E-News 3/2019 – May

President’s Message

Another month gone, it seems like only yesterday that I wrote the last Report. I suppose that means we are getting older quicker!

The RARAQ still exists even though, like other Bn Associations, recruiting is at a standstill. It is a serious subject and one that needs serious action. I am in the throes of preparing a concept paper to increase the awareness of the good the Associations do for the soldier of all ranks and, importantly, their families. My main aim is to give them a sense of belonging within the Regimental Family and the history and legends that has evolved since the birth of the RAR in 1948. I can only see this happening through the education of the IET, NCO promotion courses along with progression of officer promotion requirements. A big ask but well worth a try. I have spoken to many of my compatriots who agree that somehow we attained this knowledge as we progressed in our careers. The reason for this project is that recently when at the National Memorial Walk Ted and I hosted some new march in SNCOs including Warrant rank and new officers to their Infantry battalion we found that their general knowledge of the Regiment and the Walk was , to say the least, minimal.

The Association is very much involved in our basic work of what is now called “open arms” (well-being) and continue to assist where necessary. Our Passing Parade continues to grow and we have farewelled many of our old and bold. Given our general age it is the way of nature.

All one can do is to stay healthy care for  ourselves and our mates

Remember RUOK?

Till next time travel safe and stay well

Dave McDonald

Anzac Day Activities Report

Dawn Service at 8/9 RAR

A sad case this year because of security restrictions precluded access to Gallipoli Barracks. The only way in was through Lloyd St and if you did not have a pass you had to get processed at the guard house which on average takes at least ten minutes per person. The reason given was heightened security in the wake of the Christchurch and Sri Lanka attacks.

However, The Eighth Ninth Battalion came to the rescue again and invited Dad’s Army to their Service.  It was simple, respectful and sincere and it was good to see the unit on parade. The coffee royale and the gold coin breakfast went down a treat.

Over at the NMW Ted Chitham felt it appropriate to at least conduct a soldiers five abridged service there that included the Remembrance Prayer, the Ode to the Fallen, Laying a Wreath, The Last Post, the Rouse, raising the Australian flag and playing the Australian and New Zealand National anthems. This “lone sentry” was joined by four families from the Barracks’ minor units who preferred to stay rather than go elsewhere. Duty Done.

Brisbane City March – Alan Price’s Report

ANZAC Day 2019 was a very special and at the same time, sad day for me. On 22 April 2019 I was asked to lead the Royal Australian Regiment Association, Queensland Branch (RAR Assoc, Qld) because for various reasons, the president and others could not march. I gladly accepted this honour because 4 RAR was the “Duty Association” for 2019. It was expected that the duty association would provide the guest speaker for the traditional Dawn Service, provide the banner bearers for the RAR Assoc and provide the guest speaker for the RAR birthday celebration.  This year was different in that because of imposed security restrictions regarding entry to the Gallipoli Barracks, it was deemed too restrictive to conduct the service. We were however, invited to the 8/9 RAR and 6 RAR Dawn Services. 

The occasion was sad because two days prior to ANZAC day I lost my dearly beloved eldest daughter, Sharna, Lee-Anne Rowe to cancer leaving behind a son, daughter and two granddaughters. Sharna served for a short time with 126 Signals Squadron, Royal Australian Signals Corps (Special Forces) as a cypher clerk. I marched for her.

Greg Decker, the secretary of the RAR Assoc, Qld arranged for 4 members of 6 RAR led by PTE Alex Burgess to carry the RAR Assoc, Qld banner. Their dress bearing and good manners were beyond reproach and displayed the motto of Duty First in sharing the day with us. Our patron, LTCOL Brian Avery proudly led the 4 RAR contingent in my stead immediately behind the RAR banner. Next year by rotation, we will be at the rear but still marching “beside” our comrades within the RAR contingent.

Most unit associations were down in numbers this year and 3 RAR failed to appear but the 6 RAR Assoc appeared to have the most members on parade which was good to see. 

What was also good to see was the Brisbane based units of 6 RAR and 8/9 RAR. It made me want to sign on again but I would probably be rejected owing to a wheel chair being part of my CES some days now. Who knows, but after an impending operation I may be able to run, down, crawl, observe, aim and fire again. It is a shame that our soldiers cannot wear uniform after the march as do the RAN and RAAF but they can still be distinguished by their dress and bearing, in a suit or in jeans.

We are all getting a bit long in the tooth now but we were supplemented by many of the younger generation of RAR warriors marching beside us and those in spirit with whom we marched.

The National Memorial Walk

Dads’ Army 

Dads’ Army under the supervision of Peter Brennan (Curator) and Dave McDonald (Administrator) continue to keep the Walk in good shape. The recent rains have

With Margaret Gibbons chrysanthemums in bloom the place is a picture.

The same old, same old turn up every Monday and go about their business with little needed direction from big Pete. Things get done and all looks good by smoko with a well-earned cuppa, superb cakes from Margaret Deveraux and a chat. Although the “chat” won’t be as loud for a couple of weeks as Owen P is going on holidays, really Owen your banter is appreciated. Have good time away.

As well as the ongoing maintenance at the moment we have a couple of projects to finish.  One is the area around the new plinths. To give you a bit of an idea one option is to have box drains at the back and the front bordering the pavers with a spoon drain in the centre probably lined with decorative gravel and coated with epoxy so it can just be hosed out to clean. But remember this is done by the committee.  History reminds us that a committee sat down to design a horse and came up with a camel. So one never knows! The other project is to install underground sprinkler systems in the grassed areas especially at Diggers Rest.

Dave & Pete

NMW Curators 

Since the Walks construction we have been blessed with the dedication and success of our Curators: Kiwi and Margaret Gibbons, Paul Gallagher and now Peter Brennan. Each has brought to the Walk a vision to enhance it. Their commitment to the task has been outstanding.

All have been successful in keeping the Walk as a showpiece to be included on the itinerary of visiting military dignitaries and in 7 Brigade’s Orientation Program for senior school students considering a military career.

Thank you 

21 MayHQ 7 Combat Brigade’s Schools Work Experience Program visit to NMW
06 Jun6 RAR Birthday (1965 Enoggera)
07 JunRifleman’s Lunch at Mooloolaba Surf Club at noon
10 JunRARAQ Management Committee Meeting
13 JunKilcoy Cup – RAR Diggers Support
25 JunHQ 7 Combat Brigade’s Schools Work Experience Program visit to NMW
05 JulRifleman’s Lunch at Mooloolaba Surf Club at noon
08 JulRARAQ Management Committee Meeting
19 JulTri Service Korean War Veterans Lunch Broad Beach Bowling Club TBC
30 JulHQ 7 Combat Brigade’s Schools Work Experience Program visit to NMW
24 JulDADS Army Yule Tide in Jul TBC
02 AugRifleman’s Lunch at Mooloolaba Surf Club at noon
05 AugRARA QLD AGM & Combined RAR Battalion Associations’ Meeting at 9.30 am at the Commander’s Mess
08 AUG8 RAR 63TH BIRTHDAY GATHERING GRAND HOTEL 1100>1400 BRISBANE

Weekly Event. Every Monday 6.00 – 9.00 am Dad’s Army at the NMW. All welcome
THE PASSING PARADE OF WARRIORS – THEIR DUTY DONE

Our Country is in mourning, for
A SOLDIER DIED TODAY

WO 2 ROBERT ANTHONY NEAGLE, 3RAR, 1RAR, 2RAR, AATTV
MAJ JOHN LIDDY (retd) SASR (INF CORPS)

MARTIN MELKUS D COY 6 RAR

GRAHAM BELL SASR (INF CORPS)

A Warrior’s Farewell

Go now and travel beyond the void
Seek the green column and when you meet
See once more those smiling faces
Hear again laughter and sounds of marching feet

No more the visions of the bloody past
Gone are the nightmares and lingering pain 
Soon you will be home at long, long last 
United with fallen comrades once again 

And when the final roll is called
Another page of history complete 
You will rest with brave spirits such as they
In a camp where you will find restful sleep
Go swiftly now and seek your past 
Your duty done for all to tell 
With pride of who and what you were 
And now we bid you a fond farewell

George Mansford – December 2007

Check your Mates

Please check your mates as a standard procedure. There are some who find it difficult to cope due to a number of factors, mainly they are alone so reach out to a mate and ask RUOK:  one phone call can make a huge difference.

The Operation Compass program has proven to be very effective, Check it out and see their videos here

Note that the RARA supports Trojans TrekVeterans Care,Overwatch Australia and Survive to Thrive

DVA 2019 Client Satisfaction Survey

 “The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is currently preparing for 2019 Client Satisfaction Survey, which will be held in June/July this year. 

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DVA – Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE)

This program raises awareness about men’s health issues and encourages men to share responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

The latest issue of Men’s Health Peer Education Magazine available online is published twice a year

It began as a result of the Vietnam Veterans’ Health Study revealing a higher rate of health issues among Vietnam Veterans. The program operates across all Australian states and territories, through a network of trained volunteers working with the veteran and ex-service community.NATIONAL ADVOCACY NEWS

The RAR Association National, advocates to Government to protect the service entitlements and well-being of the Defence Family (current and past serving military persons and their families). It does this directly in its own right as well as through the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO). By being represented on the PM’s Advisory Council on Mental Health PMAC (Mike von Berg), DVA’s ESO Round Table (ESORT) (Mike von Berg), the Younger Veterans Forum (YVF) (Phil Thompson) and the Operations Working Party (OWP)(Clem Russell) we have direct input into DVA

ADSO has released it’s 2019-2022 Policy Objectives and asked the political parties to give us their 2019 Federal Election Veterans’ Policies and those specifically related to our objectives. To be successful we need your support. Even though these objectives may have no benefit to you personally NOW, they do to others of our Defence Family such as the:

  • 235,000 military superannuants administered by the Government protected Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC);
  • 110,000 MSBS members who have preserved benefits that are poorly indexed and not receivable until their notional retiring age and not portable to another complying Superannuation Fund;
  • DFRDB Superannuants 98% (55,000) who commuted;
  • Widows/Widowers whose reversionary payment 5/8ths of the deceased spouses superannuation pension is unfair;
  • 27,000 TPIs whose disability payments have been severely eroded;
  • 90,000 veterans whose disability payments have been eroded, and
  • 290,000 DVA clients.

We hope that being part of our Defence Family you will be supportive in whatever way you can.
ELECTION 2019 – RSL NSW Veterans’ Policy Debate – 13 May 2019

This Federal Election Veterans’ Policy Debate between the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Darren Chester MP, and the shadow Minister for […]
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DFWA Media Statement – Faceless Bureaucrats Change the Law to Beat Wounded Veterans in Court

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RCB Recognition – Update 3/2019
Legal Conference

Arising from the telephone conference meeting with our barrister it was decided that as there will likely be a new Minister after the election we need to put our case to that person afresh before taking the legal path. This is because the courts would not take kindly to suing somebody who has previously had nothing to do with the decisions against us. To that end our legal team is preparing a brief for the incoming Minister.

STAY IN TOUCH

To stay current with RARA events and actions that may affect you and your family we suggest you frequently visit our RARA National website and RARA facebook site and our own RARA Qld site
The Enews will be issued quarterly. We welcome your suggestions for content and improvements, so don’t be shy and send us articles for publication to Greg Decker Secretary RAR Association (Qld) [email protected] Duty First

18th May 2019

E News 2/2019 – APRIL

President’s Message

“I wish everyone a Happy Easter. Please drive safely and responsibly. As can be seen later in this E News the plinths in the front of the Contemplation Building look magnificent and really support the “Keeping the Spirit Alive” tablet and the Flame as the centre piece. The feedback from all who have seen them is great.

Our biggest disappointment thus this year is the cancellation of our Dawn Service at the “Walk”. On ANZAC Day the only gate open to the barracks is Lloyd St. 8/9 RAR have kindly invited us to their Dawn Service via their back entrance. Though not the same it will be good to see the Battalion on parade with coffee Royale and a gold coin breakfast provided at the Rams Retreat. We are to be off base by 0800 in time for people to get into town or their local Sub Branch for the Brisbane March. 
 As with Easter enjoy the day and camaraderie it gives. Above all be safe.

Dave McDonald


Easter Greetings

Easter brings fun, 
Easter brings Happiness,
Easter brings God’s endless blessings,
Easter brings love and the freshness of spring. 
Happy Easter to you and your family!

From Darkness to Light – Padre Gary Stone 

“In March this year the Veterans Care Association led its 9th  group of 25 veterans and partners back to Timor and conducted a memorial service at the RARA memorial at Balibo.


For all involved it was a life changing experience. Compared to when 2 RAR liberated the burnt out town in 1999 it is now a thriving hub of life and energy . Our veterans played soccer on the field where once the Battalion echelon was sited. The Balibo fort now boasts a 5 star hotel with accommodation for 28. The big fig tree that once was used for hanging is now a tree of life providing shade for the markets.


After the service , former Corporal Greg Murty, who survived an attack by militia in the nearby village of Aidabasalala felt great relief, “For 19 years I’ve lived in darkness and now I can see the light”.

That is what Easter is about. The Timorese survived and now thrive through a resolute faith in God.  The Light of Christ can come into the darkness of any of our lives. God loves us more than we can imagine. May God bless you with renewed faith and hope and love this Easter”.

Anzac Day Activities

We are disappointed that this year due to security restrictions on access to Gallipoli Barracks there will be no formal Dawn Service at the National Memorial Walk.


Instead, we have been invited to attend the 8/9th Battalion’s Dawn Service on their Parade Ground. We thank the CO and RSM for facilitating our presence by specially controlled entry requirements. Nevertheless, the NMW will be “dressed” for the commemoration with an Australian flag at each memorial plaque and tree and a lone veteran will be present to conduct a “silent vigil” service commencing at 4.50 am
Dawn Service at 8/9 RAR
It commences at 5.30 am followed by a gunfire breakfast (a coin donation). Entry to 8/9 RAR is via Gray’s Rd, Gaythorne: follow the signs. Gate is open from 3.00 am.

Because of restrictions on movement within the Barracks the RSM will arrange transport to take people wanting to visit the NMW after the event.

Brisbane City March
FUP is at the junction of George and Charlotte Streets. Look for Number 57 on the sign posts.
Step off scheduled at 10.30 am.

4 RAR Association will lead the Regimental Associations.

After March Festivities
8 RARA, 9 RARA and 8/9 RARA is at the Grand Central Hotel where some members of the 8th/9thBattalion will attend.  6 RARA is at the Sofitel Hotel.

The National Memorial Walk

It’s been a busy period at the NMW with the installation of the Information Kiosk (Touch Screen) in the Contemplation Building (CB), the construction of a new concrete path to the CB and the new plinths on the CB forecourt.

The recent rains have revitalised the area and it looks a pretty picture, The recent orientation visit of the 7 Brigade Commander Brigadier Andrew Hocking and now our Landlord was very successful. He understands the need for the resident RAR battalions to support us in the Walk’s heavy duty maintenance.
 

The Kiosk allows unescorted visitors to locate an individual memorial plaque and tree and provides information about the Regiment and the National Memorial Walk.

Funds for it were provided by the Thyne Foundation Trust (SA) and our own Arthur Willemsee a dedicated Dads’ Army volunteer who raised close to $30,000 for the NMW on his solo bike ride from Brisbane to Adelaide in 2007.

The new pathway avoids the steep incline to the CB from the northern main path and allows easier walking. This picture shows the northern garden that has been redesigned and planted with red and green foliage (our Regiment colours). Our NMW Patron Maj-Gen Stuart Smith was one of the gardeners involved in the plantings

On the Contemplation Building Forecourt the pencil pine trees have been removed replaced because they blocked the view of the memorial trees and their root structure was invasive.
They have been replaced by the raised memorial plinths as shown in the photo.  This work was funded by the DVA Grant – Saluting their Service.
As you can see the work is still in progress


Mick Servos, the NMW’s concept proposer and initial Director, visited the Walk recently with his granddaughter and were escorted by Ted Chitham. Mick was very pleased to see the developments and the sterling work of Dad’s Army. At aged 92 his memory is as sharp as a tack recalling all the work done to achieve this showpiece.  Showing him the Information Kiosk (touch screen) to find an individual soldiers plaque and tree location and the information articles on the NMW and The Regiment, he observed that his name was not mentioned in the NMW article. Time for an amendment
Dads’ Army

Dads’ Army under the supervision of Peter Brennan (Curator) and Dave McDonald continue to keep the Walk in good shape. The recent rains have been greatly appreciated and the DA is a hive of activity with all the new growth. An invitation is open to anyone to join us on Monday mornings.

The NMW’s maintenance is funded by annual subscriptions from the RAR Battalions and RARA State and Battalion Associations and individual donations. We thank you. For those serving in Battalions distant from Brisbane we encourage you when visiting Brisbane to come visit us. We have escort officers available on call to guide you. Ring Dave McDonald 0458 943 212.

Last Monday Alan Wendt (2 RAR) our Lotto Investment Officer reported a winning success of $1,400. After two decades of Dad’s Army volunteers investing in lotto and listening to Alan’s creative reporting failures yet optimism that success was just around the corner here is a photo of his joyful announcement and proof.
Hopefully, our luck has changed.


Personalities – Arthur Willemse
Within the DA’s ranks there are some great characters whose personalities come to the fore during our Monday at work and after work morning teas. In following issues we will feature some of them.

Arthur Willemsee (6 RAR 1972 -1978, 6 RARA past Secretary for 20 years and RARAQ Committee for the NMW construction 1995) would have been the youngest foundation member of Dad’s Army. After 23 years of dedicated involvement with the NMW and RARAQ, Arthur and wife Lyn have become Mexicans by relocating to Taloumbi (where in the heck is that?) in NSW. But he is not lost to us because we have granted him the NMW honorary appointment as an NMW Visiting Fellow (well if the Universities can do it so can we).

In addition to his dedicated commitment to the Walk, Arthur has been: a leader with Neil Eiby, Rod Slater, Greg Decker and other RAR stalwarts in the establishment and operation of the Kilcoy Diggers Support Team; a co-ordinator of  operation Stone Pillow and  a leader in establishing VetRide Queensland
 

As noted earlier in the NMW area, Arthur’s solo long distance bike ride has raised valuable funds for the NMW. He has now linked the dots on his multiple long, long rides to have completed a ride around mainland Australia. Well done Arthur you are an inspiration to us all.
PS. Arthur is a keen photographer of selfie photos with “notable beautiful persons”. Ask him for a look at his albums.

Thanks Arthur for your total dedication
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19 – 22 Apr – Easter
24 Apr – Kapyong Day at Southport RSL 11.00 am followed by Rifleman’s Lunch at noon sponsored by South East Asia Korea Society.
24 Apr – RARAQ guest speaker at McDowall State School’s Anzac Service
25 Apr – ANZAC Day

  • 5.30 am Dawn Service at 8/9 RAR (must enter Gallipoli Barracks through Gray’s Rd Gaythorne) with Gunfire breakfast to follow at the Ram’s Retreat
  • 10.00 am Brisbane City March – FUP George St/Charlotte St intersection
  • 10.30 am RARA starts led by 4 RARA
  • After March gatherings at various locations: 8, 9 and 8/9 RARAs at the Grand Central Hotel, 6 RAR at the Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel, Turbot St

30 Apr  –  HQ 7 Combat Brigade’s Schools Work Experience Program visit to NMW
03 May – Rifleman’s Lunch at Mooloolaba Surf Club at noon
06 May – RARAQ Management Committee Meeting
21 May – HQ 7 Combat Brigade’s Schools Work Experience Program visit to NMW
06 Jun  –  6 RAR Birthday (1965 Enoggera)
07 Jun   – Rifleman’s Lunch at Mooloolaba Surf Club at noon
10 Jun  –  RARAQ Management Committee Meeting
13 Jun  –  Kilcoy Cup – RAR Diggers Support
25 Jun  –  HQ 7 Combat Brigade’s Schools Work Experience Program visit to NMW
05 Jul  –   Rifleman’s Lunch at Mooloolaba Surf Club at noon
08 Jul  –   RARAQ Management Committee Meeting
19 Jul  –   Tri Service Korean War Veterans Lunch Broad Beach Bowling Club TBC
30 Jul  –   HQ 7 Combat Brigade’s Schools Work Experience Program visit to NMW
24 Jul  –   DADS Army Yule Tide in Jul TBC
27 Jul  –   Korean War Veterans Day AQKV Cascade Gardens Gold Coast
02 Aug –  Rifleman’s Lunch at Mooloolaba Surf Club at noon
05 Aug –  RARA QLD AGM & Combined RAR Battalion Associations’ Meeting at 9.30 am at the Commander’s Mess
 
Weekly Event. Every Monday 6.00 – 9.00 am Dad’s Army at the NMW. All welcome
 
THE PASSING PARADE OF WARRIORS – THEIR DUTY DONE
Our Country is in mourning, for
A SOLDIER DIED TODAY

                                   
Lorne Clarke 1RAR                                            Francis Lee (aka Blue) 2 RAR, 3RAR
Paul Joseph Slattery  1 RAR                            Sgt Frank Carroll 1 RAR
Lt Col Ken Bladen AM  1 RAR 2 RAR               Lt Col Barry Petersen MC 1 RAR, 2 RAR
Paul Mellifont 4 RAR                                       Graham Locke 5 RAR
Maj John Liddy SASR                                       Phil Alpin 1 RAR
Major Ron Perkins 3 RAR (Korea), AATTV, 2 RAR(Vietnam)

A Warrior’s Farewell
Go now and travel beyond the void
Seek the green column and when you meet
See once more those smiling faces
Hear again laughter and sounds of marching feet

No more the visions of the bloody past
Gone are the nightmares and lingering pain 
Soon you will be home at long, long last 
United with fallen comrades once again 

And when the final roll is called
Another page of history complete 
You will rest with brave spirits such as they
In a camp where you will find restful sleep

Go swiftly now and seek your past 
Your duty done for all to tell 
With pride of who and what you were 
And now we bid you a fond farewell

George Mansford – December 2007
 
RARA QLD KILCOY DIGGERS

History was made on 13 Apr 2019 at the Annual running of the Kilcoy Diggers Cup. A Trophy from the 1932 ESK Armistice Race Day was found in someone’s shed and given to the Kilcoy Race Committee to now be used on Kilcoy Diggers Cup Day.

The 1932 Esk Armistice Cup truly shows the link between the contemporary diggers of today and those who have served before, in this case the First World War.

Kilcoy Diggers Support Crew has now been involved in the organisation before, during and after the Kilcoy Race Day for 6 years. Ceremonial Support is also provided from 7 Combat Brigade and the Pipes and Drums from 8/9 RAR when training & deployments allow.

Great work from the Team of Rod Slater, Greg Decker, Dave McDonald, Glenn Willmann, Kim Monghan and others

Health Services Available to the Veteran Community

It is always advisable to ensure that you and your family receive your services entitlements so check this subject out. DVA Factsheet HSV01 provides information on Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) funded health services to veterans, war widows/widowers, and dependants. It explains: Who is entitled to DVA Health Services? , What type of health services are funded by DVA? , Do any restrictions apply? Are there any health services not available?


How will I know if I am entitled to health services?
For more information contact DVA General Enquiries
Phone: 1800 555 254 or
Email[email protected]

Check your Mates

Please check your mates as a standard procedure. There are some who find it difficult to cope due to a number of factors, mainly they are alone so reach out to a mate and ask RUOK:  one phone call can make a huge difference.


The Operation Compass program has proven to be very effective, Check it out and see their videos here

Note that the RARA supports Trojans TrekVeterans Care, Overwatch Australia and Survive to Thrive

The Bravery Trust

It provides urgently needed financial support to our veterans and their families who are suffering as a result of their service. READ MORE


Rehabilitation for DVA Clients (Booklet)

DVA rehabilitation focuses on all elements of your life which could improve your wellbeing and aims to assist you to adapt to, and recover from, an injury or illness that is related to your ADF service.
We look at all your needs. Our rehabilitation is not just about return to work but getting on with your life as a whole, which can be challenging if you have recently discharged from the ADF. We help you develop specific goals and plans, recognising that every person’s recovery is different. We also recognise the importance of your family, and offer support for them on your journey. I highly recommend that you read through this booklet. It introduces you to the breadth of services available to you. So reach out and make contact. The Department is here to support you.” –  Darren Chester Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

NATIONAL ADVOCACY NEWS 

The RAR Association National, advocates to Government to protect the service entitlements and well-being of the Defence Family (current and past serving military persons and their families). It does this directly in its own right as well as through the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO). By being represented on the PM’s Advisory Council on Mental Health PMAC (Mike von Berg), DVA’s ESO Round Table (ESORT) (Mike von Berg), the Younger Veterans Forum (YVF) (Phil Thompson) and the Operations Working Party (OWP)(Clem Russell) we have direct input into DVA

ADSO has released it’s 2019-2022 Policy Objectives and asked the political parties to give us their 2019 Federal Election Veterans’ Policies and those specifically related to our objectives. Their responses will be consolidated into a Comparison Table for public release.
To be successful we need your support. Even though these objectives may have no benefit to you personally NOW, they do to others of our Defence Family such as the:
• 235,000 military superannuants administered by the Government protected Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC);
• 110,000 MSBS members who have preserved benefits that are poorly indexed and not receivable until their notional retiring age and not portable to another complying Superannuation Fund;
• DFRDB Superannuants 98% (55,000) who commuted;
•  Widows/Widowers whose reversionary payment 5/8ths of the deceased spouses superannuation pension is unfair;
• 27,000 TPIs whose disability payments have been severely eroded;
• 90,000 veterans whose disability payments have been eroded, and
• 290,000 DVA clients.
We hope that being part of our Defence Family you will be supportive in whatever way you can.

RCB Recognition – Update 2/2019  

Since our last unfinished meeting with the Minister 27th November 2018, he has greeted
our requests for an independent of government judicial inquiry with SILENCE.

We have now contracted with a solicitor and barrister specialising in administrative law to give us a legal opinion on our evidence to: firstly, support an action against the Commonwealth in the matter of its non-recognition of RCB service as warlike; and secondly, support an action against breaches of ministerial, ministerial and defence staff advisors’ codes of ethics and conduct. We expect to receive the legal opinions before the Federal election. The legal opinions will determine our future actions, either in a legal court and/or the court of public opinion.  Robert Cross is the RCB Review Group Leader.

To stay current with events go the recognitionofrcbservice.com website


STAY IN TOUCH
To stay current with RARA events and actions that may affect you and your family we suggest you frequently visit our RARA National website and RARA facebook site and our own RARA Qld site

The Enews will be issued quarterly. We welcome your suggestions for content and improvements, so don’t be shy and send articles for publication to Greg Decker Secretary RAR Association (Qld) [email protected]

Duty First
22nd April 2019

Vietnam Veterans’ Bravery Recognised on Eve of 50th Anniversary – Coral-Balmoral Battle

It’s taken almost half a century but Australian forces who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War are finally to be recognised for their bravery.

Soldiers who resisted attack at the Battle of Coral-Balmoral,  which claimed 26 Australian lives, learnt on Thursday they were to be honoured with a Unit Citation for Bravery. The recommendation comes ahead of the 50th anniversary of the battle on the weekend of May 12-13.

The Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal posted the decision on its website on Thursday morning, stating that members had arrived at the recommendations unanimously.

It said: ‘Throughout the submissions the theme of teamwork and collective gallantry is readily apparent and consistently referenced.

The message to the Tribunal from all of the veterans of the battles was that, regardless of corps and parent unit, they had fought as a coordinated group and that everybody who was there deserve recognition.’

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Read the DHAAT Report and its five recommendations here

Read the Sydney Morning Herald’s article here