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The opportunistic bigotry of these Evangelical Christians is never ending and vile. These people are just as sick as militant Moslems.
Keith Tennent.

Christian leader uses Anzacs to hit gays, Muslims

A former SAS commander turned conservative Christian commentator has used Anzac Day to attack homosexuals and Muslims.


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Monday, 25 April 2011                                                                                                                       VA029


Australians across the globe have gathered to commemorate Anzac Day acknowledging those who have served and died for our country in war, conflicts and peace operations.  

The Minister for Veterans Affairs, Warren Snowdon, was amongst the 6,500 people in Turkey today, to help mark the 96th anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand landings at Gallipoli.  

The day began with a dawn service at North Beach, and was followed by a service at Lone Pine, the site of a battle where seven Australians were awarded the Victoria Cross.

?It was heartening to see so many Australians make the pilgrimage to Gallipoli to pause and reflect on the contribution made by some 50,000 service personnel that served in the campaign and honour the more than 8,700 who tragically lost their lives, Mr Snowdon said.

It is also important to acknowledge the considerable casualties suffered by troops from Britain, France, Turkey, Germany, Newfoundland (now Canada) and India.

Anzac Day is our national day to remember all Australians who have experienced the horrors of war, from the Boer War to the conflicts of today, and to give thanks for the blessings of peace, Mr Snowdon said.

More than 4,000 Australians attended the annual dawn service at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France. Thousands of Australians also attended services in London (United Kingdom), at the Menin Gate (Belgium), at Bomana War Cemetery and Isurava (Papua New Guinea), in Sandakan (Malaysia) and at Hellfire Pass (Thailand), to commemorate all Australians who served in various conflicts since Federation.  

Anzac Day continues to be a significant day of reflection and remembrance in the Australian national calendar. It is vitally important that the stories that helped form our national identity are passed down to generations to come.

In many towns and cities across Australia thousands attended local services and marches. I would like to thank ex-service organisations and their members across Australia for their hard work in organising these events, Mr Snowdon said.


Monday, 25 April 2011                                                                                                                    Speech


Fellow Australians, veterans, visitors from around the world, distinguished guests and particularly those in uniform.

The Lone Pine memorial where we are gathered today is Australias memorial to the missing.  

Almost half of the Australians killed at Gallipoli - over four thousand men - have no known grave.

The wall behind me lists the names of those men.  

Seven hundred of our New Zealand brothers, who fought with us in the battles of August 1915, are also commemorated here.

It is a solemn reminder of the great cost of war, for two small nations from across the globe fighting on Turkish soil.  

And what a cost it was.

The four day battle of Lone Pine saw more than 2000 Australian casualties with more than 6900 Turkish losses.

Those losses sustained for the Anzacs to gain ground of little tactical value.  

Ultimately the sacrifice, the suffering, the losses were futile.  

My grand father's brother, Thomas Ernest Snowdon, was one of the Anzacs here.  

He was a member of the 8th Infantry Battalion, which landed at Gallipoli as day was breaking on the 25th of April, 1915.

They were involved in what became known as the 'Battle of the Landing'---the period of fighting that lasted from the first day until early May.

They were also engaged here at the attack on Lone Pine.

During the fighting on 7th August, Tom?s mates were holed up in an underground tunnel, camouflaged by bushes.

Tom was standing on the ladder at the opening to the tunnel, watching the 3rd wave of Anzacs advancing into Lone Pine as three large calibre Turkish shells exploded.

The first two landed nearby.

The third shell landed right on target.  

His mates were buried, with only three pulled alive from the rubble.

Tom suffered a head wound, burst ear drum and a few broken ribs.

He was evacuated to Egypt, where he recovered and returned to Gallipoli in October, as the campaign here was coming to an end.

It is hard to imagine the intensity of the fight, or the brutality and devastation of those few days in early August.

Wave after wave of men were sent over the top in broad daylight to charge enemy trenches less than one hundred metres away.

Thousands went to their death.

Pompey Elliott, the commander of the Seventh Battalion at Lone Pine wrote of the battlefield:

When anyone speaks to you of the glory of war, picture to yourself a narrow line of trenches two and sometimes three deep with bodies mangled and torn beyond descriptions?

"Live amongst this for days

This is war and such is glory   

Whatever the novelists may say"

In the days that followed the attack on the 6th of August Lone Pine was besieged by the sight and smells of death.

Bodies were lying everywhere, in places piled on top of one another.

As one soldier wrote:

"Right beside me, within a space of fifteen feet I can count fourteen of our boys stone dead...

Men and boys who yesterday were full of joy and life, now lying there, cold-cold-dead- their eyes glassy, their faces sallow and covered with dust

Soulless-gone- somebody's son,  

Somebodys boy--now merely a thing.  

Thank God their loved ones cannot see them now"

His was a shocking picture of the horror and inhumanity of the campaign on the Peninsula.

It was bloody and relentless.

Many of those Anzacs who survived the eight month long campaign here at Gallipoli were only to perish later on the Western Front.

For them Gallipoli had only been the beginning.

They travelled to a new theatre, to fight a different foe.

And there to suffer enormous casualties and loss of life from among their number.

Today we recall the great bravery, the sheer determination and the tragic sacrifice of these great Australian sons.

The Battle of Lone Pine was fought bravely by all involved.

The Anzacs held this place against great odds.  

But our young nations would come to realise that that this brief victory was too costly, too devastating.

We pause at this time for reflection and for remembrance.

We honour those courageous young diggers, those heroes.  

And we learn from them.

The service and sacrifice of those that have gone before have helped us better understand the conditions and effects of battle.

So that we might better look after our people that we put in harm?s way.    

Today, our forces wherever they are across the globe, carry with them the Anzac spirit so proudly displayed on these bloodied battlefields.

They serve and fight for us in the hope of making this world a better place.

For those who fought so bravely here at Lone Pine and to all those who have worn our uniform over the last century...  

In so many places, in so many battles...  

Including those who now proudly wear it.

We salute you.  

We thank you for your service, for your determination;

For your courage;

For you commitment and for your sacrifice.

And we celebrate the loyalty, the love you have for one another.

And our hearts cry for those who have fallen.

We forever honour their memory, and proudly pay tribute to their sacrifice.

Lest we forget.
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Monday, 25 April 2011                                                                                                                     Speech


Our Turkish friends, fellow Australians, New Zealand brothers and sisters, distinguished friends.

Ninety-six years ago in the pre-dawn chill, fifteen hundred Anzacs landed just south of here near Ari Burnu, under the cloak of darkness at 4.29am.  

Further troops followed and by the end of the day more than 20,000 Australians and New Zealanders --ANZACs--- had landed on the shores around us.  

The 7th Battalion here to the north of the landing site.  

They didn't have the advantage of darkness, arriving in broad daylight.  

They came under such heavy fire that it was not until the following day others could reach the wounded still stranded in their boats.  

More than 2,000 ANZACs were killed on that bloody first day.

This marked the start of an occupation of this small toe hold on the peninsula, which lasted about eight months:

Before the inevitable withdrawal of the Anzac forces.

This commemorative ceremony takes us back to that time now beyond living memory.

To the Anzacs, saying an emotional goodbye to their homeland.

For some their last, as they sailed from Albany in November 1914.

Gallipoli was a great adventure and unknown for most of our young, naive diggers.

Many thought they would join the Allied effort on the Western front in defence of the British Empire.

Yet the British War Cabinet had other ideas.  

Our first Aussie troops sailed to another shore.

To fight altogether unknown battles against an unknown foe.  

Thousands would never return.  

Lost forever to their loved ones, for many, their final resting place unknown.

We can but imagine the arrival of the Anzacs landing here facing the Turkish forces high above them.  

Yet the landing foretold nothing of the horrors that were to face the Anzacs in the months ahead.

They faced extremes.

Extremes of terrain.

Extremes of climate.

As one soldier described the piercing wind:

It ducks around the corners,

Through all the hills it shoots;

It blows the milk from out of your tea

The laces from your boots

These extremes were only part of the hardships endured by both sides.  

For many disease, hunger, exposure and even frostbite, had became their lot.

The troops dug trenches and tunnels and built makeshift defences to give them hope of any survival.  

But these provided little respite from the incessant gun fire and shelling.  

They confronted a determined, courageous and well led Turkish enemy:

Who were resolved to repulse this invasion of their territory.

And they did prevail, but at great cost, with an estimated 250,000 Ottoman casualties of whom around 86,000 lost their lives.  

Australia suffered 27,700 casualties with 8,700 killed and New Zealand 7,500 casualties and 2,700 killed.

For many who served here survival was a matter of good luck rather than design.

One Australian soldier related his experience of the disastrous  battle of Krithia in May in which 1,000 Australian troops were killed or wounded:

"The battle was ill conceived, they were running directly at entrenched Turkish positions:

with their digging shovels in front of their faces."

He realised that his guardian angel must have been with him that day as his back pack was riddled with holes.

His small shovel was minus a handle.

And he discovered later that a bullet had passed through the armpit of his tunic.

We gather here this morning in relative peace and quiet.

But our Anzacs never knew silence, never knew the air to be without the sound of fire or free from the stench of death.

The campaign had led some to the end of their tether, breaking their spirit.

Yet despite the circumstances.

They fought for one another.

From tragedy and sacrifice they learnt the strength and importance of mateship and indeed love for one another.

And this terse bloody and unwinnable campaign was a defining moment in understanding why we are who we are, in framing our national identity.

It was a formative chapter of our nationhood...providing unlikely heroes, a belief in ourselves and in our capacity to achieve great things together.

What flowed from the incredible struggle was respect for our adversaries and the ultimate victors from that campaign.... the Turkish army and the Turkish people.

The fact that we are all here.

At this place and at this time.

Is testimony to the mutual respect and friendship that has grown since those terrible days, now almost a century ago.

It is for these reasons that we gather here today.  

The spirit of the Anzacs lives on.

A spirit that gives us strength and hope.

A spirit obvious in the current generation of serving men and women.

The Anzacs could never know the enduring legacy of their deeds of courage, of their service and sacrifice

While so many who came here remain, most in graves unknown.

Their spirit drives us to this day.

And it behoves us to accept the responsibility to do whatever we can to avoid war and find peaceful resolution to our differences.

This is how we can honour them.  

Sergeant Leon Gellert, one of the Anzacs to arrive here this fateful day ninety-six years ago, wrote:        

The dead would be remembered evermore 

The valiant dead that gazed upon the skies,

And slept in great battalions by the shores.

We take heart from the immortal words of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to the mothers of those who never came home.

"You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace.

After having lost their lives on this land have become our sons as well."

These heroes were our first Anzacs.

May they forever rest in peace.

Lest we forget.
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LEST WE FORGET - Private Leslie Thomas Farren - 5RAR - KIA Vietnam 10 June 1966

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ANZAC DAY 2011 - This year will mark the 45th anniversary of the first National Serviceman / conscript from the state of Victoria, Australia to be killed in
the Vietnam War on 10 June 1966...His name is Leslie Thomas Farren of Reservoir. Read his story.

He was killed 19 days short of his 21st Birthday by a Viet Cong mortar barrage.

A memorial plaque was unveiled in 2006, honouring Private Farren's sacrifice. The story was covered by the Herald Sun newspaper, the Preston Leader newspaper and Channel 9 news Melbourne (17 August 2006 by reporter Wayne Dyer) and Channel 7 news Melbourne (28 August 2006).

His 86 year old mother Lillian Farren was on hand to unveil the plaque. Sadly she passed away a few years ago.

Dr Frank Donovan, a well respected psychologist, author, former Western Australian Member of Parliament (ALP) was an Army medic in Vietnam and he nursed Private Farren during his last moments.

Mr Frank Donovan, 10 Platoon, D Coy, 5RAR, Corporal Medic, the man who held Pte Les Farren as he died and uttered his last words...

"Don't let me die doc, don't let me die,"  he (Les) whispered.



A First Angry Shot Remembered
(The Melbourne Herald Sun, page 20)
by Sasha Uzunov
August 24, 2006 12:00am

Bank teller Les Farren did not live to hear Prime Minister John Howard's apology for the reception his mates received from a disillusioned public when they returned home from Vietnam.

This little-known soldier from the Melbourne suburb of Reservoir was the first Victorian National Serviceman to die in that controversial war.

But he will be remembered when his 86-year-old mother, Lillian Farren, unveils a plaque on Monday at the Reservoir Cenotaph.

Forty years after his death, Mrs Farren still grieves for her son. "It was awful to see Les go and never see him again", said Mrs Farren. This way he will be remembered."

Les was always in the shadow of another Melbourne suburbs boy when he went to Vietnam. The 1960s Australian pop legend, Normie Rowe, was one of his schoolmates at the Northcote High School before they were called up for Vietnam.

Les, two years older than Normie, was quietly spoken and looking forward to being an accountant in the suburbs. Normie, in the era of Beatlemania, was being mobbed by screaming hysterical teenage girls and had the music world at his feet.

But Vietnam changed their lives. Pte Leslie Thomas Farren was conscripted in 1965 and posted to 10 Platoon, Delta Company, 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, Infantry Corps.

He was also a keen amateur photographer and the only son of Thomas and Lillian Farren.

On June 10, 1966, while on patrol in South Vietnam, Pte Farren was severely wounded by Viet Cong mortar fire. He was 19 days short of his 21st birthday. Cpl Frank Donovan was the army medic who tried to help Les.

"Les Farren actually died in my arms from massive lower body wounds," said Cpl Donovan. The extent of his wounds and loss of blood made survival impossible.

Trooper Norman J. Rowe got the call up in 1968 and went to Vietnam in 1969 with A Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Armoured Corps.

He survived but it almost ended his musical career.

I took an interest in Les Farren after reading about him in a newspaper more than 15 years ago. I was surprised no one had acknowledged his service. Les was one of the unsung people who do their duty without fuss or fanfare.

Len Barlow, secretary of the Victorian branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia helped me to lobby Darebin Council for the commemorative plaque that will be unveiled by his mother.

To its credit, the council quickly approved the proposal.

Les Farren has not been forgotten but it has taken too long to acknowledge his service.

Following the Prime Minister's words on Vietnam Veterans Day last Friday, the sacrifice of these veterans' might now be better remembered.


Memorial Plaque Ceremony for Private Leslie Farren (10 Platoon, D Company, 5 RAR)  First Victorian National Serviceman to be killed in Vietnam War on 10 June 1966.

MONDAY 28 August 2006, Reservoir Cenotaph, Reservoir, City of Darebin, Victoria.

Mr Bob Elworthy, President of the Victorian Branch, Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, speaking at the commemorative plaque ceremony for the first Victorian National Serviceman to be killed in Vietnam, Private Leslie T. Farren, D Company, 5 RAR. Date: 28 August 2006, marking the 40th anniversary of his death on 10 June 1966. Reservoir (City of Darebin), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Part of Mr Elworthy's moving speech:
Leslie Farren ... for he was young once and he was a soldier. Vietnam was his time and he did his duty ...
Lest We Forget.
(View the video clip Here- 1.2Mb). http://www.5rar.asn.au/tributes/bobelworthy.wmv

Mr Frank Donovan, 10 Platoon, D Coy Corporal Medic, the man who held Pte Les Farren as he died and uttered his last words...

"Don't let me die doc, don't let me die,"  he (Les) whispered.
(View the video clip Here- 920Kb). http://www.5rar.asn.au/tributes/frankdonovan.wmv

Photographs of the Occasion  

Camera work by Edwin Sain.
Editing by Sasha Uzunov.
Copyright Sasha Uzunov 2006.

War widows' angel  

in the lives of Australia's newest war widows never goes away. War widows' angel 04-23 War widows angel? in Afghanistan, are relying on an unusual guardian angel to guide them through the darkness. Ms Till's husband
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Anzac Day is a day of solemn remembrance to pay respect to the Fallen. It is not a festival, is not a day to grandstand, is not a carnival and is not a day for non War Veterans to strut their stuff to highlight their issues.
Keith Tennent.

Diggers inspired by fallen heroes

Mitchell Toy A RECORD crowd of up to 45,000 people is expected to attend the dawn service tomorrow as soldiers honour fallen heroes.

Peace at last for souls lost in war

TOM HYLAND They are called wandering souls, and there are 3906 of them, mourned by families who don't know where they are buried. Until they know, they believe the spirits of the dead will wander in torment.

Digger exhibit honours unsung heroes

Kapyong: where the heirs of Anzacs made their stand

Veterans make Thai-Burma railway pilgrimage

The governor-general, Quentin Bryce, is today leading a group of World War Two veterans on a journey back to the infamous Thai-Burma rail line for this year's Anzac Day commemorations.


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The next Anzac century
Paul Kelly, Editor-at-large

April 23, 2011



WITH Anzac Day entrenched as the authentic national day and the centenary of the Gallipoli landing looming on April 25, 2015, just four years away, the meaning and commemoration of Anzac will assume a new saliency.

Mayor Milton Evans, left, and local RSL president Laurie Fraser at the Albany dawn service last year.

The first troop ships left Albany for Egypt in 1914.

Picture: Aaron Francis Source: The Australian

How Australia honours the centenary will test its maturity, especially since Gallipoli, the nation's sacred site, is located in Turkey, far distant from Australia and beyond its sovereignty.

The certainty is that demanding decisions will be required from the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish governments because with tens of thousands hoping to attend in 2015 not everybody can be accommodated.

The centenary will mark the next stage in the astonishing revival of Anzac Day over the past generation. It has been an unpredicted phenomenon of Australian cultural life. The great chronicler of Anzac memorials, historian Ken Inglis, admits his own surprise. In his luminous 1998 book Sacred Places, Inglis said: "By 1960 or so, like almost everybody else who thought about the matter, I thought that the ceremonies of Anzac would wither away and its monuments become even more archaic."

At the precise time it was expected to slumber, the Anzac story underwent a muscular resurgence. The lesson within this paradox is Anzac's recuperative power. As Australia became less British, more multicultural, less militaristic, more open to feminine influence, the Anzac ethos gained new tractions.

How could this happen? What does it portend for the 2015 centenary?

Anzac was transformed from a symbol of political division in the Vietnam War-dominated 1960s into a cultural phenomenon that by the 90s became a focus for unity. Author Les Carlyon offered the insight in 2001 that Gallipoli was no longer linked to the causes of the Great War. In a new century "it stands alone", at a distance from early 20th-century ideology. That put a clearer spotlight on the sacrifice and courage of the men and, crucially, invested Gallipoli with a more inclusive ethos.

The post-1960s reinterpretations of Anzac were pivotal, with Bill Gammage drawing on diaries to produce The Broken Years (1974), Peter Weir and David Williamson producing the film Gallipoli (1981) and Patsy Adam-Smith writing the book Anzacs (1978). Their focus was the quality of the ordinary man. In that sense they still operated within the originating tradition of C.E.W. Bean, official war historian and moving force behind the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The re-energising of Anzac has become the central organising principle of Australia's past and how the nation interprets its future. It is fair to see the struggle over Anzac's memory as the triumph of the people over the intellectual class.

Historian Manning Clark, in the 1981 fifth volume of his History of Australia, cursed Anzac with damning irony. For Clark, Anzac constituted the loss of the more noble, finer Australia that might have been. "Australia's day of glory had made her a prisoner of her past," Clark lamented in the book's final paragraph. While the stories of heroism would be recounted for generations, the deeper lesson was that the ideals of Australia "had been cast to the winds".

This has long been the refrain of pacifists, socialists and feminists.

For Clark, Anzac had cast a pessimistic shadow across Australia's path. Ironically, he penned these words on the cusp of its revival. That revival has been driven by a combination of elements -- a more mature Australian nationalism, family ties to the Anzac experience and a de-politicisation of the legend that invests it with a unifying power.

In the 1990s Inglis tested the theory of Anzac as a civil religion and found it met the criteria: "We still see a landscape occupied by monuments which are fairly well cherished, which make solemn collective statements about war, death and nationality and at which people -- lately more and more people -- choose to gather on at least one day of the year for the conduct of activities properly called religious." The texts were a synthesis of Christian tradition and secular religion: "Their name liveth forever. Lest we forget. We will remember them."

The symbolic point of Anzac's revival came in 1993 when the remains of an unknown AIF Digger, fallen on the Somme at Villers-Bretonneux, whose name was listed on a local war memorial somewhere across the land, was repatriated to the heart of the Australian War Memorial with an iconic speech delivered by Paul Keating, written by Don Watson.

Soil from Pozieres was dropped into the tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier and a sprig of wattle was placed on the coffin.

Taking the NSW south coast town of Thirroul as a measure, Inglis recorded the dawn service crowd was 90 people in 1993, 130 in 1994, 200 in 1995. In Canberra the dawn service at the War Memorial had grown from about 2000 in 1977 to 6000 in 1989, whereupon it was moved the next year to the grassy esplanade where numbers in the 1990s were judged at more than 10,000. By contrast, numbers for May Day and St Patrick's Day had fallen away.

At Anzac Day the Melbourne Cricket Ground becomes an open-air shrine where 90,000 people stand for Last Post in a ceremony that fuses military commemoration on a stage owned by sporting gladiators. Indeed, only the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras seems to match the Anzac resurgence and there is little doubt which has more endurance.

However, despite the revival Anzac still represents an uneasy marriage between popular sentiment, returned service organisations and official patronage from the Prime Minister down.

Three weeks ago the Gillard government received a report commissioned by Kevin Rudd in April last year to identify the scale, scope and shape of a centenary commemoration. That six-person panel, including Bob Hawke and Malcolm Fraser, recommended an over-arching "century of service" theme. Its proposals involved restoration and refurbishment of local war memorials and honour rolls, a mobile exhibition based on World War I memorabilia, a new Canberra-based university centre for the study of peace, conflict and war and a restaging of the first convey departure from Albany in Western Australia and establishment of an Anzac Interpretative Centre at Albany. The 2014-18 centenary will encompass all wars and conflicts in which Australians have been involved.

The report is prudent but disappointing. It reflects an Anzac story that now carries too many expectations and is weighed down trying to satisfy everybody from traditionalists to the peace movement.

The most conspicuous problem concerns the April 2015 centenary at Gallipoli where agreement will be needed with Turkey to manage what is likely to become the largest peacetime gathering of Australians outside of Australia.

The report leaves this negotiation to the relevant governments. It warns the number of Australians who want to attend is likely to exceed capacity. No access agreement has been finalised between Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. This needs to be resolved quickly. The reality, however, is that Australians will vote with their feet and hearts.

During the 1914-18 centenary they will seek to visit Gallipoli and Western Front battlefields in numbers greater than at any time since these battles occurred. Turkey, as host nation, has fears about numbers, control and security. There has even been talk of "ticketed" entry at Gallipoli. Responding to these issues must become an Australian government diplomatic and administrative priority.

The report's emphasis on local events and memorials is entirely sound. So is the Albany re-enactment that would be televised nationwide. Veterans Affairs Minister Warren Snowdon welcomes the report as the basis for the program. But Coalition shadow minister Michael Ronaldson rightly focuses on the absence of any budget for the commemoration.

The idea of putting the Anzac brand on a new centre, based at the Australian National University, to study peace and conflict is fraught with danger. Its main focus is to study "the nature of social conflicts", causes of violence and definitions of peace.

This reeks of political tokenism reflected in the report's view that the centenary "recognise war as a vehicle for peace". The operation of the highly ideological Sydney University Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies comes to mind. Anything remotely similar carrying the Anzac name would be a travesty. The public will be hostile to any notion Labor's enduring legacy from the Anzac centenary is a peace centre that champions views historically alienated from the Anzac story.

This recommendation should sound an alarm. The centre's mission should be rewritten before consideration as a viable centenary project. If Labor wants to save money, here is the place to start.

The truth is that priorities for war commemoration funding are badly out of kilter. This became apparent a fortnight ago when official war historian David Horner criticised government policy on war histories and its refusal to provide funds. That's right, government doesn't fund the official war history as such.

Horner's comments were made on April 11 when Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd launched his Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations (Volume II). Horner as official historian was able to scrape together a $5 million budget for the multi-volume project with the Defence Department and Australian War Memorial providing support.

"The Australian government has never directly allocated funds to the project," Horner said of the current histories. "Yet successive governments have been willing to devote many millions of dollars to memorials around the world and to fund veterans' pilgrimages."

Interviewed by The Australian last week, Horner said: "We focus on Gallipoli but recent events in Australia's military history are being completely overlooked. When I was appointed in 2004 the operations in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq were excluded.

"Yet East Timor in 1999 was our biggest peace-keeping operation and the people who served there deserve to have their story told. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was controversial and it is important than an impartial historian be permitted to go through the cabinet records and make judgments about the government's decision.

"The public has a right to know. After all, the people through their governments have sent troops to Iraq and Afghanistan and there needs to be an accountability.

"Charles Bean's first volume appeared in 1921, some three years after the First World War. Frankly, the people of Australia have no idea of what our forces have done in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have been out of Iraq for a couple of years now and we need to write an official history of what we did there."

The centenary report talks repeatedly about the need for education. Yet education must confront the essence of the Anzac story. Nations do not attend war in a fit of absence of mind. The Anzac centenary cannot and should not be free of dispute. It should not become an exercise in mindless commemoration devoid of intellectual and historical focus.

It needs to confront why Australians responded to the Great War in such numbers, why Gallipoli became such a defining moment and how it reveals the nation's character.

In their attack on Anzac Day in a 2010 book, historians Henry Reynolds and Marilyn Lake allege the militarisation of Australian history with the Anzac legend as chief exhibit. They dispute Australia's spirit was formed in a war that became the main source of brutalisation of the 20th century.

They see the Diggers at Gallipoli as white supremacists with no special claims on mateship or courage. Above all, they say the war narrative diminishes Australia's achievements in social justice, the living wage, sexual and racial equality. Such conflicts over Anzac's meaning cannot be suppressed. Indeed, they should be welcomed with the knowledge the Anzac ethos will emerge stronger.

Australia lost 7594 war dead in the Gallipoli campaign and a total of 58,961 in the Great War of 1914-18. The scale of the Australian effort is staggering and nearly a century later almost defies comprehension. War memorials appeared in every town and city. Last Post would echo down the century. Anzac's meaning is national yet personal.

The essence of Gallipoli for historian Bean lay in the commitment of each man to one another as fellow Australians. He asserted the force that drove the troops was their idea of Australian manhood.

The real power of Anzac lies in its authenticity and this authenticity is the insuperable barrier for its opponents. While Federation in 1901 was an immense political achievement that brought to life a new nation, the quality of Australia's nationalism was untested and its character was stained by a convict heritage.

The Great War was a contest of nationalistic spirit. That was the world of 1915 whether you approve or disapprove. The troops, as their diaries show, knew their landing at Gallipoli was the great test for Australia, just 14 years old.

That knowledge was disguised in Australian bravado described on the eve by then Colonel John Monash: "It is astonishing how light-hearted everybody is, whistling, singing and cracking jokes."

But Monash anticipated "great events that will stir the whole world".

World War I was the most immense sacrifice Australians have ever made. No wonder they refused to forget or became dedicated to the fallen. The point is that Australia, of convict origins and patronised by Britain, proved itself to the world and to itself.

There could be no civil religion or sacred sites in the achievement of Federation on January 1, 1901, nor in the arrival of the First Fleet on January 26, 1788, the symbolic event that sustains Australia Day. These were foundational events but they were not holy.

As Inglis said, the first settlers were no chosen people except in the sardonic jest that they were chosen by the best judges in England. By contrast, on the first Anzac anniversary a crowd of 100,000 gathered in Sydney's Domain and in London 2000 Anzac troops marched from the Strand to Westminster Abbey. From the start came recognition something special had happened at Gallipoli.

This renewed conviction now pervades Australia's political life. Each prime minister seeks to find a new or old purpose in Anzac. It has become a requirement of the office as well as a task they relish.

Indeed, a turning point in Anzac's revival was the the 75th anniversary of the landing in April 1990 when prime minister Hawke together with opposition leader John Hewson and a delegation of ageing veterans flew to Turkey to honour the occasion.

Ever since, the pilgrimage to Gallipoli has become a ritual driven by young backpackers.

At the dawn service that day Hawke, in words penned by Graham Freudenberg, said of the original Anzacs:

"Because these hills rang with their voices and ran with their blood, this place Gallipoli is, in one sense, a part of Australia."

Part of Australia, but of Turkey's sovereignty. So the nation's true sacred site, paradoxically, is located far from Australia's shores. It testifies to Australia's remarkable engagement with the world.

Later that morning at Lone Pine where 2000 Australians died in three days of intense struggle with seven Victoria Crosses awarded, Hawke drew upon Bean, to say the soldiers had a job to do and each determined not to give way when his mates were trusting to his firmness.

Three years later when Keating honoured the Unknown Soldier, he called the war "a mad, brutal awful struggle" but ventured that this soldier probably signed up for no other reason "than that he believed it was his duty -- the duty he owned to his country and his king".

For Keating, the soldier did not die in vain. On the contrary, he, like others, proved that nobility and courage lay with ordinary people.

Keating said the soldier's life and death verified the democratic tradition, love of country, personal bravery and sacrifice of ordinary people who, in fact, had shown they were not ordinary.

A decade later Howard visited Gallipoli on the 90th anniversary, deeply aware that both his father and his grandfather were Great War veterans. Howard embraced Gallipoli with a populism beyond any previous Liberal PM. In his Gallipoli speech Howard said that 60,000 Australians who left for the Great War never came home. Their legacy, he had no doubt, was a lasting sense of national identity.

For Howard, this was the story of his own family, the story of his own life. He knew its truth with the certainty of knowing his own family. Hawke, Keating and Howard, despite their many differences, left a contemporary elevation of the Anzac ethos on which the centenary will build.

It needs to be a muscular event, strong enough to tolerate different views, on guard against too much emotionalism and intellectually honest about the history.

World War I engaged Australia's direct national interests.

It was not somebody else's war.

On the contrary, it was our war because victory or defeat would profoundly affect Australia's future.

From: Terry DAVIES
Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2011 8:32 AM
Subject: Second chance for soldiers scarred by war

Second chance for soldiers scarred by war
April 23, 2011



The modern military spares no effort and no expense to heal wounded Diggers from injuries that once would have been fatal, writes Tony Wright.

Matt Middleton was standing, his upper body protruding from the front hatch of his Bushmaster, when the bomb went off. The Bushmaster - a pug-nosed heavy ''infantry mobility vehicle'' - was blown into the air. A year later, Middleton relives the moment constantly, replaying the surreal quality of it.

An explosion powerful enough to launch a 15-tonne fighting vehicle off its wheels and twist it in the air had occurred right beneath his feet, yet in the urgent physiological metamorphosis that courses through a soldier in combat, he was unaware of the sound of a blast.

Captain Middleton was resting most of his weight on his left leg. In an instant, the topmost section of his left tibia - the shinbone - simply snapped off.

He was wearing body armour but he broke seven of his ribs as he was flung into the edge of the hatch in which he was standing. The concussion caused minor brain damage that left him confused for months.

Driving the Bushmaster that day was 27-year-old Sapper Michael Clarke.

The sappers - the engineers' rank for private - spend 90 per cent of their time on foot, wielding metal detectors, their senses attuned to everything around them, but they are regularly inserted on to the field in Bushmasters.

Clarke, cushioned that day in the driver's seat, suffered no more than severe bruising to an ankle and heel and cuts to the knee which kept him on crutches for a week and a half. However, the war in Afghanistan was not done with him yet.

Middleton remained conscious and he, Clarke and the other three or four men in the Bushmaster, assailed by the smell of fuel leaking from the ruined vehicle, which was lying on its side, scrambled to get out. Infantry and cavalry from other vehicles came running, setting up a defensive cordon.

It was Middleton's 31st birthday. That very morning his sister-in-law had sent an email: ''I hope you're having a blast.''

He had arrived in Afghanistan a little less than four months earlier, in January 2010, a captain in the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment of Mentoring Task Force 1.

The engineers have the most dangerous job in Afghanistan. They search for improvised bombs.

He was in the lead vehicle of a convoy travelling on the edge of the Green Zone in the Baluchi Valley, in Oruzgan Province. It is a fertile river valley where most of the region's farming and the killing and wounding occur. And it was there that the big vehicle ran over the trigger plate of a powerful improvised bomb buried in the track.

The Bushmaster is armoured against mines and its hull is shaped to deflect the blast. But a soldier's body is not.

Aided by another soldier, Middleton stumbled to the relative safety of a dried-mud wall where the first-aiders - every combat unit has soldiers trained in emergency first aid - went to work until medics arrived. His camouflage pants were cut away, morphine was injected, the leg was strapped and a US Black Hawk helicopter was called in.

As he was borne away, a single thought floated through the morphine. ''I had to ring mum and Lana, my fiancee, in Brisbane, and tell them I'm sorry. I was almost crying.''

He tries to explain. ''It's easy for soldiers to be wounded or killed - you're almost prepared for it, even though you believe it'll never happen. But it's devastating for families. There's no way I'd let my fiancee go to Afghanistan but she and my mother are expected to wait at home.''

In any of Australia's previous wars, Middleton probably would have been killed. At the least his wounds would have had him crippled and pensioned, possibly to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental problems for life. Even today, the wounded generally remain all but anonymous. The headlines are reserved for those who die and those who are awarded honours for bravery. The numbers of those injured are much higher but in Australia there is no Purple Heart, as in the US, or Medal of Sacrifice, as in Canada. The Australian military, however, does not abandon its wounded.

Middleton was flown from Afghanistan to Dubai and back to Australia, where the military saw to it that he was treated by the best private surgeons available. Titanium pins were inserted in the leg, psychologists dealt with his trauma and confusion and his family was involved by the army in every step of his recovery.

A year later he is walking, undergoing intensive physiotherapy, attending an officer promotion course at Kokoda Barracks at Canungra, in the hinterland of the Gold Coast, and preparing to marry Lana in September.

He misses running - a doctor told him he would always walk with a limp and never run again. The limp is all but gone and he is convinced he will be able to compete in a marathon one day.

Middleton, who believes an officer must lead from the front and do anything he might expect of one of his soldiers, knows his days with the engineers may be over. Instead, he is considering an astonishing opportunity: next month, he will attend a meeting to explore whether the army will sponsor him through a medical degree. Matt Middleton foresees returning to a battlefield as a military doctor.

These days the Australian military has a policy of doing everything possible to get wounded soldiers back to the best physical and mental health possible and then to stick by them, granting them time and help to decide their future.

During the past three years the Surgeon-General of the Australian Defence Force, Major-General Paul Alexander, has overseen radical change to the military's approach to the treatment and rehabilitation of wounded personnel.

Three separate medical services - from the army, air force and navy - have been collapsed into one, and formerly rigid processes have become flexible. Mental health has become at least as important as the physical. The new ''holistic'' policy means family, friends, superiors and colleagues are included in a wounded soldier's rehabilitation.

''We're going to look after our people as well as we can for as long as we can,'' Alexander says. The military has a return-to-work rate of 87 per cent for its wounded and injured - as good as or better than any of the states' programs for civilian workers.

One of the keys is the ability to treat, stabilise and swiftly evacuate the wounded from foreign battlefields. It is not uncommon now for seriously injured Australian soldiers to be flown from Afghanistan to the US military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, and then returned to Australia under intensive care in a giant RAAF C-17 Globemaster jet.

Then begins the complex medical, psychological and social treatment program. The world's best prosthetic devices are bought for those who lose limbs, often for tens of thousands of dollars.

Just three months after Matt Middleton had his running career shortened, Michael Clarke, recovered from his previous injuries, was driving a Bushmaster again, this time at the other end of the Baluchi Valley.

Only the day before, two Australian soldiers, Private Grant Kirby, a 35-year-old father of two, and Private Tomas Dale, 21, had been killed by an improvised bomb in the same area.

Clarke's vehicle - inevitably up front in the convoy - was grinding along, with a steep hill to the left and an aqueduct filled with sewage to the right.

''Oh, shit, not again,'' he remembers thinking as his vehicle was blown into the air, spinning 90 degrees before coming to rest against the hill.

This time the Bushmaster had triggered an anti-personnel mine buried in a palm-oil can to ensure its blast was channelled and amplified vertically.

Clarke's luck had run out. The tibia and fibula bones in both his lower legs were broken. His ankles were broken, too, and most of the bones in his feet and toes.

His right leg was so badly smashed and twisted at such an impossible angle that he thought it must have been amputated.

Yet his first thought was to try to find his crew commander, who had been thrown out of his sight (and, it turned out, had suffered broken bones in his face and ripped knee ligaments). Next, Clarke scrabbled about in search of a smoke grenade.

''I was looking for red smoke to throw,'' he recalls. Red smoke signals help is needed urgently.

Despite his crippling injuries, Clarke dragged himself through a hatch as medics and soldiers from the explosives ordnance disposal team ran to his aid. The medics gave him morphine as they straightened and splinted his legs, and within 20 minutes he was aboard a US Black Hawk, bound for his first surgery at the Australian base at Tarin Kowt.

Doctors considered amputating both legs but a Dutch doctor chose to give him an epidural, leaving him conscious, while the doctor sliced open his monstrously swollen calves and bracketed the bones.

Clarke refused to leave Tarin Kowt until he had attended the ''ramp ceremony'' for Kirby and Dale, when their bodies were loaded aboard a military transport for their last journey home. Clarke was photographed in a wheelchair at the bottom of the ramp. The next day he was on his way, too, via Dubai, strapped on a board to prevent movement.

When he arrived at the military hospital at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane, the army had arranged a welcoming ''tea party'' with his mother, father, sister and brother. He was so ill he can barely remember it, and he was whisked off to St Andrew's Hospital for specialist surgery. Months would pass before he could attempt to walk, and then came months of physiotherapy.

Eight months after he was almost killed, Clarke is not only walking but preparing to tackle the Kokoda Track in July with 19 other injured and wounded soldiers from the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment.

And he wants to return to Afghanistan, searching for improvised bombs.

''I know my job and I'm good at it ? It won't be in the next eight or 12 months. The rods still have to come out of my legs, and I won't be able to run for six months. This is all about stepping up in stages, but with the way they give you all these chances here [in the army], just about anything is possible.''


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Push for Diggers to train with ex-enemy


Soldier boldly faced his firing squad
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Gutsy veterans mowed down by a runaway truck in last year's Anzac Day tragedy will march with their mates on Monday.


Shrine pushing for $35m expansion

DAVID ROOD Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance is facing its biggest redevelopment since the memorial was opened in 1934, with ambitious plans for a $35 million expansion.

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WWII Flight Lieutenant Henry Lacy Smith Laid to Rest in France

Today Australian World War II Flight Lieutenant (FLTLT) Henry ?Lacy? Smith will be buried with full military honours in France.

The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel and Minister for Veterans Affairs, the Hon Warren Snowdon MP and Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin AO, will join FLTLT Smith?s surviving niece and nephew and their extended families at the ceremony.

The service will be held at the War Graves Cemetery, at Rue des Airbornes, Ranville in Normandy and include a traditional wreath laying, the Ode, and the Last Post bugle call.

This symbolises that his duty is over and he can rest in peace. 

Ceremonial elements will be performed by members of No. 453 Squadron from RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW, the unit with which Smith flew, and Australias Federation Guard.

FLTLT Smith from Sans Souci, south of Sydney, NSW, was shot down by anti-aircraft fire on 11 June 1944 during World War II and crashed into the River Orne, near Caen, in northern France. The Spitfire aircraft and Smiths remains were found in November 2010.

At age 27, FLTLT Smith made the ultimate sacrifice for our country during World War II. He was from No 453 Squadron, the first Australian squadron to go into action on 6 June 1944, where it provided tactical support for the troops landing on the Normandy beachhead, Mr Snowdon said.

No 453 Squadron carried out operations that included harassing the retreating enemy, attacking enemy convoys, bombing missions, armed reconnaissance and bomber escort duties. 

I am thankful for the brave contributions of FLTLT Smith. He will now have a marked grave that can be visited so that both Australians and French can remember his sacrifice, and I am pleased he has now been afforded the military burial and honour he deserves.

I hope this reinterment will support a greater understanding of the important contribution FLTLT Smith made during World War II.

During the ceremony, the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin AO, posthumously awarded and presented FLTLT Smiths service medals: the 1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star with France and Germany Clasp; Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-45; and Australian Service Medal 1939-45.

Mr Snowdon said the Australian Defence Force was in the process of shipping the wreckage of FLTLT Smiths Spitfire aircraft to Australia to display at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook, Victoria. Plans are for the aircraft to arrive in Australia mid year, where it will undergo conservation work.

Media note: Photos of the aircraft and FLTLT Smith are available at http://adfmedia.smugmug.com/Snowdon/20110324/16319634_VTEY9#1226736520_FuF8n  and photos of the burial will follow at the same site after the event.

The family have released a public statement and have requested privacy.

This ceremony will be held at 11.30am, Tuesday 19 April 2011 in France
(In Australia this is 7.30 pm AEDT Tuesday 19 April).


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The State Does Not 'Support Its Troops'

The state has little care for veterans. The notion of an uncaring state has shown itself over the course of Americas one-hundred years of imperial conquest. This can especially be observed when their contract with the state is no longer valid. Of course, some will argue that the benefits the government gives to veterans (G.I Bill and disability benefits) claim otherwise. However, these so-called benefits create a culture of dependency where the veteran is made a slave to the state like many other Americans who need the government to survive and not thrive. Furthermore, veterans have and will be financially and physically violated by the state in the long run.

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From: Bill & Margaret Krause
Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2011 5:20 PM
Subject: Nashos Navy Nominal Roll

Hi Bill & Margaret,
I have one favour to ask - I have been successful in obtaining and completing the Australian
Nominal Roll for National Service for the Australian Navy, 1951 to 1957.   If possible, could
you forward this URL to the Naval Association in order that any Nashos desiring so will be
able to view their Service Details and their names on this Roll.
Many thanks to you both,
Alex & Lois Garlin   


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From: Roger W. Greene
To: Keith Tennent
Sent: Saturday, April 16, 2011 6:54 PM
Subject: RE: Victoria Cross Inquiry

Gee Whizz,  

I mean absolutely no disrespect whatsoever to departed comrades or the tribunal members but I do hope that they (the tribunal) don't confuse stoicism and behaving with dignity with gallantry or valour.

I note with some suspicion (or dismay) that not one member of the tribunal has a bravery, gallantry or valour award of any kind.  In fact it is likely that only four of the eleven members have any idea what operational service is like.  Surely it would not have been too difficult to have the odd MID, MM, MC or similar involved  One wonders how the submissions will be able to be understood in context given that they may be less than objective.

Certainly it is to be hoped that the high standards set to date for the award of the Victoria Cross for Australia will not be watered down.

From: Ron King
Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2002 10:47 AM
Subject: Re: Victoria Cross Inquiry

Good Morning Keith,
For the person to be awarded a medal for gallantry it is well known that the person nominated has to be seen and recommended by a Comd on the ground and all the way up the line to the service HQ and this investigation is done by members of that service , I hear what roger is saying These people are appointed to look into the evidence produced by the service who are doing the recommendation, You can be assured any of these approved awards are researched for many a month maybe even years.
KINGIE. ( 19 cen reconning)

WWII pilot to be buried 66 years on


An Australian World War II fighter pilot whose remains were discovered late last year will finally be buried in the lead-up to Anzac Day.

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Victoria Cross Inquiry

The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, today announced that the independent Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal will inquire into unresolved recognition for past acts of naval and military gallantry and valour.

There have been numerous acts of gallantry and valour by Australian naval and military servicemen since World War I, Senator Feeney said.  

I am pleased that the Tribunal will inquire into recognition for thirteen naval and military personnel.  Their brave acts of gallantry and valour deserve greater recognition.

Their stories are heroic.  Robert Davies fired at enemy aircraft, as he and his gun mount slowly submerged.  Francis Emms manned a machine gun whilst severely wounded.  

Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean bravely shot down a bomber and kept aircraft away from his mates in the water.  He went down with his ship.  

These Australians will now receive the national recognition that they deserve, Senator Feeney said.  

The thirteen servicemen include:  

Gunner Albert Neil (Neale) Cleary  Army (East Geelong, VIC)
Midshipman Robert Ian Davies  Navy (Greenwich, Sydney, NSW)
Leading Cook Francis Bassett Emms  Navy (Launceston, TAS)
Lieutenant David John Hamer  Navy (Melbourne, VIC)
Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick  Army (Shield, County Durham, UK.)
Lieutenant Commander Robert William Rankin  Navy (Cobar, NSW)
Able Seaman Dalmorton Joseph Owendale Rudd  Navy (Unknown)
Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean  Navy (Barrington, Devonport, TAS)
Leading Aircrewman Noel Ervin Shipp  Navy (Julia Creek, North QLD)
Lieutenant Commander Francis Edward Smith  Navy (Lismore, NSW)
Lieutenant Commander Henry Hugh Gordon Dacre Stoker  Navy (Unknown)
Leading Seaman Ronald Taylor  Navy (Unknown)
Captain Hector Macdonald Laws Waller  Navy (Unknown)

 A number of people have raised the issue of a Victoria Cross for former Defence Force personnel with the Gillard Government, Senator Feeney said.  

Through the Terms of Reference, I have directed the Tribunal to make recommendations on the eligibility of the listed naval and military members to receive the Victoria Cross, the Victoria Cross for Australia or other forms of recognition for their service.  

I am also pleased to announce that as part of this Inquiry, the Tribunal will receive submissions from interested members of the public for other Defence Force members who may also be worthy of appropriate recognition for an act of gallantry or valour.  

However, it is important that these submissions are supported by appropriate documentation, not just anecdotal evidence, Senator Feeney said.

It is important to note that although submissions for servicemen other than the thirteen cases will be received as part of this Inquiry, they will not be considered in detail at this time.  

All submissions will be recorded, acknowledged, analysed and referred to the Gillard Government for decision concerning possible future action.  

I encourage former service members, historians, family of the thirteen military personnel and members of the general public to take advantage of this opportunity and make a submission to the Tribunal, Senator Feeney said.  

The Inquiry will be headed by the Chair of the Tribunal, Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce AO. He will be assisted by Tribunal members:

        Professor David Horner AM, Professor of Australian Defence History in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University;

        Vice Admiral Don Chalmers AO (Retd), former Chief of Navy;

         Brigadier Gary Bornholt AM, CSC (Retd), former senior Army officer; and

         Air Commodore Mark Lax OAM, CSM (Retd), former senior Air Force officer.


Before the Tribunal can make any recommendations on the eligibility of the thirteen cases for any form of retrospective recognition, we will have to look at the rules, procedures and issues of principle relating to the award of the Victoria Cross, the Victoria Cross for Australia, and other forms of appropriate recognition and the evidentiary standards, Professor Pearce said.  

We will consult experts in the field of honours and awards. We will also take into account the constitutional and diplomatic issues.  

Only once this has all been done, will the Tribunal be able to proceed to the consideration of the thirteen cases.  We are expecting to conduct public hearings around Australia in the second half of this year, Professor Pearce said.

A call for submissions will be released shortly in the national press.  Submissions to the Inquiry will close on 30 June 2011.  The full terms of reference for the inquiry and guidance on how to make a submission can be obtained at: www.defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au

The Tribunal can be contacted at:

Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal

Locked Bag 7765


Further Information:  Mary Bermingham, Acting Executive Officer, Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal (02) 6266 3486

Media Contact: Lorna Clarke ? 0408 345 730

Terms of Reference:  

The Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal is directed to inquire into and report on the appropriate recognition for specific acts of gallantry or valour performed by the following naval and military personnel:  

Gunner Albert Neil (Neale) Cleary  Army
Midshipman Robert Ian Davies  Navy
Leading Cook Francis Bassett Emms  Navy
Lieutenant David John Hamer  Navy
Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick  Army
Lieutenant Commander Robert William Rankin  Navy
Able Seaman Dalmorton Joseph Owendale Rudd  Navy
Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean  Navy
Leading Aircrewman Noel Ervin Shipp  Navy
Lieutenant Commander Francis Edward Smith  Navy
Lieutenant Commander Henry Hugh Gordon Stoker  Royal Navy
Leading Seaman Ronald Taylor  Navy
Captain Hector Macdonald Laws Waller  Navy

The Tribunal is directed to make recommendations on the eligibility of the naval and military members, as listed, to be awarded the Victoria Cross, the Victoria Cross for Australia or other forms of appropriate recognition for their gallantry or valour.

The Tribunal is to examine relevant documentary evidence and consider any other material relevant to these claims, including, but not limited to, any previous reviews conducted with regard to appropriate recognition for this service.

The Tribunal must consider the nature and context of the members actions in relation to the criteria for Australian and Imperial Awards in order to arrive at a fair and sustainable response to claims for appropriate recognition.

The Tribunal may interview such persons as it considers appropriate and consider material provided that is relevant to the Terms of Reference.

The Tribunal is to report to the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence on any recommendations that arise from the inquiry.  

In formulating its recommendations the Tribunal is required to maintain the integrity of the Australian honours system and identify any consequential impact any finding or recommendation may have on that system.  

In addition, the Tribunal is also directed to receive submissions supporting the recognition of acts of gallantry or valour performed by other members of the Defence Force. Submissions are only to be received where supported by appropriate documentation. Submissions based on hearsay or anecdotal evidence need not be considered.  

The Tribunal is to report to the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence on the detail of the additional submissions received in order for the Government to determine whether a proposal for recognition should be referred to the Tribunal for review.  

The Tribunal is to determine its own procedures, in accordance with the general principles of procedural fairness, when conducting its inquiry as set out in the Terms of Reference.

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Driver charged over Anzac parade crash

A 64-year-old who drove a truck into a group of veterans at last year's Anzac Day Parade in Melbourne faces three counts of dangerous driving causing serious injury.

Simpson's Gallipoli deeds listed for Victoria Cross
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Opening shots

Rare footage of Australian soldiers at the 1916 Battle of Pozieres, filmed for what is believed to have been Australia's earliest attempt at a war documentary, has been made available online.

'First Australian WWI doco' goes online

Rare footage of Australian soldiers at the 1916 Battle of Pozieres, filmed for what is believed to have been Australia's earliest attempt at a war documentary, has been made available online.


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From: Ron King
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 5:47 AM
Subject:  LAST POST

Good Morning to All,
Over the past few years, the 'Info Post' has received numerous copies of information relating to the origins of the "Last Post".   All of these snippets of information relate to the Last Post originating during the American Civil War.   Whilst these stories are quite touching, they are not true.
Last year, I wrote to the Australian War Memorial History Section requesting clarification on the true origins of the Last Post.
Attached is a letter and some information in reply to my query.     Hope this clears up the issue of the Last Post for all who have enquired.
Wishing you all the best for Easter and ANZAC Day.
John Watson
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Minister for Veterans Affairs



Prime Minister Julia Gillard today launched the documentary Kapyong: the forgotten battle of the forgotten war to mark the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong. 

The Prime Minister said the documentary was a fitting tribute to the Australian soldiers, sailors and airmen who fought alongside our allies in this defining battle of the Korean War. 

On 23-24 April 1951, the Battle of Kapyong was fought by Australians of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR), who helped to stop the Chinese spring offensive. This was crucial in preventing a Chinese breakthrough towards Seoul. 

Kapyong: the forgotten battle of the forgotten war tells the stories of the Allied and Chinese soldiers during the Battle it talks of their endurance and extreme bravery but also of the respect that they had for their opposing forces.

The Gillard Government will also develop a new interactive website on Australias involvement in the Korean War to commemorate the 60th anniversary.

The website will include researched historical text, images, maps, topographical information, interviews with veterans, innovative animated battle maps, and education resources for teachers and students. There are also plans to translate the website into Korean.

Minister for Veterans Affairs Warren Snowdon said the documentary and the website would provide Australians with a valuable source of historical information on Australias involvement in the Korean War.

Mr Snowdon congratulated the producer of the documentary, John Lewis and writer/director Dennis Smith. Their work has been a fitting tribute to the Australians who served in the Battle of Kapyong during the Korean War. 

In total more than 17,000 Australians served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, with 340 Australians killed in action, including 43 who are still missing in action. A further 1,216 were wounded and 30 were held captive in Prisoner of War camps.  

Thirty-two Australians died in the Battle of Kapyong, 59 were wounded and three were missing (taken prisoner). For its part in the battle, 3 RAR was awarded the United States Presidential Unit Citation.

Kapyong: the forgotten battle of the forgotten war was funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Foxtel, Film Victoria and Screen Australia and will be broadcasted by Foxtel on The History Channel on at 8:00 pm on Sunday, 24 April 2011.

Editors note: Historical images of the Battle of Kapyong are available on the DVA media centre. Historical audio files and film footage of the Battle of Kapyong can be requested from the Australian War Memorial. Copies of the documentary are available on request ? email dvamedia@dva.gov.au.
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Sunday, 10 April 2011                                                                                                                       VA026


Minister for Veterans Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of Anzac, Warren Snowdon, said the first phase of fieldwork in the most significant archaeological survey of the battlefields of Gallipoli since the First World War has now been completed.

Mr Snowdon said the preliminary findings from the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey (JHAS), an initiative of the Australian, Turkish and New Zealand Governments reveal extensive trench systems, boundary markers and tunnels created during the Gallipoli campaign.

Mr Snowdon said it was important to release the findings in the lead up to Anzac Day on 25 April.

The survey aims to increase our knowledge of the Gallipoli campaign, and provide further research into the historical, cultural and sociological significance of the area.  

Despite the historical importance of the Gallipoli battlefield, our knowledge of this area to date has been based on maps and written accounts. This area has never been studied in detail through modern archaeological survey methods.

This is the first time that we have had the opportunity to corroborate and further explore the events surrounding the Gallipoli campaign which proved such a defining moment in the formation of our nations identity.

Some 50,000 Australians served during the Gallipoli campaign and more than 8,700 lost their lives. This is a significant chapter in the history of our country and we owe it to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in war to learn all we can about this period.

The survey was undertaken by a team of 13 eminent archaeologists, historians and researchers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey who used non-invasive, advanced mapping, and GPS technology which records positions accurate to within 30 centimetres.

The research explored and mapped many of the surviving Australian and Turkish front line trenches between Johnstons Jolly Cemetery to Quinns Post on the Second Ridge which contains the most visible remains of the Anzac trench system.[See link to map below]

So far the fieldwork has documented:

o     4000 meters of trench

o     12 cemeteries

o     eight boundary markers

o     seven collapsed tunnels

o     36 dugouts;

o     69 recovered artefacts including metal fragments of food containers, buckets, bands, bullet shells, complete bullets, shell cartridges, buttons, belt buckles and glass shards of beer bottles and medicine jars;

o     and the paraphernalia of a rudimentary Turkish camp.

University of Melbourne Survey archaeologist Professor Antonio Sagona said, over the course of the field exercise, the team had gained a greater respect for all those involved in the Gallipoli campaign and an increased understanding of what happened on the battlefields.  

While it is still early days we believe we may have found evidence to corroborate the famous Anzac assault on the so called German Officers Trench, for example, he said.

The study aims to increase our knowledge of the Gallipoli campaign which, to date, has been based on old maps and written accounts including those of famous war correspondent, Charles Bean.

Mr Snowdon thanked the team of archaeologists, historians and researchers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey for their tremendous work on the project to date. He said he looked forward to hearing about the findings of the next phase of the research in the five-year project.  

Maps of the survey area, including images of some of the findings, and further background on the survey is available at www.dva.gov.au/media.


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The Minister for Veterans Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today acknowledged the contribution of more than 14,000 Australian servicemen on the 70th Anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk.  

In 1941 Australian service personnel, along with British, Indian, Czechoslovakian and Polish troops, held off the might of the German and Italian armies in a battle that has become as much a significant part of our wartime history as the Gallipoli landings, Mr Snowdon said.

The group, known as the ?Rats of Tobruk, withstood terrible conditions, enduring the heat and the dust of the desert as they bravely held Tobruk and dealt the Germans their first defeat on land in the Second World War.

Facing repeated ground assaults and almost constant bombing and shelling over the 242-day siege, Australian soldiers resolutely defended the town, digging tunnels underground to take shelter.  

German propagandist Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) derided the tenacious defenders as 'rats', while intended as an insult; the soldiers embraced the name ?Rats of Tobruk? as a badge of honour.  

Today, the name conjures images of resilience, tenacity and strength in the face of great adversity.

Mr Snowdon attended a commemorative service in Canberra, while other services have been held around Australia to mark the anniversary.

Even with the constant bombardment by a formidable foe in the dry desert, with freezing nights and sweltering days, these men never gave up. They are an outstanding example of the Anzac spirit.  

It is important we always remember the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women. We need to ensure younger generations of Australians are aware of contributions like the one the Rats made, to help ensure that we can enjoy the freedom and rights we now take for granted Mr Snowdon said.

The 70th anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk is also being marked by a new exhibition at the Australian War Memorial. For information on this exhibition and Australia?s service in North Africa visit www.awm.gov.au  

Editors note: Online-quality historical images of the Siege of Tobruk and a media backgrounder are available for download from the DVA Media centre at www.dva.gov.au/media.

For images of the commemorative service in Canberra, email dvamedia@dva.gov.au  

Interview opportunities are available with participants from the commemorative service in Canberra and veterans of the Siege of Tobruk from the ACT, NSW, QLD, SA and WA. Please call DVA Media for contact details.

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Rum, not beer in Gallipoli trenches

Ian Mcphedran DIGGERS at Gallipoli in 1915 favoured rum over beer, but Turkish soldiers went for the amber fluid as they fought pitched trench battles just metres from each other.

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Battleground trenches unearthed in Gallipoli  

Australian archaeologists have located trenches, tunnels and cemeteries in the Gallipoli battlefields of Turkey.

Special Forces scandal as officers are held 'for trying to leak secrets' - Daily Mail

Two senior Special Forces officers suspected of leaking details of highly sensitive covert operations have been arrested under the Official Secrets Act, the Daily Mail can reveal.

The unprecedented arrests came as members of the SAS and SBS were deployed in Libya in preparation for airstrikes and to liaise with rebels and identify stranded British oil workers for rescue.

It was unclear last night what the officers are suspected of leaking, but it is understood it involves attempts to pass it to a major broadcaster.

The investigation is focused primarily on information relating to the war in Afghanistan against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. But it is also looking at secret information the men had access to about Libya and other countries where Special Forces have been operating.

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Kokoda Track discovery may be a Digger  

Caroline Marcus RESEARCHERS surveying a lost battlefield on the famed Kokoda Track may have found the body of a missing Australian Digger after uncovering a buried boot.

Memorial honours lost airmen

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Subject: RAN 100th Anniversary Badges and Stickers

To all Navy/ex-Navy Personnel,

The 100th Anniversary set is complete, and is now on sale and in stock for immediate post out.

20 mm Anniversary brass lapel/tie badge, with 12mm long pin for
that thick coat or tie.
Cost: $8.00 ea posted or, $6.00 ea for 2 or more  +$3.00 post up to 20

90 mm iron on Anniversary patches:
Cost: $10.00 posted, or $8.00 ea, for 2 or more + $3.00 post up to 10.

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Friday, 8 April 2011                                                                                                                        VA023



For almost 96 years Anzac Day has had a central place in the hearts and minds of Australians.

Anzac Day is a reminder of the debt of gratitude that we owe as a nation to the Anzacs, to those who are currently serving and to those who have served in the past.

The Anzac tradition was born on the shores of Gallipoli during the First World War, when Australians embarked on their first large scale campaign in a major international conflict as a newly formed federated nation.  

The exploits of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in 1915 forged a legend of courage, resourcefulness, determination and mateship.

During the next three years of the First World War, these qualities were exhibited by Australians in every theatre of war in which they fought, particularly in the Middle East and on the Western Front.

Australia suffered horrific losses with more than 60,000 deaths in the First World War, an extraordinary sacrifice for a young nation with a population of just four and a half million at the time.

A generation decimated by this horrific bloody campaign.

Australians played an important role in many of the pivotal battles leading to the eventual Allied victory in 1918 over the German forces who were occupying large areas of France and Belgium. During the course of the war Australian troops fought bravely with 64 men awarded the Victoria Cross for valour.

The Anzac spirit remained a source of inspiration for Australians in conflict throughout the last century, including the Second World War, Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, Rwanda, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands. And invariably Australia has deservedly earned a reputation for raising tough, resilient and disciplined military forces, well respected by our international allies.

This year has particular significance as we commemorate the 60th anniversaries of the Battles of Kapyong and Maryang San in the Korean War as well as the 70th anniversaries of the Siege of Tobruk and Australia?s involvement in the Allied campaigns in Greece and Crete in the Second World War.

It is vital we take the opportunity each Anzac Day to again remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and express our appreciation to all veterans who have put their lives on the line, and continue to do so, to protect Australia and our interests.

In 2011, as well as the traditional services at Gallipoli, Australians will take part in Anzac Day services at some of the most significant sites in our wartime history.

Commemorations this year will include services abroad at Villers-Bretonneux and Bullecourt (France), London (England), the Kokoda Track (Papua New Guinea), Sandakan (Malaysia) and Hellfire Pass (Thailand).  

There will also be services in Afghanistan and Timor Leste and the many places around the world where members of the Australian Defence Force are currently serving, carrying on the Anzac tradition, as well as in almost every town and city, however small, across the nation.

We need no reminding that today we are at war and that in Afghanistan, Australian personnel are constantly putting their lives on the line, doing their nation's bidding in the best of the Anzac tradition.

These brave men and women will know that they are in our thoughts this Anzac Day.

As the Minister for Veterans? Affairs, I encourage each and every Australian to find new ways to commemorate Anzac Day keeping the spirit Anzac alive across the globe on 25 April 2011.

The Department of Veterans? Affairs has a comprehensive website at www.dva.gov.au/anzac/

with information on planned activities, historical overviews of wars and conflicts and other excellent resources which can be downloaded directly from the site.

I encourage anyone who may have personal links to those who have died in conflict to contact the Office of Australian War Graves (wargraves@dva.gov.au) which is available to assist in locating the final resting place of a relative. The Overseas War Memorials Search (http://memorials.dva.gov.au/) provides information on many of the overseas memorials to the Australian military.

It is important that all Australians take time on Anzac Day to pause and remember the more than 102,000 Australian service personnel who have lost their lives in wars and conflicts since the turn of the 20th century.  

We must recognise the sacrifices of our serving men and women who continue to fight and risk their lives in defence of our nation, to uphold our values and for the ideals of a more peaceful and stable world unity.  

We all owe them, and their families, forever a debt of gratitude.    

Lest we forget.

The Hon Warren Snowdon MP

Minister for Veterans? Affairs

Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of Anzac

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More Battle of Fromelles Diggers identified

Minister for Defence Science and Personnel and Minister for Veterans Affairs, Warren Snowdon, said a further 14 World War One Australian soldiers who fought at the Battle of Fromelles in France have been identified.

Mr Snowdon said the soldiers were originally from the New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia [see list attached below] and were among 250 Australian and British WW1 soldiers recovered from Pheasant Wood in France in 2009. 

I am pleased to announce today that a Joint Identification Board held on 4 April 2011, has identified these 14 soldiers by name,? Mr Snowdon said. 

This is very significant. These latest 14 soldiers bring the total number of Australians identified by name at Fromelles to 110. Of the 250 Australian and British WWI soldiers, 100 Australians remain unnamed along with 2 unidentified British soldiers.  Another 38 graves are marked Known unto God. 

We are determined to identify as many of these brave Australians as possible.  We are encouraged by the success, made possible by the large number of extended family members, both in Australia and Britain, who have provided DNA samples to assist with identification.

The Battle of Fromelles is recognised as one of the worst days in Australia?s military history and was the first major battle fought by the AIF in France.  The 5th Australian Division suffered over 5500 casualties (dead and wounded) and many of those killed remain unaccounted for almost a century after the battle.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will now erect new headstones with the identified mens details and they will be dedicated on 19 July this year during the annual commemoration of the Battle of Fromelles. 

The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie, praised the efforts of the Fromelles Project team, who have made contact with the relatives of the newly identified soldiers this week.     
The additional identifications demonstrates the tenacity and dedication of a wonderful team and also demonstrates how the latest scientific methods and great research can produce outstanding results, Lieutenant General Gillespie said. 

While identification of remains is an extremely complex process, we are hopeful that we will identify more soldiers in coming years.  It is important that we are able to identify these soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice and assist in giving closure to the families.

The involvement of the families of those diggers that remain unaccounted for has been vital to this process.  We currently have almost 3000 family members details in our records but we still need more.  If you think you might be related to a soldier who remains unaccounted for from the Battle of Fromelles, please get in contact with the Army.

The Army?s Fromelles Project team can be contacted by phoning 1800 019 090 or by accessing their website at www.army.gov.au/Fromelles.


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Service Number
 Given Names
 55th Battalion
 Merewether, NSW
 Herbert James
 29th Battalion
 North Carlton, VIC
 Albert Clive
 53rd Battalion
 Brewarrina, NSW
 Thomas Francis
 29th Battalion
 Prahan, VIC
 Lance Corporal
 William Andrew
 54th Battalion
 Nyngan, NSW
 Charles William
 30th Battalion
 Auburn, NSW
 55th Battalion
 Oakley Bay, NSW
 Maurice Leslie
 32nd Battalion
 Woods, SA
 54th Battalion
 Kellyville, NSW
 53rd Battalion
 Toowoomba, QLD
 David Frederick
 29th Battalion
 East Melbourne, VIC
 30th Battalion
 Cessnock, NSW
 Daniel Bernard
 30th Battalion
 Goulburn, NSW
 Leslie Gordon
 31st Battalion
 Casino, NSW
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The fat cats behind shamed insurers  

THE 43 directors of the insurance companies that are refusing to meet flood victims own a string of palatial properties and pocket six and seven-figure salaries

The media just love a bit of sensationalism like this. You never see the " media " front and centre when the Veteran community needs ongoing representation on the things that matter. It is common sense that these two old Diggers need to ride in a vehicle, no matter what they may say.
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'Slow' war heroes told: You can't march  

SOLDIERS who fought for their country in World War II are banned from marching on Anzac Day because they might slow down the parade.

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Tuesday, 5 April 2011                                                                                                                        VA022


The Minister for Veterans Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today announced funding for 93 new projects that will honour Australias wartime heritage.  

Mr Snowdon said Australian Government Saluting Their Service grants, worth $224,165, will commemorate those who served, and continue to serve, Australia in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

Saluting Their Service provides funds to help communities build and maintain memorials, capture the wartime history of their towns, and preserve memorabilia for future generations.

This funding will support an array of initiatives across Australia, including veterans reunions, unit histories, new places of remembrance and enhancements to existing memorials, school initiatives, and preservation and display of Australian wartime memorabilia.

The 93 projects range from assistance for a reunion luncheon in Sydney to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Australian Women?s Army Service, to funding for a new annual Anzac Day concert in Canberra, as well as support to help publish a book titled Easter Monday 1941,? Mr Snowdon said.

The Saluting Their Service program also helps fund events to commemorate significant wartime anniversaries. In 2011 this includes the 70th anniversaries of Australian service in Greece, Crete and Syria during the Second World War.  

In almost every city and town across the country theres history of Australian service. Through these projects we can help ensure the contribution of our servicemen and women is remembered, and their sacrifice is not forgotten, Mr Snowdon said.

Mr Snowdon encouraged local community and ex-service organisations interested in applying

for funding to visit www.dva.gov.au/grants, or call their nearest DVA office on 133 254 (for metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (for non-metropolitan callers).

Editors note: A list of grant recipients from each state and territory is attached.


 Funding description
 Amount $
2/17th Light Anti-Aircraft Airborne Association
 To help install a plaque at the Australian War Memorial to commemorate the 2/17th Light Anti-Aircraft Battery (Airborne) 1942-43.
2/26th Battalion Association
 To help install a plaque at the Australian War Memorial to commemorate all who have served in the 2/26th Australian Infantry Battalion 8th Division AIF.  
Friends of the 2nd Infantry Battalions Inc
 To help install two bronze plaques at the Australian War Memorial to commemorate those who served with the 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion AIF and the 54th Australian Infantry Battalion AIF.
National Folk Festival Ltd
 To help hold an Anzac Day concert, 'For the Fallen' a proposed new annual Canberra event, presented by the National Folk Festival in Canberra.
Total grants: 4
 Total $
 Funding description
 Amount $
1 Field Squadron Group
Royal Australian Engineers Qld Inc
 To help install a plaque in Chris Cunningham Memorial Park, Tweed Heads, to commemorate all 1 Field Squadron Sappers and explosive detection dogs of the Royal Australian Engineers who gave their lives.
11 Platoon Delta 4 RAR
 To help hold a reunion in Tweed Heads from 19-23 September 2011 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Nui-Li. A memorial service followed by a formal luncheon will be held on 21 September.
17 Construction Squadron Workshop Vietnam Association
 To help hold a reunion and memorial service at the Sydney War Memorial on 28 April 2011 to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, followed by a dinner at the Hyde Park Inn, Sydney.
7th Division Royal Australian Engineers' Association
 To help install a plaque and ten pavers at the North Fort Memorial Walkway in Manly to commemorate members of 7th Divisional Royal Australian Engineers 1939-1945.
9th Australian Division
 To help hold a memorial service at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney, on 10 April 2011 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the commencement of the Siege of Tobruk, followed by a luncheon at the Combined Services RSL Club.
Advantaged Care Pty Ltd T/AS Bondi Waters
 To help install a flagpole at the Bondi Waters aged care facility for use by residents on days of commemoration.
Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans & Associated Forces Inc
 To help hold a memorial service on 14 August 2011 at the Springwood War Memorial to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, followed by a social function.
Australian Womens Army Service Association (NSW)
 To help hold a reunion luncheon on 30 September 2011 at the Menzies Hotel, Sydney, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Australian Womens Army Service.
Bomaderry RSL Sub-branch
 To help install a secure display cabinet in the Bomaderry RSL Sub-branch members' lounge to house two Second World War 303 Lee Enfield rifles.
British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Japan) Association of Australia Inc
 To help hold a reunion in Junee from 22-24 March to commemorate the 65th anniversary of British Commonwealth Occupation Force landing in Japan, with a dinner on 23 March.
Bungendore War Memorial Management Committee
 To help research, collate names and publish a booklet on the history of servicemen from the Bungendore district who served during the Boer War which will be distributed at a planned Boer War commemorative service in May 2011 with a copy presented to the library for historical reference.
Bungendore War Memorial Management Committee
 To help hold a dinner on 21 April 2011 in Bungendore to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Crete.
Bungendore War Memorial Management Committee
 To help install a Boer War roll of honour at the Bungendore Cenotaph and a plaque to commemorate those who served post first Gulf War.
Chatswood RSL Sub-branch
 To help restore the Boer War Memorial in the Chatswood Garden of Remembrance.
Coledale RSL Sub-branch
 To help restore the First World War Honour Board which is located at the Scarborough Primary School  and relocate it to the Coledale RSL Sub-branch.
Cowra RSL Sub-branch
 To help install a secure cabinet in the Cowra RSL Sub-branch to display Australian Light Horse memorabilia including uniforms, equipment and photographs.
Dorrigo RSL Sub-branch
 To help erect a shelter in Trooper Mark Donaldson VC Park, Dorrigo, and install three interpretive display panels underneath the shelter. One panel will outline the history of the Victoria Cross, one panel will provide information on the conflict in Afghanistan and the SAS, and one panel will show Trooper Donaldson's citation and details of his connection with Dorrigo.
Doyalson-Wyee RSL Sub-branch
 To help erect a memorial wall at the entrance of the Memorabilia Walkway in the Doyalson RSL Club.
Gloucester RSL Sub-branch
 To help upgrade the Gloucester War Memorial Clock Tower and the honour board at the Gloucester Soldiers Club to show recent conflicts and names of local veterans who have served since the Vietnam War.
Goulburn RSL Sub-branch
 To help replace two vandalised flagpoles at the Goulburn Mullwaree Honour Roll precinct in Belmore Park.
Goulburn RSL Sub-branch
 To help install closed circuit television in Belmore Park, Goulburn, to deter vandalism of the Second World War and Post Wars Memorials.
Gunnedah Shire Council
 To help publish a book titled To Fight and Do Our Best written by Cate Clark, a history of the First Australian Armoured Division's time in Gunnedah, Narrabri and North West NSW during 1942-43.
HMAS Vendetta Reunion
 To help hold a reunion at the Ballina RSL from 11-13 March 2011 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Far East Strategic Reserve deployment of HMAS Vendetta, with a dinner on 12 March.
Hunter's Hill Council
 To help restore a Howitzer No 1177 located outside the Hunters Hill RSL Sub-branch.
Kenna Investments Pty Ltd trading as The Bay Nursing Home
 To help install a flagpole at The Bay Nursing Home in Blakehurst for use by residents on days of commemoration.
Malabar RSL Sub-branch
 To help install a commemorative plaque at Chifley Public School, Sydney, to commemorate all servicemen and women.
Malabar RSL Sub-branch
 To help install a commemorative plaque at Matraville Sports High School, Sydney, to commemorate all servicemen and women.
Malabar RSL Sub-branch
 To help install a commemorative plaque at St Andrews Catholic School, Sydney, to commemorate all servicemen and women.
Malabar RSL Sub-branch
 To help install a commemorative plaque at Malabar Public School, Sydney, to commemorate all servicemen and women.
Molong RSL Sub-branch
 To help publish a book titled The Boer War (1899-1902) Molong and the Colony's Involvement, written by Robert Ellis about the history of the Boer War with Molong and districts involvement to be distributed to libraries, bookshops, RSL, visitor centres and schools.
National Servicemen's Association of Australia NSW Branch
Westlake Macquarie Sub-branch
 To help install a new National Servicemen's Memorial in Goffett Park, Toronto.
Orange City Council
 To help restore a 25 Pounder Field Gun located in Anzac Park, Orange, and install interpretive signage.
St Francis Xavier's College
 To help assist students from the college to research the Korean War, which will include local Korean War Veterans sharing their memories and experiences and will be presented to 1,500 local primary and secondary schools as well as the veteran community.
St Leo's Catholic College
 To help install an Anzac memorial garden at St Leo's Catholic College, Wahroonga, which will be a focal point for Anzac and Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Taylors Arm RSL Sub-branch
 To help refurbish the Taylors Arm War Memorial.
Toronto RSL Sub-branch
 To help refurbish the Toronto First World War Community War Memorial.
Vietnam Veterans (Northern)
 To help hold a march and service at the Palm Beach RSL cenotaph on

14 August 2011 to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Long Tan Day, followed by a luncheon.
Total: 37
 Total $


 Funding description
 Amount $
City of Palmerston
 To help install two memorial walls behind the cenotaph in Memorial Park, Palmerston, which will be available to Defence members and members of the public to install plaques dedicated to ex-servicemen and women from all wars and conflicts.
Total: 1
 Total $

 Funding description
 Amount $
2/15th Battalion AIF Remembrance Club Inc
 To help publish a book titled Easter Monday 1941 written by J MacKenzie-Smith.
31st Infantry Battalion Association Inc
Townsville Branch
 To help install a memorial at the Army Museum North Queensland, Jezzine Barracks, Townsville, to commemorate 125 years of continuous service of the 31st Battalion - Kennedy Regiment - to the ADF in Queensland.
31st Infantry Battalion Association Inc
Townsville Branch
 To help hold a dedication service and plaque unveiling at the new 31st Battalion Kennedy Regiment memorial at the Army Museum North Queensland, Jezzine Barracks, Townsville, on 30 October 2011, followed by a morning tea.
42nd Australian Infantry Battalion Association
 To help hold a dinner on 30 July 2011 in Mackay to commemorate 95 years since the 42nd Infantry Battalions first engagement in active service.
5th/7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Association
 To help purchase four banners showing correct deployments by 5th/7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment.
Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association (Queensland Branch) Inc
 To help replace name plaques on trees at Memorial Grove, Canungra and install an honour roll and history plaque. Memorial Grove includes 998 trees planted in honour of the soldiers who served on the team in South Vietnam during the period 1962-72.  
Bowen RSL Sub-branch
 To help restore and upgrade memorial plaques and honour boards on the Bowen Cenotaph.
Caloundra RSL Sub-branch
 To help restore two decommissioned Second World War 40mm Bofor guns and mount them on new concrete pads outside the Caloundra RSL Sub-branch.
Gold Coast Naval Foundation
Gold Coast Navy Week Committee Inc
 To help hold a service at St Peter's Anglican Church, Southport, on 23 October 2011 to commemorate the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy, followed by a luncheon at Southport Sharks AFL Club.

Greenmount State School
 To help upgrade the Greenmount State Primary School Memorial and its immediate surrounds.
Gympie and District Historical Society Inc
 To help restore the 77mm Krupps gun on display at the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum.
Holland Park-Mount Gravatt RSL Sub-branch
 To help install a display cabinet at the Holland Park-Mount Gravatt RSL Sub-branch to house memorabilia from the First World War.
Innovative Care Pty Ltd trading as Sheridan Gardens
 To help install a flagpole at the Sheridan Gardens care facility in White Rock, Cairns, to be used by residents on days of commemoration.
Innovative Care Pty Ltd
trading as Sheridan Gardens
 To help install an honour board at Sheridan Gardens care facility in White Rock, Cairns, with the names of residents who have served for the armed forces and widows of veterans who have served.
Laidley RSL Sub-branch
 To help restore the Laidley War Memorial and the Memorial Gates.
Leyburn RSL Sub-branch
 To help construct a new war memorial at the Leyburn RSL Museum and Community Centre to commemorate those who have served in all wars and conflicts.
Royal Australian Air Force Association Qld Division, Redlands Branch
 To help install and refurbish an aircraft propeller for display at the front of the Redlands RSL Museum.
Royal Australian Air Force Association, Cairns Branch
 To help hold a service at the Cairns Cenotaph on 20 March 2011 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Australian Air Force, followed by a luncheon at the Cairns RSL.
Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-branch
 To help install two display cabinets and purchase three mannequins to display donated wartime memorabilia and uniforms at the Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-branch.
Toogoolawah RSL Sub-branch
 To help erect a Wall of Remembrance at the Toogoolawah RSL Sub-branch with 12 plaques commemorating all conflicts, peacemaking and peacekeeping to the present and four bronze plaques representing each Service and national servicemen.
Waterloo Public Hall Association Inc
 To help erect a granite cairn at the Waterloo Hall engraved with names of local servicemen and women who have served in all wars and conflicts.
Yuleba Development Group Inc
 To help construct a new memorial in Garth Cox Memorial Park, Yuleba, dedicated to all servicemen and women from the district who served their country in times of war and peace.
Total: 22
 Total $
 Funding description
 Amount $
Bowhill Lutheran Church
 To help replace the flagpole at the Bowhill Anzac Memorial.
Clare RSL Sub-branch
 To help upgrade the Clare Second World War Memorial.  
Cowell RSL Sub-branch
 To help preserve, restore and display wartime memorabilia at the Cowell RSL Sub-branch and purchase three mannequins to display service uniforms.
Keith RSL Sub-branch
 To help produce a photographic inventory of memorabilia at the Keith RSL Sub-branch and record the story behind the memorabilia.  
McLaren Flat Soldiers Memorial Hall
 To help frame service photos of local residents listed on the First World War, Second World War and Vietnam honour boards for display at the McLaren Flat Soldiers Memorial Hall.
Regional Council of Goyder
 To help install security lighting to deter vandalism, and upgrade the immediate surrounds at the Burra War Memorial.
Royal Australian Artillery Association of SA Inc
 To help install a replica of the Royal Australian Artillery memorial plaque that was stolen from Memorial Walk adjacent to Torrens Parade Ground.
Royal Australian Regiment Association
South Australia Branch Inc
 To help print a unit history titled A Potted History of the Royal Australian Regiment in the Korean War 1950-1953, copies of the booklet will be printed and presented to veterans at the service on 20 April 2011 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong and the Korean War.
Royal Australian Regiment Association
South Australia Branch Inc
 To help print copies of an original 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment nominal roll detailing all ranks and positions on the battlefield in Korea on 24 and 25 April 1951, and enclose a copy in a time capsule at the RAR club rooms.
Royal Australian Regiment Association
South Australia Branch Inc
 To help hold a luncheon on 20 April 2011 at the RAR Association SA clubhouse to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong.
St Brigid's Catholic Primary School
 To help install a removable flagpole and plaque in the Performing Arts and Sports Centre at St Brigid's Catholic Primary School.
The National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association Australia Inc - South Australia & Northern Territory Branch
 To help hold a luncheon on 31 August 2011 at Anzac House, Adelaide, following a service to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the cessation of the Indonesian Confrontation.
Total: 12
 Total $

 Funding description
 Amount $
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia
Tasmania Branch Inc
 To help hold a reunion in Hobart from 16-18 August 2011 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy and the role of the Royal Australian Navy during the Vietnam War, with a formal dinner to be held on

17 August.
Total: 1
 Total $
 Funding description
 Amount $
10th Medium Regiment Association
 To help replace the old and deteriorated 10th Medium Regiment Association banner.

2/29th Battalion AIF Association Inc
 To help reprint the book titled A History of the 2/29 Battalion - 8th Australian Division AIF.
Box Hill RSL Sub-branch
 To help produce three new displays of wartime memorabilia at the Box Hill RSL Sub-branch to commemorate the 95th anniversary of Fromelles, the 70th anniversary of Tobruk and the 60th anniversary of Kapyong.
Dependable Care trading as Bamfield Lodge
 To help install a flagpole at Bamfield Lodge aged care facility, Heidelberg, for use by residents on days of commemoration.
Derrinallum RSL Sub-branch
 To help install an honour board at the Derrinallum Community Hall to commemorate local servicemen and women who served from the Second World War to the present day.
Domain Principal
trading as Domain Aged Care, Sale
 To help install a flagpole at Domain Aged Care facility, Sale, for use by residents on days of commemoration.
Elphinstone Cemetery Trust
 To help restore the Elphinstone War Memorial.
Innovative Care Pty Ltd trading as Glenelg Community Aged Care
 To help install an honour board at Glenelg Community Aged Care facility in Portland which will have the names of all residents who have served in the armed forces and widows of veterans who have served.
Innovative Care Pty Ltd trading as Glenelg Community Aged Care
 To help install a flagpole at the Glenelg Community Aged Care facility in Portland for use by residents on days of commemoration.
Mentone RSL Sub-branch
 To help install three display cabinets in the Mentone RSL Sub-branch to house a large number of wartime books.
Neerim District Health Service T/AS
Tarago Views Aged Care
 To help install a memorial rock, plaque and flagpole at the Tarago Views Aged Care facility in Neerim which will honour those who have served in all conflicts, peacemaking and peacekeeping missions, as well as volunteers who have served the country.
South Port Community Residential Home Inc
 To help install a flagpole at the South Port Community Residential Home for use by residents on days of commemoration.
Total: 12
 Total $

 Funding description
 Amount $
Denmark RSL Sub-branch
 To help refurbish and relocate the Denmark War Memorial.
Margaret River & Districts Historical Society Inc
 To help build a replica Margaret River First World War Honour Roll for display in the Augusta-Margaret River Shire Offices which will show the names of 15 residents from the area who fought in the First World War.
Naval Association of Australia, National Council
 To help hold a memorial service on 29 July 2011 at Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, to commemorate the Centenary of the Royal Australian Navy, followed by a dinner at the Rockingham Navy Club.
Uniting Church Homes trading as St Andrew's Aged Care Home
 To help install a flagpole at St Andrew's Aged Care Home, Balcatta, for use by residents on days of commemoration.
Total: 4
 Total $
Total Grants - 93
 Total amount $
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Information from the last Census showed that about 1/3 of dwellings of all types had one person living in them. This means a very large proportion of the population consists of single person households. If the media and politicians persist in focusing on households of multiple persons, such as related family members, they are misrepresenting about 1/3 of the population. That's a lot of possible newspaper sales and a lot of votes. Using the term "family" might sound warm and fuzzy and does appeal to some of the population but this term ignores a huge proportion of Australians.
The following article is correct to hone in on the cost of utilities which is where the real increases in cost of living are. Buying food presents us with many choices and reasonable competition. We don't get this competition and choice with utilities, particularly outside the capital cities.
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40% hike in basic costs hits families
Sarah Vogler, Paddy Hintz and Robyn Ironside QUEENSLAND households are paying out at least 40 per cent more to cover basic utilities, such as water, electricity and sewerage, than they did four years ago


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Addict guilty of bashing war veteran to death

A heroin addict who fatally attacked an elderly man in Melbourne nearly two years ago has been found guilty of murder.


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Wednesday, 30 March 2011                                                                                                          VA021


The Minister for Veterans Affairs, Warren Snowdon, reminded Australians travelling to
Villers-Bretonneux, France, or Gallipoli, Turkey, for Anzac Day commemorations on 25 April this year that there was still time to register for updates.

Mr Snowdon said that the information services provided important updates for the overseas commemorations, including practical tips on what to bring and what to expect.  

I encourage Australians attending Anzac Day commemorations in France or Gallipoli to register their details online before they depart. These services will ensure travellers come fully prepared for what is a once in a lifetime experience, he said.  

The France and Gallipoli registration services provide travellers with helpful information on what  to expect on the day, what to bring and wear, weather conditions, traffic arrangements or services, and information in the event of an emergency.

Updates are provided direct to recipients via text message or email or both.

Each year thousands of people attend Anzac Day commemorations in France and Gallipoli.
I encourage those who are planning to attend, but have not yet registered, to do so soon to make the most of this valuable information service, Mr Snowdon said.

In previous years up to 7,000 people have attended the Dawn Service at Gallipoli and some 3,000 at Villers-Bretonneux. Similar numbers are expected again in 2011.  

Registration is not mandatory but is a way for Australian travellers to stay informed.  

To register for France updates visit www.franceregistration.com. To register for Gallipoli updates visit www.gallipoliregistration.com.  

For more information about Anzac Day commemorations in France or Gallipoli visit www.dva.gov.au/anzac.

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Both sides of politics are committed to the flawed policy of " privatise everything in sight". Privatisation of Government services always means higher costs and less services. This is the record of privatisation. What politicians are doing is selling off the people's assets [eg electricity] to get them [ Governments ] out of their budget black holes and also gifting over essential services to greedy corporations and profiteers who then own the people's assets and charge like scrub bulls.
It's like you giving your hard earned home to the family down the street for a song, and then you staying on in your former home and paying 4 times the rent you would otherwise pay.
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Power prices will rise, tax or no tax  

Steven Scott ELECTRICITY prices are set to soar in the next few years with or without a carbon tax, the Government's climate change adviser Ross Garnaut warnst


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Hugh Smith/Anthony Bergin UN will seek Australian peacekeepers


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