main survey questionnaire. It is expected that results from these three components will be finalised shortly with the final reports being referred to the Minister within the next few months for public release as soon as possible in 2011.
Once the main survey questionnaire has been piloted and its development completed it will be sent out to all registered participants. This will most likely be in the second quarter of 2011.
You can contribute to the success of this research by telling your friends and family about this study and by participating in the study.
More information on how to register for the study can be found at www.dva.gov.au/vvfs or by calling the FSP Team on freecall 1800 502 302.
Timor-Leste Family Study Progress
Military service, particularly deployment, may have a profound effect not only on those who serve but also on their families. The Timor-Leste Family Study aims to determine what, if any, physical, mental or social health impacts there are on military families as a result of deployment to Timor Leste. The study also aims to identify any potential risk or protective factors that influence the ability of Defence families to cope with deployments. The Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health (CMVH) is conducting the Timor-Leste Family Study as part of the larger Department of Veterans’ Affairs Family Study Program.
The research includes information provided by the families of people who:
deployed to Timor-Leste, or
were eligible to deploy to Timor-Leste but did not.
These families may or may not have been deployed on other operations.
The study will help DVA and Defence better understand the impact of deployment on Defence families and identify any additional support services that would best help these families prior to, during and after deployments.
You can contribute to the success of this research by telling your friends and family about this study and by participating in the study. Potential participants will soon be sent information packages explaining the research and asking them to participate.
For further information:
Contact us: call 1800 708 335
Email: families@cmvh.org.au

Veteranweb Network
raypayne@veteranweb.asn.au

SUBJECT DVA AND DENTAL IMPLANTS

DVA recently advised of a review of the arrangements for the provision of DVA funded dental services. The first phase was implemented on 1 November 2009 and phase two has now been completed resulting in a review of DVA funded dental implant policy being finalised. The main changes to the dental implant policy are inclusion of periodontists and oral surgeons to provide the surgical phase of implant treatment with an increase from one to two single tooth implants every two years with an increase from a maximum of two to three implants to facilitate the construction of a full lower over-denture.
Today we give a brief overview of the procedures involved when eligible members of the veteran community may be considering osseo integrated dental implant (dental implants) treatment under the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) arrangements. A dental implant is a titanium metal screw, which is placed into the upper or lower jawbone providing in effect, an artificial tooth root used to support an artificial tooth or to stabilise and support partial or full dentures. Usually the permanent replacement of a tooth is fitted several months after the implant is put in. Approval for treatment can be complex as applications for dental implants require input from a number of dental and medical providers. This can mean the decision making process can be lengthy and once DVA have all of the required reports a recommendation will be made and you will be advised in writing. There are two phases for implant treatment, the surgical phase and restorative phase. As DVA has restrictions on what type of provider can submit a dental implant application for both phases of dental implant treatment you should discuss any issues relating to dental implants with your local dental officer.
You do not have to pay towards the cost of the treatment if your application is clinically necessary and if the treatment meets the DVA dental implant policy and guidelines, DVA will accept financial responsibility for your dental implant treatment and for the dentures or crowns which attach to the implants. DVA will also pay for modifications to existing dentures to include attachments for implants in them as the payment by DVA for implant supported crowns falls outside the normal arrangements for crown and bridgework. This means that the provider must accept the DVA schedule fee for the implant supported crown and cannot charge a co-payment for this.
DVA does not accept financial responsibility for dental implant applications that include sinus lifts; mini implants; block bone grafting or zygomatic implants, but if there are compelling clinical circumstances to warrant the use of the above treatments, the case may be considered by DVA under exceptional circumstances. DVA does not fund dental implant treatment for cosmetic purposes.
Dental implant criteria require the eligible person to have their local medical officer (LMO) or general practitioner (GP) complete a Medical History and Assessment Form. Final consideration will not be made by DVA until the restorative phase, surgical phase and Medical History and Assessment Form is submitted to DVA and then assessed.
When the application for the restorative phase is submitted, DVA will return this form if you are eligible and the treatment meets DVA policy. If, at this stage, you are not eligible or the treatment is outside of DVA guidelines and there are no exceptional circumstances relating to your specific case, DVA will advise you in writing of their decision. If you are eligible you will be required to see a specialist for the surgical phase of treatment (an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral surgeon, or periodontist). Limits do apply to dental implant treatment as DVA will only fund dental implant treatment for eligible persons who have met all of the clinical and generic criteria required in the DVA dental implant policy and guidelines. If you think you require Dental implants discuss first with your dental provider who can then contact DVA on your behalf.

SUBJECT CANBERRA’S REUNION 2011


HMAS Canberra Reunion 2011


" Second to None"
Hi Folks,

How goes it?

The HMAS Canberra 2011 Reunion will be held on the Sunshine Coast QLD at the Maroochy RSL 21-23 October 2011 ( www.maroochyrsl.com.au/ )

The Reunion is being held for all personnel, partners and guests of personnel who served in HMAS Canberra and will be an great opportunity to join in celebrating the Ship's 30 th Birthday with the fine people who served in her.

The Tentative Program

Fri 21 Oct - Meet and Greet
Sat 22 Oct - Dinner Dance
Sun 23 Oct - Memorial Service HMAS Canberra 1 and Farewell Family BBQ
I am currently in contact with 500 former members of the HMAS Canberra Ships Company through email , Facebook and I have recently set a Twitter account to keep in contact the details are on the HMAS Canberra Website
at www.hmascanberra.com

It is very important for you to register your interest in attending at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DXHHXSK to assist in organising the Reunion.

Please use your Navy Family Network to give this email the widest coverage and to encourage our former shipmates to attend.

A note of thanks to the President of the Maroochy Waters Naval Association Roy Wilcox for the assistance he has afforded me.

Yours Aye,

Lee "Bickies" Webster
Webmaster
www.hmascanberra.com

0431547527

SUBJECT HOBART REUNION NOVEMBER 2011

HMAS HOBART Association Reunion 9-13 November 2011

Planning is well underway for the 2011 HOBART Association 2011
Reunion in Canberra. A highlight will be a Dedication Ceremony of the HMAS HOBART Commemorative Plaque at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) on the morning of Saturday 12th November. The Plaque will be bronze cast and eventually placed alongside those of other Navy, Army and RAAF Service Units in the outside public areas of the AWM. It will commemorate the Service of the Cruiser and the DDG. The HMAS HOBART Plaque will be unveiled by a member of the Cruiser’s crew and by members of the families of those who lost their lives in the DDG.

A broad outline of the schedule of events is:

* Wednesday 9th Nov MEET & GREET 2pm to 6 pm OLIMS HOTEL. This is the preferred accommodation venue being 1 km from the Australian War Memorial (AWM) 1.5 km from the National Naval Memorial on ANZAC Parade and 1.5 km to Canberra’s major shopping area.

* Thursday 10th Nov Bus Tour 1. 4-5 hours. Tidbinbilla Space Centre. Museum and the Lanyon Historic Homestead. Lunch and morning/afternoon tea.

Bus Tour 2. 3-4 hours. Scenic views of Canberra, Embassy Residences and Botanical Gardens. Bus tour coast about $40 per person (yet to be confirmed).

Boat Tour 1. 1 hour. Scenic view of Canberra City from Lake Burley Griffin by ferry. $15 per person.

Boat Tour 2. 2 Hours. Luncheon Cruise on Lake Burley Griffin by ferry. Cost $50 per person.

FRIDAY 11TH Nov. Opportunity for all to attend the National Remembrance Ceremony at the AWM at 11a.m. Bus and Boat tours as for Thursday. (Bus Costs to be confirmed.)

SATURDAY 12th Nov. 10a.m. Association March and Dedication Ceremony HMAS HOBART Commemorative Plaque at AWM.

7p.m. GALA DINNER. About $70 per person.

SUNDAY 13th Nov. 12a.m. BBQ on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin with assistance from Vietnam Veterans Federation (ACT Branch). About $15 per person.

ACCOMMODATION.
All details of Canberra attractions and suggested accommodation are promulgated on the HMAS HOBART Association website:-
hmashobartassn.com/index.html (then go to Reunion and Accommodation links.) The organisers strongly suggest members look at their recommended accommodation, Olims Hotel. They have arranged a Special Rate for visiting Hobartians as follows:-
OLIMS HOTEL Cnr Ainslie & Limestone Ave, Braddon has offered a special rate for our Reunion accommodation. This is considered value for money for Canberra. Due to its close proximity to Memorials, Departure and Return venue for the Bus Tours, location for the Wednesday Meet & Greet (1400 – 1800), it is the organiser’s recommended Hotel/Motel accommodation for attendees.
* WALKING DISTANCE. To Aust War Memorial (AWM) 1 km, RAN Memorial on ANZAC Ave 0.5km and 1.5 km to the large Canberra Centre shopping mall, City stores, Bistros, Restaurants and Canberra Casino.
* VENUE for Check-in. distribution of the souvenir bags and the Meet & Greet on Wed 09 Nov 2011 from 1400 to 1800.
* FULL DINING and BISTRO meals available.
*FREE PARKING at front and rear of Hotel. Those not accommodated at OLIMS may use the Hotel Parking whilst on Bus Tours.
* ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE. The special daily rate offered is:- The Superior Rooms (single, double or twins) at $170 per night which includes Continental Breakfast for 2 (usual price for 2 is $32). The full rate for these rooms is $391 per night, so OLIMS is offering a generous discount of $221 per night plus a free breakfast. Most rooms are on ground floor level. Already 25 rooms have been set aside for Hobart members.
* As well as the usual facilities such as aircon, these rooms have hairdryers, Mini Bar, normal size Baths with shower over, Bar size fridge, iron/ironing board, tea/coffee making, Pay Movies, internet access and 42cm LCD TV. Log on www.olimshotel.com.au to see pictures of rooms etc.
*This special rate can be extended to guests wishing to stay extra days before or after the Reunion dates.
*When booking, forward requests to stay@olimshotel.com or suzie.martin@olimshotel.com and quote reference HHA091111 or phone 02 6243 0000 and ask for Suzie Martin or Tara. Your credit card number will suffice as the Deposit when booking.

For any Reunion queries please contact Mike Taylor on 02 6288 3393 or by e-mail at mbt@netspeed.com.au He will be most happy to assist with your questions.

ALL WELCOME




1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s Weekly News 28 November 2010
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G’day and Welcome,

Hope you and yours are well. Only a couple of days before the Sunshine Coast bash. Thanks to all who have responded, irrespective of whether they are attending or not. I think it is great to keep in contact. There are some really interesting articles this week. Thanks to all who contributed.

Saturday 4 December at Mudjimba RSL. More starters, we now have: Larry and Penny Kent, Don and Ann Muller, Alan White, Jack and Carol Davey, Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Tank and Phyllis Evans, Knobby and Rhonda Clarke, Spook Cairns, Ross and Di Fullarton, Neil Duckworth, Bob and San Cavanagh, Rocky and Lin Freier (at last), Nev Barry, Tassy and Pam Mason, Barry and AnnMarie Andrews, Kev Smith, Derek and Marilyn Whyte, Pee Wee Petherick, Max Lampo, Michael Alymer and me. Who else is going to turn up. Please let me know either way. Have received emails indicating - Glen Butler, Sandy Michels, Wayne and Margaret Butterfield, Ian and Marion Schubert, Geoff and Glyn Anderson, Darby and Frances Ashton, Mike Shephard, Tom and Carol Kinross, Les Barclay, Wayne Chapman, Russ and Georgina Nelson, John and Luba Miscamble, all have indicated they will not be attending.

Mr Forster the honest Lawyer is going through some tough times, there is an article on the 7:30 report on Monday night on how he has ripped off his clients in respect of the VOYAGER disaster. What goes around comes around. There are two articles under.

MILDURA NOVEMBER MELBOURNE CUP WEEKEND 2011 – Start making some plans now for this one off event. This should be the biggest and best reunion we have held. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime to catch up with your mates and have a good time. If you haven’t already, please, let me know if you intend going.

Roy Christie has recently passed away. He has asbestosis. A tragic loss of a true gentleman.

Jack and Carol Davey and Jaffa Robinson also turned up last Friday at Irish’s bash, Jack was late as usual, he was probably a Birdie, didn’t have a job when he was in the Puss.

Also this week
DVA Forum News
Red Ensign – forgotten flag
Navy Events QUEENSLAND – 2011
DFRDB -PARLIAMENT
Lawyer Forster from Hollows – VOYAGER/MELBOURNE Tragedy

Cheers
Ron


SUBJECT DVA FORUM NEWS

A little worrying! Sent by DFWA Qld Br chairman.
Hi All,
I attended the subject forum today. One of the first things that was mentioned was a scam where someone is ringing DVA pension recipients and telling them that they need to confirm bank account details and their DVA numbers. We should send the following to our e-mail list.

SCAM At the DVA consultation forum held today 18 Nov 10 the first item mentioned was reported attempts to scam, DVA clients. Two War Widows had received unsolicited phone calls. One was from a person claiming to be from DVA requesting that their DVA client numbers and bank account details be confirmed as there were some problems with them. The second scam was purportedly from one of the major Banks stating that there was an old term deposit that was maturing and they needed bank account details so the term deposit and interest could be transferred.

Both these are scams.

As a common sense action we are advising that our members NEVER provide any personal details, especially bank account and credit card numbers to people as a result of unsolicited phone calls. The safest option is to hang up. If there is a concern that the call may have been genuine ring the organisation/financial institution concerned and confirm with them. By you initiating the call there is a good probability that any information gained will be accurate.

SUBJECT AUSTRALIAN RED ENSIGN – FORGOTTEN FLAG
www.diggerhistory.info/pages-flags/red_ensign.htm

SUBJECT NAVY EVENTS QUEENSLAN D - 2011

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,

In order to keep you abreast of developments as we move towards the centenary of the granting of the RAN title, I would like to take this opportunity to keep you all informed about what events are planned for next year and beyond.

Navy Anniversaries: The first attachment provide details of a number of events which are planned to be celebrated over the next few years. More detailed information regarding each event I expect will become available closer to the dates. Suffice to say there are a significant number of anniversaries over the next five years. The following link www.navy.gov.au/Commemorative_Events_Calendar should take you the Navy events calendar which also provides a link to allow your various organisations to list your own functions on the Navy Calendar, hopefully this way ensuring wide dissemination of the details of your various events. I would encourage you all to use this facility, however if you have trouble getting access then please let me know and we'll try to rectify the problems.

ST Mary's Memorial: Work continues to progress with the development of this memorial. The planned date for the dedication of the memorial has now been set for Sun 10 July 11 (AM) (the actual centenary date).

Carruthers Memorial Park: Also on Sun 10 July 11 (PM), the Pine Rivers NAA Subsection is planning to dedicate a Navy Memorial at Carruthers Park (see second attachment for details).

HMAS Voyager Memorial Service: This service will be held at St Mary's church Kangaroo Point on Sun 13 Feb 11 @ 0900. Please note the details are contained in the third attachment along with Glen Lamperd's contact details as he is the POC for this event.

I hope this information will prove useful to you and your representative organisations. Please distribute it amongst your organisations. If there is anything you would like clarified, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,
Geoff


Geoffrey Fiedler, ADC
Commander, RAN
Commanding Officer
Navy Headquarters South Queensland

SUBJECT DFRDB

Mr Stuart Robert MP Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Technology and Personnel | Federal Member for Fadden

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs | Liberal Senator for Victoria

J O I N T M E D I A R E L E A S E Wednesday, 17 November 2010 DFRDB Fair Indexation Bill to be tabled in the Senate The Coalition will take action on military superannuation reform.

On behalf of the Coalition's spokesperson on military superannuation, Mr Stuart Robert MP, the Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, will tomorrow table a Bill in the Senate to index DFRDB pensions in line with the Coalition's 27 June 2010 commitment.

The Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Amendment (Fair Indexation) Bill 2010, will enable DFRDB superannuants aged 55 and over from 1 July 2011 to have their pensions indexed at the higher rate of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Male Total Average Weekly Earnings
(MTAWE) or the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI).

Mr Robert said the introduction of this Bill confirms the Coalition's resolve in taking the crucial first step towards reforming military superannuation arrangements.

"The Coalition made a commitment to veterans and ex-service personnel and we are going to see that commitment through", Mr Robert said.

"I call on those independent members who have previously voiced their support for the provisions contained within this legislation to support this Bill and to support those veterans and ex-service personnel who have given so much to their country.

The Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Senator Michael Ronaldson, said that he had listened to the considered views put forward by the veteran and ex-service community and was pleased to be able to introduce the Bill on behalf of the Coalition.

"The issue of military superannuation reform has been raised with me during every meeting I have held with veterans and ex-service personnel. With this Bill, the Coalition meets our election commitment to change DFRDB indexation arrangements and to help support our veterans and ex-service personnel", Senator Ronaldson said.

"This is in stark contrast to the Gillard Labor Government, which promised much to those in the veteran community but has repeatedly failed to deliver due to their own self interest and poll driven policy paralysis.


SUBJECT FORSTER THE LAWYER
Voyager solicitor 'overbilled millions'
Andrea Petrie
November 23, 2010

The collision between the HMAS Voyager and the aircraft carrier the HMAS Melbourne was one of Australia's worst peace-time disasters.
THE solicitor who represented almost half of the litigants in Australia's longest-running compensation battle is under investigation for allegedly obtaining millions of dollars of clients' money by unlawfully double-billing them - among other serious trust accounting breaches.
David Forster, of Hollows Lawyers, handled 89 of 214 personal injury claims against the Australian government by survivors of one of Australia's worst peace-time disasters, the 1964 collision between the Navy destroyer HMAS Voyager and the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne.
Eighty-two men died and several others were injured when the Voyager sailed under the bows of the Melbourne. The Voyager was split in two during a night-time tactical exercise in Jervis Bay, off the south coast of New South Wales.
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The government paid millions in compensation to victims for physical and mental damage, which included several claims of post traumatic stress.
One client, Russell Norrish, received just $72,000 after his fees were deducted, even though the government paid him more than $412,000.
On average, the claims took nine years to reach settlement.
Mr Forster still holds his legal practicing certificate and now works for Whistleblowers Lawyers.
A Victorian Supreme Court judge has ruled that the discrepancies breached the Legal Profession Act and the Legal Profession Regulations.
Justice Karin Emerton said she was satisfied the law practice had ''committed serious irregularities in relation to trust money'', especially through double payments of expenses.
The irregularities were discovered during an inspection of Hollows's trust accounts in late 2008 by the Law Institute of Victoria after complaints were lodged by Hollows clients.
An analysis of 12 files by the institute's inspectors found that three files had the same expenses billed twice to the client, which were then paid twice. The expenses included fees for medical reports and barristers, court charges and phone bills.
In nine of the files, disbursements were billed once and paid once from funds held in trust for the client, but then subsequently deducted from settlement money Hollows received on behalf of the client.
GST was also charged on amounts that had already included GST and final statements were not sent to clients on completion of settlements.
The practice also failed to disburse trust money as directed by some of the clients, and did not pass on discounts given by barristers.
Other irregularities included ''double-dipping'', or charging several clients for the same work. And in some cases clients were billed more than 24 hours in one day, the greatest time being 557 hours at $450 an hour.
A staff member alerted Mr Forster to possible billing irregularities in 2007, but he did not follow it up.
The Supreme Court appointed receivers in April to take a closer look at the firm's accounting records at the request of the Legal Services Board. The receivers, Hall & Willcox, have since brought in forensic accountants from Deloitte.
Justice Emerton last week granted the receivers an extension so the probe could continue, despite heavy opposition by Mr Forster.
Mr Forster's lawyer, John Arthur, said he believed the extra time was needed so the ''trust accounts deficiencies can be created'', a claim that the judge said had no basis.
''What this comes down to is unsubstantiated and strenuously resisted allegations of overcharging,'' Mr Arthur told the court.
Asked by counsel for the receiver, when he took the unusual step of giving evidence, if he had reaped $17.8 million in professional fees over the past seven years, Mr Forster said: ''I don't have a clue.''
He has blamed the errors on legal accounting software used by the practice, called Infinity Law, but Justice Emerton has dismissed this as the cause.
But she ruled that she did not believe the breaches were deliberate.
''The double payment and double billing of disbursements, were most likely inadvertent, they occurred because the law practice did not pay sufficiently close attention to its trust accounting obligations when settlement monies started to flow in from the Commonwealth,'' Justice Emerton said when she ruled that receivers should be appointed.
She said it appeared Mr Forster ''may have been unduly hasty in taking his professional fees''.
''I have come to the conclusion that the defendant was careless in dealing with settlement monies and that many of the problems that arose could and should have been avoided by careful trust account management as required by the act and regulations,'' she said.

The case returns to court in FebruaryVoyager solicitor 'overbilled millions'

November 23, 2010 - 3:00AM
To view the entire article, click on: www.theage.com.au/national/voyager-solicitor-overbilled-millions-20101122-1845i.html

Payout struggle of survivor haunted by maritime tragedy

November 23, 2010 - 3:00AM
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1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s Weekly News 21 November 2010
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G’day and Welcome,

Hope you and yours are well.

Saturday 4 December at Mudjimba RSL. More starters, we now have: Larry and Penny Kent, Don and Ann Muller, Alan White, Jack Davey, Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Tank and Phyllis Evans, Knobby and Rhonda Clarke, Spook Cairns, Ross and Di Fullarton, Neil Duckworth, Bob and San Cavanagh, Rocky and Lin Freier (at last), Nev Barry, Tassy and Pam Mason, Barry and AnnMarie Andrews, Kev Smith, Derek and Marilyn Whyte, Pee Wee Petherick, Max Lampo, Michael Alymer and me. Who else is going to turn up. Please let me know either way. Have received emails indicating - Glen Butler, Sandy Michels, Wayne and Margaret Butterfield, Ian and Marion Schubert, Geoff and Glyn Anderson, Darby and Frances Ashton, Mike Shephard, Tom and Carol Kinross, all have indicated they will not be attending.

Irish, Col Mundt, Tom Houldsworth, Tassy Mason and myself enjoyed a convivial together at the Rockers on Friday lunchtime. Irish is on the way to a Rock N Roll cruise. If anybody else is passing through Sydney let me know, we may be able to get a few blokes together for a beer.

Received this email from Keri Henderson-Smith, I must apologise for not publishing it earlier as I had intended to, to let all know how Hyphen is travelling.

Hi Ron,

I thought I would let you know my beautiful man is not well at the moment and he was taken by ambulance from Tully Hospital to Cairns on Thursday night. He is in the Cardiac wing of Cairns Private Hospital and is ok, but has suffered further damage to his heart. His heart specialist is conducting a number of tests and has arranged for Greg to have an angiogram on Tuesday once things start to settle down. At the moment we both feel as though we have been smashed by a Mack truck as it was only a couple of weeks ago that he was given the ‘all clear’ and told he didn’t need to have a review for another twelve months.

We are just hoping and praying that the results Tuesday won’t be too bad. He is in fairly good spirits and giving all the nurses cheek, so that’s got to be a good thing don’t you think? He has his own room in Cardiac and is able to receive tele calls and I know he is being well cared for. Please pass on our best wishes to all and I will keep you posted of his progress and if you can please send some positive thoughts this way.

Bye for now,

Keri Henderson-Smith

Received this email from Nick Bryant – reads like a J.E. McDonnell novel

Hi all received from a friend in Melbourne after I sent him a dittie on rough seas....Nick B

I sent the flick on the rough ship in the rough seas to this mate who is Royal Marines Association Pres. He sent this one back.


Hi Dick,
I was in 'B Troop 45 CDO we were with 3 CDO BDE were on desert exercises at the end of October 1956. We endured the worst sand storms we had ever experienced in Libya. Urgent signals came through that the unit had to return to Malta, the MT were ordered to get the Unit to Benghazi Harbour ASAP. When we arrived there was a Force 8 storm in the Med. Three big landing craft came in to take the unit off which made us wonder about the move , it was three weeks prior to the end of the exercises and training. The seas were so rough the bow doors on the biggest HMS Reggio were buckled and would not be able to open, it was so rough the other two LCs could not get near the jetty they had to anchor in the harbour to avoid damage. Many Arab craft were washed ashore and wrecked.
Within two hours there was movement on the quay three RN destroyers came in and tied alongside the wharf. The five fighting troops and heavy weapons Support troop we embarked on the ships. The destroyers , HMS Diana, Mermaid and Charity were the fastest ships in the fleet and were capable of 40 to 43 knots to get away from an atomic blast.
Being RMs we were only used to sailing on slow Landing craft ships, and we only served on battle ships, cruisers and air craft carriers, with the exception of the special Frigates that had RM raiding parties based on them in the Persian Gulf and the Falklands. We were warned when we went aboard the destroyers it was going to be a rough ride, only so many bods could go below into limited space mess decks. Most of us had to remain on deck under the stantions, carney floats and the midships torpedos which was the only place to shelter from the wind and rain. Matelots gave us ropes slings which we soon found out were essential, we tied ourselves to what part of the superstructure or a stantion where we could. There was three blasts on a siren which was answered by the other ships and we suddenly lurched on a angle of about 25 degrees as the ship took off, second in line away from the jetty. I'd experienced being aboard the Ark Royal when it was doing 28 knots on a flat sea, but like the other lads the speed of the destroyers was a revelation to us. The same as in a car when the clutch is let out at full revs, the ship moved off the same way, by the time it reached open water outside the harbour it must have been moving at over 30 knots. We thought the RN were trying to impress us, but apparently speed is the only way to plough through a storm head on to get through the heavy swell which was later piped as being between 40 and 50 feet.
Unbelievable everthing was battened down aboard, all items were stowed in lockers and impossible for any food, not even a sandwich.After an hour nobody thought about food, the gangways and mess decks were floating with spew, not only from our blokes also many matelots were sick. The worst place to be aboard a destroyer is the stokers mess deck in the bows. I was tied to a stanchion midships I saw so many big green ones come from the bows and go over the stern without touching the ship. The tremendous shaking and rattling jarred our teeth as the screws came out of the water, next instant we'd be looking down the funnel of the ship in front skewed sideways as we rose about 50 feet in the air above it before we went down a huge hole, and the next thing we were looking up at the keel and rotating shuddering screws of 'HMS Mermaid ahead of us, and also looking up at the keel of the ship behind. At times the ships were tossed around like corks, I had never experienced anything like it. The only man allowed on duty on deck was the 'life buoy sentry, if anybody had gone over it would have been impossible to even see them, and could never save them.
We put up with about eight hours of being buffeted against stanchions I had never felt so crook in my life but I never chundered, it must have been the gale force wind and the constant soaking we got on the upper. Our Sgt Major a great character had served 23 years, with 17 of them at sea, he lapped it up going back and forth grasping the safety hand lines along the deck. He stood on the stern and didn't bat an eyelid as it hovered above a 50 foot hole in the sea. He said we were lucky we'd stayed on the upper the lower corridors were stinking of sick and full of sea water with most of the gear floating.
The ships was manned by only three men on the bridge, the skipper , his No.1, and the Chief PO who manned the guns from the bridge. The ship when it went into action stations was battened down it only took three men on duty on the bridge and three engine room men to run the ship. It was modernised and controlled by one man on the bridge. The guns when the radar picked up a plane or a ship trained on the target automatic, and opened fire at 2,000 yards firing special shells that could follow a plane and explode 20 feet from it. Amazing technology and that was over 50 years ago.
We reached Malta and were more than glad to do so, Grand Harbour was a wonderful sight. When we pulled alongside the jetty the silence and stillness was magic, then we tried to walk. We'd been stepping up three feet in the air, then down three feet it was impossible to walk even hanging onto the safety ropes. Two men fell off the gangplank with bergens on their backs as they stepped on the gangplank they had to be rescued. There were hundreds of blokes falling all over the jetty as if they were pissed, it was like a mad film, it really was a job to walk it took ages top get the legs mobile that felt like rubber. I vowed I would never ever go aboard another small ship.
All the panic we had to get back to Malta was for the Suez landing which was two weeks later. Our B Troop went aboard HMS Thesues the carrier which was a tremendous stable voyage after memories of the destroyers. We went ashore on the raid and made history, the first time helicopters had ever been used on an invasion. And the terrible irony our first casualties were inflicted on us by one of our own planes that flew off a carrier. The pilot thought we were wog troops, he opened up on us just after the choppers left and flew back to the ship, we were on the waste ground near the statue of Ferdinand De Lesseps.
Two sea trips I'll never forget. The sea was exactly like the sea in the video, big and rough, the skipper said it was the worst storm he'd experienced in the Med in over 24 years at sea.

Taff


DFRDB There is quite a bit to read this week. Please open the attachments. You may be surprised at some of the info.Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Click here to download this file

Also this week
Jack Bennett
SYDNEY Memorial to receive more support
Christmas packages for the troops
VENDETTA Christmas function

Cheers
Ron

SUBJECT JACK BENNET

Dear Members,
It is with deep regret that I advise you of the death of Jack Bennett. Jack passed away in North Shore Hospital last Wednesday 17 November of complications from a brain tumour.
After a distinguished career in the RAN during WWII including Service in the Scrap Iron Flotilla in the Med and later in South East Asia, Jack joined the Naval Association and commenced work associated with the Anzac Day March in Sydney in 1948. Jack was a Founding Member of the Federation of Naval Ship Associations and was our Representative on the RSL NSW Anzac Day Organising Committee since 1954. He has been HEAVILY involved in planning the Navy Order of March for every Anzac Day for the past 56 years including next year’s March in 2011. Even advising me of necessary changes while in hospital almost up to the day he passed away. A stalwart of our Association and a true gentleman in every sense.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
The funeral of Jack Bennett will be held at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium (East Chapel), Delhi Rd North Ryde, at 1030 on Tuesday 23 November (this coming Tuesday). Jack's wife Vena has invited Friends and Family to celebrate Jack's life afterwards at Mosman Anglican Church, Cowells Rd Mosman. Cards to Mrs Vena Bennett, 44 Almora St, Mosman NSW 2088

As your President, it would be sincerely appreciated if Members of our Association could attend the Funeral of Jack Bennett who has done more than anyone to ensure our Association's strength and longevity.

Sincerely
Commander Ken Swain AM RAN
President
Federation of Naval Ship Associations
Ph: 9907 9003

SUBJECT COMPLETION OF SYDNEY MEMORIAL

On the 69th anniversary of Australia’s greatest wartime naval tragedy, the Australian Government has announced funding to complete the HMAS Sydney II Memorial in Geraldton, Western Australia.

The HMAS Sydney II tragedy resulted in the loss of 645 Australians. The wreck was located in 2008 off the West Australian coast, more than 60 years after it sank.

The HMAS Sydney II Memorial was originally dedicated in 2001, and declared a military memorial of national significance in 2009.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, said the extra funds will be provided to go towards the construction of the final element of the Memorial—a pool of remembrance.

“The HMAS Sydney II Memorial has become an important place of reflection for the loved ones of those lost in the tragedy and the Australian Government is committed to ensuring its completion.

“The pool will feature 645 seagulls symbolising the number of Australians lost in the tragedy. The 645th seagull’s wing will touch a granite map marking the final resting place of HMAS Sydney II,” he said.
“This Memorial has become a national and international place of pilgrimage for the families and friends of those lost in the tragedy, and on behalf of the Australian Government I want to thank all those involved in the project for making it a reality.

“This has been a tremendous journey for all those involved and I hope the impending completion of the memorial will bring some closure to the families and friends of those lost,” Mr Snowdon said.

Overall, the Australian Government will have provided more than $290,000 to help construct the memorial which is due for completion in 2011. The remaining funds were raised by the Rotary Club of Geraldton.

Background on sinking of HMAS Sydney II
On 19 November 1941, HMAS Sydney II was engaged by the German ship Kormoran 130 miles off the West Australian coastline. It is believed the Kormoran, posing as an unarmed Dutch merchantman, avoided replying to requests for identification from HMAS Sydney II before opening fire.
The Sydney II was severely damaged. Returning fire, Sydney II damaged the Kormoran forcing its crew to abandon ship. Survivors of the Kormoran reported the Australian ship was last seen heavily on fire.
For more information on HMAS Sydney II visit the AWM website.
For more information on the memorial visit www.hmassydneymemorial.com.au.

Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999
Dept of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203


SUBJECT CHRISTMAS PACKAGES FOR THE TROOPS

Christmas – Packages for the Troops

Christmas allows most of us to spend valuable time with family and friends. It is important to spare a thought for those who will not be with their families this Christmas. This year thousands of Australian troops will be serving away from home during the holiday season.

To show your support of the troops this Christmas you can send them a Care package free through Australia Post. Australia Post allows free delivery for packages under 2kg to our soldiers on the front line.

Be creative with donations while being mindful of Australia Post's guidelines for the free delivery of care packages. Some suggestions are listed below, as are the general restrictions. Any donated goods that are unable to be sent due to size or weight will be donated to local charities.

Toiletries
• Deodorant (non aerosol)
• Shaving cream (non aerosol)
• Small bottle of talcum powder
• Disposable razors
• Shower Gel
• Lip Balm
• Perfume samples (non glass)

Other ideas
• Magazines – from Vogue to Men’s Health
• Puzzle books
• DVD’s
• Socks
• Letters of support
• Stamped, self addressed envelopes – this way soldiers can thank you for the donation


What NOT to include
• Pornographic material
• Alcoholic beverages
• Clothing (except socks)
• Pork products
• Cigarettes
• Chocolate (due to heat)
For the explosive detection dogs
• Box of dog biscuits
• Dried beef bones
• Greenies
• Toys
• Tennis balls
• Treats for the handlers


Food
• Instant Noodles
• Biscuits
• Lollies
• Small tinned consumables
• Non perishable foods


When sending your parcel don't forget to include a letter to the troops and by including a stamped self addressed envelope they can send a letter back to you. Parcels can be sent to "An Australian Soldier" or "An Australian Soldier - Female". For something different you can send a Care package to one of the explosive detection dogs at "An Australian EDD Handler" but don't forget to include a treat for the handler.

To send a care package to an Australian soldier in the Middle East, address the package to the following. If you wish to send a specific package to a female, change the first line to 'An Australian Soldier - Female'

An Australian Soldier
Middle East Operations
AFPO 60
Australian Defence Force
SYDNEY NSW 2890

To send a care package to an Australian soldier in Afghanistan, address the package to the following. If you wish to send a specific package to a female, change the first line to 'An Australian Soldier - Female'

An Australian Soldier
Op Slipper
AFPO 13
Australian Defence Force
SYDNEY NSW 2890

To send a care package to an Australian Explosive Detection Dog in Afghanistan, address the package to:

An Australian EDD Handler
Op Slipper
AFPO 13
Australian Defence Force
SYDNEY NSW 2890

To send a care package to an Australian soldier in East Timor, address the package to the following. If you wish to send a specific package to a female, change the first line to 'An Australian Soldier - Female'

An Australian Soldier
East Timor Operations
AFPO 61
Australian Defence Force
SYDNEY NSW 2890

To send a care package to an Australian soldier in The Solomons, address the package to the following. If you wish to send a specific package to a female, change the first line to 'An Australian Soldier - Female'

An Australian Soldier
Solomon Island Operations
AFPO 62
Australian Defence Force
SYDNEY NSW 2890

Veteranweb Network
raypayne@veteranweb.asn.au


SUBJECT VENDETTA CHRISTMAS FUNCTION


SUBJECT FULL SPEED AHEAD
Navy in cost-cutting crisis

Australian navy ship HMAS Manoora. Source: AdelaideNow
THE Royal Australian Navy is in crisis with its two key emergency response ships unable to put to sea and warships ordered to cut speeds and save fuel to assist the navy's $2.5 billion savings target.
With the amphibious transport ships HMAS Manoora and Kanimbla laid up in Sydney Harbour with massive mechanical and structural problems, the RAN has even been forced to sub-contract its officer sea training to the Royal New Zealand Navy.
The Kanimbla drifted dangerously close to shore without power in September after a fire near Sydney heads.
According to insiders there are grave doubts that the two 8000-tonne vessels will ever return to sea.
The Navy maintains there have been no cuts to "training demand" but admitted that it was using more simulation ashore compared with sea days in the wake of the "operational pause" for the two big ships.
"This impact is being mitigated through the increased training in other platforms and simulation ashore," it said.
Meanwhile navy officers are complaining about penny pinching so that the senior service can meet its $2.5 billion savings target over 10 years.
They have been told to cut speeds to save fuel, ships menus are being standardised to cut food costs and sea days have been trimmed.
"When ships are operating normally, commanding officers are expected to operate their vessels at the most economical speed," the navy told The Advertiser.
Australia has been highly critical of the lack of defence spending by the Kiwis, but has been forced to beg for 94 places on board the multi-role ship RNZNS Canterbury for 89 officer trainees and
Related Coverage
• Navy half-steam ahead Courier Mail, 9 hours ago
• Aussie warships left high and dry Daily Telegraph, 18 Oct 2010
• Warship fire investigated The Australian, 21 Sep 2010
Protest ship turns back The Australian, 4 Jun 2010




1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s Weekly News 14 November 2010
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G’day and Welcome,

Hope you and yours are well.

Saturday 4 December at Mudjimba RSL. More starters, we now have: Larry and Penny Kent, Don and Ann Muller, Alan White, Jack Davey, Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Tank and Phyllis Evans, Knobby and Rhonda Clarke, Spook Cairns, Darby and Frances Ashton (possible), Ross and Di Fullarton, Neil Duckworth, Bob and San Cavanagh, Rocky and Lin Freier (at last), Nev Barry, Tassy and Pam Mason, Barry and AnnMarie Andrews, Kev Smith, Derek and Marilyn Whyte, Pee Wee Petherick, Max Lampo, Michael Alymer and me. Who else is going to turn up. Please let me know either way. Have received emails indicating - Glen Butler, Sandy Michels, Wayne and Margaret Butterfield, Ian and Marion Schubert, Geoff and Glyn Anderson, Mike Shephard, all have indicated they will not be attending.

Who is coming to Rockers this Friday around midday, I am not asking who would like to be going to Rockers, I would probably run out of ink writing the name of the respondents, but who is coming to say G’day to Irish. Jack and Carol Davey have stated they will be there, who else is going to make it.

An email from Glenn Summerhayes

Hi Ron,

I'm still in the land of the living - although I think I have spent more time in Hospital the last few months than at home. Good news is there is some slight improvement.

Because my illness is un-diagnosed my Specialists have decided to give it a name, purely to keep people happy as they cannot believe that the condition is Unknown throughout the world - I'm just - 'Unique'
Ha Ha. Get a mouthfull of this, in Brief:- "Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction Syndrome" Sounds Good - if Nothing Else.

I honestly think is has something to do with 'Asbestos' and/or 'Agent Orange' - Government is NEVER going to admit it though. The Americans recently released some preliminary findings on these two factors - But - Everything has gone "Quite" due to the pressures brought to bear by the American Congress, 'sound familiar'.

Thank you for your assistance I have made contact with Tug (Alan) Wilson 7th Intake 1963 (Kiaba 1-1964) and his Wife Vicki. He and his wife live in Qld. and seem to be well and happy. When I am allowed to travel again I intend to visit them.

Keeping my eye out for some Sydney Get-To-Gether's in the future as I don't have to travel to far or long.

Keep the info coming - especially all the info from the HMAS Vendetta Association in Qld. Looking for an equivalent in NSW.

Good luck with your next get together. Are the Dedication Ceremony Photographs or Videos available yet?

Best Wishes to All Cheers

Glenn & Jennie' SUMMERHAYES (R94128 - 7th Intake 1963)
CARINGBAH SOUTH – NSW

DFRDB For those on a DFRDB Pension, read the article below, well worth the read. For those who are not receiving it, it is a good explanation of why the DFRDB recipients are not happy Julia.

Also this week
Centenary of the arrival of HMAS PARRAMATTA and HMAS YARRA in Port Phillip Invitation (Attached)Click here to download this file Click here to download this file
DFRDB Issues
Lost soul – James Darrington
Pic's of Vietnam Aust Involvement - Navy, Army Air Force
Lost soul - HMAS Perth servicemen 1972-73
DAVID FORSTER – LAWYER FOR MELBOURNE/VOYAGER UPDATE


Cheers
Ron

SUBJECT DFRDB ISSUES


LEGAL BRIEF PREPARED BY
WING COMMANDER J. A. TREADWELL (Retd) SETTING OUT THE FACTS SURROUNDING THE DEFENCE FORCE RETIREMENT BENEFIT AUTHORITY (DFRDB) COMMUTATION SWINDLE


Reference “A” – 1972 – Parliamentary Paper No 74 - Report, dated May 1972, by a Joint Select Committee on Defence Forces Retirement Benefits (DFRB) Legislation set up in 1970 to review the operation of the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Act 1948.

Reference “B” – Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefit (DFRDB Authority Circular No 1973/7, of 2 August 1973, signed by R.J. Perriman, Secretary.

Reference “C” – Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefit Act 1973.

Reference “D” - Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) House of Representatives First Session of the Twenty-Eighth Parliament from 27 February 1973 to 31 May 1973.

BACKGROUND

1. The Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefit (DFRDB) scheme came into effect for full time members of the Australian Army, Navy and Air Force on 1 October 1972. The new arrangement replaced an earlier scheme which dated from 1948 called the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits (DFRB) scheme.

2. The DFRB scheme was a compulsory actuarially based superannuation arrangement financed partly by member’s contributions, and partly by government subsidy – Ref “A’ paragraph 22.

3. The DFRDB scheme was the product of the endeavours of a Joint Select Committee (the Jess Committee) appointed by the Parliament on 2 September 1970 to review the operation of the DFRB Act 1948. The committee produced a report setting out guidelines for the introduction of a new defence force retirement and death benefit arrangement subsequently called the DFRDB scheme. The report, Reference “A” dated May 1972, was accepted by the Whitlam Government on 22 December 1972.

4. Legislation was put before, and passed by, the Twenty-Eighth Parliament in 1973. The Act received Royal Assent on 19 June 1973.
5. In early August 1973 the Secretary of the DFRDB Authority, Mr R.J. Perriman, sent an advisory circular (Circular No 1973/7 dated 2 August 1973) to the Secretaries of all Service Departments outlining the provisions of the new scheme.

THE DFRDB AUTHORITY COMMUTATION SWINDLE

6. The DFRDB Authority Commutation Swindle refers to the fact that under the current administrative arrangement practised by the DFRDB Authority retired members of the defence force in receipt of DFRDB retired pay and who elected to exercise the commutation provision of the DFRDB Act do not receive their full retired pay entitlement in accordance with Section 23 of the DFRDB Act after forfeiting/paid to the DFRDB Authority, in full, the portion he/she received as a lump sum.

7. The situation is contrary to:

One - the spirit and intent of the 1973 Jess committee report,

Two - the parliamentary debate on the passage of the DFRDB Act in 1973,

Three – information provided to the members of the Australian Defence services by the DFRDB Authority.

8. Accordingly, this brief will be presented in three separate, but interrelated parts, as follows:

• the intent expressed by the Jess Committee in regard to commutation,

• the DFRDB Act 1973 as it relates to commutation,

• the information on commutation made available to the members of the Defence Forces by the DFRDB Authority and the RAAF in the 1970 period.

THE JESS COMMITTEE REPORT (REFERENCE “A”

GLOSSARY

9. In accordance with the Jess Report GLOSSARY the following expressions mean:

Recipient Member – a person entitled to receive benefit under the Proposed D.F.R.D.B. Scheme.

Effective Service – in relation to the Proposed D.F.R.D.B. Scheme means all full time service by a member of the Defence Force on continuous full time duty for 12 months or more, completed as a contributing member, from the date of entry to the Defence Force, and includes all periods of service the member is entitled to purchase back, but excludes periods of non-effective service.

Contributing Member – a person eligible and required to contribute to the Proposed D.F.R.D.B. Scheme.

Retired Pay – the annual benefit payable to a recipient member who has completed effective service specified in Recommendation 11.

(Recommendation 11 - Retired Pay

(i) That a contributing member be eligible to receive retired pay on retirement at the completion of twenty years effective service from the date of Joining the Defence Force. A late entry officer to receive retired pay if a can complete at least fifteen years effective service.

(ii) That an officer ……..etc

(iii) That retired pay entitlement accrue at the rate set out in Figure 1 below -

(iv) (a) That a former contributing member …etc)

10. NOTE: The Jess Committee Report GLOSSARY is quite clear regarding the meaning of the expression “retired pay”, i.e.:

the annual benefit payable to a recipient member who has completed effective service as specified in Recommendation 11, ie this can only mean the entitlement in accordance with Section 23 of the DFRDB Act adjusted for increase in the cost of living - Reference “A” paragraph 120.

11. Yet within the report the expression is also used to mean the actual pay received by an entitled member which, under current circumstances, can either be a full un-commutated amount, or a reduced amount if a retiree had elected to commute to receive a pre payment lump sum – please see Ref “A” paragraphs 114.

The DFRDB Scheme

12. The DFRDB scheme proposed by the Jess Committee was based on funding retired pay benefits in full by the Commonwealth (Recommendation No 7, Ref “A” paragraph 81). Thus, the new arrangement was not an actuarial based scheme although actuarial assumptions were used to ensure that a retiree did not commute more than he/she would receive as retired pay - Reference “A” paragraph 107.

13. This was achieved by reducing the level of fortnightly pay paid to an individual after commutation based on an actuarial based mathematical formula. However, the Jess Committee did not suggest that a long term financial penalty be imposed if a service person elected to exercise the commutation option.

The Jess Committee and Commutation

14. The Jess committee gave the following reasons for recommending that the commutation provision of the DFRB arrangement carry through into the proposed DFRDB scheme:

Reference “A” paragraph 51 quote:

“(e) The needs of the member once retired are different from those of civilian employment in that:

(i) many servicemen do not have the chance during service to establish a permanent home, and if they succeed in so doing there is no guarantee that upon retirement they will be able to find suitable civilian employment where the home is established;

(ii) retirement can occur at ages when family responsibilities are high with children at school and university; and

(iii) a man retired from the Defence Force may have to seek further occupational training in order to qualify himself for civilian employment which may mean a relatively long period when he is not able to earn

(iv) (f) Apart from the special hazards attributable to active service which fall into a special category covered by Repatriation legislation, normal service in the Defence Force can be a hazardous occupation”.

Reference “A” paragraph 52 quote:

“52. It seems to the Committee that these circumstances are so different from those applicable to retirement from civilian employment that they require a totally different approach. From the serviceman’s point of view a retirement benefit scheme that does not recognize and meet these special needs is of little value. From the point of view of the Commonwealth as employer it is essential to provide a scheme which recognizes these special requirements if it is to maintain recruitment at a planned level and to maintain its quality. In order to meet the interests of both parties the Committee considers that a different kind of scheme to that applying at present is necessary.”


Reference “A” paragraphs 106 - quote:

“a serviceman often had a requirement for a capital sum on his retirement to assist in his re re-settlement and re-establishment in civilian life.”

Reference “A” paragraph 110 – quote:

"……… to provide annuity type benefit as a supplement to civilian earnings for those retiring early and as a means of support for members in later life. The automatic adjustment of the pension ought to ensure that this will remain a viable retirement benefit.”

Reference “A” paragraphs 112 – quote:

“The conclusion reached is that a retired pay recipient should have an option to take a portion of his retired pay entitlement as a lump sum…..”

Reference “A” paragraphs 114 – quote:

“It was submitted that the scheme should provide a benefit in the form of a lump sum payable on retirement and that this should be payable in addition to retired pay. The committee considers that a payment of this nature may be appropriate but should be provided under general conditions of service. If such a benefit were to be provided as an element of the scheme in addition to retired pay, the retired pay entitlement would have to be reduced. As many retirees might prefer an enhanced annual payment of retired pay it is considered more appropriate that the benefit to be provided in the form of an option to commute a portion of retired pay”.

15. NOTE - no mention was made by the Jess Committee, and as a consequence no mention is made in the DFRDB Act, regarding level of retired pay after a retiree who elected to commute has forfeited/paid back to the DFRDB Authority, in full, the portion he/she had received as a lump sum.
DEFENCE FORCE RETIREMENT AND DEATH BENEFITS ACT 1973 AND COMMUTATION 16. SECT 3 - Interpretation

(1) In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

retirement pay means retirement pay payable under section 23.

17. SECTION 24 - Commutation - Section 24 reads:

(1) A person who is, or is about to become, entitled to retirement pay may, by notice in writing given to the Authority, elect to commute a portion of his or her retirement pay in accordance with this section.

(3) Where a person makes an election under this section, then, subject to subsections (8) and (9):

(a) there shall be paid to him by the Commonwealth an amount equal to the amount specified in the election as the amount that is to be payable to him by virtue of the commutation; and

(b) the amount per annum of the retirement pay payable to him, on and after the day on which the election takes effect, is the amount per annum that, but for this paragraph and subsection 98K(1), would be payable reduced by an amount calculated by dividing the amount referred to in paragraph (a) by the expectation of life factor that, having regard to the age and sex of the person on the day on which the election takes effect, is applicable to him under Schedule 3.

18. Unfortunately, the public official who drafted the legislation, ether by design or omission, did not include a clause to limit the total amount of the ‘reduced retired pay to the quantum of the “portion” elected under Sect 24 (3) (a) – i.e., “the amount specified in the election”.

19. Whether or not the omission was a consequence of incompetence on the part of the public official who drafted the legislation it a matter of conjecture.

20. However, public officials who are made responsible to draft legislation are selected for their ability to produce, clear, unambiguous text and are unlikely to have made such a glaring omission.

21. Further, an ”Investigation Paper”, dated May 1977, prepared by the DFRDB Authority Director Review and Legislation Section attached to DFRDB Authority Agendum for a meeting on 20 May 1977 provides the following information:

14. ‘Traditionally, the arguments put forward against commutation being made a right rather than subject to the approval of the DFRB Board were that it would result in:-
(a) pressure for a similar benefit in other Commonwealth Schemes;

22. As the Public Service superannuation arrangement does not have a commutation provision the drafting of the legislation is suggestive of a deliberate attempt to nullify, in part, the commutation provision then coming forward for the Australian Defence Force only.

23. The facts are that in its present form the literal interpretation of the legislation imposes an unintended, by the Jess Committee, financial penalty on people who elect to commute a portion of their retired pay entitlement when a simple amendment to Sect 24 would fix the current inequitable situation.

The May 1973 Parliamentary Debate on the DFRDB Act 1973

24. It is significant to the subject of this brief that in presenting the DFRDB Bill to the parliament on 25 May 1973 the Minister for Defence, Mr Barnard, did not mention commutation in either one of his three readings of the Bill to the House of Representatives.

25. Accordingly, no intention was expressed by the Minister to the House in regard to the imposition of a long term penalty associated with the DFRDB commutation arrangement – Ref “D” pages 2707 - 2896. The second reading of the Bill to the House occurred on 25 May 1973.

26. However, after Mr Barnard’s second reading speech on 30 May 1973 the Member for Herbert, Mr Bonnett addressed the House and said (Ref “D” page 2880), inter alia...

“how could simplicity of understanding be achieved, when the Minister permitted the exclusion of Service representation from the drafting committee? Surely the inclusion of Service representation during the drafting stages is a basic principle to abide by, for servicemen understand the problems of the Services far better than do their civilian counterparts in the Department of Defence…

….Some aspects of the legislation lead me to believe that there must be a lack of communication between the Minister and his departments, for it would appear that this legislation is the end product of rather indecent haste……”

27. Mr Bonnett’s concerns were endorsed by the member for Iscacs, Mr Hamer, when he said in debate on 30 May 1973 (Ref “D” page 2882) inter alia:

“…. It was introduced into the House last Friday and 5 days later we are debating it. For a bill of such complexity, in my opinion, that is a grossly inadequate time for proper consideration.

It is a matter of great regret therefore that we have not had more time to go into the Bills in detail and consult those most concerned…..”

28. Mr Bonnett’s and Mr Hamer’s concern was shared by Mr Holton (Indi) when he said in debate on 30 May 1973(Ref “D” page 2886) inter alia:

“… I draw to the attention of honourable members to the situation with these Bills. Last Friday afternoon the Minister for Defence, Minister for the Navy, Minister for the Army, Minister for Air and Minister for Supply (Mr Barnard) introduced these bills, one of which is a 79 page Bill containing 131 clauses. He wants them passed on the second sitting day since last Friday. Surely it is not reasonable to expect any member of the House who was not a member of the Jess Committee to be in the race even to read the contents of the Bills, let alone to have studied them in detail and to have had consultations with people affected by the Bills. I refer in particular to the service men and women of Australia.”

Summery – Parliamentary Debate

29. The Hansard account of the way the DFRDB Bill was introduced to, and managed, through the Parliament in 1973, did not give the elected members sufficient time to fully read and digest, let alone establish, the full implications of the legislation. In particular the commutation provision of the act which was not mentioned by the Minister or any other elected representative.

Conclusion

30. The DFRDB legislation was neither fully understood, nor examined in detail, by the members of the Federal Parliament when it passed through both Houses and became law. Thus, it is apparent that the long term implications for service men and women associated with the wording of Section 24 of the act (commutation) were not fully identified, let alone considered.

31. Further, the fact that there was no military representation on the committee, which drafted the DFRDB legislation, could account for the fact that the public officials who drafted the legislation did not include a qualifying clause to limit the total amount of the ‘reduced retired pay (after commutation) to the quantum of the “portion” elected under Sect 24 (3) (a) – i.e., “the amount specified in the election”.

INFORMATION ON COMMUTATION PROVIDED TO THE DEFENCE FORCES BY THE DFRDB AUTHORITY AND RAAF

DFRDB Authority Circular No 1973/7

32. At paragraphs 64 and 65 of Ref “B” the Secretary of the DFRDB Authority, Mr R.J. Perriman, advised as follows:

64. As commutation is the expression in the form of a lump sum of part of future benefit payments, a reduction in retirement pay will apply following commutation. The annual reduction is found by dividing the lump sum by the member’s life expectancy at the date of commutation.

65. Although a life expectancy factor is used, full retirement pay is not restored should the member live beyond life expectancy. By the same token, should the member die before attaining the expected age, no attempt is made to recover the amount of the lump sum outstanding from dependants or the estate.

33. Although, Mr R.J. Perriman did not indicate what authority he used to provide the advice, quote: “full retirement pay is not restored should the member live beyond life expectancy a circular originated, and signed, by a senior public official holding a senior position carries considerable administrative weight.

34. Accordingly, there can be little doubt that the Secretaries of the Service Departments would have implemented the new DFRDB Arrangement in accordance with the advice provided by Mr Perriman without question. As a result DFRDB Authority Circular No 1973/7, and the information regarding “full retirement pay is not restored should the member live beyond life expectancy”, set a precedent that continues to this day.

35. However, as a consequence of the time frame involved:

DFRDB Act receives Royal Assent - 19 June 1973

First Meeting of the DFRDB Authority – 29 June 1973

DFRDB Circular No 1973/7 signed by Mr Perriman - 2 August 1973

It is unlikely that Mr Perriman would have had time to put the matter of the long term consequences of his directive, i.e. full retirement pay is not restored should the member live beyond life expectancy to the DFRDB Authority before he promulgated Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Authority Circular No 4015 to “All SERVICE DEPARTMENTS” on 2 August 1973.

36. In fact the Agendum (1/1973 file Ref G61404) for the 29 June 1973 Inaugural Meeting of the DFRDB Authority, signed by Mr Perriman on 28 June 1973, as Secretary, makes no mention of commutation as a subject for decision. The only items listed for decision concern nominations to the DFRDB Authority.

37. In fact Minute No 1, dated 26 July 1973, records appointments to the Authority as approved by the Governor-General. Minutes 2, 3, and 4 deal with Incapacity Classifications and Minute 5 deals with payment of a pension under Section 45. There is no record of any decision in respect to the commutation provisions of the DFRDB scheme.

38. Accordingly, it is concluded that Mr Perriman had no authoritative basis, or lawful directive, to support the advice he gave to the Secretaries of the Service Departments in August 1973

DFRDB Authority Brochures

39. The DFRDB Authority published two brochures in 1972/73:

(a) R73/429 - “Transfer to the new scheme of existing contributors as at 1 October 1972” - A General outline of the provisions of the new DFRDB Scheme Including reference, where appropriate, to the transitional provisions for existing contributors

(b) R73/556 – “Retirement benefits - A General outline of the provisions of the DFRDB Scheme Relating to the Payment of Retirement Benefits for Members Retiring from the Defence Force on or After 1 October 1972.

Both brochures state that quote: “.. annual rate of retired pay is reduced by an amount which is calculated by dividing the lump sum amount received, by the retired member’s life expectancy at the date the election is received by the Authority.

40. However, even though the Secretary of the DFRDB Authority had stated, possibly without authority, in Departmental Circular 1973/7 dated 2 August 1973, i.e. some two months before brochure R73/556 was published in October 1973, that after electing to commute a service retirees reduced fortnightly pay would not revert to the full entitlement level -

No suggestion is made in the brochure that a member’s retired pay entitlement will reduce if he/she elects to receive a pre-payment of a portion of future retired pay.

41. DFRDB Authority Publication – ‘The Defence Force Retirements and Death Benefits Scheme – Retirement Benefits” – January 1985 Inter-alia - quote:
“13. If you are eligible to receive retirement pay you may elect, within 12 months after your date of retirement to commutate a portion of your retired pay; that is to receive a lump sum prepayment of part of your future retirement pay. The maximum amount that you may commutate is shown in Table III. As you will see the maximum amount available increases by .05 in each whole period of 12 months following 30 June 1983 up to a maximum rate of 5 times retirement pay. Your reduced retirement pay following commutation is determined in accordance with your life expectancy on the date the election is received by the Authority. The life expectancy factors are provided at Table II. Examples of retirement pay and commutation are also provided at the back of this leaflet”.


COMMENT

42. The information in this brochure is the same as the 1973 DFRDB brochures. No mention is made that reduced fortnightly pay levels, associated with commutation, will continue once the “lump sum payment of future retirement pay” has been acquitted by the DFRDB Authority.

43. RAAF Personnel Information Handbook – Sixth Edition (February 1993) Page 92

Inter-alia – quote:

“When you receive retired pay (i.e., pension) you will have the right to ‘commute’. This means that you are able to borrow an amount equal to several times your retired pay at the time of your discharge and repay that amount over your normal life expectancy.

This is achieved by paying you a lump sum, and a reduced amount of retired pay thereafter. You must, however, make election to ¬commute within three months before, and 12 months after, the date on which you leave the RAAF”.

COMMENT

44. The information published by DPAR – AF clearly sets out the general understanding of the commutation provisions and operation of the DFRDB Act held by myself and most, if not all, members of the RAAF at the time.

Defence Forces Retirement Benefits (DFRB) Publication Issued by the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Board, Canberra, A.C.T., July 1970

45. The following appears in this publication regarding commutation under the DFRB scheme:

Approval Not to he Anticipated

250. Commutation is not an automatic right and approval for commutation should not be anticipated. It is therefore inadvisable to enter into any form of commitment on the assumption that a specific amount, or indeed any amount, will be forthcoming.

Effect on Future Benefits for the Pensioner

251. Every pensioner should think carefully before relinquishing portion of his continuing pension entitlement to obtain an immediate lump sum payment. Factors such as the following are significant:

• Once commutation is approved, the relevant portion of pension is cancelled and cannot be restored subsequently.

• By commutation the pensioner cancels, not only a portion of his current pension entitlement at the date of approval to the commutation, BUT ALSO a similar portion of any likely pension increases by the notional category method based on that pension entitlement, see paragraph 139.

• Under the regulations the pension which has been provided by contributions during service is commuted first, the balance, if any, being drawn from Consolidated Revenue; thus the pensioner who commutes withdraws part or all of his equity from the Fund. To the extent that this equity in the Fund is diminished, an eligible pensioner foregoes his right to participate in surplus assets accumulated by the Fund which would have been related to the amount withdrawn from the Fund due to commutation.

Effect on Widow's Benefits

252. Commutation by a male pensioner does not affect the pension payable to his widow or children or any future pension increases which become available to them.

Acceptable Purposes for Commutation

253. Each application for commutation is examined individually and treated on its merits. When considering an application for commutation of pension two factors are reviewed by the Board:
• the purpose of the application, and
• the result of the pensioner's medical examination (see above).

254. Because commutation of pension is the substitution of a cash payment for projected pension payments the purpose is considered :n relation to the general intention of the Scheme which is to provide for long term benefits; and therefore the amount commuted should he applied to an asset of long term advantage in which the pensioner retains his equity.

255. Some purposes which have been approved in individual cases are -

• purchase of a home,
• discharge of a mortgage on a home,
• purchase of a well established business with proven returns where the pensioner has had appropriate experience and/or training,
• purchase of a farming property (under some circumstances).

Special emphasis is placed on ensuring that the pensioner's title to the asset to be provided from the commutation is sound because payment of the lump sum is for the benefit of the former contributor himself,

256. Some purposes for which commutation has not been approved are -

(a) maintenance costs on a home,
(b) finance to be used in the nature of working expenses,
(c) ventures which do not directly benefit the pensioner, e.g., financing another individual in a business.

COMMENT

46. Because of the different funding arrangement commutation to obtain a lump sum advance under the DFRB scheme reduced a service retiree’s equity, and thus reduced the level of his/her retired pay entitlement.

47. This does not apply to the DFRDB Scheme. A lump sum received by way of commutation is simply an advance, for re-settlement purposes, on a fixed entitlement in accordance with Section 23 of the DFRDB Act.

58. Thus, there can be no suggestion of reduced equity or of a reduced entitlement as a consequence of the lump sum because the entitlement under the DFRDB scheme is fixed by a retiree years of effective service and final rate of pay.

49. Thus, it appears that the notion of a reduced entitlement after commutation, that was a feature of the DFRB scheme, has been incorrectly carried forward, without any justification, by the public officials responsible for drafting the DFRDB legislation and not picked up by the members of Parliament debating the DFRDB Bill in 1973 – please see paragraphs 24 – 30.

50. It is also noted that the DFRB Board was concerned to warn DFRB retiree of the financial consequences of commutation and took positive measures to ensure that service retirees were not disadvantaged financially by electing to receive a lump sum.

51. However, perusal of the information distributed by the DFRDB Authority shows that no warning was given that the DFRDB Authority intended to maintain the reduced actuarial based level of pay post commutation even after an advance had been forfeited back to the DFRDB Authority.

52. In fact had people been warned of the full long term financial consequences associated with commutation it would have been far better financially for them to borrow money from a bank, to re-establish in civilian life, rather than to elect to receive a lump sum advance of their retired pay entitlement.



SUMMARY

53. The current situation regarding commutation is that the DFRDB Authority, possibly without the authority of the Parliament and contrary to the Jess Report, is unlawfully imposing a long term financial penalty on military retirees who choose to commute a portion of their retired pay entitlement even after the quantum of the advance received has been fully acquitted to the Commonwealth.

54. This means that the retired military people concerned, after forfeiting the portion of the retired pay they received by way of commutation under Section 24, are not receiving their full retired pay entitlement in accordance with Section 23 of the DFRDB Act.

J. A. Treadwell

SUBJECT LOST SOUL JAMES DARRINGTON

RAN - Searching for R104329 RO James Patrick Darrington
HMAS Parramatta Vietnam
www.vietnamroll.gov.au/VeteranDetails.aspx?VeteranId=1258178
If YOU have contact details for the above member, please advise:
Iris Cargill, Secretary, VVFA VIC, P 03 5248 0996, E bestav17@bigpond.com


SUBJECT PICS OF VIETNAM SHARE AND HAVE THEM IMMORTALISED

My name is Ern Marshall and I run the web site listed below. I’m on a sort of a mission. I'm trying to save all the slides that are slowly decaying in drawers and cases owned by Vietnam Veterans.
This is my proposal, you send me your slides, pictures or even your own story, whatever and I'll put them on CD for you. This will be done at no cost to yourself.
All I ask is your permission to put them up on the web page for everybody to share.
You can see what I'm doing at the URL below
www.hotkey.net.au/~marshalle/images/index1.html
So far I have collected over 12,000 slides that otherwise would have been lost. Slides WILL decay after a period of time, become useless, and part of our history is gone forever.
Also there are many, many stories left untold. I have collected hundreds of stories from Diggers and they are so different from the “official version”, these stories are important these are the real stories from the Diggers who where there!
Wouldn’t it be great for you grandkids to see your story on the Web?
I would put these stories on the web site so that everybody can share them.
The Web Site is archived every year by the National Library of Canberra. This means that nothing will be lost no matter what happens.
I hope that you will take part and also tell you mates of the free service I am providing.
Just email me and we can work out the details marshall@mildura.net.au

Ern



SUBJECT HMAS PERTH 1972 – 1973

If you are able to assist with the following please contact
John King at email address: John.King@rsl.org

I am an Advocate with the RSL in Qld and am attempting to assist an ex Perth sailor from the above time frame. Do you have the contact details of anyone who served on Perth at that time that may be willing to talk to me. I have been provided some assistance by Ex PO Allan Sheppard, Mr William Hinds and Mr Ken Olsen, who all served in catering at that time but was looking for someone outside the catering side for confirmation of some information. I would appreciate any assistance you may be able to provide.
Sincerely
John King JP (Qual), Advocate | Pensions, Advocacy & Welfare Services RSL (Queensland Branch) John.King@rslqld.org



SUBJECT DAVID FORSTER – LAWYER FOR MELBOURNE/VOYAGER UPDATE

Just to give you a quick update… the report prepared for the auditors has been filed – but is unfortunately still on the confidential documents holder. I made inquiries with Justice Emerton’s associate and she’s informed me that as a result her honour will ask the parties at a hearing on Nov 18 to show cause why it should remain there. So fingers crossed - I understand it has some pretty shocking detail regarding the extent of his activities.

Regards, James Bennett

Journalist
ABC News & Current Affairs T: 03 9626 1476 M: 0409 361 482






1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s Weekly News 7 November 2010
www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm

G’day and Welcome,

Hope you and yours are well. Been up at Port Macquarie swimming since Thursday with two of the grandkids, what a nice part of town.

The Avey’s have sent in another episode in respect of their road trip. Have a look The Aveys on the Road. A copy of the blog is on the ‘travel’ page of our website.

Gil Larsson has returned from his mammoth road trip and has recently sent in some photos. He is not sure who is in them. Have a look in our ‘photos’ page and identify them. www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page17.htm Let me know and I will tag them.

There have been big changes to the Freedom of Information Act. The document is attached.

There is an article in respect of the proposed Courts Martials for the diggers. An interesting read.

Saturday 4 December at Mudjimba RSL. More starters, we now have: Don and Ann Muller, Alan White, Jack Davey, Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Tank and Phyllis Evans, Knobby and Rhonda Clarke, Spook Cairns, Darby and Frances Ashton (possible), Ross and Di Fullarton, Neil Duckworth, Bob and San Cavanagh, Rocky and Lin Freier (at last), Nev Barry, Tassy and Pam Mason, Barry and AnnMarie Andrews, Kev Smith, Derek and Marilyn Whyte, Pee Wee Petherick, Max Lampo, Michael Alymer and me. Who else is going to turn up. Please let me know either way. Have received emails indicating - Glen Butler, Sandy Michels, Wayne and Margaret Butterfield, Ian and Marion Schubert have indicated they will not be attending.

Barry Andrew has forwarded a brochure of a Caravan Park at Mudjimba (attached)


Also this week
FOI update (attached)Click here to download this file
Lost soul - PAYNE Edwin Michel
Help needed - The Royal Australian Navy and South East Asian Conflicts
Thirroul Roll of Honour
Veterans Courts Martial
Wanderrest Park – see below and attachedClick here to download this file


Cheers
Ron

SUBJECT PAYNE Edwin Michel

If you are able to assist with the following please contact Warwick Lutterell at email Address: vvaataspres@aussiebroadband.com.au

Looking for PAYNE Edwin Michel R62465 Ex RAN Birdie While posted to HMAS DERWENT visiting Sasebo Japan in May 1967, met Bob Suckerman, Former PH3 USNR-R – USS AJAX Bob would like to make contact.

If you are able to help with the following request please contact
Ian Cavanough direct at email address: ipc@bigpond.net.au


SUBJECT The Royal Australian Navy and South East Asian Conflicts

I am after a photocopy of pages 223 to 228 of Up Top: The Royal Australian Navy and South East Asian Conflicts 1955-1972 by Jeffrey Grey Allen and Unwin in association with the Australian War memorial.
I have a case with an ugly Navy guy at the VRB on Thursday 11th and this info on HMAS Perth may help our case.
If you have this book, can you scan pages 223 to 228 and email them to me at ipc@bigpond.net.au
Thanks a 1,000,000
Ian Cavanough
(A good lookin’ Army guy)

SUBJECT THIRROUL ROLL OF HONOUR

Thirroul R S L Sub Branch Committee is currently compiling an Honour Roll for placement at Thirroul Memorial Park.

We are searching for the names of those who served in the Korean, Malayan or Vietnam wars (either enlisted or conscripted - Navy, Army, RAAF, civilian) and were actually residing in Thirroul at the time of enlistment or conscription.

If you are one of these residents or have any information or contact details of Veterans who served in these wars we would be very pleased to hear from you.

Please contact John Bond

Phone: 0417.298.545 or send an email to: johnbond2@bigpond.com


SUBJECT VETERANS COURTS MARTIAL


*Kathryn Cochrane is a barrister and squadron leader in the RAAF High Readiness Specialist Reserve. She was junior counsel in the High Court case of Lane v Morrison; this is her personal opinion, not the ADF's

Discipline in the field should be left to military command by Kathryn Cochrane*
Australian troops are angry over the charging of three members of the Special Operations Task Group for offences arising out of a compound clearance in Afghanistan in 2009. Source: The Australian

THE troops are angry with the director of military prosecutions, Lyn McDade.

The anger is over the charging three members of the Special Operations Task Group for offences arising out of a compound clearance in Afghanistan in February 2009.

Whether the troops' anger lies in the fact the charges were laid at all, or whether they are angered by the fact a non-operational military lawyer laid the charges, or both, it all comes to the same thing. The troops are very angry.

Troops expect to be charged by those in the military who have field experience and campaign medals; those who know first-hand how military operations are conducted. The troops expect to be charged by "command"; they may not like it but they will respect it. Command only works through mutual trust. The troops do not expect to be charged by a lawyer - military or otherwise - who has never executed a military mission in a dangerous place, let alone faced live fire in the circumstances such as those of the three diggers. I agree with the troops.
I argue that the creation of a statutorily independent DMP is contrary to the constitutional arrangements that govern the military disciplinary system, and in fact, wrongly reshapes military discipline as a criminal jurisdiction. The application in military trials of criminal law principles - such as the "beyond reasonable doubt" standard of proof - ensures fair processes; it does not define the jurisdiction.

In 2005 the Defence Force Discipline Act was amended to introduce a statutorily independent DMP, the thin edge of the wedge. The view at that time was that command was too close to the disciplinary function; that it might exercise command "influence". It was decided the power to charge should become independent of command to be at arm's length.

The introduction of the statutorily independent DMP was followed by the creation of the statutorily independent Australian military court. Discipline would now be enforced by lawyers rather than lay tribunals of peer group military members constituted as a court martial.

The Australian military court did not survive the High Court constitutional law challenge that was Lane v Morrison, but the statutorily independent DMP did. That office will become entrenched when legislation is introduced to establish the Military Court of Australia as a division of the Federal Court of Australia.

How did we get here? Suddenly lawyers, including the DMP and Federal Court judges with no military experience, are considered better placed to judge what is necessary for military discipline than operational commanders.

The fact that the jurisdiction is to be exercised by a Federal Court means that what was once a specialist disciplinary jurisdiction, which did not result in a criminal conviction, is now a general criminal law jurisdiction that does. (Never mind that, under the constitution, the commonwealth has not been vested with a general criminal jurisdiction; that is the province of the states and territories).

Military discipline a function of the executive, and not the judiciary. That is why breaches of military discipline have always been tried by court martial. And don't forget "the vibes". Under the principle of the separation of powers established by the boilermakers' case, the executive cannot exercise the powers of the judiciary nor vice versa.

The point of command is to exercise "influence". After all, "discipline of the Defence Forces" is the very point of the specialist jurisdiction granted by the defence power under s.51(vi) of the constitution. The power of command of the defence force lies with the chief of the defence force and the single service chiefs by delegation from the governor-general as command-in-chief (s.68 of the constitution, and s.9 of the Defence Act). There is no power of command if there is no power to discipline. Under the defence power, the parliament can legislate its expectations of how the CDF is to exercise the disciplinary power (the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982). But the parliament cannot relocate the enforcement of discipline from command to the judiciary, which it is in the process of doing.

This brings me back to the DMP. The question command would pose in deciding whether the three diggers should be charged for a disciplinary offence is whether their conduct amounted to a breach of military discipline. Were they on an authorised mission? Did they apply their rules of engagement and standard operating procedures in an appropriate way? What was the intelligence? What were the conditions of the firefight? How would other troops in the same situation have responded if faced? If the troops carried out the orders as disciplined troops in accordance with the laws of war and the Geneva Conventions, then no charge would be laid.

The question a statutorily independent DMP applying criminal law principles would pose is whether the evidence is sufficient to establish a prima facie case, and if so, a charge should be laid and the matter go to trial. The decision to charge would be made by reference to the forensic elements of the offence rather than an exercise of any judgment as to context.

Turning breaches of military discipline into criminal acts is a dangerous shift. Whether the troops acted appropriately in the field would be an aspect of establishing whether the guilt of the offence could be established "beyond reasonable doubt". But who would be in a position to make that judgment except command which is excluded from the process, because the DMP is statutorily independent of command?

The military jurisdiction is a disciplinary, not criminal, jurisdiction. Its primary question is: What is necessary to be done for the maintenance of military discipline? But the office of the DMP reflects criminal law institutions, considerations, including all the bureaucracy and delay, while blurring the line between the executive and the judiciary. Command, losing its right to manage its own discipline in the field, will be undermined. None of this is good for the troops in the field.

SUBJECT WANDERREST PROJECT
Members clubs may be aware that the Richmond Club has now officially opened its Wanderest project which provides free camping facilities for up to three days for caravaners/mobile home users on property adjacent to the club.
The park features toilets, showers, powered and non-powered sites, a dump site for black water, picnic tables and open grassed areas. Occupants are able to access the club for meals, entertainment etc and then move on, or if staying in the area, to the local commercial camping ground. The project has the support of the Camper and Motorhome Club of Australia and local council and caravan park operators.

The Richmond Club Board has agreed to provide the concept to the RSL & Services Clubs Association to distribute exclusively to member clubs that would like to adopt it.
See attached Circular for details ..............................



1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s Weekly News 31 October 2010
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G’day and Welcome,

Hope you and yours are well. Am off fishing this weekend, so getting in early.

Received an email from Brian Gorringe. Yes Brian is also still serving, he is a Captain (has been for some time) working in Navy Office for Chief of Navy. Brian will probably stay in longer than Jungle Jim Carroll.

G'day Ron,

Thanks for the weekly news, most appreciated. Regrettably I am unable to attend the weekend of the 3rd and 4th as have a previous commitment in Canberra. Maybe when I finally retire will be able to assist etc and attend the various functions. CN keeps me fairly busy and will be serving until January 2012 in his office. When I finished the four years as the Defence Attache in Saudi Arabia in December 2008 I thought it was stumps but CN had other ideas as he posted me to his office since January 09. Regards to all. Remember if you need any info from Navy Office, I will see what I can do. Have been helping out Jim Bush lately with some info etc. Nev thanks for the heads up for the Men’s Health article. If anyone wants to contact me at work my email is brian.gorringe@defence.gov.au
cheers, Brian G

I did mention earlier that Irish O’Leary will be in Sydney on Friday 19 November. For those who want to catch up he will be at the Rockers around lunch time. Please let me know if you intend turning up.

Saturday 4 December at Mudjimba RSL. More starters, we now have: Don and Ann Muller, Alan White, Jack Davey, Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Tank and Phyllis Evans, Knobby and Rhonda Clarke, Spook Cairns, Darby and Frances Ashton (possible), Ross and Di Fullarton, Neil Duckworth, Bob and San Cavanagh, Rocky and Lin Freier (at last), Nev Barry, Tassy and Pam Mason, Barry and AnnMarie Andrews, Kev Smith, Derek and Marilyn Whyte, Pee Wee Petherick, Max Lampo, Michael Alymer and me. Who else is going to turn up. Please let me know either way. Have received emails indicating - Glen Butler will not be attending as he is OS; Sandy Michels is moving to Cootamundra from the South Coast (will it ever be the same)

Tank Evans is offering accommodation for the function on the Sunshine Coast, read on

Hi Ron,

I live about an hour away from Mudjimba in the Caboolture area. With this in mind if anybody would like a bed close to the area, we have a couple of queen size beds available at our place for anybody who needs one. We are also close to Bribie Island which may make it interesting also. I will have 3 seats available in my Pajero to move the troops around if anyone is flying up. We could also pick people up from Brisbane airport if they are not flying to the Sunshine Coast airport. Leave it with you to promulgate as necessary. It will be a pleasure for us to help if needed. Cheers Tank and Phyllis


MILDURA Function November 2011 Please let me know either way if you intend to attend. It will be the best reunion you have ever been to – don’t miss out.

Mens Sheds Darby Ashton forwarded the following

I have become involved in the Pine Rivers Men’s Shed and for men with problems and time on their hands it is very rewarding. You can Google Men’s Sheds and find out more about it. I think it would interest a lot of the guys we know. Cheers Darby and Frances


Geoff Toole Has anybody heard or seen Geoff, he was living at Mount Victoria, if you do know his address, could you contact him and ask him to forward it to me.


Also this week
Help needed - Cockatoo Rise War veterans retreat (attached)
Military super still a Coalition priority (attached)
What happens to your partner when you die (attached)
WRANS Function
Queensland Variety Nomads Adventure
Lost Medals


Cheers
Ron

SUBJECT WRANS FUNCTION

WRANS QLD ANNUAL REUNION LUNCHEON

Saturday November 6th 2010

WRANS Qld, a sub-section of the Naval Assoc. of Aust., is an organization of ex navy women formed to bring together old shipmates. We welcome Ex WRANS and ex RAN ladies, and girls who are still serving in the RAN or RANR. Our membership Qld wide is approximately 300.

We are having our Annual Reunion Luncheon at the United Services Club at 183 Wickham Terrace Brisbane at 11 am on Saturday November 6 (cost $50) and you are most welcome to attend even if you are not a member yet. The venue is within walking distance of Central Station or there is parking at the rear of the club entering off Upper Edward Street.

We want to encourage all ex Navy girls we can get in touch with to join us. It is a chance to maybe meet up with some girls you served with, and to meet others who have similar experiences to yourself. The luncheon is open to all ex WRANS and girls from the RAN/RANR past and present, so if you would like to bring an ex-Navy girlfriend along as well that would be great. We will need to advise caterers of numbers, so contact me at the contact numbers/addresses below ASAP if you would like to go – you would be most welcome.

If you join WRANS Qld (annual fee $25) you would get all mail outs, our newsletters which come out three to four monthly and have all the dates for these sorts of reunions, social gatherings and other functions and information on memorial services and marches. Meetings are held at Newmarket, Brisbane at 1.30 pm on the second Sunday of each month followed by afternoon tea and chat. Membership of WRANS Qld gives one membership of the Naval Association and entitlement to The White Ensign, which is the official magazine of the Association.

Please feel free to contact me with any queries you may have or any further information that you may need.

Regards

Wendy Griggs

WENDY GRIGGS
Secretary
Naval Association of Australia
WRANS Sub Section Qld
07 3880 2602/0412 017 123
wransqld@bigpond.com

PO BOX 3289
BRACKEN RIDGE Q 4017


SUBJECT LOST MEDALS


G'Day Bill

My wife manages the Lifeline shop at Nundah and came across a set of WWII medals in some donations.(1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, ASM and 1939-1945 medal.)
If you have any Army contacts on your email address’ please circulate, they belong to Lance Corporal Robert Henry MYLES NX80730 D.O.B. 5th July, 1903 born England. I would like them returned to a family member and you can contact me as below.








1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s Weekly News 17 October 2010
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G’day and Welcome,

Hope you and yours are well.

I attended the Sydney Writers luncheon today, Jim Carrol was down from FNQ. He is on a mission to be the last of the 7th intake to be a serving member. He looks like doing another 12 months full time service.

I did mention earlier that Irish O’Leary will be in Sydney on Friday 19 November. For those who want to catch up he will be at the Rockers around lunch time. Please let me know if you intend turning up.

Received two messages one from Jessie James the other from Nev Barry, both are a sobering reminder of our vulnerability and of course how clever some of our intake are.

Ron,
Perhaps I should have let you know about the (Men’s health) MHPE article after I wrote it but at the time I had a few other things on my mind. Men’s health peer education has become very important to me and after talking to many at the reunion I started to hear how often the same story was repeated. Whilst in Perth I became reasonably Ill and when I arrived home I was diagnosed with cancer of the throat. So when I wrote the article I had just been told the news and started contemplate the conversations in Perth about different people, also what had been my own actions. I have now completed my first lot of chemotherapy and radiation and all is well. I have learned that we must talk and seek help. I am glad that you have drawn attention to the magazine it always has good articles in it. Cheers, Ian (Jesse) James

Hi Ron, Sorry I have been a bit lax with communication lately. Havent been 100% for a few months but hopefully one day will get better! Just like to let you know I'm still in God’s country at Tully if anyone is passing thru give me a call on 0410537272.or contact me via this e-mail .I will also be at the get together at mudjimba. Have been in touch with Henry Ptak who is fit and well in Hobart, If anyone would like to contact Henry he has given me permission to give out his daughter's no. Cheers & Regards Nev. B.

Saturday 4 December at Mudjimba RSL. Spoke to Russ Loane during the week, amongst other things he has recently been sea riding on HMAS NEWCASTLE, attending functions in Nowra and spending a few days with Doug Wilson, he is currently on his was north. I hope to talk to him later next week. We did discuss briefly the possibility of playing social, that is very social Lawn Bowls on the Saturday morning prior to lunch. Should be a great opportunity to break the ice. This is only an idea at this time, I will confirm the details either way as soon as I know. More starters, we now have: Don and Ann Muller, Alan White, Jack Davey, Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Tank and Phyllis Evans, Knobby and Rhonda Clarke, Spook Cairns, Darby and Frances Ashton (possible), Ross and Di Fullarton, Neil Duckworth, Bob and San Cavanagh, Rocky and Lin Freier (at last) and Nev Barry, Tassy and Pam Mason, Barry and AnnMarie Andrews, Kev Smith and me. Who else is going to turn up. Please let me know either way. Have received emails indicating - Glen Butler will not be attending as he is OS; Sandy Michels is moving to Cootamundra from the South Coast (will it ever be the same)

There is a link to a website about CERBERUS in the 60’s. For those that did category training especially fishhead category training, you may recognise some, you may also be an actor. www.navy.gov.au/Sailors_In_The_Making

Also this week
Remberance Day WA at the JR Memorial
MELBOURNE’S barge in the news for the wrong reasons
Community Services QLD Government
DVA E-News
Veterans carers deserve a special thanks (attached)Click here to download this file
Cheers
Ron

SUBJECT REMEMBERANCE DAY WA





Junior Recruit Memorial
Remembrance Day 2010



Leeuwin Barracks will host a Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Junior Recruit Memorial at 1100 on 11 November 2010. TS Perth Naval Cadets will provide support as well as an Australian Army Chaplain. For those in WA a good turnout of ex JR’s on the day would be welcome.

Yours Aye


Ken Dobbie

Junior Recruit Memorial Committee


SUBJECT MELBOURNE’S BARGE IN THE NEWS – FOR THE WRONG REASONS


Former HMAS Melbourne Admiral's launch, the 40 foot cruiser Kios, ran aground at Brooms Head Beach on its way from Bribie Island to Sydney.
Rodney Stevens
Photos
Shipwrecked: boating crashes & capsizes

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THE maiden voyage for the new owner of the 40-foot cruiser Kios ended in chaos when it ran aground at Brooms Head Beach on Sunday night. The vessel’s owner, who would only give his name as George, said disaster struck when a new GPS unit failed and he and a mate, who was making the journey home to Sydney with him, scrambled to determine their location. George, who immigrated to Australia from Romania 36 years ago, said he bought the $42,500 boat on Saturday from Queensland’s Bribie Island and was planning to spend the night onboard moored on the Clarence River. “Our GPS broke down around six o’clock last night and by the time we looked at a map we couldn’t work out where we were. Then we saw the light at Brooms Head and were under the impression that the entrance to the river was there,” George said yesterday. They anchored a few hundred metres offshore, but when a wave came through one of the front windows of the boat they started to take on water and the bilge pumps did not work. “We started with a manual pump and a bucket to bail out the water, then the wind blew us toward the shore and the anchor chain snapped,” George said. George said he was experienced on boats and had held his boat licence for 25 years. Brooms Head Caravan Park manager Danielle Barrett said she saw the vessel in trouble about 9pm near the offshore reef before the anchor let go. “We went to let the dogs out a bit later, around 11pm, and we could hear the roaring of the boat’s motor,” she said. “They let off two distress flares, had their lights on and were trying to manoeuvre the boat back out to sea. “By this stage the tide was going out and they were stuck on the sandbank.” The men also activated the boat’s distress beacon, which alerted the Coffs Harbour Water Police, who notified general duties police and an officer from Maclean attended the scene. Ms Barrett said she continued to watch the stricken vessel as one of its occupants jumped off the boat and made their way to shore. “He waded in and talked to the police and then came to the back door of the residence at the caravan park,” she said. Ms Barrett said both men spent the night in a cabin at the caravan park. General duties police and officers from Coffs Harbour Water Police, along with Yamba’s NSW Maritime senior boating safety officer John Rowe, attended the scene yesterday, where the beached vessel sat in the breakers with a hole in the bow. Mr Rowe said the Maritime Authority would work with water police to determine how the incident happened. “Until we finish our investigations it is hard to say whether any penalties would be enforced,” he said. Mr Rowe said he hoped the vessel would only remain on the beach for a couple of days. A NSW Maritime spokesperson said the threat of pollution from the boat was minimal. After being notified of the incident by the water police, the boat’s former owner called The Daily Examiner yesterday revealing some interesting details about his former pride and joy. He said the 40-foot timber and fibreglass cruiser was built in 1974 and served as the Admiral’s launch on aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne until it was decommissioned in 1982. A navy officer then owned the boat until it was bought by its former owner, who did not want to be named, in 2005. He said George took possession of the boat on Saturday morning.
SUBJECT COMMUNITY SERVICES QLD GOVERNMENT
www.communityservices.qld.gov.au/community/concessions/

Gidday,

This is a great site if you live in QLD and have GC (TPI) plus DVA Pensioner Concession Concession Card = you can check out what Capt Bligh and her cronies give or don't give! Remember GST applies to all rebates, unfortunately! Mentally calculate 10% and deduct! Other States have similar.

SUBJECT DVA E-NEWS





Issue - 4 - 2010
Welcome to the latest issue of e-News, keeping you up-to-date with news from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
In this issue:
• New Minister gets to work
• Long Tan Bursary now open
• Grants announced
• 60th anniversary of the Korean War
• Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels Day
• Remembrance Day
• Publications
• Media releases

New minister gets to work
On 14 September the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio was taken under the watchful eye of the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP. Mr Snowdon is also the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel and Minister for Indigenous Health.
Mr Snowdon brings defence experience to the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio, previously serving as Minister for Defence Science and Personnel in 2007. He said his deep appreciation for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs portfolio also stemmed from a long and proud family service history.
For a biography and more information, please visit the Minister’s website
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Long Tan Bursary applications now open
The Long Tan Bursary is an Australian Government initiative helping eligible children of Australian Vietnam veterans to undertake tertiary education. Offering 50 scholarships per year, worth up to $9000 over three years, the Bursary allows students to undertake full-time study on campus.
More than 360 sons and daughters of Vietnam veterans have received the scholarship since it was first introduced in 2000.
Applications for the Long Tan Bursary are open until 31 October. For more information on the Long Tan Bursary or to apply visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or www.avcat.org.au.
________________________________________
Grant recipients announced
Nearly $4.4 million has been made available through the Building Excellence in Support and Training program, to help Ex-Service Organisations provide essential on-the-ground support to veterans, war widows, widowers and their families.
For more information on DVA grants or to apply visit www.dva.gov.au/grants.
________________________________________

60th anniversary of the Korean War
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War. A national ceremony will be held at the Australian National Korean War Memorial in Canberra on 23 October 2010. This is in addition to seven state-based ceremonies that were held during June and July 2010.
To recognise the importance of the anniversary, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has released a new edition of Out in the Cold, a book detailing the service and sacrifice of Australians during the Korean War. This is now available from the Australian War Memorial Shop and website and The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne from early October.
For more information on commemorative activities surrounding the anniversary visit the Department’s website.
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Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels Day
The inaugural Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels Day will be held on 3 November to acknowledge the contribution made by Papuan and New Guinean civilians during the Second World War. Their extraordinary support of Australian soldiers in the transportation of supplies and the wounded is firmly woven into the fabric of Australian military history.
A presentation of commemorative medallions to surviving Angels and families of those who have passed away will take place during at a ceremony at Kokoda Station on 3 November. For information about the medallion visit the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels Commemorative Medallion page. For more information about Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, visit the Australia’s War website.
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Remembrance Day
On 11 November at 11 am, Australians will pause to remember men and women who have died in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.
This year’s Remembrance Day poster marks a significant anniversary in Australia’s wartime history—the 60th anniversary of the commencement of the Korean War which commenced on 25 June 1950. For information about Remembrance Day, to download our poster, to access the wartime snapshot or to find out about a service near you, go to the Remembrance Day page.
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Publications
• Vetaffairs – September 2010
• Out in the Cold: Australia’s Involvement in the Korean War 1950-53
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Media Releases
• New Veterans' Affairs Minister meets veterans in Brisbane 12 October 2010 (PDF 32Kb) (RTF 1Mb)
• Help is a phone call away on World Mental Health Day 11 October 2010 (PDF 44Kb) (RTF 1.8Mb)
• Liberals misfire on veterans' entitlements 6 October 2010 (PDF 32Kb) (RTF 1.2Mb)
• Important milestone in veterans' health care 1 October 2010 (PDF 36Kb) (RTF 1.87Mb)
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1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s Weekly News 17 October 2010
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G’day and Welcome,

Hope you and yours are well.

For those that cannot remember what happened prior to joining up in 63, Larry Kent will take you there. Copies of correspondence forwarded to his parents in respect of recruiting and induction are now on our web site on the photos page –it might bring a tear to your eye (Thanks Larry) www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page17.htm

There has been a steady response to our gathering on the Sunshine Coast for the 4th December. Don and Ann Muller, Alan White, Jack Davey, Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Tank and Phyllis Evans, Knobby and Rhonda Clarke, Spook Cairns, Darby and Frances Ashton (possible), Ross and Di Fullarton, Neil Duckworth, Bob and San Cavanagh, Rocky and Lin Freier (at last) and me. Who else is going to turn up. Please let me know either way.

For those that remember Alan White, he will be there. He stated in his email, it will be the first time in 46 years since he has seen some of us. It certainly makes the function worthwhile, when comments like that are forthcoming. I hope to contact Russ Loane in the following week to sort out some details.

This week:
DFWA presentation to Senator Wong (attach)Click here to download this file
DFWA update for October (attach)Click here to download this file
Vale – Bob Vivian
Men’s Health Magazines
VENDETTA PLAQUE AT AWM below and (attachment)Click here to download this file

Cheers
Ron

SUBJECT VALE Bob Vivian


Robert (Bob) Guy Vivian, R58472, ex Radar Plot has passed away - aged 71 years.
Bob was part of the HMAS Hobart commissioning crew and did the 3rd trip to Vietnam.
A funeral service was held yesterday.


SUBJECT MEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINES

The latest version of the men’s health magazine can be accessed at the following address

www.dva.gov.au/health_and_wellbeing/physical_health/mhpe/mag/Pages/vol9no3.aspx


SUBJECT VENDETTA PLAQUE AT AWM

For All Vendetta Veterans

Hi All,
As previously advised the Association has planned for a plaque to be mounted and dedicated at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) to recognise the service of HMAS Vendetta (1958-79) and her crews on Friday, 14 October 2011 at 1400.

The planned text to go on the plaque is at the final draft stage and is awaiting final approval before the casting is ordered. The Qld and NSW Divisions of the Association have agreed on the text and it has been examined by the AWM Military History Section and amended to be consistent with the AWM’s editorial style. A copy of this final draft is attached.

We would now like to confirm with all interested Vendetta Veterans and groups elsewhere that the proposed text is agreed.

All comments or suggested amendments to the proposed plaque text must be lodged with the Vendetta Veterans Association (Qld) by close of business Friday, 12 November 2010. This can be done via any of the following means and non-replies will be considered as acceptance of what is proposed.

By Mail: Vendetta Veterans Association (Qld)
58 Fiona Street
BELLBIRD PARK QLD 4300

By Phone: 07 3288 1702
0417 700 531

By Email: mkrause@bigpond.net.au

Cheers
Bill Krause
President
Vendetta Veterans Association (Qld)



1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s Weekly News 10 October 2010
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G’day and Welcome,

Hope you and yours are well.

The dedication ceremony was held on Sunday. Bernie Lawson, Peter Walsh, Jim Dansey, Malcolm Johnston and Skull Boden were remembered and dedicated. Bernie’s family came over from the West, his wife Lyn, daughter Michelle, son Greg and grandson Max. Jim Dansey was also represented by two members of the Submarine Association, Jim Bryant and Geoff Anderson, he also was remembered by two current servicemen Army Captain Jason Urquhart (son of EXLSUC Andrew 'Butch' Urquhart) and LSCSO Trevor Hayes of HMAS DARWIN a mate of Jim's. Mal Ritchie spoke on behalf of Pete Walsh, Bongo DiBetta stood in for Hector Hart on behalf of Skull Boden, Mick Gallagher stood in for Tom Houldsworth on behalf of Bernie Lawson, John Tant spoke on behalf of Malcolm Johnston and I stood in for Spook Cairns to speak on behalf of Jim Dansey. Steven Martens, Larraine Tant, Larry Kent and Jo DiBetta were also in attendance. Apologies were received from Tom Houldsworth, Spook Cairns, Mike Hogan, Hector Hart, Tom Kinross, Peewee Petherick, Tank Evans, Peter Sutton, Terry Dack and Ian Schubert. Photos are on the ‘Dedication’ page of the website. www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page7.htm

An email received from Bernie Lawson’s widow Lynne:

Hi Ron

I just wanted to write and thank you all for the service and friendship on Sunday, it was very special to us. I will also contact Tom when he returns to pass on our thanks. It was a great day and Greg and Michelle will no doubt e-mail you as well. Thanks for all the hard work and dedication from both you and Tom
Kind Regards
Lynne Lawson

More on dedication ceremonies Subject to the authors permission we are going to include the eulogies and if possible a photo (1963 or recent) of all those dedicated on the website. To date Spook Cairns and Hector Hart have given their permission. Jim Donsworth, Jim Dansey and Skull Boden’s will be there.

Sunshine Coast Saturday 4 December This function is gaining momentum. Spook Cairns, Knobby and Rhonda Clarke, Ross and Di Fullarton, Doug Wilson, Neill Duckworth, Bob and San Cavanagh, Jack and Carol Davey, Rocky and Lin Frier, Tank and Phyllis Evans, Russ Loane and myself. "MUDJIMBA" on the Sunshine Coast is the venue, let me know if you intend turning up, Details are in the 3 October Weekly News (on our website).

Received this recently. It is the skit by the Chasers on the SUCCESS Commission of Inquiry – I think it is hilarious
freedvdgames.com/the-chaser-in-the-navy-hmas-success-hq/

This week
Navy Week Victoria – Remembrance Service Sunday 17 October (Attached)Click here to download this file
For whom the bell tolls - Brain Parkes
Troops charged in Afghanistan
David Hollows – lawyer who representing some in MELBOURNE/VOYAGER incident
VENDETTA year book 65-66
Finding a Doctor on the Road
HMAS SYDNEY –Commemorative Medals
90TH Anniversary of the RAN HYDRO (Attached)Click here to download this file

Cheers
Ron


SUBJECT BRIAN PARKES

Brian Parkes was a Stoker Petty Officer (POME) aboard HMAS VOYAGER.
My father Brian Parkes (known as Larry during his Navy days) passed away on Monday 27 September, 2010 at Greenslopes Hospital (Brisbane) his funeral is being held at 1pm Monday 4 October, 2010 at Mt Gravatt Crematorium, Mains road, Macgregor.
Dad was a Voyager survivor. He was aged 75 years. His service no. was R49527.
Thanks
Marnie Casas (nee Parkes)

SUBJECT TROOPS CHARGED IN AFGHANISTAN

Dear Friends,
Below is an email I received today from MAJGEN Digger James AC AO(Mil) MBE MC. All of you would know Digger who I'm sure you would agree is an outstanding Australian and also the Patron of the RAAMC Association. Please pass this on to your friends in the veteran and service community.
Kind regards,:

Dear John,
Professor David Flint is an old friend, an outstanding lawyer, rose to be Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Sydney University of Technology and more, now retired. He was an army national serviceman in the 50's, and Convenor of the ACM (Australians for Constitutional Monarchy which I am still much involved).

I sent him a copy of your petition seeking his support- he has certainly done so - see his article below. Professor James Allan has also done a great piece today on the same topic.

Cheers

I put this on the Quadrant site. I shall add it to ACM, too. Parliament made a serious error, I think . They created an office with enormous power. The woman has gone mad with it. Power tends to corrupt...

Military prosecutions: Parliament must act now
October 2, 2010

There can be no more important duty for the government than the defence of the realm.
This means ensuring the Army, the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force are able to do their duty. This of course includes financing and equipping them – a matter of some debate at the moment.
It also involves ensuring a structure which allows them to function in the preparation for and in actual combat. This necessarily involves a certain separation from civilian life, of which there is no better demonstration than that while they are under ministerial direction, the armed forces owe their loyalty to the Australian Crown and not the politicians.

It is timely now for the government, and indeed the nation, to recognize once more the extraordinary degree of patriotism demonstrated by the armed forces. This is not the easy patriotism of words or flag waving.

It is an overwhelming love of country, a love of country as it has been understood from the age of Athenian democracy down to our involvement in the world wars.

In Pericles words in his celebrated Funeral Oration, soldiers have “joyfully determined to accept the risk”. Australians have recognized this in the memorials to those who made the supreme sacrifice.

In all of this the purpose of the armed forces must never be lost sight of. I recall that in my brief experience of the army, the aim was made clear. It is brutal, and necessarily so. It is to kill the enemy.

It is a sad fact of life that in doing his duty a soldier may well unintentionally injure or kill civilians.
It is hardly surprising then that the decision of the Director of Military Prosecutions Brigadier Lyn McDade to charge three Australian special force soldiers has been received with surprise, incredulity and outrage.

It is assumed that the DMP understands that an enemy does not always play according to the Marquess of Queensbury rules. The terrible experience of our armed forces in saving this country from invasion in the Second World War demonstrates that.
The Taliban do not of course observe international conventions. They do not have rules of engagement which seek to honour their non-existent international obligations. They are well known for using innocent civilians, women and children, their own people, as shields.
What is clear in this case is that the soldiers being prosecuted in no way intended to kill those unfortunate civilians. It was an unfortunate accident, possibly compounded deliberately by the Taliban willingness to trade on our soldiers’ decency.

Surely the DMP understands that her decision must affect morale and therefore the ability of our loyal armed forces to perform their role. Indeed they may well risk their own lives and those of their comrades in the unnecessary hesitation which her decision must cause.

Military justice must necessarily differ from civilian process. For most of the life of our armed forces, prosecutions were conducted before courts martial.

But after a Senate Report which was highly critical of the process, an Australian Military Court was created in 2007. This was found to be unconstitutional in 2009, so courts martial were reinstated temporarily until a constitutionally valid military court under the Federal Court could be established.

But what remained of the 2007 bundle of changes was a separate and independent Director of Military Prosecutions (DMP), one so designed that it is more powerful than the high command.
It is being said that the reason for the prosecutions has been to pre-empt a threat a prosecution before an international tribunal, the International Criminal Court (ICC).

If this is so, there would be a good argument to withdraw from the Rome Convention which established the ICC. Indeed many people were strongly opposed to subscribing to the Convention as it was designed for fear that political prosecutions would be launched against Western soldiers and also leaders. The US refuses to join. It is unlikely to do so.
The sense of outrage about this case demonstrates is that in the ultimate analysis, no prosecution should be launched unless this course is approved by the soldiers’ peers –those who have combat experience.

It is completely unacceptable that the DMP should have the sole discretion to launch a prosecution.

Just imagine if such a position had existed in the Second World War. Had prosecutions been launched whenever civilians were inadvertently killed, the AIF, the RAN and the RAAF would have been rendered impotent.

The Menzies and Curtin governments would never have proposed such a position over the armed forces as the DMP. United in their allegiance to King and Country, acknowledging the terrible sacrifices that the soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses were making, they also had more common sense.
If there is to be a central Office of Military Prosecutions, and not a personal supremo, any proposed prosecution should have the support of the relevant commanding officer. This could be reviewable at the next level and/or by a committee of serving officers.

It is equally important that the question of guilt should also only be determined by the soldiers’ peers – those who have served or are serving in fighting units.

The soldiers charged are at least fortunate that their cases will be heard before courts martial.

In the meantime the Parliament should immediately reform or abolish the office of the DMP before more damage is done.
This time they must exercise extreme caution in creating a replacement to courts martial. They made a mess of it on the last occasion. Indeed with some
changes, why not let the courts martial continue?
But if there must be a replacement court, it should not in any way reduce the obvious requirement that service personnel must be judged by their peers.

SUBJECT DAVID HOLLOWS

I will be grateful if any member who used Mr David Forster of Hollows Lawyers to progress claims in respect of their involvement in the collision will contact me urgently by email or by telephone at 07 54727359 or 0419849900.

Kind regards,


Les Dwyer
National Pensions and Welfare Coordinator
Naval Association Pensions and Welfare Service


SUBJECT VENDETTA CHRISTMAS FUNCTION IN QUEENSLAND



SUBJECT VENDETTA YEAR BOOK 65-66


cgi.ebay.com.au/H-M-A-S-Vendetta-1965-1966-Year-Book-/150502072278

H.M.A.S. Vendetta 1965-1966 Year Book - eBay, Other Books, Books ...
Find HMAS Vendetta 1965-1966 Year Book in the Books, Magazines - Other Books
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SUBJECT FINDING A DOCTOR ON THE ROAD

Finding a doctor online
Knowing where your nearest GP or pharmacist is located can offer peace of mind for those travelling around Australia.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGA) can assist provide online services which may assist you in locating appropriate health professional care.
If you’re looking for GP the RACGP have an online tool that can help you locate your nearest practice. Using the Find a practice tool, you can locate details of your local practice by entering your postcode or suburb and have the results displayed on a Google Map.
To locate your nearest GP, visit the RACGP.
Perhaps you need a pharmacist that can help you manage your asthma, cholesterol problems or to provide mobility equipment. The PGA offer an online Find a pharmacy tool which can help you find a pharmacy offering a range of services, trading hours and even languages spoken.
To locate a suitable pharmacy for your needs, visit the PGA.
Check out our Technology articles for helpful tips.

SUBJECT HMAS SYDNEY COMMEMORATIVE MEDALS
www.hmassydney.com/medals.html






1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s Weekly News 3 October 2010
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G’day and Welcome,


The dedication service is on Sunday at 1400. If you wish to go and haven’t arranged entry, I have been told it can be done on Sunday, I will be at the Main Gate from 1300 to 1330ish. Bongo has volunteered to read Skull Boden’s eulogy on behalf of Hector Hart. Mick Gallagher and Mike Hogan were also volunteers. Thanks Fellas.

Forgot to mention in the Newsletter, there was a photo taken and it is included in the webpage for Newsletters.

Newsletters of course are promulgated after we have a function and are distributed vide email, the web and snail mail. The purpose is to give a brief summary of what has occurred at the meeting and what we have planned for the future. Weekly News is promulgated vide email and the web and is info that is picked up week to week that may affect us.

It was good to catch up with Michael Haining at Toronto. He was the sole Survey rate of the 6th intake. He paid off as a Commander and amongst other postings served as XO and CO of ADELAIDE.

Russ Loane has contacted me indicating his RSL would host our function. This is his email.
G'day Ron, I hope to be attending the Mildura function but cannot confirm yet. I am on the committee of a very small- country style Qld.RSL sub-branch called "MUDJIMBA" on the Sunshine Coast. We are located 1Km from the SSCoast Airport over the bridge from Maroochydore.aprox.750mtrs from surf beach. We are adjacent Twin Waters resort & there is a caravan park between us & the beach. We are tucked away in an idyllic bushland setting, with full bar, TAB, pokies & dining facilities. We would love to host the troops for one of your meetings.
Regards,
Russ
PS I have a 4 bedroom home 350mtrs from the beach, if DougW comes up he will take 1 but still room for more!

This is an opportunity to go somewhere different. Russ is on the Committee, let’s spend a few dollars at his club and taste his club’s hospitality. If everybody is happy we will gather there on Saturday 4th in lieu of the Twin Towns. For those that have already indicated they wish to attend the Twin Towns,( Rocky and Linda, Knobby and Rhonda and Tank and Phyllis) I apologise for the inconvenience caused. Could you reconfirm please

Lea and Rick Avey’s ‘The Aveys of the road’ blog site is a goer and is up to date. Have a look. The Aveys on the Road

This week
Fair Go Campaign (attached)Click here to download this file
Review of DVA Funded Advocacy and Welfare funds


Cheers
Ron


SUBJECT REVIEW OF DVA FUNDED ADVOCACY AND WELFARE FUNDS

www.dfwa.org.au/images/2010/DFWA%20%26%20RARA%20Submission%20-%20Review%20of%20DVA%20Funded%20ESO%20Advocacy%20and%20Welfare%20Services.pdf





Weekly News 26 September 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well.

Toronto was big, all who attended had a marvellous time. A Newsletter and a photo will be published soon.

For those who are coming to the Dedication service next Sunday commencing 1400 and have not organised entry into Garden Island please contact me by Tuesday this week the 28th Sep. Try and be there 30 minutes early to have a look at the Chapel and the Dedication area. There will be a photo shoot on completion.

The following are being dedicated:

Bernie Lawson, Jim Dansey, Malcolm Johnston, Skull Boden and Peter Walsh.

Unfortunately, Hector Hart cannot make the dedication and speak on behalf of Skull. He is putting a Eulogy together. Would anybody else like to present this eulogy. To date nobody has volunteered, if you are interested please let me know as soon as possible.

It is intended to go the Rockers on completion of the ceremony.

Dates to remember:

3 October – 5 Dedications – GI Chapel Sydney – commencing 1400 – who is attending? Apologies Peter Sutton, John Hatchman, Tom Houldsworth and Ian Schubert
10 February 2011 – Huskisson - dinner
Nov 2011 – Reunion Mildura – Our major function – who is attending?

There is a ditty below the ‘Hastie Tastie’ well worth a listen for those that travelled that path in the 60’s. All of us.

This week:
VENDETTA plaque dedication
RAN 50TH Anniversary
Hastie Tastie
Lost Soul – Matt Helm


Cheers

Ron

SUBJECT HMAS VENDETTA PLAQUE DEDICATION

VENDETTA VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION (QLD) ABN 84 392 054561


58 Fiona Street Telephone: (07) 3288 1702
Bellbird Park Qld 4300 0417 700 531
Email: mkrause@bigpond.net.au

DATE CLAIMER

HMAS VENDETTA (1958-79)

PLAQUE DEDICATION CEREMONY

AUSTRALIAN WAR MUSEUM

The Australian War Memorial has confirmed a date for the plaque dedication ceremony. Put it in your diary:

Friday, 14 October 2011 at 2.00pm


The NSW members will be organising other activities for those attending. We need to get an idea of numbers for planning purposes so we would like to hear “Expressions of Interest” from Vendetta Veterans who may be attending.

Please register an Expression of Interest at your earliest convenience through the contact information above.


SUBJECT RAN 50TH ANNIVERSARY

www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=67971


SUBJECT HASTY TASTY

THIS IS FOR ALL THE OLD SALTS!!!! and the foot sloggers who wish they had been a sailor!!!

www.4shared.com/audio/2PeuTbKv/Banned_From_The_Hasty_Tasty.html


SUBJECT LOST SOUL – MATT HELM

If you are able to assist with the following please contact Newell Rambo direct at email address:

newellrambo@consolidated.net

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

From: Newell Rambo [mailto:newellrambo@consolidated.net]
I met Roger Matt Helm in 1968 who was on the HMAS Hobart.
Can you help me find him. I was on the USS Shelton DD790.

Newell Rambo
14415 Tierra Grande Drive
Needville, Texas 77461
979 793 7100




Weekly News 19 September 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well.

Who is coming to our function at Lake Macquarie (Toronto) next Friday 24 September commencing 1200ish? To date Spook, Mike Hogan, Doug and Trish Wilson (subject to being medically fit), Mac the Diver McKenzie, John Tant, Michael Aylmer and myself. John Hatchman is a possible. Ian Schubert, Mike Sheppard, Mick Gallagher, Mal Ritchie, Darby and Frances Ashton have forwarded their apologies. Are there any more starters?

Who is coming to the Dedication service commencing 1400 on 3 October. Try and be there 30 minutes early to have a look at the Chapel and the Dedication area. There will be a photo shoot on completion.

The following are being dedicated:

Bernie Lawson, Jim Dansey, Malcolm Johnston, Skull Boden and Peter Walsh.

Unfortunately, Hector Hart cannot make the dedication and speak on behalf of Skull. Would anybody else like to do the eulogy. To date nobody has volunteered, if you are interested please let me know as soon as possible.

To gain access into GI you require to either forward your details to the Command Chaplain or myself. I am happy to coordinate entry. I need the names of who is attending and if you are driving the Rego Numbers and make of vehicle. These details by 22 September please. It is intended to go the Rockers on completion of the ceremony.

Mildura Reunion The names are slow coming in. If you think you are even a possibility of being a starter please let me know for the numbers game. Next year’s reunion is around the Melbourne Cup weekend and possibly the Blues Festival.

Dates to remember:

24 September – Function – Toronto – commencing 1200 – quite a few of us are staying overnight
3 October – 5 Dedications – GI Chapel Sydney – commencing 1400 – who is attending? Apologies Peter Sutton and Ian Schubert
10 February 2011 – Huskisson - dinner
Nov 2011 – Reunion Mildura – Our major function – who is attending?

This week:
Grey Funnel on the Gunline (attached)Click here to download this file
DFWA Update (attached)Click here to download this file
An email in the same vein re the Independants and Greens viz the DFRDB Pension
A history of HMAS HOBART
Safety – Car Jacking
HMAS HOBART REUNION
The demise of Jack Tar

Cheers

Ron


SUBJECT HMAS HOBART HISTORY

www.navy.gov.au/HMAS_Hobart_%28II%29

SUBJECT INDEPENDANTS AND GREENS – DFRDB


FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ARE SUPERANNUATE'S YOU CAN ONLY WISH AND PRAY HE HASN'T FORGOT THE MESSAGE HE PUT OUT LAST YEAR.
SCRIBE

‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’

Last Year Robert Oakeshott Intoduced a private members bill " MilitarySuperannuation Pensions "

"That the House

1. should consider increasing the Military Superannuation Pension annually by the greatest ofeither the Consumer Price Index,
the Pension and Beneficiary Cost Index or the Male Total Average Weekly Earnings; and

2. should do this in recognition of the unique circumstances of military service compared to all others within the public service."

this bill was defeated by the Labor majority.

Today things are different.

Robert Oakshott in a member of the Labor Coalition Government. Consequently, it behoves every one of us to ask him.

The date he intend to reintroduce his "Military Superannuation Pensions" Bill.

The Bill would have the support of the the Greens, Andrew Wilkie, and the Liberal/ National Coalition

Robert Oakeshott Email address is robert.oakeshott.mp@aph.gov.au


"OUR LIVES BEGIN TO END THE DAY WE BECOME SILENT ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER" MARTIN LUTHER KING


PLEASE SEND THIS MESSAGE OUT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.

Below is a link to the Defence Forces Welfare & RAR Associations website.

There are several vidoes by Digger James Neil Weekes and George Mansford as well as others supporting the "Fair Go Campaign"

Brilliant videos. Please watch and circulate. many thanks
www.youtube.com/defencewelfare

www.youtube.com/user/DefenceWelfare#p/a/u/1/z5lljt9xAjU



SUBJECT CAR JACKING SCAMS

From: "greg "
To:
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2010 11:34 PM
Subject: FW: Fw: BEWARE - Police warning when driving.!!


Ron
The following came to me from a friend who works fairly closely with police. > Thought it may be a good thing to bring to people's attention. Best regards Hyphen

Worth Passing On! This is happening now! Sad, especially if you are inclined to 'help' people...
While driving on a rural end of the roadway on Thursday morning, I saw an infant car seat on the side of the road with a blanket draped over it. For whatever reason, I did not stop, even though I had all kinds of thoughts running through my head. But when I got to my destination, I called the Police and they were going to check it out. But, this is what the Police advised even before they went out there to check....
"There are several things to be aware of ... gangs and thieves are now plotting different ways to get a person (mostly women)to stop their vehicle and get out of the car. there is a gang initiation reported by the local Police where gangs are placing a car seat by the road...with a fake baby in It...waiting for a woman, of course, to stop and check on the abandoned baby. Note that the location of this car seat is usually beside a wooded or grassy (field) area and the person -- woman -- will be dragged into the woods, beaten and raped, and usually left for dead. If it's a man, they're usually beaten and robbed and maybe left for dead, too.

DO NOT STOP FOR ANY REASON!!! DIAL 0-0-0

AND REPORT WHAT YOU SAW, BUT DON'T EVEN SLOW DOWN. "IF YOU ARE DRIVING AT NIGHT AND EGGS ARE THROWN AT YOUR WINDSCREEN, DO NOT STOP TO CHECK THE CAR, DO NOT OPERATE THE WIPER AND DO NOT SPRAY ANY WATER BECAUSE EGGS MIXED WITH WATER BECOME MILKY AND BLOCK YOUR VISION UP TO 92.5%, AND YOU ARE THEN FORCED TO STOP BESIDE THE ROAD AND BECOME A VICTIM OF THESE CRIMINALS. THIS IS A NEW TECHNIQUE USED BY GANGS, SO PLEASE INFORM YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES. THESE ARE DESPERATE TIMES AND THESE ARE UNSAVOURY INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL TAKE DESPERATE MEASURES TO GET WHAT THEY WANT. Please talk to your loved ones about this. This is a new tactic used. Please be safe. Get started NOW -- SEND THIS MESSAGE TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES TO BE CAREFUL AND AWARE OF EVERYTHING AROUND THEM SO AS NOT TO BECOME A VICTIM.


SUBJECT HOBART REUNION

To All ex Hobartians,

The next Hobart Reunion will be held in Canberra from the 10th to 16th November 2011.

Check the HMAS Hobart site - www.hmashobartassn.com for details.


SUBJECT THE DEMISE OF JACK TAR

The traditional male sailor was not defined by his looks. He was defined by his attitude; his name was Jack Tar.

He was a happy go lucky sort of bloke; he took the good times with the bad.
He didn't cry victimisation, bastardisation, discrimination or for his mum when things didn't go his way.

He took responsibility for his own sometimes, self-destructive actions.

He loved a laugh at anything or anybody. Rank, gender, race, creed or behaviour, it didn't matter to Jack, he would take the piss out of anyone, including himself. If someone took it out of him he didn't get offended; it was a natural part of life. If he offended someone else, so be it. Free from many of the rules of polite society, Jack's manners were somewhat rough. His ability to swear was legendary.

Jack loved women. He loved to chase them to the ends of the earth and sometimes he even caught one (less often than he would have you believe though). His tales of the chase and its conclusion win or lose, is the stuff of legends.

Jack's favourite drink was beer, and he could drink it like a fish. His actions when inebriated would, on occasion, land him in trouble. But, he took it on the chin, did his punishment and then went and did it all again.

Jack loved his job. He took an immense pride in what he did. His radar was always the best in the fleet. His engines always worked better than anyone else's. His eyes could spot a contact before anyone else's and shoot at it first. It was a matter of personal pride. Jack was the consummate professional when he was at work and sober.

He was a bit like a mischievous child. He had a gleam in his eye and a larger than life outlook. He was as rough as guts. You had to be pig headed and thick skinned to survive. He worked hard and played hard. His masters tut-tutted at some of his more exuberant expressions of joie de vivre, and the occasional bout of number 9's or stoppage let him know where his limits were.

The late 20th Century and on, has seen the demise of Jack. The workplace no longer echoes with ribald comment and bawdy tales. Someone is sure to take offence. Where as, those stories of daring do and ingenuity in the face of adversity, usually whilst pissed, lack the audacity of the past.

A wicked sense of humour is now a liability, rather that a necessity. Jack has been socially engineered out of existence. What was once normal is now offensive. Denting someone else's over inflated opinion of their own self worth is now a crime.

AND SO A CULTURE DIES.





Weekly News 12 September 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well. Some have been having trouble accessing the web site. I have changed the page to make it easier.


Who is coming to our function at Lake Macquarie (Toronto) on 24 September? To date Spook, Mike Hogan, Doug and Trish Wilson (subject to being medically fit), Mac the Diver McKenzie, John Tant, Michael Aylmer and myself. John Hatchman is a possible. Mike Sheppard, Mick Gallagher, Darby and Frances Ashton have forwarded their apologies. Are there any more starters?

Who is coming to the Dedication service commencing 1400 on 3 October. Try and be there 30 minutes early to have a look at the Chapel and the Dedication area. Photo shoot on completion.

The following are being dedicated:

Bernie Lawson, Jim Dansey, Malcolm Johnston, Skull Boden and Peter Walsh.

Unfortunately, Hector Hart cannot make the dedication and speak on behalf of Skull. Would anybody else like to do the eulogy.

To gain access into GI you require to either forward your details to the Command Chaplain or myself. I am happy to coordinate entry. I need the names of who is attending and if you are driving the Rego Numbers and make of vehicle. These details by 22 September please. It is intended to go the Rockers on completion of the ceremony.

We will work over the details Tug Wilson has forwarded and then they will be promulgated on the website. Tug as you know is the President of the Mildura RSL, the venue for next year’s reunion which is around the Melbourne Cup weekend and possibly the Blues Festival. He did stress the most important thing to do is book your accommodation as early as possible, he can get us good rates. What we need also is numbers. If you intend to attend, could you please contact me.

Dates to remember:

24 September – Function – Toronto – commencing 1200 – quite a few of us are staying overnight
3 October – 5 Dedications – GI Chapel Sydney – commencing 1400 – who is attending?
10 February 2011 – Huskisson - dinner
Nov 2011 – Reunion Mildura – Our major function – who is attending?

I have inserted a video presented by the CERBERUS Museum on the RAN in Vietnam. It is too big to send via email. (attached)


Cheers

Ron

This week:
Vice Admiral Peek deceased
DVA Pension Increase
Stroll down memory lane

SUBJECT VADM Peek

Have just received word that former CNS, Vice Admiral Sir Richard Innes Peek passed away on 28th August at the age of 96.

DOB: 30th July 1914 - DOD: 28th August 2010. RIP.

He used to hate these initials, and insisted that people call him Peter. .


Regards

David Dwyer
Hon Sec Vic
H.M.A.S. SYDNEY & VLSVA

SUBJECT DVA PENSION INCREASE

www.dva.gov.au/news_archive/Documents/Pension_increase_veterans_and_war_widows.pdf

From 20 SEP 10 TPI increases by $23.60 PF,
100% by $8.40
and
War Service entitlement by $15.00 for single recipients!


SUBJECT TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE


The photos are in www.pictureaustralia.org

Then type in town, city, suburb or place etc you wish to have a look at



Weekly News 5 September 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well.


Who is coming to our function at Lake Macquarie (Toronto) on 24 September? To date Spook, Mike Hogan, Mike Shephard, Darby and Frances Ashton, Mac the Diver McKenzie and myself. Are there any more starters?

Who is coming to the Dedication service commencing 1400 on 3 October. Try and be there 30 minutes early to have a look at the Chapel and the Dedication area. Photo shoot on completion.

The following are being dedicated:

Bernie Lawson, Jim Dansey, Malcolm Johnston, Skull Boden and Peter Walsh.

To gain access into GI you require to either forward your details to the Command Chaplain or myself. I am happy to coordinate entry. I need the names of who is attending and if you are driving the Rego Numbers and make of vehicle. These details by 22 September please. It is intended to go the Rockers on completion of the ceremony.

Spoke to Tug Wilson yesterday, Tug as you know is the President of the Mildura RSL, the venue for next year’s reunion which is around the Melbourne Cup weekend and possibly the Blues Festival. We spent some time on a programme which I will discuss with the group on the 24th September. He did however, stress the most important thing to do is book your accommodation, he can get us good rates. What we need also is numbers. The programme will be advertised in the near future, there will be a webpage dedicated to the reunion which will contain all the details. If you intend to attend, could you please contact me.

Dates to remember:

24 September – Function – Toronto – commencing 1200 – quite a few of us are staying overnight
3 October – 5 Dedications – GI Chapel Sydney – commencing 1400 – who is attending?
10 February 2011 – Huskisson - dinner
Nov 2011 – Reunion Mildura – Our major function – who is attending?


Cheers

Ron

This week:
Folding the ANF at a Military Person’s funeral (attached)Click here to download this file
Independents and Indexations (attached)Click here to download this file
PTSD Campaign (attached)Click here to download this file
Trafalgar Day SE QLD (attached)Click here to download this file
Free entry to the Australia Zoo








Weekly News 29 August 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well. I told you lies about who turned up for the Vietnam Veterans Day, I forgot to mention Spook Cairns and Tassy Mason. There is a photo attached (from Mick Gallagher) to prove who was there.

Who is coming to our function at Lake Macquarie (Toronto) on 24 September? To date Spook, Mike Hogan, Mike Shephard, Darby and Frances Ashton, Mac the Diver McKenzie and myself. Are there any more starters?

Dates to remember:

24 September – Function – Toronto – commencing 1200 – quite a few of us are staying overnight
3 October – 5 Dedications – GI Chapel Sydney – commencing 1400 – who is attending?
10 February 2011 – Huskisson - dinner
Nov 2011 – Reunion Mildura – Our major function


This week there is a movie on the RAN Centenary and the St George Accommodation.

Cheers

Ron

This week:
Navy Centenary - AttachedClick here to download this file
St George accommodation – AttachedClick here to download this file
Nasho’s Ripoff

SUBJECT NASHO’S RIPOFF

Subject: WARNING ON NASHO RIP OFF

Hi All
I have just been advised by DVA Cairns that some people are scamming mainly ex National serviceman. The ex serviceman is initially sent a letter advising them that they are entitled to Service pension and to contact the author. Once they do this they are then sent a letter with AMF (not used for many years) headed paper asking for bank details to put the service pension into, date of birth and other personal information. Their bank accounts are then cleaned out. Please advise as many others as possible of this scam.
Cheers

John King JP (Qual)
Advocate | Pensions, Advocacy & Welfare Services
RSL (Queensland Branch)
John.King@rslqld.org | www.rslqld.org
________________________________________
Shop 1, 129-133 Abbott street, Cairns 4870
PO Box 1102, Cairns Qld 4870
Ph: (07) 4031 5446 | Fax: (07) 4031 5448 | Mob: 0447 190 734




Weekly News 22 August 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well. Six turned up to the Martin Place ceremony, Checkers Aldridge, Mike Hogan, Mike Shephard, Mick Gallagher and myself. The ceremony was not as well attended as previous years. We enjoyed a few convivial ales after the event. Mick is going to forward some photos when he returns from Japan.

I had a few queries in respect of the function in Mildura, the date is November 2011 not 11 November this year.

There are some interesting sites under, have a look, I think you will enjoy.

Dates to remember:

24 September – Function – Toronto
3 October – Dedications – GI Chapel Sydney
10 February 2011 - Huskisson
Nov 2011 – Reunion Mildura

Cheers

Ron

This week:
Navy History
HMAS PERTH – ON THE GUNLINE
SAILORS UNIFORM
PBS CONSULTATION – ATTACHMENTClick here to download this file
COMPLETED MAT HMAS PERTH - ATTACHMENT

SUBJECT NAVY HISTORY

www.navyhistory.org.au/category/navy-day-by-day/1960-1975/page/3/


SUBJECT ON THE GUNLINE

www.navy.gov.au/On_The_Gunline

SUBJECT SAILORS UNIFORM

If you are able to assist with the following request please contact

Neil Torkington direct at email address: Neil_Torkington@hotmail.com

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Hi, if anyone can help in obtaining a sailors uniform or any RAN regalia for the Sherwood RSL, they have plenty of Army and Air force regalia but no Navy.

Regards
Neil Torkington

SUBJECT HMAS PERTH MEMORABILLA

From: Mark Crandon [mailto:mark@exclusivememories.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 20 August 2010 11:20 AM
To: 'Darby Ashton'
Subject: RE: Contact email (www.exclusivememories.com.au)

Hi Darby,

I have attached an image of the finished product, I will be getting it framed today and will send it off on Monday.

If anyone from the PERTH Association would like one for themselves I will give it to them at a special price of $250 plus freight. It would normally be $349 plus freight.

Hope you guys like it, I think it looks great.
Best Regards
Mark Crandon
Ph: 1300 138 668



Weekly News 15 August 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well. I am away fishing for the weekend, so getting in early.

For those who are in Sydney and want to meet on Vietnam Veterans Day, 1100 Wednesday 18th August please let me know. After, will be either the United Services Club or the Hero of Waterloo.

Some more photos have been inserted on the ‘photos’ page come courtesy of Dave Cargill.

Dates to remember:

18 August – Viet Nam Veterans Day – Martin Place Sydney
24 September – Function – Toronto
3 October – Dedications – GI Chapel Sydney
Nov 11 – Reunion Mildura

Cheers

Ron

This week:
HMAS BRISBANE COMMISSIONING BELL
DISABILITY PENSION LETTER TO PM GILLARD


SUBJECT HMAS BRISBANE COMMISIONING BELL

When HMAS BRISBANE commissioned in Boston, 16 Dec, 1967, there were a couple of babies christened via the ships bell, and their names were engraved in the bell. Some years later, when the ship was in Melbourne, the commissioning DMEO, John Dunlop, took his daughter on to the ship to show her her name in the bell, and, lo and behold, no engraved names in the bell.

Currently, a BRISBANE “Commissioning” bell is on loan to the AWD Project in Adelaide

The bell on loan to AWD is fully accessioned and includes the names (from 1978) of all christened on board. Both Emma Jane Dunlop and John Blair Dunlop (brother?) are inscribed but neither have a date. The 1978 date is significant as it indicates that it is a replacement commissioning bell for one or more lost / stolen previously.

From this, it is safe to assume that the “commissioning” bell has disappeared at some time prior to the 1978 date. There was a rumour that the bell was thrown overboard by a couple of disgruntled sailors, but investigation has put this down as something of a myth, as the loss of a ship’s bell would be a newsworthy item throughout the fleet at the time.

The HMAS BRISBANE Association would welcome any explanations as to the loss/whereabouts of the original bell.

Peter Maher
Secretary


SUBJECT VETERANS DISABILITY PENSIONS


The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently
Incapacitated Ex Servicemen and Women Ltd
(Incorporated in the ACT)
DIFFERENT CONFLICT- SAME SACRIFICE
Patron-in-Chief
Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC

Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia


03 August 2010

The Hon Julia Gillard
Prime Minister
Parliament House
Canberra
ACT 2600

Dear Prime Minister,

This letter, in part, has previously been sent to the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd but we have not received any reasonable response to the issues which we raised.

Put simply, our position is that consideration of veterans disability pensions should have been included as part of the Harmer review and that they should have been increased by the same percentage as those other pensions which were increased in the budget.

It was our understanding and expectation that the Harmer review would encompass all veterans’ pensions – not just the Service pension. That expectation was based on the publicly announced Terms of Reference of the review, our discussions with Minister Macklin, our discussions with Minister Griffin and our discussions with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Our understanding that veterans’ disability pensions would be part of the review was reinforced by comments such as those from the Treasurer who in an interview on Brisbane Radio said:
CALLER:
What will the Minister be doing to rectify the TPI pension and let alone the veterans on lesser payments?
TREASURER:
Well certainly we’re including in our review all those on pensions, unlike Dr Nelson who’s just singled out age pensioners. We’ve got to look at all of them. And of course the Vietnam Veterans have issued a very tough statement about this a couple of days ago. My father actually was a TPI pensioner when he died. I understand how veterans feel, and that’s why they’re part of the comprehensive review. You can’t just snap your fingers and think you can fix one problem when there are so many other problems in the system. And that’s what we’re doing.
ministers.treasury.gov.au/DisplayDocs.aspx?doc=transcripts/2008/127
We expected that veterans’ disability pension would be included in the review so that the veteran community would have an opportunity, as did the other affected groups, to inform and advise your Government of the difficult issues faced by veterans and their families in the current difficult economic climate. We consistently advised the Minister and the Repatriation Commission that we expected veterans’ disability pensions to be increased along with the other pensions so that they would maintain their relativity and at no time did anybody from Government or the Department indicate otherwise.

We wrote to the Treasurer’s office to advise him of our position and to seek a meeting but never received a response. We also contacted the Minister for Finance who responded but gave no explanation as to why veterans’ disability pensions had been excluded from the review and the Budget. Minister Griffin’s responses likewise provide no explanation as to why veterans’ disability pensions were ignored.

Contrary to what Minister Griffin has said in a number of recent public gatherings, there is widespread and strong support for the Federation’s views on this issue among many in the veteran community and ex-service organisations. They, like the members of this Federation, would like answers to some simple questions:
1. Why were veterans’ disability pensions not included in the Hamer review as announced?
2. Why was the rate of disability pension not increased by the same percentage as the pensions increased in the Budget?
3. What is your Government going to do to restore the relativity of veterans’ disability pensions?

I would appreciate an answer from your office not simply a referral on to the office of the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. You will note that I have already been down that route and have to date not received an explanation to the simple issues raised above. If you or your advisors wish to discuss these matters I would be very willing to make myself available – either in person or by phone - at your convenience.

Many veterans and their families supported the Labor party in the 2007 election because they were frustrated by past indifferent treatment and the failure to address real needs of veterans and their families. The issues of the maintenance of proper indexation of disability pensions to maintain relativity to other government pensions and the fairer indexation of military superannuation are pivotal issues for veterans and their families because they are fundamental to their standard of living. For many veterans the offensive handling of these issues by your Government and in particular by Minister Griffin, has put a stain on the Labor brand. Your veterans’ policy statement, which I understand will be released shortly, must address these important questions otherwise the gains of 2007 will be the lost votes of 2010.

If you wish to respond to these issues then a simple, short, prompt acknowledgement to that effect would be appreciated.


Yours sincerely

John (Blue) Ryan OAM
National President



Weekly News 8 August 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well. I went to the gap at North Head after last week’s Wallabies game, on arrival I was surprised at how many people in gold jumpers were there, as I am sick of queues (it was a long one) I gave it a miss.

For those who are in Sydney and want to meet on Vietnam Veterans Day, Wednesday 18th August please let me know. I will confirm start time when known. After, will be either the United Services Club or the Hero of Waterloo.

During the week I have scanned some photos provided by Dick Lewin on his early days at LEEUWIN and then VAMPIRE. Check the ‘photos’ page to see whether there is a photo of you.

Additionally, the News item from Channel 10 Perth on the 50th Anniversary Memorial celebrations is included on the 50th Anniversary page.

Queensland VENDETTA Veterans Association flyer is under.

Dates to remember:

18 August – Viet Nam Veterans Day – Martin Place Sydney
24 September – Function – Toronto
3 October – Dedications – GI Chapel Sydney
Nov 11 – Reunion Mildura

Cheers

Ron


The Vendetta Veterans' Association
(Qld Division)

The next luncheon/meeting of the Association

will be held on

Sunday - 12th September, 2010

at the home of

Ross and Pat Plenty

15 Woodswallow Street, Jacobs Well

commencing at 11.00am

Cost - only $5.00 per person

BYO drinks and chairs

ALL WELCOME

For catering purposes please

RSVP 6th September 2010

Phone: 07.3288.1702 or 0428.881.702

or send an email to:

MKRAUSE@bigpond.net.au




Weekly News 1 August 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well. Wallabies or Wannabies just played, I’m heading for the Gap after I finish this.

For those who are in Sydney and want to meet on Vietnam Veterans Day, Wednesday 18th August please let me know. I will confirm start time when known. After, will be either the United Services Club or the Hero of Waterloo.

There is a photo of John and Di Amourous taken at LEEUWIN on our web site in the LEEUWIN Memorial page. If anyone else has a photo, please forward it so I can include it on the page, standfast Mick Gallagher. Jock McGregor has advised that he also made it to the West for the Memorial but did not catch up with any of us. Jock, your’e slabbed for wasting an opportunity.

Is anybody having any difficulty accessing the attachments or the links. I know Bob Stupple did have a few problems accessing some time ago. I have recently updated and am assuming everything is working.

There are a few interesting articles going around this week. The ‘Jim Dickson speech’ at the reunion dinner was a beauty, well worth the read; the ‘Fair Go’ campaign for the Federal Election; three dates to put in your diary, MELBOURNE reunion, Stokers shindig and next year’s Veteran’s day in Tasmania.

Cheers

Ron


This week:
Jim Dickson’s speech
Vietnam Veterans day 2011 in Tasmania
Fair Go Campaign – Federal Election Issues
MELBOURNE Reunion (attached)Click here to download this file Click here to download this file
Stoker’s Function (attached)Click here to download this file

SUBJECT JIM DICKSON’S SPEECH AT THE REUNION

COMMODORE JIM DICKSON’S ADDRESS TO
J.R.T.E. REUNION AT EX-HMAS LEEUWIN
13 JULY 2010
I AM DELIGHTED TO BE HERE WITH YOU AND I KNOW THAT ALAN FERRIS, THE ONLY OTHER MEMBER OF THE 1960 JRTE STAFF PRESENT, FEELS LIKEWISE. AND I THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU TONIGHT. I’VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THESE FEW DAYS FROM THE MOMENT I HEARD THERE WAS GOING TO BE A CELEBRATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OPENING. I FELT IT WOULD BE FUN TO SEE WHAT THE RAVAGES OF TIME AND NATURE HAVE DONE TO THOSE WIDE-EYED, ANGEL-FACED, EAGER BABY BOOMERS I MET AT THE GATES OF HMAS LEEUWIN 50 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH – AND TO SEE HOW THEY ARE FARING NOW AS THEY MARCH INEXORABLY TOWARDS THE RANKS OF SENILE DELINQUENCY WHICH SOME OF US HAVE ALREADY REACHED.
I WASN’T AWARE OF THE FACT UNTIL THIS REUNION WAS ANNOUNCED, BUT IT TURNS OUT TO BE THE CASE THAT I AM THE SENIOR SURVIVOR OF THE BRILLIANT JRTE STAFF WHICH GREETED, WELCOMED AND WET-NURSED THAT FIRST INTAKE OF JR’S IN JULY 1960 AND WEANED THEM GENTLY AND KINDLY INTO THE NAVY. BUT LET ME FIRST TAKE YOU BACK TO THE LEAD-UP TO THAT CELEBRATED DAY. I’D BEEN IN THE SERVICE ALREADY FOR TEN YEARS BY THEN AND I’D BECOME ACCLIMATISED TO THE USE OF ACRONYMS. BACK IN THE 50’S, BEFORE NAVY AND DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS MOVED FROM MELBOURNE TO MALFUNCTION JUNCTION IN CANBERRA WE TALKED ABOUT ACNB AND FOCAF AND CNO’S AND FND AND OD’S AND SO ON AND ONE QUICKLY GOT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT ALL THESE ABBREVIATIONS STOOD FOR. BUT IT WAS WHILE I WAS SERVING IN THE FAR EAST IN 1959 IN HMAS TOBRUK THAT I LEARNT I WAS TO BE POSTED TO JRTE IN EARLY 1960 AND JRTE WAS AN ACRONYM I’D NEVER HEARD OF. I ASKED A SENIOR OFFICER IN TOBRUK WHAT THE LETTERS STOOD FOR AND HE TOLD ME THAT JRTE WAS A NEW TRAINING SCHEME BEING INTRODUCED BASED ON THE CONCEPT OF ‘JUNIORS RESPECTING THEIR ELDERS’. WELL I NEVER QUESTIONED WHAT MY SENIOR OFFICERS TOLD ME – NOT IN THOSE DAYS ANYWAY – SO I ACCEPTED THAT : IT SOUNDED A VERY SENSIBLE IDEA. TO MAKE SURE I WAS SUPER-FIT AND THEREFORE DESERVING OF EVEN MORE RESPECT THAN OTHERS I WENT AND DID THE SHORT PT OFFICERS COURSE AT FND BEFORE ARRIVING AT LEEUWIN BRIGHT-EYED, BUSHY-TAILED AND RARIN’ TO GO IN MARCH 1960. I WAS 24 YEARS YOUNG – TALL, DARK, UPRIGHT, PURE, VIRGINAL (AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER); I WAS A SEASONED SEA-FARER , HAD TWICE BEEN TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD, – AND WAS THEREFORE DESERVING OF ALL THE RESPECT IN THE WORLD FROM THESE ACNE-FACED YOUTHS I’D BEEN SENT OVER TO TRAIN. WE WERE A MAGNIFICENT TEAM AND WE’D CLEARLY ALL BEEN HAND-PICKED FOR THE TASK BEFORE US.
LET ME JUST REMIND YOU THAT AUSTRALIA IN 1960 WAS VERY DIFFERENT FROM AUSTRALIA IN 2010. TELEVISION HAD JUST ARRIVED (BLACK & WHITE ONLY OF COURSE); IT WAS THE DAWN OF THE COMPUTER AGE; MOBILE PHONES, VCR’S,CD’S, DVD’S, IPAD’S, IPOD’S, GPS ETC WERE THE STUFF OF SCIENCE FICTION. PLAY STATIONS WERE EITHER SPORTS OVALS OR BEDROOMS; GAY MEANT COLOURFUL; SWINGERS WERE CIRCUS ACROBATS; WEDDINGS WERE MOSTLY CELEBRATED IN A CHURCH AND SENSITIVE, FORWARD-LOOKING WIVES PROMISED TO LOVE AND OBEY; DE-FACTOS WERE FROWNED ON; AFFIRMATIVE ACTION MEANT SAYING ‘YES’; DRUGS WERE SOMETHING YOU GOT AT A CHEMIST TO TRY TO HELP YOU SLEEP; AND WORST OF ALL, THE PILL HADN’T BEEN INVENTED, WHICH IS WHY YOUNG NAVAL OFFICERS LIKE ME WERE PURE AND UNBLEMISHED.
IT WAS IN THIS BY-GONE AGE THAT, ON 11 JULY 1960, THE FIRST BATCH OF STARRY-EYED JUNIOR RECRUITS ARRIVED IN FREMANTLE TO BEGIN THEIR ILLUSTRIOUS (OR IN SOME CASES LESS-THAN-ILLUSTRIOUS) NAVAL CAREERS. THERE WERE 155 OF THEM AND AS THEY SHAMBLED THROUGH THE GATES OF LEEUWIN IT BECAME PATENTLY CLEAR TO ME THAT MY EXPECTATION OF GREETING A SMART, OBEDIENT, RESPECTFUL, EASY-TO-MOULD CROSS SECTION OF YOUTHS FROM ALL STATES IN THE COMMONWEALTH WAS NOTHING BUT A DREAM. MY DAY OF DISILLUSIONMENT HAD ARRIVED !
THE ORIGINAL DIVISIONS WE PUT THEM INTO WERE CALLED WINJAN, MOKARE, NAKINA , KAIBER AND YAGAN -- ALL ABORIGINAL NAMES I’D FOUND WITH THE HELP OF A DELIGHTFUL BIRD I WAS DATING WHO WORKED IN THE STATE LIBRARY. THE FACT THAT THESE NAMES WERE ALL OF TRIBES WAS ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE FOR TRIBAL INTERACTION BECAME A FEATURE OF DORMITORY LIFE AT LEEUWIN AND BATTLES WERE FOUGHT WITHOUT ANY REGARD FOR THE CONVENTIONS OF NAVAL WARFARE OR THE MARQUIS OF QUEENSBURY RULES. BUT THOSE DIVISIONAL NAMES DIDN’T LAST : WE WERE TOO FAR AHEAD OF OUR TIME. POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND NAVAL TRADITION DICTATED THAT DIVISIONS BE CALLED AFTER FORMER SENIOR NAVAL OFFICERS AND THOSE INTERESTING INDIGENOUS NAMES WERE ALL-TOO-SOON DISCARDED. I THOUGHT THAT A GREAT SHAME – PARTICULARLY AFTER ALL THE WORK MY LIBRARIAN GIRLFRIEND AND I HAD PUT INTO RESEARCHING THEM .
THROUGHOUT 1960 AND 61 THE ESTABLISHMENT BUZZED WITH ADVENTURE AND EXCITEMENT AS WE, THE KINDLY, HELPFUL STAFF PAMPERED AND SPOON-FED THE LITTLE BLEEDERS AND MOLLY-CODDLED THEM INTO NAVAL WAYS. SOON THE WORD WENT OUT THAT THE SCHEME WAS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS AND IT BECAME GENERALLY ACCEPTED THAT THE ACRONYM JRTE NOW STOOD FOR ‘JUVENILES REVELLING IN TOTAL ENJOYMENT’.
BUT GOOD THINGS DON’T LAST FOREVER AND WE, THE ‘COMMISSIONING CREW’ WENT ON OUR WAY AFTER A COUPLE OF YEARS, SATISFIED THAT WE’D ESTABLISHED THE SYSTEM ON A SOUND FOOTING DESPITE THE DETERMINED ATTEMPTS OF THE FIRST INTAKE TO DERAIL OUR EFFORTS.
BY THE MID-1960’S THE FIRST OF THE BABY-BOOMER GENERATION WERE MOVING INTO THEIR 20’S AND THE WHEELS OF ORDERLY SOCIETY WERE BEGINNING TO FALL OFF. AROUND THE WORLD THERE WAS SOMETHING OF A REBELLION AGAINST LAW AND ORDER, REGIMENTATION AND DISCIPLINE. THOUGH THE NAVY HAS NEVER BEEN, (AND SHOULD NEVER BE), A TEST-BED FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, IT MUST BE REACTIVE TO IT. DESPITE THE TENDER LOVING CARE BEING LAVISHED UPON THEM THE JR’S AT LEEUWIN EMBRACED EVERY DAMAGING TREND THEY COULD FIND AND DID THEIR BEST TO DESTROY THE NAVY’S TIME HONOURED CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS. ULTIMATELY THIS LED TO THE PILLARS OF NAVAL JUSTICE, LAW AND ORDER COMING UNDER FIERCE ATTACK. THE LONG-STANDING NAVAL DISCIPLINE ACT WHICH MADE PROVISION FOR HANGING FROM THE YARDARM, KEEL-HAULING, OR SUCH- OTHER - PUNISHMENT-AS-IS-HEREINAFTER-MENTIONED, WAS ABANDONED IN FAVOUR OF LAX, GENTLE, WRIST-SLAPPING LAWS WHICH THE NAVAL TRAINEES IN FREMANTLE FOUND MUCH MORE TO THEIR LIKING. WHAT THE TRAINEES FAILED TO APPRECIATE WAS THE FACT THAT IT WAS ONLY THE JUDICIOUS USE OF THOSE OLD POWERS BY THE WELL-MEANING STAFF WHICH HAD PROTECTED AND SAFEGUARDED THEM FROM THE RAVAGING HORDES OF NUBILE SANDGROPER GIRLS WHO LINED UP AT THE GATES OF LEEUWIN SINGING THEIR SIGNATURE TUNE’ ALL THE NICE GIRLS LOVE A SAILOR’ EVERY AFTERNOON. GIVEN FREEDOMS PREVIOUSLY UNIMAGINABLE JR’S RAN AMOK. IT TOOK MONUMENTAL EFFORTS FROM THE CARING STAFF TO MAINTAIN LAW AND ORDER AND PREVENT THE ACRONYM JRTE BECOMING BETTER KNOWN AS A PLACE HOUSING ‘JINGOISTIC RATBAGS TRAUMATISING EVERYONE’.
BY THE 1970’S THE BABY-BOOMERS WORLD-WIDE, NOW APPROACHING THEIR 30’S, WERE CAUSING CHAOS AND CONSTERNATION EVERYWHERE. FREMANTLE WAS NO EXCEPTION. FREE LOVE, POT, SWINGING, LIVING TOGETHER WITHOUT BEING MARRIED, MEN WITH SHOULDER-LENGTH HAIR, GIRLS GOING BRA-LESS – THESE WERE JUST A FEW OF THE SIGNS OF THE DECADENCE OF THE TIMES WHICH SYMPTOMISED HOW CUSTOM AND CONVENTION WERE BEING CAST ASIDE AND THE ORDERLINESS OF SOCIETY DESTROYED. WE OF THE PRE-WAR GENERATION MAINTAINED A STIFF UPPER LIP OF COURSE AND CAST DISPPROVING EYES ON THE GOINGS-ON OF THE YOUNG. SOCIETY’S ACCEPTANCE OF RELAXATION OF THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT WITH MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX WAS PERHAPS THE ELEMENT WHICH CAUSED US MOST CONCERN, (AND ENVY). FROM STORIES REACHING THE FLEET IN THE 70’S THE IMPRESSION WAS GAINED THAT INSTEAD OF ‘REVELLING IN TOTAL ENJOYMENT’ AS THE CLASSES OF 60 AND 61 HAD DONE, JR’S OF THE 70’S WERE REALLY ‘JACKS RELISHING TESTOSTERONE EXPERIMENTS’.
AS THE 80’S APPROACHED THINGS GOT WORSE. THOUGH GOUGH WHITLAM’S REIGN IN CANBERRA WAS TERMINATED IN 1975 IN ONLY SLIGHTLY LESS BRUTAL CIRCUMSTANCES THAN KEVIN RUDD’S WAS A GENERATION LATER, ‘GREENS’ AND ‘PEACENIKS’ AND THE ‘PERMISSIVE’, OR ‘ANYTHING GOES’, SOCIETY’ HAD BECOME FIRMLY ESTABLISHED. THE RESULTING UNREST DID NOT SIT COMFORTABLY WITH THE FOUNDATIONS ON WHICH JRTE HAD BEEN BUILT AND PRESENTED CHALLENGES TO NAVAL TRAINING WHICH HAD NOT BEEN FORESEEN OR FORESEEABLE WHEN THE JR SCHEME WAS STARTED. ONCE QUESTIONS BEGAN TO BE RAISED ABOUT THE COST AND VIABILITY OF CONTINUATION OF THE SCHEME EVERYONE IN CANBERRA HAD AN OPINION TO OFFER. THE FACT THAT THEY WERE THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY TO THE EAST, THAT 90% OF THEM KNEW VIRTUALLY NOTHING ABOUT THE NAVY, THAT MOST OF THEM HAD NEVER VISITED W.A. – LET ALONE HMAS LEEUWIN –DID NOT PREVENT BUREAUCRATIC EXPERTS EXPRESSING AN OPINION ABOUT THE WORTH AND VALUE OF JRTE. I OFTEN WONDER IF THEY REALLY KNEW WHAT THE ACRONYM JRTE STOOD FOR : IT SEEMED TO ME THAT EACH DEPARTMENT PUT ITS OWN INTERPRETATION ON WHAT THE LETTERS MEANT. I GOT THE IMPRESSION THAT TREASURY’S VIEW WAS THAT IT WAS ‘JUST RUINING THE ECONOMY’ ; THAT ASIO FEARED IT WAS A PLACE WHERE ‘JIHADISTS RECEIVE TERRORIST EDUCATION’ AND THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CONDEMNED IT AS A PLACE AT WHICH ‘JUSTICE IS REFUSED TO EVERYBODY’.
THE EARLY 80’S WERE DIFFICULT DAYS IN AUSTRALIA. THE NATION HAD BEEN THROUGH A DECADE OF POLITICAL TURMOIL AND SOCIAL UPHEAVAL. THE ECONOMY WAS IN A MESS; ANTI-WAR AND ANTI-MILITARY SENTIMENT WERE RAMPANT. CHANGE WAS HAPPENING EVERYWHERE. NAVY WAS NOT FARING WELL IN CANBERRA IN INTENSE COMPETITION WITH ARMY AND AIR FORCE AND TWO DECISIONS OF MONUMENTAL IMPORTANCE TO THE FUTURE OF THE SERVICE WERE MADE, (IN MY OPINION) WITHOUT DUE CONSIDERATION AND UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR CONSEQUENCES. THESE WERE THE VIRTUAL ABOLITION OF THE FLEET AIR ARM AND THE CLOSURE OF JRTE.
IT WAS A SAD AND SUDDEN ENDING FOR A SCHEME WHICH, IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, HAD PRODUCED AMONG ITS NEARLY 11,000 GRADUATES, SOME OF THE BEST AND MOST DEDICATED PERSONNEL THE R.A.N.HAD IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY. MY REMARKS TONIGHT HAVE BEEN DELIBERATELY LIGHT-HEARTED BUT IN A MORE SERIOUS VEIN I AM ACUTELY AWARE THAT FOR THOSE WHO WENT THROUGH THE SCHEME IN THOSE YEARS OF SOCIAL UPHEAVAL IT CANNOT HAVE BEEN EASY. ALTHOUGH NAVY STROVE TO ADJUST TO CHANGING SOCIAL ATTITUDES AND MORES IT REMAINED A RELATIVELY STRICT AND DISCIPLINED ENVIRONMENT AND DENIED YOU, AS TEENAGERS, MANY OF THE FREEDOMS YOUR CIVILIAN CONTEMPORARIES ENJOYED. THAT SO MANY OF YOU STAYED THE COURSE AND WENT ON TO ENJOY SUCCESSFUL SERVICE CAREERS IS A TRIBUTE TO YOU AND THE FACT THAT ONE OF YOUR NUMBER, VICE ADMIRAL RUSS CRANE, IS NOW CHIEF OF NAVY IS IN MY OPINION THE ULTIMATE MANIFESTATION OF THE SUCCESS OF THE SCHEME. MANY ENTRANTS TO JRTE DID NOT COMPLETE THE COURSE BUT I DOUBT THAT THEY, OR OTHERS WHO LEFT EARLY, NOW REGARD THEIR TIME AT LEEUWIN AS ANYTHING OTHER THAN A BENEFICIAL AND CHARACTER-BUILDING EXPERIENCE.
I BELIEVE THE DECISION TO CLOSE JRTE WAS PRECIPITATE ; I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE WHEEL OF NAVAL LIFE WILL TURN AND THAT AGAIN, SOMEWHERE DOWN THE TRACK, THE CONCEPT OF TAKING JUNIORS INTO THE SERVICE AND LETTING THEM GROW UP IN IT WILL RE-EMERGE. I THINK THAT THE NUMBER WHO HAVE MADE THE EFFORT TO ASSEMBLE HERE FOR THIS REUNION BEAR TESTAMENT TO THE SUCCESS OF THE SCHEME AND ILLUSTRATES THE SPIRIT AND SENSE OF CAMERADERIE IT DEVELOPED. THAT ADMIRAL CRANE, IS NOW AT THE HELM AND IS SHAPING THE COURSE THE NEW GENERATION NAVY IS TAKING IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE NEW MILLENIUM IS, I’M SURE, A MATTER OF PRIDE TO YOU ALL AND THE FACT THAT HE’S FOUND TIME TO BE WITH YOU HERE TO PARTICIPATE TODAY AND TONIGHT ADDS LUSTRE TO THE OCCASION.
AND THERE I’LL STOP – BECAUSE YOU’RE ALL LOOKING JRTE - JADED & READY TO EAT.
SUBJECT FAIR GO CAMPAIGN

DFWA and the RARA, in conjunction with some other ESOs, launched a Fair Go Campaign today in Canberra. The media release is attached for your information.

The four major objectives for this campaign relate to:
1. Military superannuation schemes (particularly indexation and MBL limits);
2. Disability pensions;
3. Military Compensation; and
4. Veteran Health Care. (The need for a national continuum of care, with affordable and age-appropriate accommodation options and support services for serving and former ADF people and eligible dependants. Veterans who are unable to live in the community and are too young to access the Commonwealth funded residential aged care system are central to this objective.)

I would appreciate it if you could all consider getting behind this campaign by letting your local Federal candidates know about it. Further please send this email to all and any serving and ex-service people you know and ask them to read the attachment and have a look at the Defence Force Welfare Association website www.dfwa.org.au for more information.

At the moment, the Coalition, the Greens, the Democrats and a number of independents support our indexation cause. The ALP is flagging.

If any of you are able to help passing on information packs to the main candidates in your federal electorate, please email me. I will then send out the packs by email for you to print and hand over.

We already have local action groups in Macquarie, Paterson, Lyne, Gilmore and Cowper, with the RARA having a few more. We will match up with the RARA to make sure we don't double up.

If you are unable to help directly, perhaps you could send in a polite and succinct letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
Regards, Ian Scott
President, DFWA (NSW)
p.s. If you forward this email, please make sure the Bcc addresses don't show - some email programs will show them all.



SUBJECT VIETNAM VETERANS DAY 2011

VIETNAM VETERANS DAY 2011
ROLE OF THE R.A.N. IN VIETNAM

The Tasmania Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia will host a special commemorative event highlighting the role of the Royal Australian Navy during the Vietnam War as it pays tribute to all servicemen who fought and fell.
Vietnam Veterans Day 2011 will be Thursday 18 August 2011.

ENDORSEMENT

The proposal to hold this event in Tasmania was endorsed by the full National Council of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia at its May 2010, National Congress.

BACKGROUND

The broad and varied role of the R.A.N. is little known and with exception of the Logistical Support tasks performed by HMAS SYDNEY, a general lack of awareness prevails both in the public domain and the Department of Defence. For those who were either directly involved in particular events or who were engaged in a variety of supporting roles, operational names such as SEA DRAGON, ROLLING THUNDER, STABLEDOOR, or the colloquial acronym EMU’s, all have a particularly proud meaning. Inevitably and as the years begin to slip by with increasing rapidity, a valuable and important part of our heritage is gradually in danger of being lost.

While Vietnam Veteran’s Day has been set aside in the calendar to remember and pay tribute to our fallen comrades, we must never lose sight of the fact that our losses were incurred across all the service arms.

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER

Vice Admiral David Leach A.C., C.B.E., L.V.O., R.A.N. (RTD) has graciously accepted an invitation to attend the event as special guest speaker. VADM Leach, a former Chief of Navy Staff, is one of only two surviving Commanding Officer’s of the DDG’s HMA ships HOBART and PERTH, both of which were heavily engaged in North Vietnamese waters during the 1968 Tet Offensive.
VENUE

The city of Hobart will be the venue for the 2011 commemoration. The R.A.N. has been requested to consider facilitating a goodwill visit to Hobart of the FFG HMAS PERTH to coincide with the commemoration. The symbolic relationship of the two names and their association with the Vietnam War was an overriding consideration in determining the venue.
ATTENDANCES

A substantial interest has already been demonstrated towards supporting this particular event from interstate and local veterans even before a concerted publicity campaign has begun. Indications are already that upward of 200 will attend. Once promotion of the event begins in earnest through the various Associations and veterans networks, the number in attendance will increase substantially over current indications.

ORDER OF EVENTS

16 August 2011 – Arrivals commence. Free Day
17 August 2011 – Morning/Afternoon free, Formal Dinner with invited guests
representing Ship’s Associations, Clearance Diving Teams, and
RAN Helicopter Flight (EMU’s), and Veteran ESO’s.
18 August 2011 – Commemoration Event – Commemorative Lunch - Dispersal.

TRAVEL & ACCOMODATION

We are currently endeavouring to negotiate discounted arrangements for both air travel and hotel accommodation in and around Hobart. Airport transfers will be arranged for those arriving by air to and from their accommodation, and event venues.
REGISTRATION

Early registration is strongly encouraged, and is open to all Vietnam Veterans, their wives and partners, irrespective of their Service Arm. This will help us with planning the logistics to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay in Hobart, and a successful outcome for the commemoration.
Where possible please include an email address with your registration details so that updates and information on travel and accommodation may be forwarded as they become available.

To Register, please contact either myself, or the Branch Secretary Mrs Ann Cash
vvtassec@yahoo.com with your name and the names of those accompanying you together with your full contact details.

Warwick Luttrell
President
Tasmania Branch Inc.
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia

Tel: (03) 64312627
Mob: 0408 333360
vvaataspres@aussiebroadband.com.au




Weekly News 25 July 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well.

Have just returned from a top weekend fishing, all of the fish returned to the deep blue as they were all too small, poisonous or snake like. Next time.

Who remembers Chris Bayley, he has contacted us. Read his email below and you can understand why we could not find him. Welcome aboard Chris.

Ken Dobbie has produced Newsletter No 22, a wash up of the 50th Anniversary dedication ceremony. It is a great read.Click here to download this file

Mike Hogan travelled to Cockatoo Island for the relaunch of the ‘Captain’s barge’ from SYDNEY III. His account is below and photos attached.

There is a report on the ADF in Afghanistan . Reading it reminds me of the reports produced about us in the 60’s. History repeats itself.

There have been a few news items on the boat people taking over the Defence Housing throughout Australia particularly Darwin. These are also below.

Cheers

Ron

SUBJECT CHRIS BAYLEY

Hi, Bongo,
I have found your web site for the 7th intake and thought that I should make contact to say that I still exist!!

My past is : After Leeuwin ,Duchess, Vampire and Cerberus (Em(p) course I volunteered --along with Pewee Petherick, Jerry Stock, Guy Irwin for boats and ended up in the UK at Dolphin.
Part 3 on HMS Sealion , Porpoise ,Opportune and then Scott's yard in Greenock with Otway doing the stores and spare gear for the boat Returned to Platypus and left the Navy in July 69 , as LEM (P), on the grounds that I wanted to do an Ag Science degree and the Navy could not offer it The psychologist in Watson ( who was on the medical board ) said that he would bet me at odds of 1000:1 that I would never do it so I said give me a discharge and I will prove you wrong!!
I then went and worked in the bush in Tassie for the Hydro Electric Commission for 2 years and then hitched back to the UK with (my now) wife Helen-- we had met in Scotland and she was a teaching fellow at Sydney Uni working on her doctorate in history.
I worked as an electrician and then as a water bailiff on the River Severn in Shropshire and then let to do my Honours Degree in Biological Sciences in Wolverhampton.
I then took up a position with the Highlands and Islands Development Board in the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides with a brief and a budget to establish the aquaculture industry in the crofting communities.
After 4 years I left and set up my own salmon farm and built it up to 300 tonnes production in 10 years along with a selling company and a fish pathology business.
Sold the farm --just in time -- and then took the fish path/ consulting company on full time and worked in China, Africa, India, Vietnam , Australia Eastern Europe until 6 years ago

I have 4 boys (2 married ) and 1 grandson all working in the UK and am still living out in the Western Isles and have built a camper and travel all over Europe and Scandinavia.
I have been back home (Adelaide) quite a few times and managed to make an ANZAC day march in Adelaide in 2006 and several submariners meets.

I was quite close to Jerry Stock and his wife in Sydney up until 71 when we left and have met up with a number of the guys from boats over the years and have met other exJRs in odd places in the world when working and travelling .

Can you put my contact on the website-- as the years pass we begin to reflect on where we were and what we have done !!

Regards

Chris (Perl) Bayly ex R93967


SUBJECT SYDNEY’S ‘CAPTAIN’S BARGE’

A'hoy Shipmates,

FMB Sydney was launched today after an extensive refit at Cockatoo Island .

Attached are photos of the VIP crew invited to attend , they are Captain Mike Hogan Knight Commander of the garter & crutchless panties , Commander Engineer Tom Yabsley bilge pumper & soot blower , & Ordinary Seaman Phil Evenden cabin boy , rust chipper & Ships Company plaything [ At sea & outside Sydney Harbour Heads where its legal ] . Mike Hogan

SUBJECT REPORT ON ADF IN AFGHANISTAN

Soldiers' despair confronts Defence
• EXCLUSIVE: Sean Parnell and Rory Callinan
• From: The Australian
• July 10, 2010
AUSTRALIAN troops have revealed the intense pressure of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The troops have criticised the Defence organisation and their allied counterparts as they detail the hidden trauma of life on the front line.
In descriptions of overworked pilots addicted to Stilnox and other prescription drugs, an underground trade in illicit substances and sex, complaints about a lack of support, poor leadership and the constant fear of death, troops have provided a raw and disturbing account of Australia's involvement in the Middle East.
The Weekend Australian has obtained an extraordinary selection of transcripts from 120 serving and former troops from the two Iraq offensives, dating back to the early 1990s, and the ongoing Afghanistan war in which they reveal the threats faced on deployment - not only from the enemy, but also from within.
Their frank and often disheartening comments - made in a supposedly confidential environment for researchers preparing Australia's largest-ever Defence health study - are so controversial Defence has removed the transcripts from a research website and threatened reprisals over the apparent breach of information security.
Defence last night vowed to investigate many of the allegations raised by the focus groups, but insisted some of the members' concerns were dated and had already been addressed. The study itself was being conducted with a view to improving overall support and healthcare.
"Some of the comments raised serious issues of concern, and Defence will look into those and take appropriate action," the department said in a statement.
This comes after the recent deaths of three more Australian soldiers in Afghanistan, taking the total since the war began to 16, amid increasing community concern about the nation's involvement in the war.
Defence Minister John Faulkner this week announced he was leaving the portfolio - then had to repeatedly deny claims it was because of his own reservations about Afghanistan.
The researchers ran focus groups to ascertain whether they would be asking the most appropriate questions in their eventual surveys. While they obtained only a snapshot of the views of those serving in the Middle East - normally hidden by Defence's marketing and PR machine - they realised they had underestimated the anger troops felt about Defence itself and have since changed their surveys.
The focus groups confirmed revelations in The Weekend Australian that specialist members of the defence force, such as pilots, are struggling to maintain the operational tempo. Several members of the focus groups, mainly medics and air force personnel, highlighted the challenge of repeat deployments and, for some, working constant night cycles.
Aircrew expressed concerns about their use of prescription drugs and one RAAF medic said crewmen had become dependent or even addicted.
"We are still seeing the issues with the sleep-inducing agents, and a huge battle between the aircrew world and the health because of the long-term effects with Stilnox and problems with that," one RAAF medic says.
"We say you cannot have it and the entire squadron is up in arms about that .. . . and we are still plugging the issue about what is an appropriate sleep-inducing agent . . . it doesn't work in military operations because they are using continuously for four months . . . it's against all pharmacy principles."
After the death from a suspected illegal drug overdose of a young Australian army commando in Afghanistan last month, Defence chief Angus Houston said there was "zero tolerance" of illegal drug use in the military.
Defence confirmed last night that aircrew were prescribed sleeping tablets as part of fatigue counter-measures, but revealed health directives had been updated last November to relegate Stilnox to "second-line agent for use during operational flying and only when other fatigue counter-measures are deemed inappropriate by the prescribing doctor".
While the guidelines were consistent with those of other Coalition forces, "Defence will investigate this issue to ascertain whether further action needs to be taken". The RAAF has also directed aircrew rotations be limited to four months.
The focus groups reported many personnel taking up smoking on deployment, some in Iraq pursuing illicit substances and even forms of Viagra, and a widely held belief that many would have alcohol problems upon their return to Australia. There were also complaints that Dutch soldiers would not help collect dead Australian soldiers.
Defence last night said Australia's coalition partners continued to provide emergency evacuations, although its response referred only to assistance provided to injured soldiers.
The focus groups also revealed their belief that gun-toting Americans made Australians more of a target. "The Yanks are a hazard themselves . .. . especially with their weapon safety and things like that," says one ex-serving member from Adelaide.
Senator Faulkner has been praised for upgrading military armour and equipment during his tenure - Defence Materiel Minister Greg Combet spoke this week to returned troops in Townsville about the issue - and the transcripts show how much the concerns contributed to soldiers' fear of death.
The focus groups expressed a high level of concern about the divorce and separation rate, which one air-crew member described as "absolutely phenomenal".
Defence has moved to upgrade the support provided to families.
Some troops have had problems readjusting to life in Australia, complained of substandard food and dirty water in Afghanistan, poor hygiene in living quarters, and the fear that smoking cigarettes and cigars, and constantly inhaling dust, would have long-term health ramifications.
While the government has undertaken a major review of mental health in Defence, and vowed to upgrade services, the focus groups expressed concern that post-deployment screening might not pick up their problems. One soldier said there had been 22 mental health discharges from his troop and six suicides.
Separation from families has increased stress and anxiety, with focus groups criticising the lack of support for family members at home. One soldier noted how five of his 26-member unit had divorced within several months of their return from the Middle East.
The transcripts give insight into the frontline perceptions of Australia's efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and the final, $12 million study will involve thousands of current and former ADF members. The focus groups may have aired some concerns about the first Gulf War which have since been addressed, but they also revealed serious, ongoing issues that Defence has sought to address in private.
parnells@theaustralian.com.au

SUBJECT BOAT PEOPLE IN ADF HOUSING

Gidday

What an insult to ADF Servicemen, Army in particular, and their Families by the Gillard Government!

They are thinking of evicting current servicemen's families from 162 MQs in Berrimah to enable ILLEGAL ALIENS to occupy these very same MQs!

Shows exactly what Gillard/Faulkner/Griffin/Combet think of our ADF members in 2010!

What are you doing about this proposed blatant discrimination and "Duty of Care" Defence Ministers all ?

Remember to give this due consideration come 21 AUG 10 Peoples!

Persevere
(A Vietnam Veteran & DFRDB superannuant)
BRISBANE QLD 4157






Please read from the last email up and it will all become clear.

A raw nerve has definitely been hit. Alan Griffin is a Labour member of parliament so I hope this is not Labours solution to the illegal immigrants, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was.

The list of addressees below is an eye-opener as well.

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From: Bernie
Date: 24/07/10 13:55:16
To: hill55@vtown.com.au; Alan Griffin (Lab); Bob Baldwin (LP); Bob.Baldwin.MP@aph.gov.au; Stuart Robert (LP); Adam.Creighton@aph.gov.au; Amanda Lampe; Bruce Sharp (Mike Kelly); Colin Campbell (John Faulkner); colin.campbell7@defence.gov.au; Louise (Lamings Office); lydia.oliveri@aph.gov.au; Rod.Hilton@aph.gov.au
Cc: andrew.nikolic@defence.gov.au; angus.houston@defence.gov.au; alison.creagh@defence.gov.au; Brig Chris Appleton; Brig Gerard Fogarty; Chris Caligari; david.hurley@defence.gov.au; Gen Maj Ian Flawith; Gen Maj Murray Blake; Lt Col Shane Gabriel (Battle Gp); Lt Gen Ken Gillespie; Lt Gen Mark Evans; Gen Maj Dave Chalmers; Gen Maj David/Sara Ferguson; Gen Maj Elizabeth Cosson; Peter Haddad
Subject: AG very Testy and Neil Davie has hit a "Raw Nerve"!

Thanks Neil, it most certainly will elicit a few comments!
I have sent to our Vietnam Veterans (Mad Galah) listings OZ wide, which are quite extensive!
So much for Loyalty in the Army, down in particular BC!
Also looks like Alan Griffin is getting near the end of his tenure and cannot "Stand being in the Kitchen any longer"?
He has been rather noticeably quiet of late, since the date of election notification = Wonder why?
Persevere
Bernie

Neil Davie.
14 Newell St.
Lara.
Vic.3212
Ph - 03 52828682
Dear Bernie, I have had an amusing tete a' tete, with Alan Griffin, re the Ministerial Working Brief, in which I saw a suggestion that 166 ADF families, living in Darwin, as well as non disclosed locations yet to be sourced in NSW and Victoria, be displaced to allow Illegal Boat people to occupy their Married Quarters. It culminated in a half hour phone conversation yesterday with Mr. Griffen. During the course of the conversation, I rounded on every sordid aspect of his party, it's Ministers and Senators and Leader, including my detailed knowledge of their backgrounds as socialist Trade Union hierachy of which there are 21, left leaning Teachers , Lawyers and a smattering of what are probably honest hard working people, some of which are highly qualified and some of whom are just hard working and honest triers. During the conversation , the more I wound him up, the more he let slip. Two interesting comments were, "The Married quarters, probably aren't up to standard for Asylum seekers" ( But it seems they are good enough for the , wives and kids of our ADF members) and when I suggested that the mongrel who made this suggestion should be sacked, his reply was "What? Sack a Major General? ". When I found this out, I suggested even more strongly that whoever this Major General was, he should be stood down for his lack of support and consideration for the Australian service people under his command, as he has failed in the basic code that binds all Australian Servicemen and women forever. It has been suggested to me, that I e-mail the correspondence between Griffin and Myself to you for you consideration. I'm not sure why, but I trust the source of the request. The three e-mails on this page should be read last to first. You will note, that I tend to favour the "In you face approach", I find it is generally the shortest route to the heart of the matter. Please note that when I sent the original e-mail, I sent it as it was forwarded to me, with the original and my contact details as an attachment. It seems however that Mr.Griffen's mail server lopped off the attachment. As you can see, Griffin broke the first rule of being a politician. - Never let it get to you and never let it get personal. When I saw his e-mail and it was a personal attack, I knew that I had hit a nerve and looked forward to speaking to him on the phone. I have also sent these to Dennis Callahan at the Australain Newspaper's Canberra bureau and back to the RASIGS Assn.. I am sending two e-mails, this one and then the original e-mail i received, which led to my original crack at Griffin's office.
Please feel free to call me, if you would like a further debrief on the conversation.
Cheers.
Neil Davie

From: Neil Davie
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:30 PM
To: Subject: Fw: You sleazy bastards.
Griffin, Alan (MP)


This enough info for you or would you like it written in big letters with a crayon.
Neil Davie.
14 Newell St,
Lara.
Victoria.
3212
Phone - 03 52828682, Mobile - 0417304917
Dear Alan, obviously you mail server lopped off the attachment, must be the same e-mail engine that made the deal cut between Comrade Bob and Comrade Julia, disappear off the face of the earth, with both your esteemed leaders claiming they have no knowledge of the details of any deal done. Now that makes both of them either, incompetent inept, out of touch and incapable, or blatant liars, taking us for fools. Either way the whole scenario stinks.
As the original attachment I received, and forwarded has disappeared, I will print it in full on this e-mail.
Neil Davie.

From: Griffin, Alan (MP)
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 4:47 PM
To: Neil Davie
Subject: RE: You sleazy bastards.

Dear Neil,

You’re obviously a really bright bloke. You refer to “this has been circulated to all ADF personnel” but then have forgot to attach it.

It’s a bit hard to respond if you’re too dumb to enclose what you are concerned about.

Try again if you want me to respond. Better still, after you send the attachment, have the guts to provide your contact details beyond an anonymous email and I’ll discuss whatever the issue is you wish to discuss.

If you’ve got the guts.

Alan Griffin

From: Neil Davie [ mailto:atrax100@bigpond.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 21 July 2010 2:48 PM
To: Griffin, Alan (MP)
Subject: You sleazy bastards.

Rest assured you mongrels, this has been circulated to all ADF personnel, rest assured that's about a quarter of a million votes you can kiss goodbye, taking into account wives and immediate family and that's on the conservative side.
No way will we trust you Communist rabble, to do the right thing by the A.D.F..
See you at the polls.
Neil Davie








Weekly News 18 July 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well. What a fantastic time was had by all in Perth, the Memorial ceremony was brilliant, Ken organised everything including the weather to perfection. The birthday cake looked good and tasted better. The casino ran out of Boags premium on two occasions ‘the meet and greet and the reunion dinner’ such was the demand for liquid refreshments, saying that they provided substitute drinks. Admiral Brian Adams an exjr, Chief of Navy exjr Russ Crane attended and impressed all who were there. They, with Ken Dobbie, made speeches, all were received very well. The reunion dinner went off really well, the guest speakers speech was brilliant, I believe it will be going on the JRSREUNION website. I look forward to it and will reproduce when it is available. Kev Uttley who is a pastor ‘said grace’. Where are the photos, well Mick Gallagher has taken photos and is forwarding them to me to put on the web site.

Who was there Jim and Jan Bush, Glen Butler, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Ken and Lorraine Dobbie, Jeff Dunn, Warren French, Ron Giveen, Tony and Ann Gysen, Rod Hazell, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Dick Lewin, Ron and Ann Mitchell, Barrie and Alice Quigley, Kevin and Shirley Rowland, Ian and Marion Schubert, Kev Uttley, Doug and Trish Wilson, Rick and Lea Avey, Doug Brown, Nick Bryant, Spook Cairns, Mal and Robyn Chatfield, Kim and Carol Daw, Geoff Harte, Jessie and Wendy James, Ron Pope, Terry Rogers and Jeff and Jenny Wake. Please let me know if I have given you a new spouse or spelt your wife’s name incorrectly.

Where to now, well, as far as reunions are concerned we have one coming up at Mildura in November next year. Put is in your diary now, it will be the best. We need a committee to run this function. Tug Wilson who is the President of the Mildura RSL has offered us the venue and a lot of ideas, we need people to implement these. Let me know if you are interested. It could be an opportunity for some Victorians to put their hand up. As mentioned earlier some committee members have already volunteered to organise 2013 in Sydney.

We will be assembling at Martin Place for ‘Vietnam Veterans Day’ in August again this year, then on September 24 we will be meeting at Toronto for ‘get together’, then on October 3, the Dedication ceremony for Bernie Lawson, Jim Dansey, Peter Walsh, Malcolm Johnston and Skull Boden will be conducted at Garden Island Chapel. We will then have another function in Sydney later in the year probably November 24.

This week there is an article from the SA Premier to the PM and another article from the Opposition Shadow Minister. I think the article from the Premier to the PM is the first from a State Pollie.

This week:
Electioneering – Premier Rann’s letter (attached)Click here to download this file
Electioneering – Coalition Policy Announcement

SUBJECT Coalition Policy Announcement

From: Baldwin, Bob (MP) [mailto:Bob.Baldwin.MP@aph.gov.au]
Sent: Friday, 9 July 2010 3:08 PM
To: schonners@internode.on.net
Subject: FW: COALITION POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT: INCREASED SUPPORT FOR AUSTRALIA'S VETERANS AND EX-SERVICE PERSONNEL Dear John, Thank you for your email in relation to the Coalition’s new military superannuation indexation policy.
A Coalition Government will introduce more beneficial indexation arrangements for Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme (DFRDB) members aged 55 years and older. DFRDB members aged 55 and over will have their military superannuation pension indexed to the better of movements in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Male Total Average Weekly Earnings (MTAWE) or the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI). These changes will take effect from 1 July 2011.
The Coalition’s fully funded and fully costed commitment contrasts starkly with the current Labor Government’s lack of action on this issue. Labor will borrow $100m per day for the next year, with none of this going towards veterans’ superannuation. Labor has broken its promise to fix this issue.
Many in the defence and veteran community have welcomed this commitment from the Coalition. It represents an important step in the Coalition’s efforts to address key concerns of the veteran and ex-service community.
In developing this policy, the Coalition spent considerable time consulting with veterans, ex-service people, ex-service organisations and current ADF personnel. We concluded that the overwhelming view held by interested groups and individuals was for the introduction of a more equitable indexation method for DFRDB members.
In comparison to Military Superannuation Benefits Scheme (MSBS) members, who earn an investment (market) return on their contribution, DFRDB members rely solely on the movements and changes in indexation for their pension to keep pace with cost of living pressures.
The Coalition also considers the appropriate age at which to introduce the new indexation arrangements is from age 55. This ensures the policy is consistent with the preservation age provisions that apply to the service pension.
Importantly, DFRDB members aged under 55 will benefit from this policy by having the new indexation methodology applied to their military superannuation pension upon turning 55 years of age.
In government, the Coalition would also give careful consideration to further steps, including the indexation arrangements for disability pensions under the DFRDB scheme.
The Coalition remains committed to recognising the unique nature of military service, which is why we will continue to oppose the Gillard/Rudd Labor Government’s policy to amalgamate civilian and military superannuation scheme boards.
I appreciate you taking the time to voice your views and concerns on this important policy.
Regards,
Bob.



Weekly News 11 July 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well.

Tuesday 12 July is nearly upon us. Congratulations to Ken Dobbie, who has worked for three odd years to make the Memorial Service happen and be a success. He deserves all the accolades he receives.

I am looking forward to catching up with all our group and all the other retrobates at the ‘meet and greet’. I intend having our banner there, so we should be fairly easy to recognise.

After Perth, our group will be fairly active for the remaining months of the year. Initially we will be assembling at Martin Place for ‘Vietnam Veterans Day’ in August again this year, then on September 24 we will be meeting at Toronto for ‘get together’, then on October 3, the Dedication ceremony for Bernie Lawson, Jim Dansey, Peter Walsh, Malcolm Johnston and Skull Boden will be conducted at Garden Island Chapel. We will then have another function in Sydney later in the year probably November 24.

This week there are articles on ‘electioneering’ that are really worth reading and SALT is advertising next ANZAC Day at Gallipoli, this article has been added to our website under ‘SALT’.

This week:
Electioneering – Defence Force pensioners threaten to abandon Labour
Electioneering – Issues for the Federal Election (attached)Click here to download this file
Electioneering – ESO’s wish list (attached)Click here to download this file
FNSA – JULY NEWSLETTER (attached)Click here to download this file
cheers

Ron

SUBJECT ELECTIONEERING

Defence Force pensioners threaten to abandon Labour
www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/28/2938961.htm




Weekly News 4 July 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well.

For those that are in receipt of a DFRDB pension, please read the attachment from the DFWA. Had you read the letter from Tony Abbott I posted last week and the attachment this week, it just goes to show there is a lot happening in a week in politics or maybe we just cant trust the bastards of whatever persuasion.

For all the submariners who read these pages, there may be some good news. An article from the NAA in respect of Submariner’s pension in particular the ‘Service Pension’ and qualifying service is included.

There is an invitation to attend the launching of FMB Sydney at CODOCK, all those ex SYDNEY sailors may be interested in seeing the ship’s CO or Admiral’s barge being launched on Wednesday 21 July. Should be a good day.

Mike Shephard, his wife Jean and myself travelled to Toronto last Sunday to attend Spook Cairns third 21st birthday, it was a buzz, other people beside us even like him. We had a great time a pic forwarded by Mike is enclosed. Our function on 24 September is in good hands.

The JR’s reunion committee have forwarded their Newsletter No12. All those that are attending please read.



This week:
Coalition Index Policy and Joint Press release (attached)Click here to download this file Click here to download this file
Roy Christie
Launch of FMB Sydney (attached)Click here to download this file
Submariners Service Pension
Photo at Spook’s party (attached)
JR Reunion in July Newsletter No 12 (attached)Click here to download this file

cheers

Ron


SUBJECT ROY CHRISTIE

This is from Gus Guthrie

Good morning all, here I go again being the bearer of sad news, it's only just over six months since I sent out the email highlighting poor Don "Bluey" Mann's plight, Blue has as you know gone on his last posting and now it's Roy Christie's turn, I 'm pretty sure that everyone knows Roy whether from Nirimba Days where he was the DSO or Fleet Supply , Navy Rugby or where ever paths may have crossed during Roy's 45 years service. Roy last March was diagnosed with Mesothelioma ( Asbestosis ) but until just recently has kept it pretty much to just family. It was only last week that I was fortunate enough to bump into Dave " Dagg" Williams who had just called in on Roy ( Dagg's has been a tremendous help to Roy assisting him with all Vet Affairs matters) , and so there I learnt of his battle.
As I hadn't seen Roy for a couple of months ( We would normally see each other at Merrylands Bowling Club on Sunday A/noon's ) I called in to see Roy on Friday, he has lost a lot of weight and is very drawn ( as expected ) but was in great spirits, studying the form guide running around making the
brews and as always tidying up. However we had a very long and detailed discussion as to what he's been through and what lies ahead in the future.
The future as Roy said is anything from five weeks / five months or up to five years pending on which of the numerous specialist he has caring for him
you wish to speak to, I would like to think the latter but I have my doubts.
Anyhow during my visit Roy said he hadn't been out to the RSL for a bet on a Saturday for ages so yesterday we ended up at Merrylands RSL for a A/noon of punting ( which was a disaster ) but Roy had a good time which was the main thing as he doesn't get out all that much except daily when Vet affairs pick him up for his daily trip to Westmead. I should also mention that to add to Roy's woes his wonderful wife Robyn is suffering very serious Dementia and no longer is at home ( She lives with their only daughter up Nepean way ) so Roy( Mr independent ) is home alone. As he says he has his good days and not so good days I'm pretty sure there's more bad than good.
Anyhow I asked Roy if he would like me to let people know how he's going and his answer was yes , as he said he probably should have let people know himself before but everyone has their own problems so why share yours with them.
Roy would love to hear from any of his old shipmates so don't be shy just a call or drop in or a card even would make his day don't leave it until it's
too late. His details are as follows,

34 Walter Street, Granville NSW 2142 H: (02) 9682 3669 M: 0421 024 511


SUBJECT SUBMARINE SERVICE


DVA advises me that a special cell will be set up in the DVA office in Adelaide to handle submariner’s claims. Irrespective of this, claimants should submit their applications through their DVA State offices.

Should you receive any enquiries regarding the reclassification of service for submariners that was approved in the Budget, the following advice is useful:-

Kind regards,

Les Dwyer
National Pensions and Welfare Coordinator
Naval Association Pensions and Welfare Service

Telephone: 07 54727359 Mobile: 0419849900 Email: NationalCoordinator@NAAPensions.org
Mail: PO Box 614 YANDINA QLD 4561



PROCEDURE FOR CLAIMING THE SERVICE PENSION
QUALIFYING SERVICE 1978/1992-SPECOPS

Before you even start you had to HAVE been awarded the ASM (Specops) for service in RAN submarines between 1978 and 1992.

There are two pieces of paper you may have and if they are attached to any paperwork you submit it will make the processing of your submission easier.
a. Your Discharge Certificate
b. Statement of Service
But their inclusion is not essential.

If you are already on a Disability Pension for this service fill in the Standard DVA Form and submit as detailed below

If you are over 60
Contact your nearest DVA Office and request a Form 0503
or
i. If you are computer literate search, DVA website, which will give you the DVA homepage www. dva.gov.au
ii. on the right side of page under quick links click, Forms
iii. with DVA FORMS page up, on left side under Find your Form by click and then scroll to the for number:
iv. click, Form Number 0503 open and print.
v. Complete Form

If you are under 60
Contact your nearest DVA Office and request a Form 2673
or
i. If you are computer literate search, DVA website, which will give you the DVA homepage www. dva.gov.au
ii. on the right side of page under quick links click, Forms
iii. with DVA FORMS page up, on left side under Find your Form by click and then scroll to the for number:
iv. click, Form Number 2673 open and print.
v. Complete Form
When you receive notification back from DVA that you are eligible for the Service Pension then follow the procedure detailed above

To questions such as:-
a. “Did you serve outside the country of your enlistment?”
Tick the YES box and use the dates noted below for your trip/s & Country or area where you served.- insert “NOT DISCLOSED SUBMARINE SPECIAL OPERATIONS”
b. Area or location of Enemy Action Tick the YES box insert “NOT DISCLOSED SUBMARINE SPECIAL OPERATIONS

Some questions are obviously Not Applicable.

When the form is completed either take to your nearest D.V.A. Office or
Forward to
Department of Veterans’Affairs
Blackburn House
GPO Box 1652
ADELAIDE S.A. 5001


Dates of Service to be used when completing Forms

Orion 25Nov78 17Dec78
Orion 15oct79` 18Nov79
Otama 31Oct80 16Nov80
Otama 30Aug81 3Oct81
Otama 17Apr83 26May83
Orion 9Oct84 8Nov84
Otway 13Apr85 28Apr85
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Weekly News 27 June 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well.

As advised during the week Rod Lamont passed away on 30 May; his funeral was held on 8 June at Moe. Unfortunately, we did not have a representative attending the ceremony.

Have received the notice from the Senior Chaplain RAN stating the dedication ceremonies for
Bernie Lawson,
Jim Dansey,
Mal Johnston,
Skull Boden and
Peter Walsh
will be held at the GI Chapel Sydney commencing 1400 on Sunday, 3 October this year. If you wish to attend, I am happy to organise entry into the Island and a car pass. Please let me know.

I mentioned some time back I wrote to my local member re the Superannuation Indexation, my bloke is Tony Abbott, his response is attached. It is somewhat different to other Coalition responses.

Ken Dobbie has forwarded a photo of J S (Fred) Auty, Mick Kearney and John Shearer outside the CFC
KC

Lea and Rick Avey have produced another newsletter. Good read travelingozaveys.blogspot.com/

This week:
Tony Abbott’s attitude towards DFRDB indexation (attached)Click here to download this file Click here to download this file
Fred Auty (attached)
New Credit Card scam (attached)Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Click here to download this file
Military Health Outcomes Program
Mobile Phone numbers going public

cheers

Ron
SUBJECT MILITARY HEALTH OUTCOMES PROGRAM
15 Jun 2010
26/10
Minister for Defence Personnel launches Defence’s largest health study

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel, Alan Griffin, today launched the Military Health Outcomes Program (MilHOP), which will be the most extensive health study to be undertaken by Defence in its Deployment Health Surveillance Program.

Mr Griffin said, “MilHOP is the brand name for the Military Health Outcomes Program which consists of three studies on the Middle East Area of Operations and one study in response to the 2009 Dunt Review to establish a baseline for mental health prevalence in the ADF”.

Costing $12 million over five years, the four MilHOP studies include the Prospective Study, Census Study, the Health and Wellbeing Study and a Mortality and Cancer Incidence Study.

Mr Griffin said, “For the first time, the government and Defence will have the information needed to support the development of evidence-based policy and targeted health programs designed to support Australian Defence Force members and their families cope with the impact of operational deployments”.

In addition to personnel who will be deploying as part of current operations in the Middle East in 2010 and 2011, more than 25,000 veterans will be invited to participate in the study. Participation in the studies will in no way affect entitlements or benefits now or at any point in the future.

“Consistent with the recommendations to Defence from the 2009 Dunt Review, this study will also seek to establish the prevalence of mental health issues within the Australian Defence Force, and explore issues of stigma and barriers to seeking care,” Mr Griffin said.

MilHOP is a partnership between Defence and the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health (CMVH), a consortium of the University of Queensland, the University of Adelaide and Charles Darwin University, and is funded by the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs.

The study is scheduled to be completed by 30 June 2012.

Mr Griffin said, “The health and wellbeing of Australia’s military personnel is a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s defence policies and programs. That is why we have invested heavily into new and improved Defence health initiatives such as $83 million to implement the recommendations of the Dunt Review into mental health, and $155.3 million to enhance ADF Rehabilitation Services”.

Information about the Deployment Health Surveillance Program is available from www.uq.edu.au/cmvh/DHSP or from the Research Team on 1800 886 567.

Media Contacts:
Sasha Nimmo (Alan Griffin): 0437 863 109
Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664


SUBJECT MOBILE PHONE NUMBERS GOING PUBLIC

This is for Australian phone numbers

REMEMBER: Mobile Phone Numbers Go Public next month.

REMINDER: all mobile phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls.

YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS

Below is a link where you can enter your phone numbers online to put an end to telemarketing calls. Don't just delete those calls otherwise you will find that you have been signed up for all sorts of extra services that you didn't want or know about. Like special chimes, music etc.

https://www.donotcall.gov.au/
PASS THIS ON TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN









Weekly News 13 & 20 June 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well. We spent last weekend in Yamba, swimming and partying, a great place. There is quite a bit of info this week. Hope you enjoy.

John Shinn has contacted me. His email in respect of ‘Hollows Lawyers’ and specifically Mr David Forster is enclosed.

Darby Ashton and a few mates went to Honkers and Singapore for a jaunty. He wants to know who has some photos of the Wang Dockyard during our time there. His email is under.

Tank Evans sent me an email with a link to Australia’s involvement in Vietnam. It is a great site and a must see.

This week:
Sembawang Dockyard
Australia’s involvement in Vietnam
SALT June Newsletter website address
John Shinn’s email
Albany’s AE2 Submarine gift (attached)
Military Health Outcomes Programme
Military Pension News
A fairer go for Veterans
DFWA Monthly Update (attached)Click here to download this file

cheers

Ron

SUBJECT SEMBAWANG DOCKYARD

Hi Ron.
Hec Hart, Darryl Neild, Bill Ringholt and I have just come back from a trip to HK and Singapore and we had a great time. Darryl Neild [ex CMDR] organised a guided tour around what is left of the Sembawang Dockyard by the Liaison Officer, Lt Cmdr Rachael Thompson. Rachael is after photos of the dockyard from any period [especially before and around our time] as she wants to display them in the new foyer of the building she works in. Could you send out a request to the troops to see if we can help her out in any way.
Cheers mate

Darby & Frances Ashton
0437012169
ourouse@bigpond.com


SUBJECT AUSTRALIA’S INVOLVEMENT IN VIETNAM

www.hotkey.net.au/~marshalle/


SUBJECT SALT JUNE NEWSLETTER

www.vision6.com.au/em/mail/view.php?id=1785442345&a=2585&k=84fe5f2


SUBJECT HOLLOWS LAWYERS – JOHN SHINN’S EMAIL

Ron,
Gordon Stringer gave me your email address, hope you do not mind.

If you could forward my address to interested parties and place my on your mailing list, I would appreciatte it.

On 16 March, 2010 Justice Emerton placed Hollows Lawyers in Receivership after viewing 12 cases only and finding that $600,000 was missing from his trust account relating to Melbourne/Voyager litigants for these 12. There is a further 71 cases to be looked at..

The Receiver, after looking at some of the files applied on 21st May 2010 to Justice Emerton for permission to wind Hollows up as the company was broke. This was granted and Forster had all his assetts frozen as he was selling up and trying to move his money ?????.

The Receiver is going to investigate all our files relating to Forster's Trust Account. Some of the investigation will relate to some our funds being misused and breaches relating to the Trust Act.

If anyone wants to pursue this matter, I am more than happy to assist. You will need about 2 hours of your time, filling out 2 forms. No costs are invovled at any stage. All the work will be done by the Receiver, Legal Services Commission and Legal Services Board of Victoria. As an aside, it appears that $93,000 was overcharged in my case.

My email address is jshinn@bigpond.net.au

For those of you who want to look at the Supreme Court case go to Legal Services Board v DBF [2010] VSC 102 DBF being David B Forster. It makes very interesting reading and the Judge was one step ahead of him all the time. The trial went for 16 days!!!!!!!

Hoping to hear from you soon,
Regards,
John Shinn (1963 JR intake)


SUBJECT MILITARY HEALTH OUTCOMES PROGRAMME

Military Health Outcomes Program Launch

What: The official launch of the Military Health Outcomes Program (MilHOP).
Where: Sir Fredericks Holder Room, Parliament House, Canberra.
When: 10am on Tuesday 15 June 2010. Media should arrive by 9.50am to be signed in and escorted to the launch.
Who: Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel, Alan Griffin; and Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant General David Hurley will launch the Military Health Outcomes Program (MilHOP) – a joint initiative between the Australian Defence Force and the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health (CMVH).

Background:
Defence has partnered with the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health (CMVH) to conduct a number of studies to better understand the health and wellbeing of ADF members as part of the Military Health Outcomes Program (MilHOP).

The $12 million study will support the work of the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs to achieve better long-term health outcomes for Defence personnel through improved health services and policies.

Media Contacts:
Sasha Nimmo (Alan Griffin): 0437 863 109
Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664


SUBJECT MILITARY PENSION NEWS

You may be aware of Senator Fielding's online petition re fair and reasonable indexation of military superannuation pensions

9270 people have (online) signed the petition but - the ESOs consider this to be a small figure given the HUGE number of exservice members receiving military superannuation pensions. Now more than ever it is mission critical for all military pensioners to sign this petition In the leadup to the Federal election it is imperative to apply increasing pressure and step up the momentum

I urge all military pensioners to register for the petition - as above the number of signatures is still small and does not send the message we need to send to the Government in terms of the effectiveness of the marginal seats campaign - only by all milsuper pensioners registering do we have any hope of the Government sitting up and taking notice

The marginal seats campaign to achieve fair and reasonable indexation of military superannuation continues to tick along as a background task including the lobbying of all major political parties - there is a panic in the Government party room and you can feel that panic in the outbursts by Rudd and others in Hansard = it will not take too much to push this issue to success and I urge that you take action to sign the petition NOW at

www.stevefielding.com.au/a_fairer_go_for_our_veterans_petition/

Your continued support to maintain increasing pressure and to step up the momentum will and should hopefully result in clear policy goals being set in stone in party election platforms

It is further hoped that your continued support to maintain increasing pressure and to step up the momentum will force the Government to immediately offer an olive branch now to save this become a burning political issue prior to an election
This is your last chance to resolve the indexation debate once and for all - you all know the raw emotion on this topic in the veteran community and unless this is properly harnessed through the marginal seats campaign nothing will be achieved at the upcoming Federal election and everybody will be too tired to fight indexation through to the election after that.
IMPORTANT: This email remains the property of the Department of Defence and is subject to the jurisdiction of section 70 of the Crimes Act 1914. If you have received this email in error, you are requested to contact the sender and delete the email.

PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO ALL YOUR EX-SERVICE CONTACTS WHO MAY BE IN RECEIPT OF MILITARY SUPER. WE NEED TO BE HEARD.





SUBJECT A FAIRER GO FOR VETERANS

From: Senator Steve Fielding [mailto:senator.fielding@aph.gov.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 8 June 2010 5:30 PM
To: schonners@internode.on.net
Subject: A Fairer Go For Our Veterans Petition
Thank you for signing the petition demanding a fairer go for our veterans. The discrimination against the ex-service community and the hopelessly inadequate indexation arrangements for military superannuation pensions is an issue which has been going on for too long and must be fixed. Successive governments have repeatedly ignored the calls by the veteran community for a fairer outcome and one which also gives proper recognition to the unique nature of military service. Last year, I made a speech in Parliament on this very issue and wrote directly to the Minister demanding that he address the fact that the retirement benefits of over 600,000 Australians are being continually eroded and their standards of living are being reduced. Click here to listen to my speech.
www.stevefielding.com.au/news/details/military_superannuation_pension_speech/
Having a son serve in the ADF as well my experience with the Special Air Service Regiment program last year has given me even further appreciation of the incredible contribution made by our veteran community to defending and protecting this country and this has only served to strength my resolve to see a more equitable outcome for the ex-service community. Already, we have had close to 11,000 people sign the petition. The more people who sign this petition, the stronger the message that will be sent to the Rudd Government and to the Coalition, who had 11 years under John Howard to fix this issue and did nothing. I would encourage you to forward the link to the petition below to as many of your friends and family as possible. www.stevefielding.com.au/a_fairer_go_for_our_veterans_petition/ I would also encourage you to write to your local member and let them know that this is an issue which is important to you and which will be at the forefront of your mind when voting at the upcoming federal election. I intend to make this issue a core part of Family First’s campaign at the upcoming election. For those of you that would like to become more involved and assist in securing a fairer outcome for our veterans, please email your contact details to senator.fielding@aph.gov.au and someone from our office will be in touch with you shortly.
Regards, Senator Steve Fielding Leader of Family First






Weekly News 6 June 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well. What a week - Rugby League millionaires, NSW Ministers resigning, Mining Tax, raining cats and dogs, thank God for the rain.
Five Victorian Residents attended a brief meeting and a long lunch at The Clayton RSL, Clayton on Saturday May 8th. Read Russ Dale's report in the 'Newsletters' page on the website.

Ken Dobbie has published Newsletter No21 for the July Memorial ceremony at Leeuwin Barracks. Good read. It is going to be a great ceremony. Ken and his crew from the West need to be congratulated on all the work they have done. Our banner will be up for the ceremony at Leeuwin Barracks. Marian Schubert has made a cover for it and Schubes and Marian are taking it over the West on our behalf. We will have it on the fence line. I will be in contact with some of our blokes from the West who are involved in the setup of the function to determine the best meeting place for us on the day.

Jim Carrol has been overseas to Europe. His trip included some battlefields of WW1 and WW2. His story can be found on the 'Travel Stories' page of our website.

Have also included some photos Barry Andrew has sent of time spent in LEEUWIN. These are in the 'photos' page.

Havent had any further news on anybody getting crook. Believe Glen Summerhayes receives another report early this month. I have published this earlier from John Nicholson but for those who didnt receive it.

Hi Ron I have just been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which is a bit of a bummer as i have never smoked. just goes to show that passive smoking is a real killer. don't need oxygen bottle just yet so will keep swimming while i can. cheers john nicholson R94083

All the best to all those who arent feeling so well.

This week:
JR Memorial Project Newsletter No 21 Click here to download this file
Governance of Australian Super Schems Click here to download this file
VEA Budget Measures Click here to download this file
VENDETTA luncheon
Military Court of Australia


cheers

Ron


SUBJECT VENDETTA LUNCHEON

The Vendetta Veterans' Association
(Qld Division)

The next luncheon/meeting of the Association will be held on Sunday - 12th September, 2010 at the home of
Ross and Pat Plenty 15 Woodswallow Street, Jacobs Well commencing at 11.00am Cost - only $5.00 per person
BYO drinks and chairs ALL WELCOME For catering purposes please RSVP 6th September 2010
Phone: 0428.881.702 or 0417.700.531 or send an email to: MKRAUSE@bigpond.net.au


SUBJECT MILITARY COURT OF AUSTRALIA


> FM DEFENCE LEGAL DIV
>
> R 242335Z MAY 10
>
> SUBJ: ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MILITARY COURT OF AUSTRALIA
>
>
>
> 1. THE GOVERNMENT YESTERDAY ANNOUNCED A NEW FEDERAL COURT, THE MILITARY
> COURT OF AUSTRALIA, TO HEAR SERIOUS SERVICE OFFENCES AND IMPROVE ACCESS TO
> JUSTICE FOR MEMBERS OF THE ADF.
>
> 2. THE CREATION OF AN INDEPENDENT MILITARY COURT OF AUSTRALIA
> WILL BENEFIT MEMBERS BY ENSURING THAT THE SYSTEM FOR THE TRIAL OF SERIOUS
> SERVICE OFFENCES IS EFFECTIVE, FAIR AND TRANSPARENT.
>
> 3. KEY FEATURES OF THE MILITARY COURT OF AUSTRALIA ARE:
>
> A. IT WILL BE CREATED UNDER CHAPTER III OF THE AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION.
>
> B. THE COURT WILL DEAL EXCLUSIVELY WITH MILITARY JUSTICE MATTERS.
>
> C. JUDICIAL OFFICERS OF THE COURT WILL NOT BE ADF MEMBERS BUT
> WILL HAVE PREVIOUS SERVICE EXPERIENCE OR FAMILIARITY WITH THE
> SERVICES.
>
> D. THE COURT WILL REPLACE THE CURRENT SYSTEM OF COURTS MARTIAL
> AND DEFENCE FORCE MAGISTRATES FOR THE TRIAL OF ALL SERIOUS SERVICE
> OFFENCES.
>
> E. ALL ADF MEMBERS CHARGED IN THE SUMMARY SYSTEM WILL HAVE AN
> OPPORTUNITY TO ELECT TRIAL BEFORE THE MILITARY COURT OF AUSTRALIA.
>
> 4. ALL MEMBERS WILL BENEFIT FROM THE ENHANCED MORALE AND
> OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS THAT AN EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE MILITARY JUSTICE
> SYSTEM DELIVERS.
>
> 5. DUE TO THE EXTENT OF LEGISLATIVE, POLICY AND ORGANISATIONAL
> CHANGE REQUIRED IT IS NOT EXPECTED THAT THE NEW COURT WILL HEAR
> MATTERS UNTIL LATE 2011. IN THE INTERIM THE CURRENT SYSTEM OF COURT
> MARTIAL
> AND DEFENCE FORCE MAGISTRATE TRIALS WILL CONTINUE.
>
> 6. MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANSITION TO THE NEW
> COURT WILL BE PROVIDED TO MEMBERS CLOSER TO THE COURT COMMENCEMENT DATE.
>
> 7. CONTACT OFFICER: DIRECTOR MILITARY DISCIPLINE REFORM GPCAPT
> PAUL CRONAN PAUL.CRONAN (AT) DEFENCE.GOV.AU
>
> ENDS


Weekly News 30 May 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well. There are two attachments regarding the Reunion function in July this year, one regarding super and one for those who would like to holiday in Forster at the RAN Holiday Centre.

cheers

Ron


This week:
Super update Enclosure Click here to download this file
Gala Dinner Enclosure Click here to download this file
July 2010 reunion programme Enclosure Click here to download this file
Forster Gardens Enclosure Click here to download this file
Charles Raynor - lost soul
Senator Fielding's petition on super
Copy of transcripts of debate over DFRDB


SUBJECT CHARLES RAYNOR


If you are able to assist with the following please contact
George Mock at email address: gfmock@netspace.net.au
or phone: 0412 847 852 or 07 5493 3857
Looking for Charles Reuben Raynor, rank and rate unknown other than that he wore “traditional sailors uniform”.
Born about 1940, hailed from either Sunshine or Baybrook, served on HMAS Melbourne and was dishonourably discharged 1963 or 64. Any contact details would be very much appreciated.

SUBJECT SENATOR FIELDING'S PETITION

From: Fielding, Steve (Senator)


Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 5:21 PM
Subject: RE: Transcripts of Hansard on the Oakeshott Motion - MilitarySuperannuation Pensions

Below is a link to a petition being put forward by Senator Steve Fielding on the issue of the gross unfairness of the current indexation arrangements for Military Superannuation Pensions.

www.stevefielding.com.au/a_fairer_go_for_our_veterans_petition/

It would be great if we could get as many people to sign up as possible. Unfortunately, it seems the only way the government will listen is if we actually prove to them how many people are angry by their shameful inaction on this issue.

Regards
David Lipshutz
Senior Policy Advisor
Office of the Leader of FAMILY FIRST
Senator Steve Fielding
www.stevefielding.com.au



SUBJECT COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS OF DEBATE RE DFRDB

Thank you for your email re: the Military Superannuation Motion debated in the Main Committee of the House of Representatives last night.

Attached is the full transcript (unedited) of all of the speeches made to the Motion last night.

It is unfortunate that the time allocated for the motion denied many colleagues like Louise Markus an opportunity to contribute. In truth, the matter needed more time for debate as 5 minutes per speaker was not long enough to put the whole of the issue on the table and the total time denied many members the chance to contribute.

This email can be circulated to your contacts as it is a public document.

Regards

Bob Baldwin

House of Representatives debates

Monday, 24 May 2010

Private Members’ Business


Military Superannuation Pensions
Debate resumed, on motion by Mr Oakeshott:
That the House:
(1)
should consider increasing the Military Superannuation Pension twice annually by the greatest of either the Consumer Price Index, the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index or the Male Total Average Weekly Earnings; and
(2)
should do this in recognition of the unique circumstances of military service compared to all others within the public service.
8:05 pm

Robert Oakeshott (Lyne, Independent) Share this | Link to this | Hansard source
I fully recognise the complexities of this issue of military superannuation pensions for the government. There are budgetary issues at play. That is why I am not bringing this into the House as a private member’s bill, and I am sure that is why it has been an issue of contention for various governments over recent decades. I also recognise that there are contextual issues with regard to the full package of veterans entitlements and how that sits alongside a superannuation scheme. It has taken me 18 months to drill through some of the complexities and the details. But I still find myself coming back to the very broad principles that remain unanswered by government, by the Matthews report and by the minister. So those broad principles, in as simple terms as possible, are what I am putting before the House tonight.
I want it be recognised that Defence service is unique within the Public Service. I would hope that most, if not all, members in this place and those who decide on public policy would agree with that basic principle. I hope I do not have to go into detail, but the uniqueness of Defence service lies in defending the nation, our sovereignty and our freedoms. In carrying out their duties of office in the Defence Force, individuals’ safety and lives are endangered, and therefore the circumstances of their families are put at risk. I hope that is broadly accepted by all in this place. If that is true, I would ask all members to consider revisiting the issue of how we treat military superannuation in comparison to all the other types of superannuation and pension schemes that governments support. If you are willing to consider that, there is then a contentious question to answer­and I know that many members have had contact with members of various Defence welfare groups in their electorates. The question is: where do we peg military superannuation and is that fair and equitable for those who have served within our Defence forces?
Currently, military superannuation is indexed by CPI. But the question now is about using ABS quotes about purchasing power and cost-of-living measures, or whether we go right back to what the CPI itself was really designed for, through Professor Pollard in 1973. I would hope it is generally recognised that CPI is not a good indicator for cost-of-living measures and for purchasing power. The question is therefore whether we as policy makers have pegged military superannuation to the most appropriate index possible­and, if not, what are the alternatives? In my view the alternatives that are worthy of consideration are in the form of the age and welfare pensions, which are indexed by the new living cost index, to reflect the failings of CPI in the pensioner and beneficiary living cost index, or the male total average weekly earnings, whichever is the greater. Those are the two options which age and welfare pensions are indexed by. From 1989 to 2008 the age pension rose by 110 per cent, compared to military superannuation pensions, which over the same period rose by 68 per cent­again making that point that CPI is not an appropriate measure of cost-of-living pressures and was never really established for that purpose. I ask the government to therefore consider the motion. (Time expired)

8:11 pm

Chris Hayes (Werriwa, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Link to this | Hansard source
I thank the member for Lyne for bringing this matter on for debate. Let me begin tonight by saying that there is no question that the men and women who have served our country in our military deserve our full support and appreciation. It is a unique job, and our veterans will always be valued in this country. I note that Bob Baldwin and Stuart Robert are in the room. I certainly valued the 10 days that I spent with these guys and others with the servicemen and women at Al-Minhad, which is part of Operation Slipper. I certainly came away, and no doubt all the rest of us did too, with a deep appreciation of the professionalism, dedication and commitment from our young men and women who are serving this country. Clearly, being in the ADF is a unique job.
The one reason when coming to office that we initiated this review is that it was an election commitment. We engaged an independent reviewer, Trevor Matthews, to determine whether there was a case for change from the current arrangements in terms of the calculation of military pensions. It was our election commitment to hold that review. It was conducted at arm’s length from the government, hence it was conducted by Mr Matthews. The result of Matthews’ recommendations was that there be no change to the current method of CPI indexation. He found that CPI at present was the best available mechanism for the purpose of indexing superannuation pensions.
I feel it is important to point out that this motion essentially seeks the military superannuation pensions to be increased in the same way as the age pension. However, in his review Mr Matthews did not consider it unfair that civil and military pensions be indexed on a different basis to the age and service related pensions. In fact, he considered that these are different benefits, providing for different purposes, and he concluded that it is fair that they can be increased on a different basis.
As the Minister for Finance and Deregulation originally noted in the parliament, Mr Matthews drew a distinction between the obligations of state when it came to providing a safety net for its more disadvantaged citizens and the obligations of state as employer to provide a superannuation benefit to its employees and former employees. It is also important that I point out tonight that the government is committed to considering a better indexation method for civilian and military superannuation pensions. Again, that is one of the recommendations that we accepted from the Matthews inquiry. I take the opportunity to encourage veterans associations to work with government to determine the best long-term method for indexing military superannuation pensions.
During a debate of this type, we should also acknowledge the work being done right now to ensure that the Australian Defence Force’s employment package is competitive and attractive. While it is very important, superannuation is but one element of the total employment package of ADF members. The current package is highly competitive and attractive and, as a result, has had a marked improvement in retention and recruitment rates within the ADF. Target incentives are needed to enable us to attract and retain personnel, particularly when the skill sets that they acquire are in such high demand in industry generally. Let there be no doubt that the government is committed to providing a competitive employment package for ADF members, and military superannuation certainly rates very highly.
If one examines the employment packages of ADF members as a whole, they certainly reflect the unique nature of military service. Military superannuation is already accessible after five years, earlier than civilian superannuation, and under the older schemes ADF personnel can access their superannuation benefits after 20 years service, no matter what their age is. Furthermore, the military superannuation scheme is complemented by the military rehabilitation and compensation arrangements, which provide more appropriate compensation and support to members who suffer injury or illness as a result of their service.
Finally, I acknowledge that there will be members of the veterans community in Australia who do not agree with the Matthews report and its recommendations. I would encourage veterans associations to continue to work with government to find an acceptable long-term outcome in the indexing of military pensions to safeguard their interests into the future. (Time expired)

8:16 pm

Bob Baldwin (Paterson, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Defence Science and Personnel) Share this | Link to this | Hansard source
The matter of military superannuation indexation is the single biggest issue affecting the veteran community and the most important, according to the vast majority of ex-service organisations. The issue has, in varying forms, existed for at least two decades, yet the most recent manifestation of the issue can be traced back to the promises made by the Rudd Labor government in the lead-up to the 2007 federal election, when they promised:

To restore the value of compensation and prevent further erosion due to unfair indexation.
The Rudd Labor government has not done that. The Rudd Labor government has not even bothered to respond to the review into military superannuation arrangements, also known as the Podger review, which was publicly released two years and five months ago today. In fact, Minister Tanner, in a media release dated 21 August 2009, completely contradicted that election promise when he said:

… we are satisfied that the CPI is the most suitable index to protect Australian Government superannuation pensions against inflationary price increases available at this time.
This government unashamedly lied to all veterans at the last federal election. Veterans have every right to feel betrayed by this Rudd Labor government­a government that at the last federal election promised so much but has since delivered so little, a government that has wasted taxpayers’ money through poorly targeted spending programs and a government that continues to tax and spend, all the while wilfully neglecting the veteran community. Veterans have every right to be disappointed and disillusioned with the Rudd Labor government.
I want to make it perfectly clear that I and the coalition have always considered and will always consider service rendered by our military personnel as unique. Although I have not served in the ADF, I have had many opportunities to experience the many facets of service life through, for example, my work as the shadow minister for defence science and personnel, through my participation in the ADF parliamentary program and most recently by spending a week with Australian troops on the ground in Afghanistan with my colleague Stuart Robert. I would argue that one need not have served in the military to understand the unique nature of service. To those that think otherwise, I would simply suggest they talk to the spouse, mother, father or child of a current serving member. They will, I have no doubt, convey to you the uniqueness of their relative’s service. One of the finest summations of the uniqueness of military service I have read to date comes from David Jamison, the President of the Defence Force Welfare Association, who said:

In volunteering for military service, the individual accepts the surrender of his or her basic rights under Article 3 and places his or her life, liberty and security of person in the hands of the State. This surrender is not unconditional, though in extremis, it is absolute.
The coalition truly appreciates the unique nature of military service, which is why we continue to oppose the Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Bill 2010 in its current form, for it will further blur the distinction between military and non-military service. The indexation of military superannuation is a very complex issue. While I am of the view that the proposal to index military superannuation more fairly has merit, the cost of such charges remains substantial. It is worth noting, however, that at the time the Podger review was tabled, this government had a $23 billion surplus. That was the time for the Rudd Labor government to take action, as promised. Now, however, the task at hand is much harder given that the Rudd Labor government has incurred debts of $93.7 billion. But it is pursuable in the longer term.
Labor’s 2007 election policy document said that a Rudd Labor government would ‘maintain a generous military superannuation system in recognition of the importance of the ADF and the immense responsibility placed on personnel in securing and defending Australia’. Of course, those in the veteran community know that the Rudd Labor government took them for a ride. They know that they were used purely for political reasons, and they know that they can no longer trust the Rudd Labor government.
To conclude, I want to assure the veteran community that the coalition remains committed to introducing a fair, equitable, financially responsible military superannuation system and that we will pursue these reforms when in government. We will bring the nation’s accounts into line so that any measures we enact are affordable and sustainable.

8:21 pm

Shayne Neumann (Blair, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Link to this | Hansard source
In my electorate of Blair in South-East Queensland we have many fine organisations of military and returned service personnel­Leagues clubs et cetera. There are many fine people; it is a place where people purchase homes and retire after serving at the RAAF base at Amberley. We honour those military people who have served overseas as well as at the RAAF base at Amberley and at other places throughout Australia. We want to make it plain to them that we support them, and that is why we have done many things to make their lives easier.
In my electorate, for a start, we have Defence housing of a quality that was never seen under the previous coalition government. This weekend, in fact, I am opening some Defence houses in Ipswich. We have provided the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme, which was rolled out on 1 July 2008, helping ADF members and their families to achieve home ownership in a way that the previous government never did. I heard the member for Paterson going on about what they have done. You would wonder what they did in all those years­the Howard years. What would you believe of the vague and obtuse references they made? We made commitments to the veteran community at the last election, and we fulfilled that by undertaking the review.
Mr Baldwin interjecting ­
Sharon Bird (Cunningham, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Link to this | Hansard source
If people want to ask questions, there are forms. Member for Paterson, if you want to ask a question, there is a form.
Shayne Neumann (Blair, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Link to this | Hansard source
We engaged Mr Matthews, an international leader in the global pensions and life insurance industry­an Australian citizen, Past President of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and currently a prominent actuary in the United Kingdom; he was eminently qualified to carry out the review. We have heard this feigned moral unction from those opposite in relation to this issue, and you heard the comment of the Leader of the Opposition in April this year. Why would you believe a word he said when he served in the cabinet of the Howard government all those years? You only have to hear what he said about this. We engaged Mr Matthews to undertake the review, and he undertook it. He looked at schemes throughout the world. In fact, the review went on to look at military pensions in Canada, South Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom, all indexed to increases in the consumer price index in those countries. In at least two cases­the United States and South Africa­the relevant pensions were increased annually by less than increases in the local version. He looked at this in detail. His recommendations were that pensions from the Australian government civilian and military superannuation schemes continue to be indexed against the effects of inflationary price increases. The same indexation methodology would continue in relation to civilian and military pensions.
Pensions from the Australian government civilian and military superannuation schemes continue to be indexed to CPI. This is the most suitable index, according to Mr Matthews. If there is a more robust index, he said in recommendation number 4, that justifies a change in the scheme, the government should look at that in the future. I heard what the member for Werriwa had to say about the issue. If the veteran community want to have some discussion about that and want to keep advocating for their position, in a democracy they are entitled to that. I want to thank the veteran community for what they have done in relation to their service. We have made it plain that we will listen to the veteran community. We have acted on what we said, and that was to have a review. We have done that.
The member for Paterson talked about Podger. The government committed in 2007 to make public the Podger review into military superannuation. The coalition refused to release it. We have done so and the government is considering it. They refused to release it at all. The government also committed in 2007 to the independent review. We have held that. We have a strong record in this area, going back to the Hawke government, which established the Military Superannuation Benefits Scheme in 1991, recognising that the previous schemes had served many members poorly. The Labor government did that back in those days. The Rudd government has acted on it now. Superannuation is one aspect of the total remuneration package available to ADF members. We have made that clear and we have acted on that.
With respect to the Matthews findings, we have acted on the basis that the most appropriate purpose of indexing an occupational superannuation pension is to protect the purchasing power of those pensions from the effects of price inflation. And that is what happens overseas. That is exactly what happens in the OECD and the countries that I listed before. That is the reality. We followed the independent advice of Mr Matthews, which was the appropriate thing in the circumstances to do.

8:27 pm

Stuart Robert (Fadden, Liberal Party, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence) Share this | Link to this | Hansard source
I rise to make comment on the motion put forward by the member for Lyne. It is instructive that I mention that I am here with my parliamentary colleagues Bob Baldwin, the member for Paterson and the shadow minister for defence, science and personnel, and Louise Markus, the member for Greenway and the shadow minister for veterans’ affairs. The shadow minister for defence, Senator David Johnston, would have like to be here, but he is in Darwin. Tonight when we speak on this motion we have three out of four of the shadow defence team here. The entire team would have been here to discuss the gravity of this motion but for pressing matters that have driven the shadow minister to Darwin.
We are here gathered, three of the four shadow ministers, because we understand the unique nature of service that is the military. We understand the hardships, the deprivations and the toughness. We understand the difficulty of being away from families and friends and of being separated from loved ones. I speak from personal experience, having served as a military officer for 12 years and having served overseas in operations. And I speak from some recent experience, with my colleague the member for Paterson and I having just returned from 10 days in the Middle East area of operations and just short of a week in Afghanistan proper.
We understand the compact that government has with our defence and veteran community. This compact says that we will put you in harms way and put you in places of great difficulty where life and death is the order of the day. We will put you there to further the diplomatic and national interests of our nation and to safeguard and to protect our nation. We do it knowing full well that this nation has a responsibility to you during your service and post service. We understand and accept this responsibility keenly.
We also note that the Matthews report, when released by the government, recommended that indexation arrangements stay the same. The government, not surprisingly, grasped that and did nothing. What is so personally disappointing for all of us here on the coalition side is that in opposition the current Minister for Veteran’s Affairs, Minister Griffin, said that the government should clarify the military superannuation situation immediately, as the morale of current members is being seriously affected. Well, the government has clarified it. It has said that this compact is not well regarded and that they will do nothing.
Before the election, a number of people on the Labor side made comments to say that they would index the pension to 25 per cent MTAWE. I am even led to believe that Mr Rudd, the Prime Minister, may have made such comments. If so, this is one more broken promise in the conga line of broken promises that so typifies this government. Once again, the Rudd government has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to spin when it should have demonstrated a commitment to addressing the military superannuation system and honouring the compact we have with the men and women who go in harm’s way. Now the Rudd government is retaining the current indexation. And with the government currently borrowing a hundred million dollars a day­$700 million a week and over $40 billion this year alone­with gross debt exceeding $130 billion and with net debt just under $100 billion, it has neither the means, the capacity nor the political courage to address the situation.
We appreciate the unique aspects of service. We appreciate the need to provide certainty and security for those who have contributed so much to our nation. In simple terms: the coalition gets it. We have promised and our leader has made the point that we will return when the budget is in surplus­(Time expired)
Ms Anna Burke (Chisholm, Deputy-Speaker) Share this | Link to this | Hansard source
Order! The time allotted for the debate has expired. The debate is adjourned and the resumption of the debate will be made an order of the day for the next sitting.





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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well. Have been to Canberra for the National Interservice Rugby. We beat RAAF but were knocked off by Army again. Met up with Schubes and Butch Cousins during both games. We had a good time despite the score.

This week:
Ex ABETW Brendon Neil MERRITT

John Terence BROCKMAN

Rewarding Illness

SUBJECT EX ABETW Brendon Neil MERRIT

I do not know this chap but his Mother just rang me from Queensland, a Mrs Veronica MERRETT. She was given my name by an Undertaker here in Melbourne whom I know.

She would like as many Navy people to know as possible about the passing of her Son and the funeral arrangements.

He passed away unexpectedly last Wednesday (19th May) at Western General Hospital, Footscray from a major blood clot at the age of 39.

He joined the RAN at HMAS CERBERUS in October, 1988 and served just less than 6 years.

Funeral is at 1000 on Monday 31st May at Tobin Brothers Chapel, 816 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, Victoria.

Best wishes,

Marty GROGAN


SUBJECT John Terence BROCKMAN


Full name: John Terence BROCKMAN, DOB 05.03.1948, Enlisted January 1964 from Victoria and a member of the Leeuwin 8th Intake of J.R's.

My recollection is that he became a Cook? The last lead I had was that post RAN service John headed for Sydney. From there the trail runs cold.

Any help appreciated. Replies please to: brimacombe@gmail.com

Pete Brimacombe
Ex LDO
R94174


SUBJECT REWARDING ILLNESS

VIETNAM VETERANS’ FEDERATION

8 Mary Street Granville PO Box 170 GRANVILLE NSW 2142,

Phone (02) 9682 1788 Fax (02) 9682 6134



Dear Presidents,

Rewarding Illness?

Some senior officers of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defence have a new way of looking at those being compensated for war-caused illness and injury; these senior officers say we are being ‘rewarded for illness’.

The promise of this reward, it is suggested, actually ‘causes’ illness or at least causes an exaggeration of it and that receiving compensation ‘causes’ illness to persist.

In other words, they are claiming that veterans are scamming illness or degree of illness so we can stop work and get and keep our hands on compensation.

We have had twenty seven years experience of advising sick and troubled veterans at our Sydney (Granville) headquarters and round Australia. In that time thousands of veterans have come to us for help. It is our overwhelming experience that those who have come to us have done so reluctantly. Often, veterans have been dragged to our office by their worried and wearied wives or have arrived at our doorstep only after dramatically ‘hitting the wall’. Not infrequently, the veteran has ‘hit the wall’ a number of times before seeking our help, each time changing his job and hoping for the best. In most cases the veterans could have and should have stopped work and sought help and compensation years earlier; their strong desire to remain in the workforce preventing them from doing so. This reluctance to cease work has often damaged their health and the health of their families.

The assertion that compensation ‘encourages’ veterans’ illness finds no support in our long experience. Indeed, we suspect the idea springs from the mind of an economic fundamentalist with a primitive view of human motivation and with no practical experience of sick veterans.

‘Compensation’, these fundamentalists believe should be completely replaced by ‘rehabilitation’. Indeed, one very senior Department of Veterans Affairs bureaucrat has told us that almost all disabled war veterans can and should be rehabilitated into paid employment.

This claim shows a dangerous misunderstanding of war-caused disability.

There are some 18,000 Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Vietnam veterans. Of these a high percentage suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is notoriously resistant to treatment.

Our long experience suggests PTSD comes in three categories. A few sufferers will respond to treatment and be cured. At the other extreme, there will be quite a few who are doomed to a nightmare of a life, even institutionalisation, whatever the treatment. The bulk, whilst their condition is not curable, can be treated and counselled to manage their condition more or less successfully.

It is this later group that the Department’s economic fundamentalists think are being kept ‘ill’ by their receipt of the TPI pension. Surely, they argue, there must be some menial, un-stressful, paid jobs for which PTSD sufferers can be trained.

They are mistaken. Paid employment requires predictability. The employer must be able to predict with reasonable accuracy when his employee will turn up for work. As those with practical experience know, PTSD sufferers are unable to provide this predictability; days of feeling able to work and days of almost complete dysfunction, occurring randomly.

Ex-service organizations like ourselves that are manned mainly by volunteer TPI pensioners know that these volunteers, despite their good intentions, may not be able to turn up. We understand that at any time of the day they may simply have to get up and go home. We understand that, at any time, a TPI volunteer may announce that they need a couple of weeks break and that, regardless of their intention, may not be well enough to return at the end of that fortnight. Our office can have no inflexible deadlines and only very flexible expectations. And that’s with TPI pensioners well enough to do some voluntary work. That is the reality. PTSD sufferers as employees are simply not a commercial proposition.

Expecting these disabled veterans to undertake rehabilitation with a view to rejoining the paid workforce would be futile. But worse, it would damage their health. The thought of having to re-shoulder the stress of the workplace including the strong expectation of regularly turning-up would send many into breakdown and some to suicide.

What must be done with most PTSD sufferers is to first remove the horror of actual or impending financial collapse with financial compensation, then offer them voluntary rehabilitation of a different kind; not work-related rehabilitation but the kind of rehabilitation that encourages them to emerge from isolation and despair and participate in society as much as their disability will allow.

We agree with the offending senior bureaucrats that more resources are needed for rehabilitation, but much of those resources should be devoted to disabled war veterans after they are granted compensation. Indeed compensation should be seen, for many, as a vital part of their rehabilitation.

 

The offending senior departmental officers are wrong about veterans’ motivation and they are dangerously wrong in claiming work-related rehabilitation is a universal solution.

Their preaching should cease.

 

Yours sincerely,


Tim McCombe

President




Weekly News 16 May 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you and yours are well. The budget monopolises this edition of Weekly News. The attachment titled 'Alliance Media Release Budget 2010' gives a precise on the effects of the budget as they see it. There is also another request by all those that are interested to contact Q & A prior to this Monday night, as we have another chance to ask either Mr Tanner or Mr Hockey questions in respect of indexation of the DFRDB pension.

The Australain Services Rugby Carnival will be held during this week 16-23 May (1500 Navy v RAAF 16th, Army v RAAF 19th and 1500 Navy v Army 22nd) at Viking Park at Tuggernong. Hope to see you there.

Hope you enjoy.

cheers

Ron

This week:
Alliance Media release Budget 2010 - AttachedClick here to download this file
DVA and Pharmaceutical costs - AttachedClick here to download this file
Weekes - signed letter - AttachedClick here to download this file
PBS Consultation - AttachedClick here to download this file
Q & A
DVA Newsletters


SUBJECT Q & A

On Monday night 17 May the ABC TV program Q & A will have Lindsay Tanner (Minister for Finance) and Joe Hockey (Opposition) forming the panel.

It provides us with the opportunity to put a question to the two heavies in both political parties about our Indexation issue. This is especially important with the election on the horizon.

It would therefore be useful to have as many people:

- post questions on the Q & A website (www.abc.net.au/qanda)

- post questions by SMS

- “tweet” on the night

In all cases it is IMPORTANT that questions etc are objective, factual and to the point. Should you wish, reference to Lindsay Tanner’s inadequate response at the Q & A program in February could be made in a respectful manner. (Information on this is available at www.dfwa.org.au under WHATS NEW)

An example of the sort of question that could be put may be:

"What will each political party do to correct the injustice and unfairness of the military superannuation schemes for past and current serving members of the ADF whose current indexation formula is linked to the CPI: a formula that was found inadequate for age/disability pensions and replaced with a fairer indexation index by the Federal Government in 1997?".

This is only an example. Other questions could be framed using information on the attached facts sheet.

The DFWA will also attempt to place a video question to the Panel.

Your cooperation in distributing this note as widely as possible would be appreciated. We had some success at a previous Q & A program by swamping Q & A with our approaches: it is important that the momentum is maintained.

Thank you in anticipation.


Les Bienkiewicz
Executive Director
Defence Force Welfare Association
PO Box 4166
KINGSTON ACT 2604
T: 02 6265 9530
M: 0411 444248
F: 02 6265 9776
E: national@dfwa.org.au
W: www.dfwa.org.au



INDEXATION OF MILITARY SUPERANNUATION PENSIONS



· Military and other Commonwealth superannuation pensions are indexed by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

· CPI was abandoned over a decade ago for Age and other welfare pensions.

· Welfare pensions are effectively indexed to Male Total Average Weekly Earnings (MTAWE) and use a special Index called the PBLCI. Pre-2004 MP superannuation pensions are generously indexed to the salaries of today’s MPs.

· Age and MP pensions rose 110% and 131% respectively 1989-2008. Military super pensions rose 68%.

Who’s Affected?

· 64,000 military superannuation pensioners plus another 132,000 Commonwealth superannuation pensioners. This compares with the 3.3 million Age and other welfare pension beneficiaries who are effectively linked to MTAWE.

What’s Wrong With CPI?

· The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said in 2001 that “…CPI is not a measure of the cost of living.” No fewer than five parliamentary inquiries since 2001 recommended replacing CPI with a fair method. Even the Jess Committee way back in 1972 recommended that military superannuation pensions “…be adjusted annually so that relativity with average weekly earnings is maintained.”

What is the Solution?

· Military superannuation pensions must increase twice annually by the greatest of CPI, PBLCI or MTAWE, the same method used for the Age pension.

· We do not seek special indexation treatment despite the unique nature of military service and despite our compulsory contributions of 5.5% of our pre-tax pay while in uniform. We only want equity with our fellow Australians, not with MPs.

What Will Fair Indexation Cost?

· DFWA estimates a gross first year cost under $20m for indexation that protects military super pensions. That’s 0.000064% of 2009-10 budget expenses. As with all pensions, the cost compounds over time. But government “claws back” an undisputed 40% of the extra cost due to increases in income tax & GST and to reductions in welfare pensions. “Clawback” also compounds over time. DFWA estimates a net first year cost around $12m.

Is Fair Indexation Affordable?

· Yes. Using any benchmark, fair indexation is affordable. Compare it with the $42bn stimulus package or the major age pension increases in the 2009 budget. And Future Fund assets (June 2008) were $64.18bn.

· Regardless of all the numbers, if fair indexation is affordable for 3.3m Australians why is it unaffordable for 64,000 former servicemen and women?

A FINAL WORD

· The average
DFRB/DFRDB superannuation entitlement after paying a compulsory 5.5% of
salary for over 20 years plus, was $22,092 pa (JUN 09).



· The maximum Age Pension will give
you an annual income of $17,469.40. The additional maximum weekly
rent assistance of $111.80 will push this figure up to a handsome $20,
376pa.



· So after paying normal tax and
compulsory superannuation for 20 years plus (5.5% of salary), and shunted
all over Australia and even Overseas on Active Duty, an Ex Digger is
ahead per year by a paltry $1,715.80 pa above what would be provided by
the Age Pension (that would not have needed to be contributed to).




SUBJECT DVA NEWSLETTER



Welcome to the latest issue of e-News, keeping you up-to-date with news from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

BUDGET SPECIAL
In this issue:
Record funding for Veterans’ Affairs
Response to the revisitation of Clarke
Health Care and Compensation expanded for F-111 workers
New program to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions
New technology efficiencies for DVA
Consultation on Pharmaceuticals for War Caused Disabilities
Anzac Day at Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux well attended
More Fromelles fallen identified
New Sea wall for Anzac Cove
Publications
Media releases
Record funding for Veterans’ Affairs
The Australian Government’s 2010-11 Budget delivers a $246.4 million package of new initiatives for Veterans’ Affairs.

The Budget also provides record Veterans’ Affairs funding of $12.1 billion, including $6.9 billion for compensation and income support, and $5.2 billion for health services. Visit the DVA website for more information.


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Response to the revisitation of Clarke
The re-examination of unimplemented recommendations of the 2003 Clarke review of veterans’ entitlements has resulted in an investment in this year’s Budget of $36 million over four years. Visit the Minister's website for more information.


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Health Care and Compensation expanded for F-111 workers
In this year’s Budget the Government has introduced a $55 million package in response to the recent F-111 Parliamentary inquiry. Benefits will be extended to an additional 2,400 workers who carried out fuel maintenance work involving fuel tank entry on F-111 aircraft. A new website has been set up to provide complete information for F-111 fuel tank maintenance workers and their families. f111.dva.gov.au


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New program to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions
The Australian Government’s 2010-11 Budget provides a $152.7 million package to improve community based health care for veterans and war widows and in doing so, reduce unnecessary hospital stays. Called the Preventable Admissions and Improved Community Care Program, it will specifically target people with chronic conditions and complex care needs who are most vulnerable and at risk of hospitalisations. Visit the Minister's website for more information.


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New technology efficiencies for DVA
To help DVA meet its whole of government ICT savings obligations without impacting our services and obligations to veterans and their families, the Department is currently finalising negotiations with another organisation to share back office corporate and ICT services. Visit the DVA website for more information.


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Consultation on Pharmaceuticals for War Caused Disabilities
The Government is seeking submissions on the Consultation Paper for the Review of War Caused Disabilities and Pharmaceutical Costs.


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Anzac Day at Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux well attended
Around 7000 people attended the Dawn Service at Gallipoli marking the 95th anniversary of the landings in 1915. In France, around 3500 Australians attended the annual Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, honouring the 46,000 Australians who died on the Western Front in the First World War.


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More Fromelles fallen identified
Nineteen more Australians who fell in the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916 have been positively identified and named, bringing the total number of named Australian soldiers to 94.


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New Sea wall for Anzac Cove
The Turkish Government is planning to invest in new works to protect Anzac Cove, countering years of constant pounding by the sea which has dramatically effected the coastline. The works are due to be completed before April 2011.


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Publications
DVA Education resources for 2010
Men’s Health Peer Education Program Newsletter – March 2010

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Media Releases
2010-11 Budget media releases (VA021 – VA024)
Government calls for submissions on pharmaceuticals review (VA020 PDF 45Kb)
Anzac spirit commemorated across the world (VA018 PDF 61Kb)
Veterans' children receive tertiary education support (VA017 PDF 45Kb)
$200000 for projects honouring Australia's veterans (VA016 PDF 79Kb)
New sea wall to save Anzac Cove (VA015 PDF 57Kb)
New veteran pension rates announced (VA013 PDF 50Kb)

SUBJECT DVA NEWSLETTER



NEW PROGRAM INCREASES COMMUNITY CARE, REDUCING HOSPITAL STAYS



The government will deliver improved health care for veterans and war widows and reduce unnecessary hospital stays through a new $152.7 million investment announced in the Budget.


The Preventable Admissions and Improved Community Care Program will increase community-based support for veterans and war widows who have chronic conditions and complex care needs and are at risk of hospitalisation.



The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin, said that new payments would be available to Local Medical Officers (LMOs) to better coordinate and oversee health care for veterans and war widows targeted by this new initiative. The government expects up to 17,000 veterans will benefit from the initiative.



“This initiative will provide real support to members of our Second World War generation in their twilight years.



“In many cases, there is no need for someone to end up sick enough to go to hospital. There is evidence that many of these stays would not be needed if there was better coordination of care and support for them in the community.



“Being admitted to hospital can be very stressful, especially for older patients. This program aims to reduce unnecessary hospital stays by focusing on better community-based care and helping with the self-management of chronic conditions,” Mr Griffin said.



This announcement builds on the firm relationship that already exists between veterans and their LMOs. LMOs will receive new payments for preparing and implementing care plans, including coordinating care for veterans participating in the initiative.



A practice or community nurse will support the veteran including:

· coordinating appointments with other health professionals involved in their care

· providing an appointment reminder

· undertaking home visits

· assisting with medication management and treatments

· assisting the patient to self-monitor his or her condition.



The new program will target those with one or more of up to five chronic conditions. These are congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes.



As part of the package, $28 million will be spent on an expansion of the Veterans’ Home Care Program to introduce a new service to target older, more frail veterans most at risk of unnecessary hospitalisation.



“This will increase home-based services for our frailest veterans to try and keep them healthier so they can spend more quality time at home and less time in hospital,” Mr Griffin said.



Media inquiries: Sasha Nimmo 0437 863 109

DVA General inquiries: 133 254





SUBJECT DVA NEWSLETTER



Minister for Veterans' Affairs Mailing List

VA021 Tuesday, 11 May 2010



2010-11 BUDGET PROVIDES MORE SUPPORT FOR AUSTRALIAN VETERANS



The government is delivering on key election promises for veterans in this Budget by providing a $246.4 million package of new initiatives.



Among the initiatives are commitments for:



• greater access to compensation and income support

• preventing unnecessary hospital admissions for members of the veteran community

• action on further recommendations of the Clarke Review

• better access to health care and compensation for F-111 workers.

The Rudd Government in the 2010-11 Budget is providing $12.1 billion in income support, compensation and better health services for veterans.



“This increased support continues while our veteran community declines with the passing of the World War Two generation. Sadly, over the last year Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ client numbers have fallen from 415,000 to approximately 380,000,” the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin, said.



The government will invest $152.7 million in expanding community-based health services aimed at Australian veterans and war widows with chronic conditions and complex care needs and at risk of hospitalisation.



The package of new measures will also include greater access to benefits for thousands of Australians whose military service may have exposed them to health problems or illness.



$55 million will be invested to give an additional 2,400 F-111 aircraft fuel tank maintenance workers access to better health care and compensation. These workers include those known as ‘pick and patch’ personnel who were not deemed eligible under the previous scheme. This means that more than 3,000 F-111 workers will now have access to benefits should they need them.



“Under the former flawed scheme, ex gratia payments were provided based on arbitrary classifications without any reference to their health needs.



“This new and vastly improved package addresses people’s actual health problems in a fair and equitable way,” Mr Griffin said.



In other changes, the 2010–11 Veterans’ Affairs Budget provides compensation and benefits for defence force personnel who participated in British Nuclear Testing in the 1950s and 1960s.



“We have accepted the Clarke Review recommendation that the service of military personnel who participated in nuclear tests should be declared non-warlike hazardous under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.



“This is what representatives of nuclear participants have sought since 2004.”



Defence force members who participated in British Nuclear Testing will now be eligible for the disability pension and health care. Their partners may also be eligible for the war widows/ers pension. This change will potentially benefit an estimated 2,700 ex-defence force members at an estimated impact of $24.2 million over five years.



This is the result of a commitment by this government to revisit recommendations made as part of the 2003 Clarke Review into veterans’ entitlements which had not been implemented.



There will also be a reclassification of the service of certain submarine special operations personnel between 1978 and 1992 to acknowledge their contribution, recognising it as qualifying service. Up to 890 former submariners will benefit from this change, costing an estimated $11.1 million over four years.



The Minister said the government’s close inspection of the 45 Clarke Review recommendations had resulted in three being accepted and already acted upon, four being accepted, 12 rejected, four deferred and a further 22 referred for consideration under the Review of Military Compensation Arrangements.



The government will also invest an additional $2.7 million to reclassify service at RAAF Base Ubon in Thailand between 31 May 1962 and 27 July 1962 from operational service to qualifying service, also improving eligibility for benefits for those affected.



Media inquiries: Sasha Nimmo 0437 863 109

DVA general inquiries 133 254








Weekly News 9 May 2010
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G'day All,

Hope all is well. The function on Friday went off really well. More on that in the Newsletter to come later.

The big news for me is an article out of the Melbourne Herald Sun last Sunday which is included below. Russ Dale forwarded this email. You may recall I advocated earlier about this legal group of dicks who were ripping off all the blokes they represented on the VOYAGER/MELBOURNE incident. I have also included another article about the same topic and an article (which I guess he sponsored) from the same paper in 2008, exactly two years earlier to the day. It goes to show what type of people they are. What goes around comes around.

The Australain Services Rugby Carnival will be held during the week 16-23 May (1500 Navy v RAAF 16th, Army v RAAF 19th and 1500 Navy v Army 22nd) at Viking Park at Tuggernong. Hope to see you there. There is an article from Chris Cummins about the socials included below. This is an open invite to anybody who has played rugby at any level in the Puss to attend.

There are only a few items this week but they are both near and dear to me. Hope you enjoy.

cheers

Ron

This week:
LAWYERS DOUBLE BILL DISASTER VICTIMS
RUGBY SOCIALS

SUBJECT LAWYERS DOUBLE BILL DISASTER VICTIMS
A group of survivors of the collision between the HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Voyager who received compensation almost half a century later have been double billed for their legal expenses.

A Supreme Court judge has found Melbourne law firm Hollows Lawyers overcharged their clients $370,000-.

One man was overcharged almost $120,000-, while a further 8 men were double billed between $2,597- and $73,900-, according to court documents.

The collision between the Melbourne and the destroyer in February 1964 off the NSW coast – Australia’s worst peacetime navy disaster – resulted in 82 deaths.

Justice Karin Emerton appointed receivers to investigate the files and bill discrepancy.”

TheAustralian

Lawyers still battling over Voyager

From: TheAustralian
May 02, 2008
THE Rudd Government is spending millions of dollars on litigation because of its failure to deliver on a key election promise.
Alternatively, you can copy and paste this link into your browser:
www.theaustralian.com.au/business/legal-affairs/lawyers-still-battling-over-voyager/story-e6frg97x-1111116220804


SUBJECT AUSTRALIAN SERVICES RUGBY SOCIAL FUNCTIONS

All of the Old Boys are invited to the After match function with the Navy team which is going to be conducted at the Vikings Golf Club (Old Capital Hill golf course) at Narrabundah. There is no Official after match dinner for the players as they will conduct that function after the matches against the touring French Navy teams in July.
Also we have been invited to an evening at the Harman Senior Sailors Mess with the current Men's and Women's players on the Wednesday Evening (19 May 10).

Looking forward to Catching up

Chris


Weekly News 2 May 2010
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G'day All,

Hope all is well. Had a great week on the South Coast, did ANZAC Day at Batemans Bay with Brissles and Lou Lassau, Roger Pearson was there but I didnt catch up with him, then caught up with Barry Parker and span a few warries on Wednesday afternoon. Barry has retired in the area.

This Friday is our function at the Rockers. CYA there at 1200ish.

On Tuesday Mick Gallagher and I are involved in presenting the JR Medallion and a copy of Brian Adams book on LEEUWIN to the Navy Heritage Centre at GI. Ken Dobbie has coordinated this presentation and a similar presentation is being done by EX-CERBERUS JR's to the CERBERUS Heritage Centre.

The ADF and RSL have launched a Sub Branch for serving personnel. See below.

The Australain Services Rugby Carnival will be held during the week 16-23 May (Navy v RAAF 16th, Army v RAAF 19th and Navy Army 22nd) at Viking Park at Tuggernong. Hope to see you there.

There are quite a few items this week. Hope you enjoy.

cheers


Ron

This week:
Letter to PM re TPI pensions and the ETS (Attachment)Click here to download this file
Vale - CDRE P.J. HUTSON
Greenies reunion June 2010 (Attachment)Click here to download this file
RAN CD's Reunion
RESERVISTS WITH OVERSEAS SERVICE
LAUNCH OF THE RETURNED AND SERVICES LEAGUE OF AUSTRALIA DEFENCE SUB BRANCH
Crackdown on disability pension
POEM - Let There Be No Moaning at the Bar


SUBJECT VALE CDRE P.J. HUTSON

Regret to report that Commodore P J Hutson RAN Retd crossed the bar on 26th April 2010. He was 11th CO of PERTH II from 9 FEB 1974 until 15 MAY 1976.

Funeral is at RMC Duntroon 1400 Tueday 4th May.

SUBJECT RAN CD's Reunion

60th Anniversary of the Clearance Diving Branch - Biennial Reunion of the RAN Clearance Diving Association
2011 is the 60th Anniversary of the RAN Clearance Diving Branch and the plan is for the BRANCH to celebrate that during the week before and over the ANZAC Day weekend.
The biennial RANCDA Reunion will be conducted at the same time as a parallel and integrated event.
James Squire Brewhouse, Darling Harbour will be the ops centre and central meeting point/venue (website: www .jamessquirebrewhouse.net)
Local hotel beds at favourable prices are being negotiated at the moment with Ibis Hotels ( hope to get this tied up in the next week)
Registration forms and event details will be circulated after August this year.
Members are encouraged to register their email address to ensure they get early copies of the registration documentation by emailing rancda.2011@defence.gov.au our official email address for the event.
Watch the notice board on the CDA website for updates and details.

Neill 'Dinga' Bell
Commander, RANR
MBL: 0404048558 ( Turned off during Work Hours)
Work: 02 93594351
www.rancd-association.com

SUBJECT RESERVISTS WITH OVERSEAS SERVICE

In 2010 it will be just over 60 years since the part-time forces were reformed after WWII. In those 60 years Reservists have been volunteering to serve overseas from the early United Nations missions and Korea to the current overseas operations.

The Reserve Forces Day Council throughout Australia will give special recognition in 2010 to those members who, when as Reservists, volunteered to serve overseas in operations or humanitarian missions and who have been awarded a medal for that service.

This includes all Australian Naval, Army, Air Force and Humanitarian missions and commitments overseas e.g. Bougainville, Solomon Islands etc.

The celebrations include the presentation of a Reserve Forces Day Council recognition ribbon and depending on the State an invitation to the Reserve Forces celebrations. In NSW and Victoria the Governor is to host a reception for serving and former members on the formal Reserve Forces Day Thursday 1 July 2010. Similar occasions will be held in other States.

The Governor General has approved a special recognition certificate for “Overseas Reservists” for those attending the Reserve Forces Day parades. It will show the members details and overseas service and will serve as a reminder of that service.

In Sydney on the 5th December 2009 the National Launch of RFD 2010, was performed by the Commander of the 2nd Division Major General Williams AM on behalf of the CDF. At the launch an initial 45 serving and former members were presented their recognition ribbons. Their service covered 11 different overseas operations from Korea to Afghanistan. See the web site under 2010.

The National Executive would like to invite serving or former members meeting the criteria to submit their details so that they can be invited to take part in the celebrations. Members are requested to register through the RFDC web site www.rfd.org.au under 2010 “Registration”. At end of the registration there is also a form you can print off and give to someone who would qualify. Please phone or contact Bob Joseph in need for further details.

Mr Bob Joseph
National Project Officer Overseas Reservists
Reserve Forces Day Council.
15 Summit Court Glenwood NSW 2768
Phone: 02 9629 9431 Mobile: 0418 215 182 FAX: 02 9629 3453
Email: bob.joseph@bigpond.com


Once submitted he will send you’re application to the appropriate city.

Please act now with returns due by 31 May 2010.


SUBJECT LAUNCH OF THE RETURNED AND SERVICES LEAGUE OF AUSTRALIA DEFENCE SUB BRANCH

1.On 16 April 2010 the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, will join the President of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL), Rear Admiral Ken Doolan (Retired), to launch an online sub branch, exclusively for serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, to improve their access to RSL venues, support and advice services.
2.Defence supports the launch of this resource which will ensure that our soldiers, sailors and airmen and women have access to improved support services across all aspects of their lives.
3.This is a positive initiative that will provide ADF members access to timely advice, assistance and information via a dedicated RSL enquiry website. The RSL has made a commitment to acknowledge enquiries via this site within a 24-hour period and to respond within five working days of receiving an enquiry.
4.In addition to improved support and advice, ADF members who join the sub branch will receive a membership card which ensures their access to all RSL sub branches and clubs nationwide; along with discounts on merchandise and services; and regular updates on RSL activities and events via emails and a quarterly magazine.
5.The RSL plays an important role in supporting our ADF members past and present. It exists to ensure that programs are in place for the wellbeing, care, compensation and commemoration of serving and ex-service Defence Force members and their dependants.
6.Our commitments to ADF members are linked and Defence will continue to support like outcomes which benefit our people.
7.ADF members can join the online RSL Defence sub branch for free for the initial year of membership, with a $30 fee per year thereafter. The sub branch website is: www.rsldefencesubbranch.com.au.CW Orme, AM, CSC
Major General

Head of People Capability/J1 Australian Defence Force

People Strategies and Policy Group



SUBJECT Crackdown on disability pension

From: TheAustralian
April 28, 2010
WITH around 778,000 Australians on disability pensions and the number rising steadily, the Rudd government will today announce tougher rules that will make 6500 people ineligible for the payment.

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SUBJECT Let There Be No Moaning at the Bar

Old sailors sit
And chew the fat
About things that used to be,
Of the things they've seen'
The places they've been,
When they ventured out to sea.

They remembered friends
From long ago,
The times they had back then,
The money they spent,
The beer they drank,
In their days as sailing men.

Their lives are lived
In the days gone by
With the thoughts that forever last.
Of the bell bottom blues,
Round white hats,
And good times in their past.

They recall long nights
With the moon so bright
Far out into the lonely sea.
The thoughts they had
As youthful lads,
When their lives were wild and free.

They know so well
How their hearts would swell
When the flag fluttered proud and free.
The underway pennant
Such a beautiful sight
As they plowed through an angry sea.

They talked of the scran
the chefs would make
And the shrill of the bosuns pipe.
How salt spray would fall
Like sparks from hell
When a storm struck in the night.

They remember old shipmates
Already gone
Who forever hold a spot in their heart,
When sailors were bold,
And friendships would hold,
Until death ripped them apart.

They speak of nights
Spent in bawdy houses
On many foreign shore,
Of the beer they'd down
As gathering around,
Telling jokes with a busty whore.

Their sailing days
Are gone away,
Never again will they cross the brow.
They have no regrets,
They know they are blessed,
For honoring the sacred vow.

Their numbers grow less
With each passing day
As the final muster begins,
There's nothing to lose,
All have paid their dues,
And they'll sail with shipmates again.

I've heard them say
Before getting underway
That there's still some sailing to do,
They'll say with a grin that their ship has come in,

And the Good Lord is commanding the crew.




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G'day All,

Hope all is well and ANZAC Day is what you want it to be. Am going fishing around Bateman's Bay tomorrow for the week, so will be there on Sunday for the services.

This week there is an attachment which contains benefits available to the ex and current defence community living in Queensland. If you live in Queensland, it is a must read. There are two articles by the Coalition on where they stand in respect of Military Superannuation.

Drive and arrive safely.

cheers


Ron

This week:
Queensland defence community benefits Click here to download this file
Two articles from Coalition Click here to download this file Click here to download this file



Weekly News 18 April 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you are all well. A very quiet week.

Sydney function, Friday 7 May commencing 1200ish at Rockers. Send me an email if you intend attending. Those attending are Ian Schubert, Doug Heath, Jack Davey, Mike Hogan, Spook Cairns, Mick Gallagher (who doesnt confirm until the last minute), Warren French and myself. John Hatchman, Mike Shephard, Tom Kinross, Doug Wilson, Terry Dack and Ted Hase have already forwarded their apologies.

Is anybody interested in going to the Rugby World Cup next year, I intend going, there is this group advertised in the NRMA magazine which conducts ship's tours. I will not be accompanied by my cheese and kisses, she is Rugby'd out, I am looking for some like minded persons, who would like to share accommodation on the ship either two or three to the cabin. The website is rugby.adventureworld.com.au/Packages/overview/package21/


cheers


Ron

this week:

Telstra Assistance

Gallipoli Sniper

HMAS SYDNEY 2 Commemorative Football Match - AFL



SUBJECT TELSTRA ASSISTANCE
For all Australian respondents...

Telstra Phone book

For anyone contemplating using the Sensis directory service number, 1234, DON'T!
Sensis, as you may or may not know, is a subsidiary of Telstra. The 1234 number is replacing the Telstra 12456 directory assistance number, but this time with outrageous costs attached:

40c to call the number, then 4c A SECOND!

By law, Telstra must provide a FREE directory assistance number.
They choose however not to pass this number on to the public.
The free number is 1223
Thumbs down to Telstra for finding a way to 'charge', for a service that is supposed to be provided for free.

SUBJECT GALLIPOLI SNIPER

All,

The latest copy of the Outback magazine contained an article on Billy Sing, known as the Gallipoli Sniper, who in a few short months on the Gallipoli peninsula became the Allies greatest sniper, possibly the best sniper ever. He is reputed to have killed more men than any other foot soldier in history. Below is Billy’s story which I have taken, in large part, from the Outback together with additional information from the Australian War Memorial. I noted that Billy died within days of my own grandfather – both deaths caused by the effects of mustard gas attacks they were subjected to during the war. Research shows that most soldiers were returned to the front line after ‘recovering’ from the effects of gas – BUT – they paid a terrible price later! Almost all soldiers who were gassed during WW1 died in their 30’s, 40’s and early 50’s with virtually none living to reach old age. Reading their death certificates it was a horrible and painful death due to the damage the gas had caused to their lungs, throats and respiratory systems.

A movie of the life of Billy is being produced. A clip is at the this link but it looks like Billy and his Dad have been Anglicised as they don’t look too ‘Chinese’:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7REJb9JMOMQ

Trust Billy’s story (below) is of as much interest as it was researching.

Huck

Secretary

VVMC QLD

Gallipoli Sniper – Billy Sing

Billy Sing, nicknamed ‘The Murderer’ was a World War 1 hero, once known around the world. But by the time he died in 1943, alone and almost penniless he had all but been forgotten. Billy was born in 1886 in Clermont, QLD to a Chinese father from Shanghai and an Englishwoman. This son of a Chinaman rose above the racist attitudes and laws of the time and was a likeable young bloke admired for his sporting prowess, particularly with the rifle. While still a boy, the story went, he could shoot the tail off a piglet at 25 paces with a .22 rifle.


From the age of 15, Billy worked as a station hand, ringer and horse drover further cultivating his childhood bush skills, including hunting. He honed his shooting skills at the Clermont Rifle Club, and later at the rifle club in Proserpine. A regular winner of shooting prizes, he was also a good cricketer.

Sing was in his prime when he journeyed to Brisbane to join the 5th Light Horse (LH) Regiment in 1914. The 5th LH was in Egypt when the ANZACs landed at Gallipoli. Leaving their horses behind, Billy’s regiment deployed in May 1915 as Infantry to Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula. Trooper 355, Billy Sing became ‘probably the most dangerous sniper in any army throughout the war’, wrote Ion Idriess. Idriess sailed to war on the same boat at Billy and became a popular author after the war. He was also an experienced bushman and at times was Billy’s spotter.

‘Abdul the Terrible’, as the Allies called him, was the decorated Turkish sniper bought to Gallipoli to stop Sing! He methodically studied the Australian’s handiwork – up to nine kills per day. Having finally located Sing’s specially constructed ‘possie’, Abdul prepared to take down his prey – only to be shot between the eyes by Sing.

Abdul was one of Sing’s 201 confirmed Gallipoli kills, though he probably took the lives of many more Turks – there was not always a spotter to verify kills, and it was sometimes difficult to determine if targets that had been hit and fallen into trenches had actually been killed. Though bringing grief to Turkey, Sing’s exploit saved Allied lives and was perfect propaganda – he was mentioned in despatches, awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and lauded in newspapers from Sydney to San Francisco.

But it didn’t go all Sing’s way. He was wounded in August 1915, when a Turkish sniper hit the telescope of his spotter, who was badly wounded before the bullet finally came to rest in Billy’s shoulder. As the weather deteriorated, Billy succumbed to the cold, wet weather and the appalling conditions in the trenches and was evacuated to Malta just weeks before the Allies withdrew from the Gallipoli peninsula.

Bouts of illness kept Billy in England for some time before he was deployed to the Western Front in January 1917 with the 31st Australian Infantry Battalion, where soon after he was wounded and sent back to England to recuperate. He wrote home, ‘We had an awful time in France this winter; it was the coldest they’ve had for years......It would break your heart to see the dead bodies lying around unburied.’

Following his discharge from hospital he was given leave. Sing headed to Edinburgh, where he had a whirlwind romance with a waitress Elizabeth Stewart. On 29 June they were married. A month later Billy was back in the trenches!

Private Sing was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre in early 1918, for his role in leading a patrol, killing several German snipers at Polygon Wood in September 1917. Over his period of service he contracted influenza, rheumatism, mumps, had been gassed, shot on two occasions, sustained shrapnel wounds to both legs and his back, spending quite some time in and out of hospitals, eventually causing his medical discharge.

The mustard gas caused lifelong lung disease for Billy and it signalled the end of his military career when in July 1918 he was shipped home. Despite having been wounded, gassed and ill several times he was declared fit and able to work when discharged in Brisbane.

For a time Billy was buoyed by an enthusiastic welcome in both Proserpine and later Clermont but that soon faded. He set out to be a sheep farmer like so many other soldiers on blocks donated to returned servicemen by the Federal Government, but his land was poor like many of the blocks in this flawed scheme. Almost a third of the soldiers turned farmers walked off the land – including Billy Sing.

There’s no indication that Billy’s wife was ever part of his new life. There is correspondence showing that he applied for Elizabeth to have free passage from Britain, it doesn’t seem to have eventuated.

Though hampered by illness and his wounds, the failed sheep farmer still had to make a living. He turned to gold prospecting and did well enough to go on weekend sprees with his mining mates. He also got a reputation for heavy drinking and a bad attitude. When the gold ran out, Billy turned to labouring in Brisbane where he continued to work hard although complaining of pains in his heart, chest and back.

On May 19, 1943, Billy was found dead in his boarding house bedroom. Five shillings were also found but no sign of his war medals.

As his humble grave marker in the Lutwyche War Cemetery weathered away, Billy Sing was all but forgotten. 50 years after his death a newspaper article revived interest in ‘this ace Australian sniper’. A plaque was erected on the site where he died and in 1995, a statue of Sing was unveiled with full military honours in his hometown of Clermont.

In 2004 Australian Army snipers named their Baghdad post the ‘Billy Sing Bar & Grill’. Last year, on the 66th anniversary of his death, wreaths were laid at Sing’s grave during a ceremony attended by various dignitaries, including the Chinese Consul-General.

SUBJECT NOTICE TO RSL & NAVAL ASSOCIATIONS - HMAS SYDNEY II COMMEMORATIVE FOOTBALL MATCH 24 APRIL 2010 - PLEASE CIRCULATE NATIONALLY


SUBJECT HMAS SYDNEY 2 COMMEMORATIVE FOOTBALL MATCH
HMAS Sydney II Commemorative Football Match


The Finding Sydney Foundation, the Australian Football League and the Royal Australian Navy in conjunction with the Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles Football Clubs are pleased to announce that the inaugural Annual HMAS Sydney II Commemorative Football Match will be held on Saturday 24th April 2010 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

HMAS Sydney II was a proud and distinguished fighting ship so it was with a profound sense of loss that the nation learned that she had been sunk with all 645 crew in a mutually destructive engagement with the German Auxiliary Cruiser Kormoran on 19 November 1941, some 112 miles West of Shark Bay, Western Australia. The tragic fate of Sydney and her crew remained a mystery until she was found by the Finding Sydney Foundation on 16 March 2008 sitting upright on the ocean floor at a depth of 2,500 metres.

Hosted in 2010 by the Sydney Swans, the Match will be held annually between the Sydney Swans, representing her home port, and the West Coast Eagles, representing the State of her final operations and resting place. The Match is in memory of the sacrifice made by Sydney’s men and by their families.

The HMAS Sydney II Trophy has been donated to the AFL by the Finding Sydney Foundation and will be flown in to the ‘Bounce- Down Circle’ by a Navy helicopter. The trophy is in the form of a Ship’s Battle Honours Board showing Sydney’s distinct badge and her campaign and battle honours in polished bronze on a jarrah base and backboard as illustrated above. The Clubs’ logos, a description plate and space for recording the annual result are provided for on the trophy base.

Campaign and battle honours are highly prized by the ships and aircraft squadrons so awarded and are always displayed, serving as a constant and proud reminder of past achievements. The trophy is therefore evocative of the fighting spirit and teamwork shown by Sydney’s men and of an invitation for the two Clubs to perpetuate these sentiments by demonstrating the same spirit of competition and teamwork each year.

The Finding Sydney Foundation is also providing a perpetual trophy for the player judged as Best on Ground for each match. The trophy is based on the casing of a 76mm shell fired by the present and fourth warship to be named HMAS Sydney. As HMAS Sydney II’s short wartime history is one of triumph against the odds; of courage and ingenuity in adversity; of free and independent spirits who became a team formed by the bonds of mateship and necessity, the trophy will be awarded to “the player who showed the greatest courage and skill in adversity, teamwork and fighting spirit."

The Best on Ground player will also be presented with a pure silver 2008 HMAS Sydney II $1.00 Commemorative coin as a keepsake

The Coin Toss before the start of each game will be carried out using a 2010 Anzac Day $1.00 coin

A 25 year supply of both the silver HMAS Sydney and the Anzac Day coins has been generously donated by the Perth Mint (www.perthmint.com.au).

A tribute to HMAS Sydney II will be held along with an official observance ceremony prior to the commencement of the match. To help in this commemoration, all family and friends of those touched by HMAS Sydney II are invited to attend. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketek; www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849.

26° 14’ 45”S 111° 12’ 55”E


Weekly News 11 April 2010
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G'day All,



Hope you are all well. We have been in Launceston for the last week swimming, Bongo and Jo Di Betta also attended, we all had a good time.



Thanks for the emails re our next function in Sydney. Dont forget Friday 7 May commencing 1200ish at Rockers. Send me an email if you intend attending. Those attending are Ian Schubert, Doug Heath, Jack Davey, Mike Hogan, Spook Cairns, Mick Gallagher (who doesnt confirm until the last minute) and myself. John Hatchman, Mike Shephard, Tom Kinross and Doug Wilson have already forwarded their apologies.




Thanks to all for the response on Glenn Summerhayes query on D07. Received 12 responses, Eddie Sheavils, Dave Laundon, Stevan Coll, John Gray and Nev Thomas identified the ship. This is Eddie's description:



The mystery photo of D07 rang a bell to me. I googled "C Class Destroyers" and after a bit of searching found out that D07 was HMS CAESAR, a member of the CAVENDISH Class. She was completed in 1944 and finally scrapped in 1966.Others of the class that were "up top" in 1964 that I remember were CASSANDRA and CAVENDISH. They carried 3 x single open 4.5" mounts, 4 x 21" torpedoes, twin Squid A/S mortars,and numerous 40/60 mounts. The Carrier in the background (R08) is the Commando Carrier HMS BULWARK.



Also from three of the above received the following site. www.worldnavalships.com/c_class.htm#HMS%20Caesar



Glenn Summerhayes forwarded the following email:



Thank you Ron and all who responded to the Unknown Destroyer D.07 (HMS Ceasar). I have been chasing some naval history info as a "hobby" for quite a while to keep the brain at least active.

Start the New Regeme' for Medication Trials on the 15th April 2010 from Europe. At this point of time no hospitalisation is required unless there is any adverse side affects.

Keep up the great work and information trail, I would think there is many Ex Pussers out there that look forward to the communications from you and the others. Please pass onto all my thanks for this and past follow-up info I have requested.

My Home Telephone is (02) 9501 1619 (Caringbah NSW) should any one from JRTE or Intake 7 would like to make contact me.
My last Division was Kaiba One in the first half of 1964.

Cheers to all and thanks for your thoughts and best wishes for a speedy recovery. I should be use to it by now after some 20 years or so but I am getting older and find it a lot more difficult to fight it, "MOTIVATION" IS MY STIMULATE.

Regards

Glenn




this week:



Pulic Interest from a Liberal - AttachedClick here to download this file

Greyhound Australia, free bus travel on ANZAC Day - AttachedClick here to download this file

Insured Service Persons Association - AttachedClick here to download this file



cheers



Ron







Weekly News 4 April 2010
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G'day All,



Hope you are all well. We have our next function in Sydney on Friday 7 May commencing 1200ish at Rockers. With the reunion in July at LEEUWIN fast approaching, this will be a good opporturnity to catch up and do some dummy runs. Could those that intend to attend please let me know. John Hatchman and Mike Shephard have already forwarded their apologies.




Sick Parade Max Hart is going into hospital, the Royal Perth Hospital in fact on the 21st of April, he will undergo a ten hour operation and is expected to be released 10 days later. Received this email:



Just a brief note.For quite some time now I had planned to go to the USA to catch up with my son who I haven't seen for many years. The reunion clashes with the dates planned beforehand. I had been diognosed with asbestosis but the air travel wasn,t an issue.Won't be going anywhere now but hospital as I have now been diognoses with a tumor on the brain (benign luckily) Some might say 'shit happens', but there are a lot more people out there that are worse off than me.
I'd like a beer for every lie that will be told on the night. It would be worse that Anzac Day
Take care and have a good one. Hooroo, Max

You will all remember the great job he did at the Perth reunion 2 years ago, well he has to stock and destore of course his own frig during this ordeal. Max may need a hand from someone to give and share with him a cleansing ale.



You may recall Glenn Summerhayes has been crook for some time with a bowel condition. Received this email from Glenn,



Ron,

Memory Lost - Who was D 07?? - No Turrets etc, looks like an old UK Carrier in the Background.

Thanks again for the up-dates and acknowledgements.

About to start some 'Experimental Meds" by the 15th April 2010 so will have to wait to see the outcome - good I hope.
Only problem is that I am 'Grounded' from Driving a car for 3 Months - thats really going to slow me down I think.

Will keep in touch - Thanks also for the info passed on to me regarding Ex JR from Intake 6 / 1963 " Paul RATRAY - I will endeavour to follow-up on these preliminary leads when I can think for myself.

The Reunion sounds great - DEFINATELY I would like to purchase any Videos produced etc.

Cheers

GLENN SUMMERHAYES R94128 - 7/63

By the way does anybody know the idenity of the D07, I Googled it and couldnt identify it.


cheers



Ron



this week:



The early history of MELBOURNE (Attached)Click here to download this file



Weekly News 28 March 2010
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G'day All,



Hope you are all well. We have our next function in Sydney on Friday 7 May commencing 1200ish at Rockers. Could those that intend to attend please let me know.



John Tant is the Treasurer of the Muswellbrook Sub Branch. Through John the sub branch has agreed to donate us $200 to be used for our dedication ceremonies. I wish to discuss the cost of dedications at our function in May.



There are three familar photos in the attachments of Honkers in the 60's. Worth a look.





cheers



Ron



this week:



White Lady Funerals discount offer - Attachment

JR's 50th Anniversary Newsletter No 11 - Attachment

Pictures of Honkers in the 60's - Attachments

VENDETTA Assoc ANZAC Day invite for Brisbane - Attachment

Coalition will not support amalgamation of Commonwealth Superannuation Boards
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SUBJECT COALITION WILL NOT SUPPORT AMALGAMATION OF COMMONWEALTH SUPERANNUATION BOARDS

The Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Personnel and Assisting Shadow Minister for Defence, Bob Baldwin, and the Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Louise Markus, have said that the Coalition will not support the passage of the Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Bill 2010 through the Lower House in its current form, as it will disadvantage members of military superannuation schemes.

‘We have listened to current Australian Defence Force members, veterans and veteran organisations, and after due consideration have concluded that the amalgamation of all civilian and military Commonwealth superannuation boards will have a negative effect on the future administration of military superannuation schemes,’ Mr Baldwin said.

‘Military members and their families are subjected to unique working and living conditions not experienced in the vast majority of other professions and which often include exposure to physical danger for the serving member and the constant burden of relocations for the member’s family,’ Mrs Markus said.

‘Simply put, this Bill fails to recognise the unique nature of military service and the proposed Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) will not function in the best interests of military members.’

Mr Baldwin and Mrs Markus said the composition of the proposed CSC board was also of considerable concern.

‘The Coalition does not support the inclusion of three trade unionists onto a board managing military superannuation. Furthermore, it is not appropriate that the Minister for Finance and Deregulation require the approval from the President of the ACTU to dismiss ACTU appointed directors, even for misbehaviour, bankruptcy or insolvency.’

Mr Baldwin said that he has raised the Coalition’s concerns directly with the Minister for Finance and Deregulation and discussed alternatives to the current proposed legislation including the introduction of separate civilian and military boards.

‘Such a construct would help ensure that a military member’s service is duly recognised and safeguarded while creating the potential for additional financial gains through the amalgamation of all civilian and military investment funds.’

 

MEDIA CONTACT Richard Briedis (0401-056-054) (Mr Baldwin)

Robert Hardie (6277 2371 / 0418 432 909) (Mrs Markus)




Weekly News 21 March 2010
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G'day All,



Hope you are all well. A lot of email traffic this week.



Geoff Wake maybe calling it a day with processing Veterans’ claims. He has been working in this voluntary position for nine years and has suffered burnout previously. Enjoy your rest Geoff, you have done your bit and deserve the break.





cheers



Ron



this week:
Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Click here to download this file


DFWA report of 17 March 2010 - attachment - a must read

Senate Inquiry into Super - attachment

Products and Services available to the ADO and Veterans - attachment

Navy Bereavement Pin - attachment

Navy News online

Public Records of Servicemen

HMAS MELBOURNE reunion

HMAS YARRA Association - ANZAC Day 2010

DVA ENEWS
Gallipoli Conference


SUBJECT NAVY NEWS ONLINE

This link is an interesting trip down memory lane, forwarded by Russ Loane


www.navy.gov.au/Publication:Navy_News





SUBJECT TROOPS PERSONAL RECORDS IN PUBLIC FREE-FOR-ALL





Courtesy Equal Justice For Troops Blog.

TROOPS PERSONAL RECORDS IN PUBLIC FREE-FOR-ALL
Equal Justice For Troops has recently been made aware of a significant oversight in the Archives Act 1983 which allows for the public to access all records of a Defence Force veteran so long as the records are over 30 years old; including confidential medical, psychological and performance reports. Compounding the issue, the defence force member would not be informed that their records have been accessed and are unable to know who has accessed them.

The Defence Force Welfare Association DFWA (responsible for bringing the issue to the attention of Equal Justice For Troops) has contacted relevant authorities and requested amendments to the Archives Act 1983. This was done after the association received a complaint from a concerned member of the public who had requested a relatives service records from the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and was sent, among other records, confidential medical reports.

Under s.5 of the Archives Act 1983, the NAA is vested with making Commonwealth records available to the public after 30 years. however, the legislation includes a number of exemptions that prohibit the release of certain records, notably:

s.33.1 (d) Information or matter the disclosure of which under this Act would constitute a breach of confidence;

s.33.1 (g) Information or matter the disclosure of which under this Act would involve the unreasonable disclosure of information relating to the personal affairs of any person (including a deceased person);

The problem that arises is that the legislation provides no clear definition for the terms "breach of confidence" or "personal affairs" and this ambiguity has led to the issue at hand. The implications of this are very concerning for both current and ex-serving members of the ADF. Contemporary Defence medical and psychological consultations are given in-confidence, as are many performance reports. Older records of the same kind, that may not have explicitly been given 'in-confidence', should no doubt be considered exempt from release as it would involve the unreasonable disclosure of the personal affairs of the member. If they are of the same nature as contemporary Defence in-confidence records then surely they should be given the same respect in terms of privacy. Even still, it is unclear whether the NAA would consider contemporary defence in-confidence records as exempt, given its stance regarding confidential personal medical records.

Most concerning is the public access to former defence personnel's psychological reports. In such consultations soldiers often speak of their fears, difficulties dealing with incidents whilst on deployment and occasionally dealing with post-traumatic stress or post-deployment stress disorder (PDSD). Allowing public access to these records is undoubtedly an unreasonable disclosure of a veteran's 'personal affairs' and a serious breach in the confidence a member has placed in the ADF. Unfortunately, due to the ambiguity of the legislation, the NAA does not seem to agree.

Whilst it would appear most current and ex-serving members feel quite strongly about protecting the privacy of their personal records, finding a suitable balance between veteran's privacy and the public's right to access Commonwealth archives is a more difficult issue. Should all records other than basic service details be regarded as 'personal affairs' and be prohibited from public access without the permission of the member concerned? Or should the exemption from access only extend to medical and psychological records and allow public access to confidential performance reports? Either way, it would be a vast improvement on the current open door policy, adopted by the NAA to all Defence personal records over 30 years of age.

The DFWA is still waiting for a response from the relevant authorities as to the rectification of this matter. Equal Justice For Troops will closely follow any developments in conjunction with the DFWA and will be ready to take further action to defend the privacy of veteran's personal records if the need arises.


Posted by Nicholas Brian Wiesener





SUBJECT HMAS MELBOURNE REUNION





H.M.A.S. MELBOURNE REUNION, OCTOBER 15TH TO 17TH 2010, NOWRA. N.S.W.





PROPOSED PROGRAM



Friday 15/10/10

Morning or afternoon: Sussex Inlet Bowling Club: A game of Bowls for those interested. Please contact Rex Langford at relangford@bigpond.com or on (02)4441 3176



1600: Bomaderry R.S.L: Registration, “Meet & Greet”, Buffet, Cash Bar, $15.00 p.p.



Saturday 16/10/10

0930: H.M.A.S. Albatross F.A.A. Museum: Registration, an Escorted Bus Tour of H.M.A.S. Albatross, Museum Entry and a BBQ Lunch with refreshments available, $25.00 p.p.



1700: Bomaderry R.S.L. Club: Registration and Reunion Dinner. The Guest Speaker being Commander of the Australian Fleet, RADM Stephen GILMORE. Cash Bar, $35.00 p.p.



Sunday 17/10/10

1100: H.M.A.S. Albatross F.A.A. Museum: The Museum will be presenting a “Wings & Wheels” Day, which is a static display of aircraft, hopefully including the Historical Flight and a collection of Vintage, Veteran and Classic Cars. This is a Public exhibition arranged to co-inside with our event. Reunion participants receive entry to the Display, Museum and a BBQ Lunch, with refreshments available. (This will be held in separate enclosure from the Public), $25.00 p.p.



There will be a Registration Fee of $10.00 p.p.



This Proposed Program may vary due circumstances beyond our control.



Accommodation in Nowra is limited and several Motels have already taken bookings for the Reunion weekend. Bomaderry Motor Inn hosts, Gary & San-Dee have offered to assist by directing you to available accommodation. Contact them at bominn@bominn.com.au or on (02)4421 0111, mention the Reunion, and a discount may apply at some establishments.



A Registration Form is attached and more are available from:

Association website at members.optusnet.com.au/hmas.melbourne/hmas_melbourneNew.htm

Dean Gedling at sicambre@optusnet.com.au or by writing to our PO Box below.



Registrations close 15th August 2010





Regards,

Dean Gedling

Vice President



P: (02)46261041 H.M.A.S. Melbourne Association

M: 0411015551 P.O. Box 4011

E: sicambre@optusnet.com.au Bradbury. N.S.W. 2560









SUBJECT GALLIPOLI CONFERENCE



Hi,



The Australian War Memorial has a Gallipoli conference on in August and I am hoping you would be able to help me in circulating some information to your members and colleagues.



Please see below e-card:







(To go to the website simply click on the above e-card)



Any assistance that you could provided in sending this out to your networks would be greatly appreciated.



Regards



Kate Still

Marketing Manager

Australian War Memorial

P: 02 6243 4392 F: 02 6243 4585

www.awm.gov.au

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Australian Tourism Awards

Hall of Fame





SUBJECT DVA ENEWS






Issue - 1 - 2010

In this issue:
New service for Gallipoli visitors
New interpretive experience for the Western Front
Fromelles reinterment begins at new cemetery
Next round of BEST grants open
Cancer care without claim
New supplier arrangements for continence products
New DVA Factsheets
Publications
Media releases
New service for Gallipoli visitors
Australians planning to travel to Gallipoli for Anzac Day in 2010 will benefit from a new online service being trialled this year for the first time.

Visitors can now register at www.dva.gov.au/anzac to receive useful information on what to expect on the day, how to prepare and what to wear.

Registering is not mandatory, but by being fully prepared, visitors can ensure they get the most out of this once in a lifetime experience.


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New interpretive experience for the Western Front
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Alan Griffin was in France recently to announce plans for a new interpretive centre on the Western Front as part of the Australian Government’s $10 million Western Front Interpretive Trail.

Minister Griffin said a new museum and commemorative facilities at Mont St Quentin and plans for other interpretive facilities on the Western Front were on track and would provide more opportunities for visitors to learn about Australian service on the Western Front.

For more information access the Minister’s media release (PDF 42 Kb) or the Office of Australian War Graves website.


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Fromelles reinterment begins at new cemetery
The first of the 250 soldiers recovered from the Fromelles mass grave site was reinterred at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s new military cemetery in Fromelles, France on 30 January 2010.

Representing the Australian Government, Minister Griffin said the Battle of Fromelles was the bloodiest 24 hours in Australian military history.

Remaining reburials took place in the following weeks with full military honours and are almost complete with the final burial to take place on 19 July 2010. For more information visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.


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Next round of BEST grants open
Ex-service organisations (ESOs) can now apply for funding for 2010–11 through the next round of the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.

Funding is available to help ESOs provide pension and welfare services to members of the veteran and ex-service community.

Applications are open until 19 March. More information and application forms are available at www.dva.gov.au/grants

The Department is currently undertaking a review of DVA-funded ESO Advocacy and Welfare Services, including the BEST program. This review is expected to conclude later this year.


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Cancer care without claim
Many veterans may not be aware that DVA provides treatment for some conditions, including cancer, without an accepted claim for a service-related disability.

This non-liability health care does require a request to be made of DVA, supported by evidence from your doctor, however it does not need DVA to accept the cancer as being caused by service.

Factsheet HSV66 provides more details. For information on how to reduce your risk of cancer visit the DVA website.


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New supplier arrangements for continence products
Following the outcome of a recent tender process, eligible members of the veteran community can now access continence products from one of two suppliers: 'Intouch' or ‘Independence Australia’.

While there will be no change to current arrangements for those already receiving products from either of these companies, arrangements will change for eligible persons in WA who receive their products from "Surgical House".

DVA will be writing to affected clients to advise how and when these changes will occur.

For more information visit the DVA website.


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New DVA Factsheets
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs online Factsheet portal is a one-stop-shop for detailed information on benefits and services available to DVA clients.

Transition ready reckoners for those affected by the Harmer Pension changes in September 2009, dates for pension paydays and allowances, overview of cards available to veterans and their dependents and concessions available in every state and territory are some of the topics of new Factsheets available now.

To access Factsheets on a range of topics visit the DVA Factsheets homepage.


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Publications
The Anzac Walk - Gallipoli in a day (PDF 115 Kb)
Men’s Health Peer Education Program Newsletter – December 2009 (PDF 668 Kb)

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Media Releases
Joint media release - First Fromelles soldiers identified (PDF 42Kb)
Joint media release - Students honoured in annual Simpson Prize (PDF 36Kb)
Joint media release - New coin honours lost soldiers of Fromelles (PDF 33Kb)
Walking in the footsteps of our Anzacs (VA011 PDF 53Kb)
Joint media release - Identification of Fromelles fallen begins (PDF 35Kb)
Anzac day is a time for remembrance, not shopping (VA010 PDF 43Kb)
New Veterans' Review Board Head (VA009 PDF 44Kb)
Appointment of New Repatriation Commissioner (VA008 PDF 44Kb)
Veterans' Affairs e-News is a regular service provided by the Department of Veterans' Affairs.





SUBJECT HMAS YARRA ASSOCIATION - ANZAC DAY 2010



Dear Members, Family and Friends,



Well time is moving fast once again and Anzac day is nearly upon us.



On Anzac Day we will be meeting at the usual gathering point on the corner of King and Castlereagh Streets. We need to be ready to step-off will by 0900 from that point. The banner is to be in position and displayed by 0830.



The Association would like to welcome the Officers and Crew of HMAS Yarra to march with us on such an important day representing our Ships names; Yarra’s I, II, III and IV. It should be noted that not only is the name HMAS Yarra from a foundation Ship of the RAN but we also have representatives of persons who served on Yarra’s II, III and IV. Although our President did go onboard Yarra I as a Sea Cadet.



After the march we will meet in Hyde Park for our Bi-Annual General Meeting, after which we will hold a divisional meeting (same as last year) at the Strand Hotel, 99 William St, Darlinghurst - 9360 6910. A free beer with a possible lunch is still being negotiated.



If anyone is thirsty before the march then we can meet at the Grand Hotel on 30 Hunter Street (exit train at Wynyard station on George St, turn left on exiting station on George St, take first right and its 50 metres on Left) we’ll be standing outside on the road as usual.



As I’m trying to negotiate a deal with the Strand Hotel for beers and hopefully some lunch, would it be possible to have numbers as soon as possible please.



Please let me know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you on Anzac Day. Remember to wear your Association Badges and your annual fees are due.



PS – please note that at this stage we are unaware of the details for the arrangements for Anzac Day in Melbourne.



regards


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Ray Vidler

HMAS Yarra Association





Phone 02 9874 2729

Fax 02 9804 0453

Mobile 0409 304 442




Weekly News 14 March 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you are all well. Mick Gallagher and I attended Bluey Mann's funeral on Wednesday, met his wife Jane and his family and friends. The eulogy was Blue to a T. The wake was held at Coogee Bay and was well attended by a lot of his sailor mates. Mick did a good job, acting as the impromptu MC getting people up to speak on their personal association with Blue. Would anybody be interested in promoting a dedication plaque for Blue.

Talking about dedication plaques, does anybody have a 'contact' at Navy Records who may help us. The information we need is, date of birth, date of death, year of entry (we know) year of exit, rank on discharge and personal number (we know). I wouldnt think any of this info would require an FOI application but we cannot access it without the NOK's permission.

Sick Parade Glen Summerhayes, Pommy Laundon, Rocky Freier and Tank Evans are crook. If you are crook, please let me know, your mates are sure keen to know how you are travelling. You never know those same mates might even give you a call or send an email.

cheers

Ron

this week:

DFWA Submissions re the CPI (Attached)Click here to download this file
RAN Battle Class Social (Attached)Click here to download this file
Military Super website
RAN Stoker's new sticker
An important note from DFWA on DFRDB
Accepted submissions RE Senate Inquiry RE Superannuation
Federation of Naval Ships luncheon
Products and Services available to serving and retired defence personnel (attached)Click here to download this file



SUBJECT MILITARY SUPER WEBSITE

www.qmig.net/milsuper


SUBJECT NEW STOKERS STICKER






SUBJECT AN IMPORTANT NOTE FROM DFWA ON DFRDB

PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL ONTO AS MANY IN THE ADF / ESO / VETERAN COMMUNITY AS YOU WISH

Dear Colleagues

You will be aware of the efforts that the Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA) has been undertaking on your behalf regarding the unfair Indexation of Military Superannuation Pensions and our campaign to protect the purchasing power of them.

More recently, we have expressed some concern regarding prior associations between Senator Sherry (who commissioned the Matthews Report into ADF / APS Superannuation Indexation in June 2008) and Mr Trevor Matthews (who lead the Review) and also Mr David Harris (who played a prominent role in it). We have written to the Prime Minister asking him to release all documentation relating to the decision to engage Mr Matthews and Mr Harris (including those related to the financial arrangements) and for the Prime Minister to clarify the nature and extent of the reported associations between Senator Sherry and Mr Matthews and his review team members. Parliament is responsible to set ADF service conditions and it is important that all serving and former members have confidence that this responsibility is taken seriously by all MPs and not feel let down by the Government.

Your support remains fundamental to achieving ultimate success of our campaign. If you are able, we encourage you to make your views known to your federal MP and/or senator, the PM and other Ministers and Opposition Spokespeople (some email contact details are provided below). You could also consider approaching media outlets as well to give them your views (some email contact details are also provided below). Please also refer the issue to any of your acquaintances who have an interest in ADF Superannuation.

IMPORTANTLY … DFWA believes this campaign would get more consideration by our political representatives if those among us, who are sometimes emotional and at times even abusive over the lack of support by the Government, use more measured words. We do understand the frustration and we have no quarrel with forceful language but please avoid personal attacks because these can spoil the very well developed arguments that are now being put by other individuals and organisations, including the DFWA.

A simple consistent message without distractions is what is needed ..... the simple message that what we seek is to “protect the purchasing power of military superannuation pensions” is the key theme. Remember also that “all we want is a fair go” is a great slogan encapsulating our campaign for justice and equity.

We must ensure this is an election issue ..... so continued pressure, in a constructive but firm tone by email, phone, written correspondence or even personal representation to your local members and others, is important.

We have a wealth of information on our website to help you. Some email addresses are also provided at the end of this email.

Yours sincerely


Les Bienkiewicz
Executive Director
Defence Force Welfare Association
PO Box 4166
Kingston ACT 2604

Tel: 02 6265 9530
Fax: 02 6265 9776

E-mail: national@dfwa.org.au

Website: www.dfwa.org.au


SOME HANDY EMAIL ADDRESSES


MPs/Senators

PM < >pm.gov.au/PM_Connect/contact_your_pm_form>
pm.gov.au/PM_Connect/contact_your_pm_form

< mailto:Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au> Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

< mailto:Lindsay.Tanner.MP@aph.gov.au> Lindsay.Tanner.MP@aph.gov.au

< mailto:senator.sherry@aph.gov.au> senator.sherry@aph.gov.au

< mailto:senator.fielding@aph.gov.au> senator.fielding@aph.gov.au

< mailto:senator.bob.brown@aph.gov.au> senator.bob.brown@aph.gov.au

< mailto:senator.xenophon@aph.gov.au> senator.xenophon@aph.gov.au

Local Federal Members of Parliament contact details can be obtained from:

Parliament House at : <>www.aph.gov.au/> www.aph.gov.au/



Media

< mailto:letters@theaustralian.com.au> letters@theaustralian.com.au

< mailto:editor@theaustralian.com.au> editor@theaustralian.com.au

Editor (defence) Canberra Times (
< mailto:david.mclennan@canberratimes.com.au>
david.mclennan@canberratimes.com.au )

Editor (on line) Courier Mail ( < mailto:cmonline@qnp.newsltd.com.au>
cmonline@qnp.newsltd.com.au)

Editor Adelaide Advertiser ( < mailto:tiser@adv.newsltd.com.au> tiser@adv.newsltd.com.au )

Editor Age Newsdesk ( < mailto:newsdesk@theage.com.au> newsdesk@theage.com.au )

Editor Border Morning Mail ( < mailto:webeditor@bordermail.com.au>
webeditor@bordermail.com.au )

Editor Herald Sun ( < mailto:hseditor@heraldsun.com.au>
hseditor@heraldsun.com.au )

Editor Mercury. News (Hobart) ( < mailto:mercury.news@dbl.newsltd.com.au>
mercury.news@dbl.newsltd.com.au )

Editor Ntn Territory News ( < mailto:ntnmail@ntn.newsltd.com.au>
ntnmail@ntn.newsltd.com.au )

Editor Townsville Bulletin ( < mailto:edsec@nqn.newsltd.com.au> edsec@nqn.newsltd.com.au )

Editor Gold Coast News ( < mailto:gary.smart@tweednews.com.au>
gary.smart@tweednews.com.au )

West Australian Newspapers Limited

Postal address:
GPO Box D162
Perth, WA 6840 Telephone: (08) 9482 3111



Alan Jones 2GB Radio:


< www.2gb.com/index.php?option=com_contact&task=view&contact_id=2&Item
id=135>
www.2gb.com/index.php?option=com_contact&task=view&contact_id=2&Itemi
d=135



ABC Radio Local:

< >www.abc.net.au/local/> www.abc.net.au/local/ Choose
your region and then the EMAIL US button

SUBJECT ACCEPTED SUBMISSIONS RE SENATE INQUIRY RE SUPERANNUATION

www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/fapa_ctte/super_schemes/submissions.htm


SUBJECT FEDERATION OF NAVAL SHIPS LUNCHEON






FEDERATION of NAVAL SHIP ASSOCIATIONS

LUNCHEON

FNSA PRESIDENT

CMDR KEN SWAIN AM RAN (RTD)

AND COMMITTEE

INVITE SHIP ASSOCIATIONS MEMBERS, WIVES OR PARTNERS TO THE

2010 FNSA LUNCHEON

PARLIAMENT HOUSE SYDNEY

Thursday 15th APRIL 2010. 1200 for 1230.

“ In the Presence of Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Russ Crane, AO, CSM, RAN”



$60 PP Includes two course luncheon with drinks.

Jacket and Tie with Medals.

RSVP Ken Street, Secretary FNSA

by 22nd Mar 2010

(02) 9359 4976 (w) 0413 182 950 (m)

Kenstreet36@optusnet.com.au






Weekly News 7 Mar 2010
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G'day All,

Another one of our intake year has passed on. Don (Bluey) Mann passed away Friday. His funeral is being held 11.00AM, Wednesday 10 March 2010 at Little Bay Chapel, Pine Avenue, Little Bay, with a Wake to follow the service. I intend going.

Ken Dobbie has produced Newsletter No 20, which is attached. Newsletter No 19 was released last week.

Further DFWA background and submissions are attached. They seem to be a group who are really trying to look after our interests particularly DFRDB. I am so impressed, I have just signed up for life membership.

Sick Parade Glen Summerhayes, Pommy Laundon, Rocky Freier and Tank Evans are crook. If you are crook, please let me know, your mates are sure keen to know how you are travelling. You never know those same mates might even give you a call or send an email.

cheers

Ron

this week:

A must read letter. This bloke would have been a Commander, not a Manager

Read it and please forward it on.........

18 Feb 2010

Hon Lindsay Tanner MP

Minister for Finance

Parliament House

CANBERRA ACT. 2600


Dear Mr Tanner,

INDEXATION OF DEFENCE FORCE SUPERANNUATION


Firstly, allow me to congratulate you on your performance on Q&A on the ABC on Monday night last. It was the greatest piece of obfuscation that I have ever witnessed.


Secondly, I would like to take umbrage with you over your insensitivity, your insincerity and your selective use of the truth on that same programme.

Your whole answer to the question of just and equitable indexing of DFRDB Superannuation was a regurgitation of the same old party line and waffle that we have had from you on so many occasions. You based your statements on the findings of the Mathews Report that more and more critics are holding in contempt as being a seriously flawed document, in both content and methodology. Indeed I suspect that the Report was done to Terms of Reference which led Mathews to come to the conclusions he reached and the recommendations he drew from them. An old trick; one that I have used myself on occasions, to good effect.


Either the TOR were engineered, or quite simply, Mathews made a mistake. Did you ever consider that possibility? Did you ever consider the possibility that you also made a mistake by accepting the Mathews recommendations? If you do consider that to be possible, would you be able to admit it? Your integrity should help you to decide.


You said that to increase the DFRDB superannuation indexation would cost $ billions which the taxpayer cannot afford. That $200 billion figure you stated is “rubbery” at best. What you conveniently failed to mention was that “claw-back” from various sources would reduce that figure by an estimated 50%, plus it would be further reduced by the increased spending power available to the superannuants. If we cannot afford to give the defenders of our great nation an equitable superannuation how can you spend billions like you do? We seem to be able to find the $500 million for politicians’ superannuation and the outrageous $25 million for the Taliban to try and convince them to stop killing our Troops. God help us!


I won’t repeat the statistics here on the yawning gulf between your superannuation, the aged pension and DFRDB superannuation; you already have the figures. Just a glance at them reveals a shameful situation which has existed for the last 20 years and growing steadily worse and widening year by year. These figures were recommended for correction by all 5 inquiries held prior to Mathews, yet ignored by him. And continue to be ignored by you.


It is inconceivable that members of Australia’s Defence Force should be treated in such a manner. They put their lives in your hands when they serve in a theatre of war yet the best treatment they receive from you is to be used as a back drop for your (and your fellow Ministers) photo opportunities when they leave, and then they are treated as second class citizens, behind aged pensioners and even unmarried mothers, when they return,. We seek no better treatment than that which is the right of all Australians. We only ask that we are granted the same indexation formula as at least the aged pension. Not to grant us that is blatant discrimination, it is unfair and it is unjust. I would think that your Discrimination Act would have something to say about that.


You should be aware that there are some 600,000 DFRDB and ComSuper superannuants plus dependents out here in the voting community. At the last election we targeted Liberal seats which our analysis shows helped to get Labor elected; witness Eden Monaro amongst others. We did so because we heard Labor’s election promise that you would correct this unfair anomaly in our indexation. This you have failed to do and, judging by your performance on Q&A, you remain intransigent. There are a lot of very angry and disillusioned superannuants out here (remember the thousands of emails Tony Jones received?) and I can assure that we, as a group, will do our utmost to garner as much support as we can in an attempt to remove Labor from office at the next election, because of the lies you have told to us and continue to do so.

I have no idea if you will answer this letter. You certainly failed to respond to my last communication. If perchance you do condescend to reply, please don’t add insult to this injury by including any of the usual party line platitudes in that reply.


Yours faithfully

Peter G. Snowdon

Colonel (Retd)

Vietnam Vet and DFRDB Superannuant









Weekly News 28 February 2010
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Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Click here to download this file

G'day All,

A very busy week. Ken Dobbie has produced Newsletter No 19, he has stories of our year included.

DFWA and RSL supporting DFRDB recipients (have included the proforma letter to the MP for the member and widow and Neil Weekes message).

The JR's reunion committee have been unindated with dinner bookings. Dinner bookings have now been closed. Effectively, the JR's reunion dinner booking list is full, they have stated they intend to publish a list of attendees as soon as possible. What does that mean to you. Keep an eye on their website and see what vacancies are available. I have emailed the committe to see whether the two extra incomplete tables I had previously been granted are still in our name or whether the notice from the committee has overtaken that reservation. Will let you know the result.

Below is a link to the book Brian Adams has written on LEEUWIN. A really interesting read. It reinforces the statement made by your Divisional Officer at LEEUWIN, when he told you, 'you are the cream of Australia's youth'.

Sick Parade Glen Summerhayes and Pommy Laundon cannot make the reunion as they are too crook. Pommy sent this email:

Dear Ron,
I am unfortunately writing to inform you that I will be unable to attend the reunion that my wife & I were looking so forward to attending. Due to my Lung problems my doctor has suggested that such a trip would not be wise due to the oxygen supply requirements. I would very much like you to express my sincere regrets & hope that the reunion is the huge success that it deserves to be.
I would like to hear from any Winjan 1, 7th intake or Nakina 2 guys, so could you please pass this request on with my email address that would be great. Thank you.
Regards
Dave (Pommy) Laundon

Poem A poem forwarded by Tank Evans on 'Jack' is now on the website

cheers

Ron

this week:

HMAS LEEUWIN the story of the RAN'S Junior Recruits by Brian Adams
Senate Inquiry into proposed changes to Military Superannuation


SUBJECT HMAS LEEUWIN the story of the RAN'S Junior Recruits by Brian Adams

www.navy.gov.au/Publication:Papers_in_Australian_Maritime_Affairs_No._29




SUBJECT SENATE INQUIRY INTO PROPOSED CHANGES TO MILITARY SUPERANNUATION

2. Executive Summary
2.1 This submission:
a. advocates the adoption of an indexation regime for military superannuation pensions matching cost of living increases;
b. demonstrates that the nexus between military superannuation schemes and other Commonwealth superannuation schemes for indexation of payments is a policy aberration, is inconsistent with the legislative base of the schemes, is unjust and we recommend it be abandoned;
c. contends that the findings of the 2008 review of the indexation of superannuation are questionable and its recommendations unsafe because the inquiry terms of reference did not recognize the fact that the Commonwealth Parliament has thrice legislated for military superannuation schemes separate from civilian superannuation schemes;
d. shows a divergence between the intent of the Parliament and the actions of Governments in dealing with the indexation of military superannuation and the need for separate boards of management for military superannuation schemes to include military representatives; e. acknowledges that an extra cost to the taxpayer is involved and suggests an innovative means of obtaining a partial financial offset for this; and
f. forecasts further RSL submissions about other less than satisfactory aspects of military superannuation schemes.

2.2 This submission arises from the legitimate concern of RSL members that the decision of Government to continue using the measure of inflation, the Consumer Price Index, when indexing military superannuation payments, is unfair and fails to recognise the difference between civilian and military service. It shows by way of a comparison of indexation figures for the Consumer Price Index and the Male Total Average Weekly Earnings Index for the half decade 2002-2007 the extent to which military superannuants are disadvantaged.

2.3 The submission identifies the inconsistency that the indexation of military superannuation is virtually the only issue related to service in Australia’s armed forces aligned to civilian standards. It shows that since Federation, Members of the House of Representatives and Senators have legislated for almost all aspects of service in the nation’s armed forces, including superannuation schemes, because of the separateness of the requirements of military service. Of equal importance, the submission reminds readers that former members of the armed forces remain members of the “Defence Family” after completion of full time service, with many continuing on as members of the Defence Reserve.

2.4 In addition, the submission shows that Parliamentary inquiries have supported indexation matching cost of living increases whereas Government inquiries have backed the continued use of indexation geared to inflation, and demonstrates the impropriety of using the civilian wage setting determinant “productivity” in making judgements about the activities of those serving in the armed forces.





SUBJECT SENATE INQUIRY INTO PROPOSED CHANGES TO MILITARY SUPERANNUATION

Please find below a Joint Media Release from the Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Mrs Louise Markus MP, and the Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Personnel and Assisting Shadow Minister for Defence, the Hon Bob Baldwin MP, regarding a Senate Inquiry into proposed changes to military superannuation.


Key points

· Written submissions to the Senate Inquiry are due by Friday, 5 March 2010 (this Friday)

· A public hearing will be held on Thursday, 11 March 2010

· The Committee will report its findings on Monday, 15 March 2010.


Please contact Robert Hardie (0418 432 909) or Richard Briedis (0401 056 054) for more information.




Mrs Louise Markus MP The Hon Bob Baldwin MP

Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Personnel and

Assisting Shadow Minister for Defence


JOINT MEDIA RELEASE



Saturday, 27 February 2010


SENATE INQUIRY INTO SUPERANNUATION REFORM


The Senate will hold an Inquiry into military and civilian superannuation reforms proposed by the Rudd Labor Government.

The Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Louise Markus MP, and the Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Personnel and Assisting Shadow Minister for Defence, Bob Baldwin MP, said the Coalition urged interested individuals to make a submission to the Senate on these Bills.

“The veteran community have made numerous representations to me with concerns about the Governance of Australian Superannuation Schemes Bill 2010 and related Bills”, Mrs Markus said.

“The Bills propose the management of civilian and military superannuation schemes be merged into one new authority, with a 10-person board comprising three trade union representatives and two Defence representatives”, Mr Baldwin said. “The remaining five representatives will be chosen by the Finance Minister.”

“The Coalition does not support the inclusion of three trade unionists onto a board managing military superannuation. Furthermore, we do not believe the merger is in the best interests of veterans, ex-service members or the broader Australian community.

Mr Baldwin and Mrs Markus said military superannuation remained an issue which evoked deep passion in the ex-service community.

“The Senate Inquiry will provide an opportunity for those people with concerns about military superannuation arrangements to have their voices heard.”

Written submissions to the Senate Inquiry need to be lodged by Friday 5 March 2010, with a public hearing set down for Thursday 11 March 2010. The Senate Inquiry will report to the Senate with its findings on Monday 15 March 2010.

Written submissions can be made by Friday 5 March 2010 to:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration
PO Box 6100, Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600


Email: fpa.sen@aph.gov.au

Mrs Markus and Mr Baldwin encourage anyone with a view on military superannuation management arrangements, especially the proposed merger, to contact the committee with their views.

MEDIA CONTACT Robert Hardie (0418 432 909) (Mrs Markus)

Richard Briedis (0401-056-054) (Mr Baldwin)




Weekly News 21 February 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you are all well. Missed sending out a weekly news last week. This week has a lot of info. We had a fun time in Husky, I will be publishing a Newsletter within two weeks with some photos. Mick Gallagher's reputation is in tatters, he actually emailed me photos that were taken.

The item that should be stressed is the JR's reunion. 15 March is the cutoff for the purchase of plaques for the dedication ceremony and bookings for the function and memorabilla. Jim Bush has been kind enough to forward the reunion programme. They are the first two attachments.

Our Sick parade:

We have heard Don 'Bluey' Mann is crook. Give him a call. Tank Evans and Rocky Freier have forwarded emails below. Hope Blue sends us one.

G'day Folks,

Well, I got home from Hospital last Thursday with a very painful knee but able to hobble around using 2 walking sticks. I am now using one and that is only to keep me steady. For those of you who have had a knee replaced you know how sore it can get so you can understand I am still sore but coping quite well. I can't drive for about 6 weeks but I don't mind too much.

A very big thankyou to all those who sent their good wishes. It was appreciated very much. Of course I also have to thank my good lady Phyllis who is only complaining a little bit at this stage. She has told me not to get used to the assistance she is giving me. What a shame!

Thanks once again for the good wishes

Best Regards and 73's

Gareth/Tank/VK4EGE


and Rocky Freier
I am home. Worse for wear but here. Doc says may as well be in pain and suffer at home than be in Hospital.
Least i can get a beer

Cheers

RockyN


You would of seen of heard of the DFRDB issues raised on the Q & A programme. A newsletter is included


This week:
Minister Tanner Q & A
Lost souls Kenneth James, Mick Kernaghen,
Media Release TPI's Job capacity assessments disbanded
Reunions Ballina all ships, Greenies, PTI's
Attachements Sydney veterans, DFWA Briefing Notes on governance of Australian government, Reunion Programme, Update 247 - 17 Feb 2010, Reunion functions booking, Newsletter No 6
Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Click here to download this file Click here to download this file

cheers

Ron







SUBJECT LOST SOULS


Neville is still trying to locate shipmates who served in his part of ship with him, whilst serving in H.M.A.S. SYDNEY III. If any one could please help contact the following former SYDNEY sailor, he would be very greatful.

ORD/RP, KENNETH ARTHUR JAMES, R106041, H.M.A.S. SYDNEY, Oct 1969 - Aug 1970.

If any one can help would they please contact:

Neville Cunningham, 20 Phillipe Dve St Albans Park,Vic 3219 or Tel: (03) 5248 4835, Mobile 0438 162280.

Regards
David (Speed) Dwyer
H.M.A.S. SYDNEY & VLSVA
Hon Sec VICTORIA


If you are able to assist with the following request
please contact Tony Robinson direct at
email address: tr1945@bigpond.com



I am wanting to contact Mick Kernaghan joined Nirimba Jujly 1961 with me. He was a Tiffy with me on Diamantina 65-66 then Vendetta 66-70 and did Vietnam gunline trip. Our best man at our wedding 1968. Was at Mordialloc. Happy for you to pass on my contact details as will be in Frankston comming easter.

Cheers
Tony Robinson


SUBJECT TPI's Job capacity assessments disbanded

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Mailing List

VA005 Thursday, 18 February 2010



RED TAPE CUT FOR VETERANS AND ADF PERSONNEL



The red tape facing Australia’s most disabled ex-serving personnel accessing income support has been cut in new changes announced today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin.



Minister Griffin said that from March 2010, veteran pensioners assessed as Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) would be exempt from Centrelink medical reviews to access a Disability Support Pension.



“Since coming to Government we have sought to reduce the barriers facing veterans and injured ex-serving personnel seeking compensation and income support,” the Minister said.



“We established an Interdepartmental Working Group to simplify the bureaucratic maze facing veterans and ex-serving personnel, making it easier for them to access their entitlements and streamlining arrangements across agencies.



“Today’s announcement immediately assists around 1100 veterans on a Centrelink Disability Support Pension and has the potential to benefit many more into the future.



“Currently TPI pensioners undergo repeated Job Capacity Assessments to access and retain their Disability Support Pension. Our TPI pensioners have already been through a rigorous assessment process to access their DVA benefits so making them go through a similar process to access Centrelink benefits is unreasonable.”



Today’s announcement builds on a range of initiatives introduced since the election, including expanding acceptance the ADF Identification Card as Proof of Identity by more government agencies and compiling the ADF Transition Handbook, which lists all interdepartmental benefits and support services available to separating ADF members.



DVA and Centrelink are also sharing data to help reduce the risk of overpayments for the more than 17,500 pensioners on both DVA and Centrelink payments.



Mr Griffin said the inter-agency co-operation under this Government was creating smarter ways to deliver “whole-of-government” services.



“I am pleased with our progress to date but more will be done in our efforts to support our veterans and defence personnel,” Mr Griffin said.



Media inquiries: Sasha Nimmo 0437 863 109







SUBJECT BALLINA ALL SHIPS REUNION



The Ballina All Ships Reunion 2010 will be held from 19th to 21st November.


For information contact: Max Lewis - 02.6628.0086 or Merv Stevens - 02.6681.5620

or send an email to: snake1@exemail.com.au


The Third Greenies Reunion will be held in Ballina, NSW, on the Weekend of 25/26/27 June 2010.


All information can be found on the Greenies website www.pussersgreenies.org


Details can be found under the “Email List” page – if you are not a member of the list, please fill in your details on the blue “Leave Details” heading.


If you are planning to attend, please book your accommodation as soon as possible, as prices are going up. Accommodation booking details are on the information sheet on the website




The National Reunion of RAN PTIs will take place at Mornington (Vic) from 7-10 Oct 2010. Could you please send out the attachment to your group email. Thank you very much for your assistance.

Allan Von Senden
LCDR PT, RAN
Officer In Charge
Australian Defence Force Physical Training School
HMAS CERBERUS Tel: 03 5931 5197 Mob: 0418217797 Fax: 03 5931 5158



Weekly News 7 February 2010
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G'day All,

Have just spent the weekend at ALBATROSS and CRESWELL with the RAN Rugby squad. Lots of changes to both Establishments. Hope our results at the National championships in May change also after being thrashed by Army last year.

Friday's function is just a few days away, I have booked tables for 25 under 'Ron' from 1800. This will allow anybody who hasnt previously notified me of attending a seat. I intend to be there by 1730, hopefully with our new banner. Those attending are: Tom and Carol Kinross, Tom and Val Houldsworth, John Hatchman, Bill and Narelle Hay, Gordon and Robin Duncan, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Bristles and Lou Lassau, Warren French, Mike Hogan, Mick Gallagher, Spook Cairns, Sandy Powell, Ian and Marian Schubert and myself. Apologies have been received from Tony Gawe, Larry Kent, Terry Dack, Glen Butler and Wayne Chapman.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU INTEND TO ATTEND.

The JR reunion group have issued another newsletter. We currently have 54 attending. It is now clear that table bookings for the function at the casino are to be arranged by 'captains'. If you wish to sit with other members of our group please let me know. I will make the bookings. For those that have asked me already I will do so and inform you of the details. There are other issues in the newsletter, please go online www.jrsreunion.org/

There is a very interesting article about the Taliban if you are a DFRDB recipient. When I read it first, thought somebody was taking the piss, unfortunately not. Please read.

cheers

Ron

This week:

Taliban and superannuation
Free advice from an Australian Lawyer
Naval Ship Associations Luncheon
History of the Aussie Flag


SUBJECT TAX DOLLARS FOR THE TALIBAN
Monday, 1 February 2010

Tax Dollars for the Taliban – But not for ex-Diggers

The Rudd Government has announced that Australia will donate $25m to an Afghanistan Government

trust fund to help integrate former Taliban fighters into Afghan society.

The same Government steadfastly refuses to ensure that former Australian Defence Force men and

women have a retirement scheme that maintains their superannuation pension’s buying power.

Ex-diggers are tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), abandoned over a decade ago for other

Commonwealth pensions because it does not protect pension purchasing power.

The Taliban dollars would fund the first few years of decent indexation for military superannuation

pensioners, using the exact same indexation method that Mr Rudd’s government rightly uses for age

pensions.

Meanwhile, independent observers say that the Taliban dollars will reward bad behaviour by only

paying those who fought against Australian diggers, ignoring Afghans who helped us.

“Defence Force people feel more than slighted when the Government says it can afford to donate to a

fund to help those who fought against Australians but cannot afford to look after its own ex-service

men and women,” Defence Force Welfare Association President David Jamison said today.

“DFWA welcomes initiatives to promote peace in Afghanistan,” Mr Jamison added.

“But we do not accept that the Government can cry poor when dealing with the Nation’s ex-service

men and their families while lavishing tax dollars on the nation’s enemies.”

“And what happens when the Rudd Government’s Taliban dollars are gone? Will the repatriated

Taliban fighters go back to killing Australians?”

DFWA notes that Foreign Minister Smith can give no assurances as to how the Taliban dollars will be

spent, other than to say the funds will be under the oversight of the ‘international community’. It

seems that the Rudd Government is happy to trust other governments, some of which are

breathtakingly corrupt, while ignoring its own ex-service constituents.

“It is way past time for the Government to take action to help give ex-service men and women a

decent retirement,” said Mr Jamison.

“How can the Government find dollars to reward the Taliban but refuse the dollars needed to protect

the purchasing power of military superannuation pensions?”

DFWA’s National Executive will be discussing the implications of this disturbing development at its

meeting in Melbourne next week.

Media Contacts

National Secretary: Les Bienkiewicz 0411 444248, DFWA National President: David Jamison 0416 107557



SUBJECT AUSTRALIAN LAWYER'S ADVICE

 

Subject: Australian Lawyer's Advice - Worth reading

This is really good and valuable stuff to pass on,

particularly the phone numbers at the bottom.












1. LAWYER'S ADVICE (NSW) - NO CHARGE (for a change)

A corporate LAWYER sent the following out to the employees in his company:

1. Next time you order cheques, have only your initials (instead of your first name) and surname put on them. If someone takes your cheque book, they will not know if you sign your cheques with just your initials or your first name, but your bank will know how you sign your cheques.

2. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put "PHOTO ID REQUIRED".

3. When you are writing cheques to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the "For" line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your cheque as it passes through all the cheque processing channels won't have access to it.

4. Place your work phone number on your cheques instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box, use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never have your Centrelink Number printed on your cheques. You can add it if it is necessary, but if you have it printed, anyone can get it.

5. Run the contents of your wallet through a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each licence, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place (not your wallet). I also carry a photocopy of my passport when travelling either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a name, address, Social Security number, credit cards.

Unfortunately I, an attorney, have first-hand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieves ordered an expensive monthly mobile phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Dell computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information on-line, and more.

But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know:

1. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately, but the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.

2. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).

3. But here's what is perhaps most important of all: (I never even thought to do this.)

Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your Tax File Number your passport number and driver’s licence number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorise new credit. By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away. This weekend someone handed it in. It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks.

Now, here are some numbers which you might need to contact if your wallet etc has been stolen:

1. Visa Card Australia - 1800 621 199
2. Visa Card International - 1800 450 346
3. Lost Travellers' Cheques - 1800 127 477
4. MasterCard Australia - (02) 9466 3700
5. MasterCard International - 1800 120 113
6. Bankcard Australia - (02) 9281 6633
7. Medicare - 132 011
8. Centrelink Fraud - 137 230
9. Seniors Card - 1300 364 758
10. Passport - 131 232
11. ANZ FREECALL - 1800 033 844
12. Bank West - 131 718
13. Citibank - 132 484
14. Tamworth Coles/Myer Source -2340 1300 306 397
15. Commonwealth - 132 221
16. CUSCAL- MyCard 1300 135 538
17. GE Capital - 1300 369 904
18. Members Equity - 1300 654 998
19. National - 132 265
20. St George - 1800 028 208
21. SydneyVirgin - 2000 1800 080 000
22. Westpac - 1800 230 144
23. Woolworths Ezy Banking - 137 288

We pass on jokes & just about everything,

But if you pass this information on it could really help someone




SUBJECT NAVAL SHIP ASSOCIATIONS LUNCHEON


FEDERATION of NAVAL SHIP ASSOCIATIONS

LUNCHEON

FNSA PRESIDENT

CMDR KEN SWAIN AM RAN (RTD)

AND COMMITTEE

INVITE SHIP ASSOCIATIONS MEMBERS, WIVES OR PARTNERS TO THE 2010 FNSA LUNCHEON.

PARLIAMENT HOUSE SYDNEY

Thursday 15th APRIL 2010. 1200 for 1230.

" In the Presence of Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Russ Crane, AO, CSM, RAN"



 

$60 PP Includes two course luncheon with drinks. Jacket and Tie with Medals.

RSVP Ken Street, Secretary FNSA by 22nd Mar 2010

(02) 9359 4976 (w) 0413 182 950 (m)

Kenstreet36@optusnet.com.au



SUBJECT HISTORY OF THE FLAG

all about our flag, but do read it it is worth it.

www.larryhannigan.com/VOFtextandaudio.htm








Weekly News 31 January 2010
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G'day All,

Hope you all had a good week and especially enjoyed Australia Day. One who has had a good week, is Jim Harris, his son Ryan, playing for Australia on his second and third occassion picked up man of the match awards in both games as he took a fivefor in both. Congratulations to Ryan. Jim must be the proudest Dad in Australia. Gai would have been looking down, feeling very happy and proud for her son.

Who is coming to our function at the RSL at Husky on the 12th of February commencing at 1800: Tom and Carol Kinross, Tom and Val Houldsworth, John Hatchman, Bill and Narelle Hay, Gordon and Robin Duncan, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Sandy Michels and his wife, Warren French, Mike Hogan, Mick Gallagher, Spook Cairns, Sandy Powell, Ian and Marian Schubert and myself. Apologies have been received from Tony Gawe, Larry Kent and Wayne Chapman. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU INTEND TO ATTEND.

The JR reunion group have issued another newsletter. We currently have 51 attending. It is now clear that table bookings for the function at the casino are to be arranged by 'captains'. If you wish to sit with other members of our group please let me know. I will make the bookings. There are other issues in the newsletter, please go online www.jrsreunion.org/

Tank Evans forwarded the following email.

Hello All,

Just a short note to let you know that tomorrow Friday 29th Jan. I am going into Holy Spirit Hospital near Chermside Nth of Brisbane to have my a total replacement of my left knee. No real drama, I should be in there 5 or 6 days if all goes well. I've had a lot of problems with it and have not been to bed for 5 months or so and sleep in my armchair. (So what's new you say?)

Still waiting for confirmation of the need for the long outstanding operation commonly called "adadictomy" or should I say Phyllis is waiting!! I'm serious.

Regards to all

Gareth aka Tank and Phyllis

Spend a few minutes and have a read of the attachment. It highlights where the Ex service organisations stand on promises the government has made and what has been delivered.

Have forwarded 'Do not call register' previously, I do it again as it has hit a hip pocket nerve with me. I have been stung $66 in the last month. Am currently trying to recover the money. I have now registered.

cheers

Ron

This week:

Do not call register
Lost soul - Barry Muggleton
The Lucky Country - Poem (good read)


Subject: Do Not Call Register!



Have just registered my Mobile.
Cheers


Greetings
MOBILE PHONE GO PUBLIC NEXT MONTH TO TELEMARKETERS
Subject: Do Not Call Register
I have checked and double checked this with my three 'scam/hoax sites'. All appears 100% legit. I had been registered for my landline previously and it worked well.
I re-registered on line today (easy as) and added our mobile phone numbers to the DO NOT CALL register. If you do not register you may be charged for unsolicited calls in addition to endless text message 'beeping' etc.

Cheers, Les

SUBJECT BARRY MUGGLETON


Neville Cunningham is trying to trace his ex part of ship
PO Barry James Muggleton, R58507
HMAS SYDNEY, 1969-1970.


If any one can help would they please contact:

Neville Cunningham:
20 Phillipe Dve, St Albans Park, Vic 3219
Phone: 03.5248.4835 or Mobile 0438.162.280


SUBJECT THE LUCKY COUNTRY


Australia Day

Australians are a funny lot, you'll often hear one curse,

How things have started badly, and they'll probably get worse,

The weathers dry, the sun's so hot it's stolen all the water,

The Government has never done the things we think they oughta'.



But if we hear a tourist say his home is much more grand,

They had better be prepared to make a very solid stand.

For although we Aussies may complain at what's become our lot,

When someone knocks this country, we defend with all we've got.



We may criticize some teenage brat, may even wish them failure,

But we stand behind them cheering when they're playing for Australia.

Because, if this is home to you, the country of your birth,

Then you back the native player to beat anyone on Earth.



When the cricket bats are swinging or when someone scores a try,

When a home grown horse has won the cup and made the owner cry,

When some paralympic athlete hits the front and sets the pace,

You'll hear 'Aussie Aussie Aussie' as the crowd goes off their face.



And although we like to take a break in overseas locations,

If you take the time to question this nomadic population,

They will tell you without blinking that wherever they may roam,

The best part of the journey was the last bit, ....coming home.



For the sun was never brighter on the beach at Waikiki,(????????)

Than it is on all the sandy shores Australia has to see,

The water never purer nor the air as fresh and clear,

The people never friendlier than those that we have here.



If you venture to the outback where grass is scarce as snow,

As you swelter you may wonder what it was that made you go,

But just look at the locals who have lived there since their birth,

And I know you will not find a better class of folk on earth.



All across this wide brown country from the Cape to Hobart town,

There are people who will help you when you find the chips are down,

And if someone should abuse you, and does it just because,

Then that person's not Australian, and that person never was.



So when you feel disgruntled just remember this rendition,

And never blame the country for the acts of politicians,

Look up and count your blessings when you see our flag unfurled,

And be grateful that you live in the best country in the world.

Happy Australia Day














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G'day All,

Happy Australia Day for Tuesday. Will have a Coopers beer for all. Had a call from Nev Barry tonight, he is enjoying himself in Tully, retired of course since his heart complaint, but enjoying life. He is a potential starter for the July reunion in Perth.

Talk of reunions, who is coming to our function at the RSL at Husky on the 12th of February commencing at 1800 and hasnt told me yet. I need to book a table or three for dinner and would like to know the numbers. What a way to spend a Friday night. When we were at sea we tried to avoid weekends at JB like the plague, as it meant divisions and a weekend away from sunny Sydney. That is all in the past, you can wear civvy's ashore, take your partner to dinner, no worries about missing the liberty boat and having to swim to the ship and of course you have the opportunity to share a good time with your mates.

The enclosure was sent to me by Mac MacKenzie the ex Pressure Head. The article is about a Newsletter for SYDNEY and Escorts.

cheers

Ron

This week:

RETURNED & SERVICES LEAGUE OF AUSTRALIA

(QUEENSLAND BRANCH)

MEDIA RELEASE

For immediate release – 13 January 2010

RSL denies selling Last Post to phone company

An email circulated by Bundaberg man Bill Gelhaar, both in Australia and New Zealand, has resulted in the veteran community believing that the RSL has sold The Last Post to a mobile phone company for use as a ring tone.

The Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) would like all former and serving defence force personnel to know that this is not true.

The Last Post was made available, by RSL Queensland, as a ring tone in a two week fund raising campaign leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11, 2009, as part of its annual poppy appeal.

The ring tone was part of a specially created web site promoting Remembrance Day and a new initiative by RSL Queensland – a poppy wallpaper for mobile phones that could be downloaded for a minimum donation of $2.

Over 250,000 hits were recorded at www.rslpoppy.com with thousands of people donating a minimum of $2 to the RSL and receiving a poppy as a thank you for their support of the League’s vital veteran welfare work, RSL Queensland President Doug Formby said.

"Promotion of the web site and the mobile poppy initiative concluded on Remembrance Day and as a result The Last Post can no longer be downloaded," Mr Formby said.

"During the campaign, about 50 people contacted RSL Queensland complaining about The Last Post being made available as a ring tone. However, it should be noted that it was the second most popular content to be downloaded after the mobile poppy."

Mr Formby said the limited campaign succeeded in increasing awareness about the commemoration amongst younger generations.

"Crowds at all Remembrance Day services across Queensland where double those of previous years and the RSL’s use of digital media attracted the attention of thousands of people both in Australia and overseas," he said.

"It is the young people of today who will be organising the commemorations of the future. If securing their interest in past sacrifices and time-honoured traditions can be achieved by utilising modern means than the RSL must move with the times."

Mr Formby said it was disappointing that some members of the veteran community had recently seen fit to put forward their viewpoint on the issue in emails to RSL Queensland in a hostile and aggressive manner, without knowing the full facts.

"We have also received positive feedback from people saying if they heard The Last Post as a ring tone on their mobile phone it would make them remember all veterans," he said.

RSL Queensland will not be making The Last Post available as a ring tone during its 2010 Poppy Appeal.

"While everyone will not always agree with the activities of the RSL, the League makes no apology for continuing to investigate methods of engaging with the community as a whole to ensure its relevancy now and into the future, Mr Formby said.

REQUEST FOR INTERVIEWS:

Charmaine Dillon-Smith, Public Relations Officer, RSL (QLD Branch, Australia) 0432 820 370

Phone: (07) 3634 9444 Email:charmaine.dillonsmith@rslqld.org 1

.



Weekly News 17 January 2010
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G'day All,

Hope all is well. I believe Skull's funeral was well attended. Would be happy to receive a report and photos. There has been a lot of email re DFRDB indexation. Get off your butt and support the proposed change, it is in you or your mate's interest. Ken dobbie has produced another excellent newsletter, well worth the read. There are two very interesting items this week, the history of the flag (web address) and the history of the National Anthem.

This week:

JR Memorial Project Newsletter No 18 attachment
History of the Australian Flag
Advance Australia Fair
DFRDB Petition
Friday 12 Feb 2010 - next function
Victorian HMAS SYDNEY and Vietnam Logistical Support function
Lost soul - POME Archibald MacDonald


cheers


Ron

SUBJECT AUSTRALIAN FLAG

voiceoftheflag.wheylite.com.au/votf.htm


SUBJECT ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR





ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR

Advance Australia Fair was composed by Glasgow-born Peter Dodds McCormick (1834?-1916), who used the pen-name "Amicus", a Latin word meaning "friend".
The first public performance is thought to have been given in Sydney on November 30th (St Andrew's Day), 1878 at the St Andrew's Day concert of the Highland Society. The singer was a Mr Andrew Fairfax.

The song was later published by W.J. Paling and Company.

It was also sung by a choir of 10,000 at the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia (1 January 1901), with a few amendments by McCormick including the addition of the words "our youthful Commonwealth".

In 1907, the Australian Government - the Commonwealth Government of Australia - awarded McCormick £100 for his composition.

McCormick died in 1916. His obituary in The Sydney Morning Herald stated prophetically:

Mr. McCormick established a reputation with the patriotic song, "Advance Australia Fair", which [...] has come to be recognised as something in the nature of an Australian National Anthem.

The copyright on Advance Australia Fair ended in 1966, fifty years after McCormick's death.

The Australian Labor Party policy for the 1972 elections included finding an alternative to God Save the Queen. The ALP won office in that election, and the Whitlam government (1972-75) announced in the Prime Minister's 1973 Australia Day address that a competition would be held under the auspices of the Australia Council for the Arts to find a new Australian national anthem.

Although a large number of submissions were received (2,500 lyric and 1,400 music entries), none were considered acceptable.

The judges recommended that one of three existing Australian songs - Advance Australia Fair, Banjo Patterson's Waltzing Matilda or Carl Linger's Song of Australia - be selected.

On April 8th, 1974, opinion polls were held by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and the government announced that henceforth Advance Australia Fair was to be Australia's anthem, but with God Save The Queen to be played when (British) royalty was present.

The Whitlam government was dismissed by the Governor-General (Sir John Kerr) on November 11, 1975, and was replaced by the Fraser (Liberal) government (1975-1983).

In January 1976, the Fraser government modified the rules governing the national anthem. Advance Australia Fair was to be used, without words, on non-regal occasions, and God save the Queen was to be used on all royal, vice-regal, defence, and loyal toast occasions.

The Fraser Government held a plebiscite, the National Song Poll, on 21 May 1977.

The results were: (from www.ausflag.com.au/debate/amr/amr23.html):

Votes % (rounded)
First Past the Post:
Advance Australia Fair 2,940,854 43%
Waltzing Matilda 1,918,206 28%
God Save the Queen 1,257,341 19%
Song of Australia 652,858 10%
TOTAL 6,769,259 100%

After Distribution of Preferences:
Advance Australia Fair 4,415,642 65%
Waltzing Matilda 2,353,617 35%
TOTAL 6,769,259 100%



SUBJECT DFRDB PETITION

www.gopetition.com/online/32989.html



SUBJECT FRIDAY12 FEB 10 - NEXT FUNCTION

Our next function is to held at the Huskisson RSL on Friday 12 Feb at 1800ish. Should be perfect, overlooking JB on a Friday evening sharing a meal and a beer and a yarn with your mates and some of the partners. Have received one apology for the event (Doug Wilson) so I expect a huge turnout.


SUBJECT Victorian HMAS SYDNEY and Vietnam Logistical Support function





The Victorian Branch of the

HMAS Sydney & Vietnam Logistical Support Veterans Association

are celebrating their

25th Anniversary

with a

National Reunion

in Melbourne

of all former

Vietnam Logistical Support Sailors

over the

Anzac Day Long Weekend, 23rd to 26th April 2010


For further details please contact:

David (Speed) Dwyer at email address:

davidgdwyer@hotmail.com or phone 03.9720.8183





SUBJECT POME Archibald MacDonald




If you are able to help with the following request for assistance
please contact Jeanette Egan direct at email address: jeanniegan58@aussiebroadband.com.au

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *



Hi, Bill and Margaret,

I am trying to locate Archibald William MACDONALD - born 8 May 1923.

He was a Stoker 11 in 1952 who lastly served on HMAS DERWENT in 1966 when he was POM(E). His wife was Heather Doreen STRUDWICK.

Ron and Dawn STOWER wish to get in contact with them!!!

Kind Regards
Jeanette /Jeannie
jeanniegan58@aussiebroadband.com.au








Weekly News 10 January 2010
www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page9.htm


G'day All,

Welcome to the 48th year since you signed the dotted line and were issued with pussars underpants. Ian (Schubes) Schubert joined on his 16th birthday. He was on top pay from day one. Happy birthday for the 7th January mate.

This week:

Paul Gallagher
Skull Boden and Hector Hart's email
Weekly News website page
12 February 2010 - next function

cheers


Ron

SUBJECT PAUL GALLAGHER

I have not recieved any information on Paul Gallagher's funeral last Thursday at CERBERUS. Mick Gallagher attended, he has taken himself to the Elvis festival at Parkes for the weekend and is then off to the Gold Coast on Monday for Skull's funeral. Will forward a report when he recovers.


SUBJECT SKULL BODEN

These details were received Skull's funeral arrangements are as follows. 1100 hours Monday 11th Jan. Integrity Funeral Chapel 18 Tonga Place Parkwood QLD.
Medals to be worn, at this point in time it is intended to adjourn to Currumbin RSL Club on conclusion of the service,

The following 63ers have indicated they will be attending Skull's funeral:

Ross and Di Fullarton
Mal Chatfield
Mick Gallagher
Kev Uttley
Richard Lewin
Eddy and Kathy Sheavils
Russ Loane
Woody Woodward
Phill and Tracy Narramore

Apologies have been received from Ian Schubert, Doug Wilson, Perry Whitehouse, Ken Dobbie, Hector Hart, Des Honess, Glen Butler, Mike Hogan, Darby Ashton and unfortunately I am unable to attend.

Received this email from Hector Hart,

Ron,

I was fortunate to see Wayne (Skull) in September last year, I went up early so I could spend a bit of time with him.

I also rang him on a regular basis to catch up and see how he was getting on.

He was always happy and cheerful even if he was struggling with his health.

I will miss him so very much as I'm sure everyone will.

When I saw him at the reunion in 2005 we talk about a lot of things and one of them was what he would like on his headstone.

He wrote it down for me, I will quote it as written.

"Wayne Skull Boden RAN"

31/7/1946 - 31/12/2009

"There wasn't a swinging bar door underneath a neon sign that he didn't go through and treat people really kind"

How true is that.

Ron I'm not sure what happens with the dedications but it would be nice if his words above could be included.

I would like to contribute to the dedication so please keep me informed.

You can send this on to all who might be interested.

Regards Hector Hart



SUBJECT WEEKLY NEWS WEBPAGE

The contents of all weekly News are included on the webpage above. All Weekly News from 2008 and 09 have been moved to another page in the web site for anybody's perusal if wanted.


SUBJECT FRIDAY12 FEB 10 - NEXT FUNCTION

Our next function is to held at the Huskisson RSL on Friday 12 Feb at 1800ish. Should be perfect, overlooking JB on a Friday evening sharing a meal and a beer and a yarn with your mates and some of the partners. Have received one apology for the event (Doug Wilson) so I expect a huge turnout.