Peacekeeper’s Position on Political Parties

Please see attached.

Position Document of Australian Peacekeeper Veterans

PK Narrative Draft V4 16042019

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ADSO Policy’s for Election 2019

Please find attached the policy’s we are seek from ALL MP’s supporting our apolitical agenda. If you get the chance to speak to any sitting MP’s please done hesitate to raise these issues with them. The Alliance of Defense Organizations (ADSO) comprises of 18 ESO’s who work together as one voice on important policy matters. As a group under this banner we are treated seriously by all Parliamentarians due to our collective size (votes) and the professional manner we submit matters of concern.

ADSO Policy Objectives 2019-20 AL7


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Army News Edition 1440, April 18, 2019:

TANK KILLER: High-tech sensors and an explosively-formed projectile make for one lethal artillery round – Pages 2-3

RESCUE: Soldiers work with Sri Lankan Navy in disaster training – Pages 6-7

SHOOT TO SKILL: International engagement on target at Skill at Arms Meet  Centre    

And in sport:

CLASS CREW: ADF rowers’ oar-inspiring performance at Sydney International Rowing Regatta – Pages 23-24

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Dear Presidents,

Just an update for what is happening on the campaign front. For those that haven’t heard I am nominating for State Board President this year.

I have fantastic news today Richard Trotman–Dickenson or TD to most is nominating for a vacant State Board position.

This is great news TD is the Vice President at Walkerville Sub-Branch, Current serving Airforce and a hard worker with good drive and passion. It will be a great benefit to the RSL Board if we could get him elected.

As for me, you can hear me on 5AA at 8.30pm Sunday night Andrew Reimer’s show.

I will be being interviewed about the good work that our sub branches do for the veterans, a good time to get some good publicity out there with ANZAC Day just around the corner.

The BBQ at the TPG on ANZAC Day is under full swing and is definitely going ahead so I hope to have a beer with those of you that can make it on the day.

I have been talking with corporate sponsors and I believe that if elected to President we can have a fully sponsored ANZAC Day for at least the next few years.

I have approached the RAR and will be giving a presentation at 2.00pm this Friday at the former Burnside RSL

Will keep in touch as news becomes available

Thanking you in advance

Colin Johns

Managing Director

Transformer Services Pty Ltd / TFS Civil Pty Ltd

Builders Contractor Licence: BLD 281760


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ANZAC Day March – Adelaide

Here are the details

ANZAC Day Commemorative March Adelaide – Group 9 RAR Assoc. SA ASASR – 2019

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Greek Night

Yet again a very successful Greek Night with nearly 90 attendees and everybody enjoying the food and cameradarie.

Click on the photos for better viewing.

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Chester Inquiry Into DFRDB

You can see the Media Release here

Chester Inquiry Into DFRDB28March

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Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019

You will be aware, the Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019 was tabled in Parliament on 14 February and referred to the Senate Committee for Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade for inquiry and report on 22 March.  The Senate Report is out and the link is provided.

In summary, the report recommends the Bill pass without amendment. This is a great outcome but does not give assurance it is pass in the final sitting week for budget, but I am hoping.’Recognition(PuttingVeteransandtheirFamiliesFirst)Bill2019[Provisions].pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf

If passed, we will continue to work with our ex-service community to implement or refine as necessary.  We will also provide response to all submissions made to the Inquiry – either in person or in writing.

Regards, Liz

Liz Cosson AM CSC

SecretaryDepartment of Veterans’ Affairs

t02 6289 6736 ext616736e

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Senior Australian soldier next Repatriation Commissioner

For the first time, a former Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army has been appointed as the new Repatriation Commissioner with outgoing Commissioner Major General Mark Kelly AO, DSC completing his appointment on 30 June this year.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today announced Mr Don Spinks AM, who recently retired from the Australian Defence Force with almost 40 years’ experience, had been appointed as the new Repatriation Commissioner and as a Member of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission for a period of five years from 1 July 2019.

“Mr Spinks is highly qualified and well-respected, has an impressive military career serving on multiple overseas deployments and has capably represented the concerns and views of soldiers to the Chief of Army and senior leadership over a lengthy period,” Mr Chester said.

“As Commissioner, Mr Spinks will be able to use his recent service experience to assist in addressing contemporary issues faced by veterans and their families, I congratulate Mr Spinks on his appointment.”

Prior to taking up his full duties on 1 July, Mr Spinks has been appointed a Commissioner on the Repatriation Commission and will receive a comprehensive handover from Major General Kelly who has served on the Commission since 2010.

Mr Chester thanked Major General Kelly for his contribution and invaluable service to the Repatriation Commission and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission since 1 July 2010.

“The work of the Commissions is pivotal in the development of effective policy and programs, and the efficient delivery of services for veterans and their families,” Mr Chester said.

“In his almost 10 years, Major General Kelly has achieved a great deal in support of veterans and their families, most recently in advancing Open Arms — Veterans and Families Counselling, a service that is vitally important to the ex-service community by providing early intervention and longer term mental health treatment services.

“On behalf of the ex-service community, I thank Major General Kelly and wish him all the best for the future.”

Mr Spinks served in a number of senior roles during his Army career, including 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Multi National Force and Observers — Sinai Egypt, 1st Brigade, Joint Task Force 633 on Operation Slipper and the Command Sergeant Major Forces Command — Army.

The Repatriation Commission grants pensions and benefits, and provides treatment and other services under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force, their partners, widows, widowers and children. The Commission also provides advice to the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs on related issues.

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Australian Veterans’ Recognition Bill

In October 2018, the Australian Government launched an Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant to provide better recognition of the unique nature of military service and further acknowledge the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families.

The Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP and the Hon. Darren Chester, MP made a joint media statement on 27 October 2018 stating that the Government will develop an Australian Defence Veterans Covenant (Covenant), to be enacted in legislation, to recognise the unique nature of military service and support veterans and their families.

The Covenant will provide an opportunity for Australians and the business community to recognise veterans and their families and the service and sacrifice they have made as members of the Australian Defence Force.

On 14 February 2019 the Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019 was introduced in the House of Representatives.

On 20 February, Minister Chester announced that legislation for the Covenant – the Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019 – has now been introduced into Federal Parliament. Supporting the Covenant is a new Australian Veteran Card and Lapel Pin to provide a way for the public, employers, businesses and community groups to recognise and connect with current and former ADF personnel.

The Bill will create a new Act, the Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Act 2019.

This Bill is part of the Veteran Recognition package designed to provide recognition to veterans and their families. As part of the recognition package, a lapel pin and the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant will be distributed to veterans. The lapel pin will allow veterans to be easily identifiable by the Australian community where they choose to wear it.

Further information, including the text of the Bill, Explanatory Memorandum, and Minister’s Second Reading Speech

The Selection of Bills Committee referred the Bill to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for enquiry and report by 22 March 2019.

The Bill was referred to provide veterans an opportunity to review, be satisfied with and have their say on the Bill.

Submissions close on 6 March 2019.Access the report.

Information on how to make a submission.

More information on the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant and the other Bills introduced to Federal Parliament can be found on the DVA website.


Regards, Liz


Liz Cosson AM CSC


Department of Veterans’ Affairs

t02 6289 6736 ext616736e

To support those who serve or have served in the defence of our nation and commemorate their service and sacrifice.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs acknowledge the traditional owners and we pay our respect to elders past, present and future.

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50th Anniversary Battle of Hat Dich Commemoration Service

On Tuesday 19th February 2019 the RAR Association SA conducted a combined units commemorative service for the Battle of Hat Dich (3 December 1968 to 19 February 1969).

The Service was very well supported by the 1st Armoured Regiment and attended by various members of State Parliament and the Mayor of Burnside Council, Anne Monceaux, who has been very supportive of the RARA SA.  The Service was organised by Mr Ceremonial, Adrian Craig, and Russell Campbell was the Master of Ceremonies.

Below are a number of photos of the Service, as always, click on the photo for more detail.

Burnett, Bennett, Rogers - Hat DichCatafalque Party Hat DichCatherine & Guests  Hat DichPiper Hat Dich




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Film posted by John Neervoort

I have posted a number of videos on Youtube of film that I took on 6RAR’s second tour in 1969-70. Each video is about 5 minutes long.  There is no commentary, just appropriate sounds of aircraft/guns/armour and background music. I originally did these for the National Vietnam Veterans Museum so they could be used on a free standing TV operated by the viewer alongside the museum item on display (eg, film of guns firing next to a 105mm howitzer).

One special film is when I went on a flight with Jade 8 (between operations) and witnessed an airstrike by Canberra bombers from the air. Years later after contacting Chris in Texas, he said he had taped the cockpit conversations between the Forward Air Controller (himself) and a flight of Canberra bombers on a similar airstrike. I have included that to add to the authenticity. I believe the film of the bombs dropping from the Canberra is unique in that can only be done from the perspective of a Forward Air Controller.

Vietnam War Aussie Armour

Vietnam War Aussie Artillery

Vietnam War Aussie Airstrike

Vietnam War Aussie Infantry

Vietnam War Aussie Hueys

Vietnam War Aussie Navy

Vietnam War Aussie R&C Vung Tau

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Crowd Funding Exercise

There are strong reasons to support this campaign.

Duty First

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December 2018 Edition of the Infantryman

This is the current issue of the Infantryman

Infantryman December 2018 FINAL

Below for August 2018

Infantryman August

Below for March 2018

Infantryman final 2 March 2018

Below is December 2017

Infantryman December 2017 Dec 4

Below is the August 2017 issue

Infantryman August 2017

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RARA SA 70th Birthday Party

We had a very successful and entertaining party with guests and members enjoying the display provided by Ken Duthie, the jocularity of Rod Graham and historical perspective provided by Fred Fairhead.

Attached is the address given by Fred and a copy of the handout provided for all attendees.

RAR 70th Address

RAR Postcard

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A Duty Done 2nd edition – as of 16 Nov 18

Here is a copy of the 2nd edition of A Duty Done;

A Duty Done 2nd Ed

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Latest Issue of Holdfast for August 2018, Issue No 32

Here is the latest Holdfast.

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Regimental Dinner 2018

Yet again, a highly enjoyable and successful Dinner with fabulous food, great friends and wonderful comradeship.

A selection of photos below


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Latest Photos from the RARA SA

Greek Night – 4 May 18.

A highly successful evening with more than 65 guests enjoying a feast provided by Tim, Tas, Con & Sia.


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