Weekly News HMAS LEEUWIN 1963 FOR 2008-2009

Weekly News 22 March 2009



G'day All


What a great week in the Great South Land. Speedy Hannant has forwarded a photo with signatures of Winjan 1. These photos are on the web site under 'photos'. I have been informed Gary Hardman's dedication should be in July. Ken Dobbie sends details in respect of a shipmate's demise. Mike Hogan compares marches in Sydney.

This week:

Passing over the bar Carl Lunardi
Marches Sydney 09
Pension Increases
Prime Minister Advisory Council
Phones


cheers


Ron




SUBJECT CARL LUNARDI

Sadly I report that Carl Lunardi ex WOWM has passed away in Launceston. Carl was privately cremated and I have learned of his passing through a family notice in the press.

Carl was one of a very few who rose to warrant rank as a Weapons Mechanic and truly one of the navy's gentlemen and a friend of mine in the navy. A passing too soon.

Ken Dobbie


SUBJECT SYDNEY MARCHES MARCH 09


Attention all Pongo's ,

It has been suggested that the Army has a Parade through the City of Sydney next weekend , if only to catch up to the other Services.

As you are all aware the Navy has its Freedom of Entry parade this weekend & the RAAF had its annual Gala Parade with all due frills through

Kings Cross last weekend !!!!! .

Your's Aye ,

Mike Hogan



SUBJECT PENSION INCREASES



VETERANS’ AND WAR WIDOWS’ PENSIONS INCREASED

Indexation will deliver Veteran and War Widow pensioners up to an extra $14.10 a fortnight, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Alan Griffin announced today. Some 365,000 veterans, their partners and war widows will benefit.

Minister Griffin said pensions will increase from 20 March, paid from pension day 26 March.

"For the first time, the Special Rate (TPI) Pension is more than $1,000 a fortnight at $1,011.90," Mr Griffin said.

The increases are based on a movement of 0.9 per cent in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and a top-up of $2.60 per fortnight to bring the single Service Pension rate to 25 per cent of Male Total Average Weekly Earnings (MTAWE). All disability pensions are indexed by reference to both CPI and MTAWE. This resulted in a 1.4 per cent increase.

Pension
Old fortnightly rate
New fortnightly rate

Special Rate (TPI) Pension/ MRCA Special Rate Disability Pension
$997.80
$1,011.90

Extreme Disablement Adjustment
$550.70
$558.50

100 per cent General Rate of Disability Pension
$354.50
$359.50

Intermediate Rate Disability Pension
$677.00
$686.60

Service Pension – single
$562.10
$569.80

Service Pension – couples
$469.50 each. $939.00 couple
$475.90 each. $951.80 couple

War Widows/ers Pension
$598.70
$607.00

Income Support Supplement
$167.80
$170.20




For more information on the new pension rates visit www.dva.gov.au or call 133 254.



SUBJECT Prime Ministerial Advisory Council



From: Frank Benfield
Date: 17/03/2009 9:51:35 AM
To:


G'Day

, I'd be grateful if you gave this message the widest distribution. Thank you.

On Thursday & Friday the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on ex-service matters will gather for its next meeting. Details of PMAC can be found at its website: minister.dva.gov.au/PMAC/index.htm

There is now a facility available which enables submissions to be made direct to the Council at that site. If you are interested in matters affecting the Defence community the site is quite informative. You can also talk with me via this email medium if you wish (fbenfield@optusnet.com.au).

Best wishes

Frank Benfield
PMAC
Brisbane





YOUR CHOICE...........




SUBJECT PHONE NUMBERS


This is for Australian phone numbers!


REMEMBER: Mobile Phone Numbers Go Public next month.

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

YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS

Below is a link where you can enter your phone numbers online to put an end to telemarketing calls

This service costs $79.00 per year.

https://www.donotcall.gov.au/








Weekly News 15 March 2009

G'day All,

To all those that are attending the Victorian function next Wednesday at 1200 at Young and Jacksons - have a good time, I will be thinking of you.

We have received advice from the Command Chaplain in respect of Mumbles Aldenhaven and Gary Devlin.

The following message has been put on the 'dedications page' of our website.

'Advice has been received the plaque dedications ceremony for Mumbles Aldenhaven and Gary Devlin will be held at the GI Chapel on Sunday 19 April at 1400. Please note the time is 1400.

If you intend attending please contact me at rugbyron@bigpond.com or tele 02 99711991 0410529797. If required, I can coordinate entry into GI. Alternately, contact Elaine Cleary at elaine.cleary@defence.gov.au or 02 9359 2782 .

Dress Coat and medals

The intention is to arrive in time to have a look at the Chapel and the dedication plaques insitu inside the chapel, on completion of the service have group photographs taken on the steps of the Chapel, then proceed to Rockers to have a farewell drink and honour our shipmates.

Please note Gary Harman's dedication is not in this round.'

The Fleet Entry went well and I am sure Mike Hogan and all that attended the 'Freedom of Entry' would have enjoyed themselves. Saying that, Mike forwarded me an email in respect of Service Marches in Sydney.........


'Attention all Pongo's ,

It has been suggested that the Army has a Parade through the City of Sydney next weekend , if only to catch up to the other Services.

As you are all aware the Navy has its Freedom of Entry parade this weekend & the RAAF had its annual Gala Parade with all due frills through

Kings Cross last weekend !!!!! .

Your's Aye ,

Mike Hogan'

This issue contains articles on:

Status of Twitch Hawkins ongoing health - dont forget to give him a call,
JR's Website,
Mick Gallagher has sent a dit from his holiday in India - been posted to 'Travel Stories'
Lost Soul - Peter Gray
Memorabilla - This may interest you - been posted to the SALT page of the website




cheers


Ron
SUBJECT Hi Ron --- here's the latest on Twitch -- the phone number is 07 3240 2111 --- kev


From: steelcatd41@optusnet.com.au
To: steelcatd41@optusnet.com.au
Subject: FW: Bill Hawkins Update
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 19:22:17 +1100

From: Kenny Smith [mailto:wirelesstar@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 10 March 2009 7:07 PM
To: Peter Maher
Subject: Bill Hawkins Update

Peter,

Bill "Twitch" Hawkins continues well in his effort to beat the disease.

Today he tasted his first solid food in some weeks.

A bad choice, hospital lasagne which has the consistency of a dishwashing sponge.

He also reached a personal best in having traveled 125 metres in a day. That's a heck of an improvement.

Bill is hoping to be discharged in the care of family on Friday.

I'm sure he's still appreciate a phone call every now and then.

07 ... He's in 2D at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

Ask for Arthur Hawkins.

If you have any questions or any messages to pass on just lemme know. wirelesstar@optusnet.com.au

Ken Smith





SUBJECT JUNIOR RECRUITS WEBSITE JRSREUNION.ORG UPDATE



Hello to you all


We have now made another update to the website with the inclusion of a brand new newsletter
This will be published on a monthly basis and is included in the Newsletter Page.
We have recruited Mark Lee as the Editor and you will see he has done a great job.
The newsletter will download subject to your internet connection - its 5mb in size.


As back ground.
Mark was a member of the 45th Intake [Howden Division] HMAS LEEUWIN 1973 We trust that you enjoy what he has to say on behalf of the Reunion Committee.


We have also placed the reunion Program on the website, final costings will be displayed when confirmed.


You will also notice that the caravan park - Big 4 Perth International Tourist Park has come onboard and is included on the Sponsors/Supporters page.
Details for booking this facility will also be up as soon as they organise prices etc.


We also asked for advice on placement of Internet Email address on the website.
Following many negative responses it has been decided NOT to include them for everyone in the wold to see.
This will also reduce the amount of 'spam' in each of your letter boxes.


Copy of the first 'Voice Pipe' newsletter





Thank you to you all


Kind regards


Elaine & Alan Rodgers
Unit 95, 41 Geographe Way
THORNLIE WA 6108
therojas@bigpond.net.au
08 9256 2440
0416 096 841
URL: www.jrsreunion.org





SUBJECT PETER GRAY



G'day Eric,

Mate, with your vast number of contacts are you able to find any details for Peter Gray from the bushfires. We have a donation we would like to send him but I cannot find anyone that knows him or can put us in touch.

I understand you initially were informed by the JR Association.

Any assistance appreciated.

Cheers

David Creaser
Secretary
RAN CD Association
South Australia.
0413 479 568


PS. Peter is an ex junior recruit & allegedly an ex CD.
If he is not a diver that is fine, South Australia would just like to help.







Weekly News 8 March 2009



G'day All,

Hope all is well. Still no word on the dedications. This edition contains:

Update on Twitch Hawkins,
Advise on the JR's reunion in 2010
RAN DIischarge Certificate
All Ship's Reunion
Navy Vietnam Veterans FEB 2010
King Hall Naval History Conference 2009 - The Commonwealth Navies - 100 years of cooperation



cheers


Ron




Hi Ron -- here's the latest on Twitch -- kev uttley


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From: steelcatd41@optusnet.com.au
To: steelcatd41@optusnet.com.au
Subject: FW: Bill Hawkins update
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 16:08:49 +1100




Hi Peter,

Here's the Bill Hawkins sit-rep.

I visited with Bill Hawkins again today and must say he's looking better now than at any time during this hospital stay.

I mentioned in previous reports that he is tenacious if nothing else.

He's slowly recovering from this current treatment which has to do with his personal waste disposal and exhaust. The threat of a colostomy bag is now less likely.

Bill is hopeful of being discharged next week into the care of family members.

So well is he doing at the moment he'd enjoy a few short phone calls from time to time.

The number of Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane is 07 ... and he is in 2D.

Please note that the hospital deals in his true given name so you'll have to ask for ARTHUR Hawkins.

Arthur! Hands up how many knew that.

Arthur, Bill, Twitch wants to return to his farm to be there for the Queensland state election on March 21st. The rationale is that there's only one polling booth in his small village of Toogoolawah and if he sits outside on the day he'll see all the people he knows.

That demonstrates the healthy attitude Bill has towards the inevitability of his disease.

His paliative care specialist has told him his quality life can only be expected to be measured in a couple of months.

He is philosophical about the amount of time he has left.

I'll keep you appraised of further detail.

Ken Smith.

thanks for passing this on Peter,

Be well,



ken





SUBJECT JR'S REUNION 2010



Hello Junior Recruits


We have now inserted newsletter No 3 from the Reunion Committee and No 9 from the Memorial Committee on the newsletter page.


We have also included the program on the program pages.


Requests from some of those members registered for email addresses to be included within the website
If there no objections with 7 days it is my intent to put them on the site... I do believe there are a couple for obvious reasons should not be there and I will contact them direct for their approval or otherwise.



We look forward to continued registrations and the program will be updated when the final 2010 costs have been advised by those with whom be are booked.


There are 14 non email contacts so this is a great effort by all concerned.


and on behalf of the committee
Thank you


Kind regards






Elaine & Alan Rodgers
Unit 95, 41 Geographe Way
THORNLIE WA 6108
therojas@bigpond.net.au
08 9256 2440
0416 096 841
URL: www.jrsreunion.org








SUBJECT RAN DISCHARGE CERTIFICATE







Certificates given today are worthy of framing and are a big improvement on the "Certificate" that most of us received, a piece of paper with our enlistment details. As many of you have received medals since discharging you should apply for an updated Certificate that lists your Awards. The address for details is available at the Navy website

www.navy.gov.au/contact/records.html




SUBJECT ALL SHIP'S REUNION





The Ballina All Ships Reunion


for 2009 is the weekend of

20th to 22nd of November

For further information contact

Merv Stevens at email address: snake@tadaust.org.au





SUBJECT NAVY VIETNAM VETERANS FEB 2010


February Lunch & Drinks

John Gibson Memorial Day.


Naval Vietnam Veterans & Associated Organisations.

HMAS SYDNEY Association.

Date. Tuesday 09th of February.2010.Time. 1100. Venue. The Town Hall Hotel

29 Station St. Corner of Turton Street.
Waratah NSW 2298

(02) 4968 2607


Trains stop regularly at Waratah. Waratah is the nearest railway station.

It would be really nice if you could be there to have a yarn with your mates. If you can’t attend, that is okay, we hope to see you next time

The organisation is as strong as the commitment of the individual to participate.

Ring one mate and let him know the lunch is on, please?

Cost: $30.00. This covers lunch of steak, sausage, rissole, potato bake & salad plus eight schooners.

Dress code: A logoed shirt of the Association you support. (With supporting, smart casual apparel).

RSVP to Bill Myers 0401799520 or the hotel on 02 49682607


SUBJECT King Hall Naval History Conference 2009 - The Commonwealth Navies - 100 years of cooperation


If you are interested in attending this Conference please complete and return the Registration Form.

This year, for the first time, there is no registration fee for those interested in attending.







Weekly News 1 March 2009

www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page2.htm



G'day All,

Hope you are all on the up and up. Received an email from Kev Uttley in respect of Twitch Hawkins. He has been receiving chemotherapy in the Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane. Twitch' phone number is 0439 799 638. The details of Kev's email is below and of course the attachment is a photo of Twitch. 

Who remembers Doug Brown? He has had a look at the website and has sent in an email with his details. Doug was in Nakina 1 in the 7th intake. We have been looking for years to find him and didnt know where to look . Dont forget to say G'day to him on dougbrown5@optusnet.com.au There are still a lot of blokes we have been unable to locate.

Have also received emails concerning loss of contact. If you change your email address and dont receive a weekly news within a week please contact me again. Had two this week where contact has had to be been reinstated.

Mike Hogan is in New Zealand with his lovely wife Jill. A photo of them arriving 'across the ditch' is on the website under 'travel stories'.

Jessie James is looking for starters for the 'DUCHESS Reunion' who will be travelling to the Apple Isle. His email is under.

Nick Bryant has sent an interesting article on a lost submarine the USS NEW MEXICO. Well worth a read.

For those of you who enjoy nostalgia, there is a link to Navy News and more imporantly past issues, you know those ones that had photos and captions in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Well worth a look. The hyperlink will be inserted on the website under 'Links and downloads of interest'.

There is an article in respect of a scam in respect of the Tax Office and Centre Link to do with payment being made by the Government. Worth reading.


Have a good week

Cheers


Ron


SUBJECT TWITCH HAWKINS



Hi Ron -- you've probably already got Twitch's mobile number on file -- I don't think he's got a landline up at the farm--- see attached photo at the RSL in WA --- kev uttley

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From: steelcatd41@optusnet.com.au
To: steelcatd41@optusnet.com.au
Subject: Bill "Twitch" Hawkins
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 14:55:52 +1100


Bill "Twitch" Hawkins (EMWR - BRISBANE commissioning crew) is currently in Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

Bill has confounded doctors by responding so positively for almost 3 years to treatment for mesothelioma.

However the disease has recently deteriorated and he's now awaiting further chemo-therapy.

Bill is in some discomfort but in high spirits and optimistic his positive response to treatment thus far will continue.

There is no benefit at the moment in phoning Bill to offer support but his hope is he'll be released later in the week and will then be glad of your contact.





I'll give you phone numbers when he's released.

Ken Smith.





SUBJECT NAVY NEWS


Navy news is now available on-line - just click on the website if you are interested.


www.navy.gov.au/Publication:Navy_News



SUBJECT DUCHESS REUNION

Original Message -----
From: jessegordon
To: Ron Giveen
Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2009 3:21 PM
Subject: Duchess re-union


Hi Ron,

At the Albury meeting last year someone mentioned that they were coming down to Hobart for the Duchess reunion, I can’t remember who it was. If you haven’t already done this weeks orders could you mention that I am interested in who may be coming down and perhaps they could e-mail me at jessegordon@bigpond.com.

Regards,

Jesse (Ian) James








Tax bonus email scam warning
20 February 2009

The Tax Office and Centrelink have issued warnings of a tax bonus payments email scam.

An email, falsely claiming to be from the Tax Office or Centrelink, suggests people need to complete an attached application form in order to receive bonus payments under the federal government’s household stimulus package. The form requests a person's name, date of birth, address and bank account details.

Neither the Tax Office nor Centrelink requests people to lodge claim forms or provide personal information via email. Centrelink already has the information it needs to process these payments to eligible families, students and farmers. Similarly, the Tax Office also has such information available based on taxpayers’ lodged 2007/08 tax returns. Anyone receiving such an email should delete it immediately.

Source: Minister for Human Services, Senator Joe Ludwig’s media release, 19 February 2009; Tax Office media release 2009/12, 18 February 2009.







SUBJECT USS NEW MEXICO







www.ussnewmexico.net/ROLLOUTandMOVE.wmv



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February 11, 2009

Submarine crew fought to save trapped sailors under Arctic ice












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Weekly News 22 Feb 09l


G'day All,



Ken Dobbie has produced Newsletter number 9 for the LEEUWIN Memorial. It has been included in our website www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page13.htm . Is anybody interested in the RAN Rugby reunion which is being held in Canberra in May this year. If you are please let me know and I can keep you informed of the progress.



cheers



Ron



This week

E-News from Vietnam Vets (the attachment)

HMAS CANBERRA Reunion



A Reunion for the 1981 to 2005 crew of

HMAS CANBERRA

is being organised

to be held

in Geelong in 2009

For further information

send an email to: Reunion2009@hmascanberra.com








Weekly News 15 February 2009


G'day All,



Hope all your loved ones are safe from the perils of both fire and flood. If you know of anybody from our group who was out there, please let me know as the chances of them having an email address right now would not be too good.



We had our function at Jervis Bay last Tuesday. A Newsletter will be produced to cover that function.



cheers



Ron



Articles this week:

Voluntary Work Cover - the attachment

Navy Rugby reunion



Subject NAVY RUGBY REUNION

Australian Services Rugby Carnival.2009.

The current schedule has RAAF playing Army on Sunday 17th May.
Navy playing Army on Wed 20th May.
Navy Vs RAAF on Sat 23rd May. All games at Viking Rugby Park.

G'Day, The Australian Services Rugby Championship (ASRC) has been scheduled for the week of 17th to the 23rd of May inclusive at Vikings Park.

Reunion Venue.I have booked and paid for the Zoo at Tuggeranong Rugby Club for the "MEET & GREET"from the completion of the Army vers Navy game until 0100. This will be open to ex Navy players & ex navy rugby aficionados & their partners.

Cost.$15.00 per head deposit from "Old Salts" will be required by the end of Feb for some finger food, pay for the venue etc. BSB 637-000 Account number 164253405. Greater Building Society. Dont forget to put your name on the transaction please.

RANRU dinner. The dinner for the current squad & ex navy rugby people will occur after the Navy vers RAAF game at a venue and a cost to be determined. If you would like to attend when it is promulgated, payment with your attending intentions ASAP after that promulgation.

Accommodation. Sharon Johnson is your contact. $140.00 per night per couple with a cooked breakfast does not appear to be to expensive to me.
Sharon Johnson 1300 797 577

Hi Eric,

I have been able to secure a great package at the Country Comfort Greenway

$140 per night 2 Adults + Salt Discount voucher (normal price $180 per night)

Vouchers 1 reunion voucher $79

4 vouchers $129 (these have no expiry date & and can be used at over 380 resorts around Aust)

The closest Caravan Park to Viking Oval is

Canberra South Motor Park
cnr Canberra & Monaro Hwy
Fyshwick ACT 2609
PH 02 62806176





SUBJECT VENDETTA FUNCTION







VENDETTA VETERANS' ASSOCIATION

(Queensland Division)



The next luncheon/meeting of the Association



will be held on



Sunday, 8th March, 2009



at the home of



Cyril and Ann Coleman



21 Yurugu Street, Woodridge



commencing at 11.00am



ALL WELCOME



Cost - only $5.00 per person



BYO drinks and a chair



For catering purposes please



RSVP before 1st March, 2009



Phone - 07.3288.1702, 0428.881.702 or 0417.700.531



Or send an email to: MKRAUSE@bigpond.net.au








Weekly News 8 February 2009
G'day All,



Looking forward to meeting all on Tuesday evening for our function. Meeting around 1800ish at the Husky Pub.



Thanks to all who responded to the request for the address of an advocate in Brisbane. The info has been passed on.



I am still going fishing Wednesday morning early and am happy to take two starters with me on my tinnie. It will be the blind leading the blind as I havent fished in JB previously other than off a warrie.







cheers



Ron







Topics this week include



A query on 'Black powder obtained from the UK that was used in the forward evaporator to de=scale the tubes'



Fleet Divisions and Freedom of Entry – March 2009



Navy puts safety first with submarine force





Subject Black powder obtained from the UK that was used in the forward evaporator to de=scale the tubes






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

Richard (Dixie) Lee direct at email address: thelees@netspeed.com.au

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






A request for information has come through the office where I am currently working, Director of Sailors’ Career Management, from DVA who are investigating a claim from an un-named sailor who is making a claim.



The query is regarding a product that was used in HMAS Melbourne in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The product in question is a ‘black powder obtained from the UK that was used in the forward evaporator to de=scale the tubes’, whether the water side or steam side I don’t know. What would I know I was a greenie?



Could you post this on your website in the hope that somebody might know what this product was called or its composition ?



Thanks for your help, this may assist an ex-sailor in his claim. Replies may be forwarded to me at the email below.



Dixie Lee

ex-CPOETW, SD WEEO





Subject Fleet Divisions and Freedom of Entry – March 2009



Fleet Divisions and Freedom of Entry – March 2009

Fleet Entry, Fleet Air Arm Fly past and Fleet Divisions – Friday, 13 March 2009

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will conduct a ceremonial Fleet Entry with up to 20 warships steaming into Sydney Harbour accompanied by a Fleet Air Arm Fly past. This spectacular event will be the culmination of the Fleet Concentration Period, one of the Navy’s largest exercises, conducted on the East Coast of Australia during February and March 2009. This will be followed by a ceremonial inspection of the RAN ships by the Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Nigel Coates, AM, RAN, and his senior staff while the ships are at anchor in Sydney Harbour.

The ships will be anchored in the harbour between Kirribilli Point and Bradley’s Head, out of the way of the main shipping channels. This number of warships has not been seen in Sydney Harbour since the Bicentennial celebrations in 1988. The Fleet Entry coincides with other Sydney Harbour Week 2009 activities, and interest from a variety of yachting, boating and historical maritime clubs is expected.

Freedom of Entry to the City of Sydney – Saturday, 14 March 2009

For the first time in over 20 years, the Royal Australia Navy (RAN) will exercise its right to the Freedom of Entry to the City of Sydney on Saturday 14 March 2009. After a number of ceremonial activities, the parade will commence at 10:00am from The Rocks. The parade of Officers and Sailors will march along George Street, past the Sydney Town Hall, turn right into Liverpool Street and finish adjacent Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour at 11:30am.

The Queen's Colour will be paraded as part of this ceremony and will be the first time it has been paraded by the Royal Australian Navy in Sydney since it was presented by the Governor General in 1989.

It is expected that there will be up to 5000 RAN personnel marching along with Australian Naval Cadets from all over NSW and the ACT. This march will be the largest parade of naval personnel since the World War II Victory in Japan Day Parade in 1945. More than one third of the RAN will be participating and an event of this scale is unlikely to occur again in the near future.









SUBJECT Navy puts safety first with submarine force







NAVY PUTS SAFETY FIRST WITH SUBMARINE FORCE

Australia’s Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane AM CSM, RAN says he is determined to keep the RAN’s submarine force at a world class operating and safety standard.

Up to 100 submariners will travel to Canada later this year to conduct pressurised escape training as part of their ongoing safety training program. This is a temporary measure designed to overcome issues caused by a failure to achieve a satisfactory contractual outcome between the Defence Materiel Organisation and the preferred tenderer for the operation of the Australian Submarine Escape and Training Facility (SETF) at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia.

Vice Admiral Crane has rejected media reports critical of the cost of sending sailors to Canada, pointing out that the money for this overseas training does not require new funding. The training will be paid for with money already allocated for training that would have been conducted at the SETF.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our sailors and we rely on contractors to provide us with a world class service”, Vice Admiral Crane said. “Defence will not enter into contracts that do not represent value for money for the Australian taxpayer but I will do whatever it takes to provide appropriate safety training for our sailors.”

Vice Admiral Crane also rejected suggestions that the sailors would be travelling to Canada in business class and the false impression that this has created. “Any assertion that this is an additional taxpayer funded expense is just not true” Vice Admiral Crane said. The cost of training will be offset by not using the west coast facility for pressurised training until a satisfactory contractual outcome is achieved.”

Navy personnel can still take part in unpressurised escape training at the SETF which will minimise the time required to continue their training in Canada.

The Navy also has robust submarine rescue procedures. The recent unavailability of the defence owned rescue vehicle Remora currently requires rescue support to be provided by a major contractor in the UK until the Australian system is fully certified and available. This contractor was recently successfully integrated into ADF practices. “A number of submarine operating nations rely on international contractors in the event of a submarine rescue, Vice Admiral Crane said. “Indeed prior to the arrival of the submarine rescue capability this is how the RAN provided this capability to our Oberon Class submariners. While I am extremely keen to see the Australian system back on line as soon as possible I am confident that should the worst occur, the interim overseas contractor solution means we are ready to respond.”







Weekly News 1 Feb 09


Gday All,

Tuesday week at 1800 at the Husky pub for dinner then the dedication ceremony after with the VOYAGER survivors. I intend fishing on the following day.

Does anybody know of an advocate in the Brisbane area, one of us would like to know?

Is anybody interested in lost medals, the site is www.lostmedalsaustralia.com/



have a good week



cheers

Ron



FM CN AUSTRALIA

R 080227Z JAN 09

SUBJ: MEDIA REPORTING OF BREACHES OF ASBESTOS SAFETY IN NAVY

A. DMO MARSPT LSA-N OAF/NAJ 010404Z DEC 08

1. YOU MAY HAVE READ RECENTLY ABOUT THE DEFENCE MANAGEMENT OF ITEMS POTENTIALLY CONTAINING ASBESTOS THAT WAS ISSUED TO NAVY. THE REPORTING DOES NOT REFLECT A BALANCED VIEW OF THE SITUATION REGARDING THE MANAGEMENT OF ITEMS POTENTIALLY AFFECTED BY ASBESTOS IN NAVY. I AM ISSUING THIS SIGNAL TO PROVIDE YOU WITH MY ASSURANCE THAT THE CONTINUED PROVISION OF A SAFE WORKPLACE REMAINS A FUNDAMENTAL REQUIREMENT IN YOUR SERVICE AND THAT THE SAFETY OF ALL FROM POTENTIALLY HARMFUL ITEMS SUCH AS ASBESTOS IS ONE OF MY WORKPLACE SAFETY PRIORITIES.

2. AS PART OF OUR ONGOING OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY (OH AND S) EDUCATION CAMPAIGN, YOU SHOULD ALL BE AWARE THAT DEFENCE HAS A COMPREHENSIVE AND ONGOING ASBESTOS ERADICATION PROGRAM. AS PART OF THIS POLICY, DMO APPOINTED AN EXTERNAL CONTRACTOR (SYPAQ) TO UNDERTAKE AN AUDIT OF ITEMS IN THE DEFENCE INVENTORY, WHICH INCLUDED THOSE IN NAVY INVENTORY. THE REPORT BY SYPAQ AND SUBSEQUENT MEDIA REPORTING SUGGESTED THAT NAVY PERSONNEL WERE AT SIGNIFICANT RISK OF EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS WITH POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES. THIS IS INACCURATE. WHEN APPROPRIATELY PACKAGED AND HANDLED, THE RISK OF

EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS FROM THESE ITEMS IS IMPROBABLE.

3. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE MAJORITY OF PARTS SUCH AS GASKETS, GROMMETS AND WASHERS, REFERRED TO IN THE REPORT WERE APPROPRIATELY PACKAGED AND IN BONDED FORM. AGAIN, WHEN APPROPRIATELY HANDLED, THESE ITEMS PRESENT NEGLIGIBLE RISK OF EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS BY PERSONNEL.

4. AT REF A, DMO MARSPT CONTACTED ALL UNITS THAT MAY HAVE RECEIVED THESE BONDED PARTS. AS AN ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURE, A DIRECTION WAS MADE TO QUARANTINE THE RESPECTIVE BONDED ITEMS, TO IDENTIFY NON-ASBESTOS ALTERNATIVES, AND DISPOSE OF THE POTENTIALLY AFFECTED ITEMS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ESTABLISHED OH AND S REGULATIONS AND PRACTICES.

5. I SUPPORT THIS AND ALL MEASURES FOR THE CONTINUED ERADICATION OF ASBESTOS IN THE WORKPLACE. YOUR SUPPORT IN ACTING ON THESE DIRECTIVES TO REMOVE THESE ITEMS FROM ALL WORK AREAS, INCLUDING LOCAL SPARE PARTS STORES AND LOCKERS, NEEDS TO CONTINUE. IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT A PART CONTAINS ASBESTOS, YOU SHOULD REPORT AND REFER IT IMMEDIATELY THROUGH YOUR IMMEDIATE CHAIN OF COMMAND.

6. AS I HAVE STATED, THE SAFETY AND WELL BEING OF YOU ALL THROUGH THE PROVISION OF A SAFE WORKPLACE IS A FUNDAMENTAL CONDITION OF SERVICE. IT IS ONE THAT I TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY AND WILL CONTINUE TO ENSURE. TO SUPPORT THIS, THE DMO HAS MADE EFFECTIVE IN-ROADS IN THE PAST THREE YEARS TO REDUCE THE LEVEL OF INVENTORY HOLDINGS OF PARTS CONTAINING ASBESTOS. NAVY WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THIS ONGOING EFFORT BY PROVIDING VIGILENCE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ALL PEOPLE IN NAVY FROM POTENTIALLY HARMFUL ITEMS SUCH AS ASBESTOS.

ENDS








Weekly News 25 January 2009
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page9.htm

G'day All,



Happy Australia Day. Details for those that will be attending the function at Huskisson. Meet at Husky Pub at 1800ish for drinks and dinner. Do what we normally do next then attend the service with the VOYAGER survivors at 2056. I am intending to stay over and go fishing the next day in JB.

Attendees are slowly coming in. Thanks to the assistance from the assistant to the Social Director (i.e Spook) for his invitation to all to attend.



cheers



Ron



Items of interest this week.



Errol Lyon Passing the Bar

Deeming Rate for pension purposes to be lowered

Invitation to attend function on 10 Feb 09 at Husky by Spook

HMAS CANBERRA being scuttled in Feb-Mar

ANZAC Day holiday

VIETNAM Web page








SUBJECT ERROL LYON


It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that our shipmate

Errol Lyon ex EM

who served on VENDETTA 1962-1964

passed away this morning.

He was a very active member of the EMU PARK R.S.L.
and will be greatly missed by all of us .

Regards
A.C.(Bogey ) Knight ( ex POWM )(HMAS VENDETTA 1958-1962 & 1964- 1966




SUBJECT PENSION RATE







DEEMING RATE TO BE LOWERED



Many veterans with investment income will benefit from a lower income test deeming rate to apply from 27 January 2009, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin, said today.



The reduction in the rate reflects the ongoing reductions in interest rates and the impact of the global financial crisis on investments.



“Around 40,000 DVA pensioners will benefit when the deeming rate is reduced from five to four per cent for financial investments over $41,000 for a single pensioner and $68,200 for a couple,” Mr Griffin said.



The deeming rate for the first $41,000 of a single pensioner’s financial investments ($68,200 for a couple) will remain unchanged at three per cent – this rate was lowered in November 2008. The higher deeming rate will be four per cent for the balance of financial investments over these amounts. These changes are effective from 27 January 2009 and will be included in payments made from 12 February.



Department of Veterans’ Affairs service pensions, income support supplements and social security age pensions paid by DVA will be affected by this change.



Lowering the deeming rate means that those part-rate pensioners paid under the income test who have financial investments such as term deposits, shares or managed investments may receive an increase in their pension payments to reflect the reduction in their assessable income.



Income support pensioners who are already paid at the maximum rate and those with financial investments below $41,000 (if single) or $68,200 (if a member of a couple) will have no change to their pension payments. Pensions paid under the assets test will also not be affected.



“This move acknowledges that many pensioners who partially rely on own-source income have been adversely affected by the global financial crisis, leading to lower returns on financial assets,” Mr Griffin said.



DVA pensioners who would like to discuss their rate of payment should contact the Department on 133 254.



Media inquiries: Laura Ryan 0437 863 109








SUBJECT Invitation to attend function on 10 Feb 09







From The Desk of
Mr Spook Cairns
Assistant To The Social Director
Mr Mike Hogan
East Coast
NSW Division
6th & 7th 1963 JR's




G'Day Shipmates,

Crickey, I've just read Ron's emails and we apparently have no starters for the Huskisson gathering on the 10th of february.
What better place to remember the 82 souls who went down in Voyager and those who still suffer today .We were all in the navy at the time and were affected one way or another, some more than others.
Jervis Bay has been described by some as the turquoise jewell of the south coast boasting the whitest sands in the world (Hymes Beach).
For those seeking accomodation I strongly recommend the Huskisson White Sands Tourist Park.For those seeking a little adventure pop into the Husky Pub (anytime).Husky has a good variety of restaurants ranging from fine dining to simple Cafes.For a little light relief check out the Husky Picture Theatre. I'll find out where the massage parlours are and keep you posted.
Ron has mentioned a possible game fishing trip,the seas abound in all manner of marine life and one is bound to catch something.
Husky is quite big on whale watching but why watch when you could catch one.I have it on good authority that all you need is a bigger hook and a stronger line,failing that...an Elephant Gun.I've always said I love whales but I couldn't eat a whole one,get a few blokes together and we could knock it over in no time(well in sometime).Mum and the kids (grandkids) would be beside themselves when Dad comes home with a couple of hundred kilos of whale meat.Bring a big esky.

Whale Steak with Herbs
Ingredients (For 4 persons)
600g whale meat in thin slices
1 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
8-10 soup spoons finely chopped herbs(various)
butter(for frying)
caviar(for decoration)
fried potatoes
green salad,small tomatoes

How to prepare

1) Mix pepper, salt and herbs and marinate slices of meat in this mix just before frying
2) Fry the slices in the pan,approx 1 min each side
Decorate with caviar and serve with fried potatoes and salad


Bon Apertit
Spook
Assistant to The Social Director


SUBJECT HMAS CANBERRA being scuttled in Feb-Mar





A quick email to let you know that HMAS Canberra will be scuttle off Geelong Feb-Mar 2009.



Time has slipped away since the Decommissioning in Nov 2005.



Professionally I have been extremely busy over the past 3 years with very little time in to manage the website or maintain contact.



The GFC has given me a opportunity and time to focus on the website and give thought to witnessing the scuttling of the ship, it also may be an opportunity for us to get together for a Reunion in Victoria.



It is very short notice, however I am keen to determine how many people may be able to attend a venue or function on the weekend of the ships scuttling, unfortunately a firm date has not been identified.



I am also interested in any assistance the Victorian natives may be able to provide, and find out what is being planned locally and if the Navy has planned anything.



Please let me know by email if you want to get together, I think it should be open to any former serving members of HMAS Canberra 1 or 2.



Your thoughts??



For further information please go to www.hmascanberra.com/ or www.hmascanberra.com.au/



Yours Aye



Lee “Bickies” Webster







SUBJECT ANZAC Day holiday

No Anzac Day holiday for NSW - but WA and the ACT will enjoy it


January 16, 2009 12:00am

IT'S as traditional as two-up, but don't expect it this year.

NSW residents will miss out on an extra public holiday for Anzac Day, which falls on a Saturday, with only Western Australia and the ACT to enjoy an additional day off.

The RSL yesterday spoke out against declaring the following Monday a public holiday.

"We don't support the need for an extra public holiday," RSL national president Bill Crews told The Daily Telegraph.

"There's no point served in it. We should commemorate Anzac Day on April 25 irrespective of the day of week."

Mr Crews said it was an excuse for "just another day off work".

Monday, April 27th, has been declared a public holiday in WA and the ACT only.

Veterans' Affairs Minister Alan Griffin said he fully supported the RSL's position. "Having April 25 as a public holiday means we can commemorate Anzac Day by attending a Dawn Service and watching the veterans march, and I hope all Australians do exactly that," he said.

This will be the last time the states and territories are out of kilter on Anzac Day.

A new national agreement, which takes effect from 2010, will harmonise substitute public holidays when Anzac Day falls on a Sunday, as it does in 2010, or on a public holiday, such as Easter Monday in 2011.

In 2010, all states and territories will have a public holiday on the Monday, and in 2011 the Easter holiday break will be extended to Tuesday, April 26.


"The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor".
-Ralph Waldo Emerson



SUBJECT VIETNAM Web page





Vietnam Webb page.
I am passing this along because it is probably the best search list ever
compiled about the Vietnam War.

This simply has to be shared with anyone who ever served in Vietnam or knew
someone who served in Vietnam.

It would take months to look at everything this site offers.

Somebody went to a lot of effort on this site... It's one of the most
complete that I've seen to date...

Click Below

www-static.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html












Weekly News 18 January 2009
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page9.htm

G'day All,

A quiet week. Ken Dobbie has published out Newsletter No 8 for the JR Memorial. He comes up with some good stuff. Have published the 'Johnies poem' on the Mateloes Poems page on our website.

Still no starters for the 45th anniversary of the collision at JB. If there is no response to the invitation to attend by the 26th Jan, it will be called a no show. Saying that, I will still be going and hope to see somebody there.



cheers


Ron


This weeks messages:

Lost soul Jim Cullen
VENDETTA meeting
DDG reunion
VAMPIRE reunion



SUBJECT JIM CULLEN



If you are able to assist with the following please contact

Brian Enno direct at email address: brian@majorcarpets.com.au

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










Dear Sir/Madam



I am trying to gather information so that I can fill in the gaps in a familly tree that I am putting together.

My mothers brother Jim Cullen I believe was the OA on the Voyager at the time of the tragic accident.

I recall seeing a photo of him covered in fuel oil when being rescued (from one of the news papers).

He never returned to sea after the accident but worked as a civillian contractor at Garden Island until his death.

Any information that may be forthcomming would be greatley appreciated.

Cheers Brian









SUBJECT VENDETTA MEETING



















VENDETTA VETERANS' ASSOCIATION

(Queensland Division)



The next luncheon/meeting of the Association



will be held on



Sunday, 8th March, 2009



at the home of



Cyril and Ann Coleman



21 Yurugu Street, Woodridge



commencing at 11.00am



ALL WELCOME



Cost - only $5.00 per person



BYO drinks and chair



For catering purposes please



RSVP before 1st March, 2009



Phone - 07.3288.1702 or 0428.881.702



Or send an email to: MKRAUSE@bigpond.net.au



“DON’T FORGET TO WEAR YOUR NAME BADGE”









SUBJECT DDG REUNION




www.adams-reunion.us-sailors.com/index.html







A number for Adam's Class ships have decided to hold there next reunion in Jacksonville, Florida in 2011. Looking forward to the possibility that the class name sake, exUSS Charles F Adams DDG-2 may be on its way to Jacksonville as a naval museum. The City Council of Jacksonville, Florida passed a Resolution supporting the establishment of that Naval Museum in Jacksonville



We will be extending an invitation to the 3 Royal Australian Navy and 3 German Navy ships of the class. What an opportunity to have an international reunion.



So far the following registrations are listed:]



14

HMAS Perth DDG-38



23

HMAS Hobart DDG-39



17



HMAS Brisbane DDG-41







SUBJECT VAMPIRE REUNION







50th ANNIVERSARY REUNION

A reunion is planned for all

who served on

HMAS VAMPIRE

in June 2009

at the Maritime Museum in Sydney


For further information please contact

Ken Sherwell at email address:

ksherwel@bigpond.net.au















Weekly News 11 Jan 09
>>
>> G'day All,
>>
>> Who is coming to the Feb 10 function at Huskisson, so far, all I have
>> received is apologies from Spook and Mike Hogan. Who would like to go
>> fishing on the 11th in JB?
>>
>> Does anybody have anything they would like to contribute to the JR's
>> memorial newsletter. Please contact Ken Dobbie if you have.
>>
>> This week we have:
>>
>> Passing of Ernie French
>>
>> Navy asbestos puts thousands at risk
>>
>> An amendment to the contact number of the Union Jack club provided by
>> Tank Evans
>>
>> An ad for SALT for accommodation for the MELBOURNE/EVANS 2009 reunion is
>> on the web site
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> cheers
>>
>>
>> Ron
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> We would like to notify the ex Naval Community of the death of Ernie
>>> "Froggie" French. Ernie died this morning after a battle with illness,
>>> in the Royal Hobart Hospital, since Christmas.
>>>
>>> Froggie served on HMAS ANZAC. He and his wife Denise were responsible
>>> for organising the 50's & 60' Naval Reunions at Orford from 1995 to
>>> 2005, which was so successful.
>>>
>>> Ernie will be greatly missed and we wish Denise and the family all the
>>> very best during this sad time.
>>>
>>> Joe and Monica Charlton
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Subject Navy asbestos puts thousands at risk
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Ben Doherty
>> January 7, 2009
>>
>> AUSTRALIAN sailors are being exposed to deadly asbestos fibres because
>> the navy continues to use illegal asbestos-contaminated parts, years
>> after they were outlawed.
>>
>> Thousands of sailors and civilian contractors are likely to have come
>> into contact with the potentially lethal carcinogen, a report seen by
>> defence chiefs says, and the Defence Force could face fines of more than
>> $100 million for breaches of work safety laws. And that figure could be
>> millions of dollars higher if sailors, as predicted, contract lung cancer
>> or other diseases as a result of their exposure.
>>
>> A risk assessment report prepared by the defence contractor SYPAQ
>> Systems, obtained under freedom-of-information laws, found "thousands of
>> personnel" could have been exposed to chrysotile asbestos, a known
>> cancer-causing agent. "The risk to the safety of personnel . is
>> significant and must be addressed . The likelihood that [exposures to
>> asbestos] will occur is almost certain and the consequences are
>> potentially catastrophic," the report said.
>>
>> Reports show nearly 250,000 parts held in naval stores are suspected of
>> containing asbestos. And hundreds of those parts, including gaskets,
>> hoses, even compressed asbestos sheeting, are still being issued to naval
>> ships and bases in breach of state and federal laws. "It can be assumed
>> there have been over 350 issues of 775 asbestos items to operational
>> units and ship repair organisations since 31 December 2003 (when asbestos
>> use was prohibited)," the SYPAQ report found.
>>
>> A spokesman said defence did not accept SYPAQ's finding that "thousands"
>> had been exposed and said the potential fines figure of $100 million was
>> "purely speculative". He conceded, though, that asbestos parts were
>> issued in breach of bans. A furious Defence Minister, Joel Fitzgibbon,
>> condemned the ADF's handling of its asbestos problem, calling it
>> unacceptable. "We wouldn't let a major company get away with it and we
>> should be just as tough on ourselves. I expect defence to change its
>> culture of endless exemptions and waivers," he said. Attempts to speak
>> to SYPAQ Systems, the author of the report, were unsuccessful.
>>
>> The navy first conceded sailors' lives were being endangered in May, when
>> it issued an all-ship-all-shore warning identifying a fraction of the
>> contaminated items still in use. "To date 45 items have been confirmed
>> as containing asbestos. All units, ships and establishments are to check
>> if stockholdings are held for the items listed below . The asbestos
>> eradication program is ongoing and there is likely to be additional
>> candidates identified," the Defence Materiel Organisation alert warned.
>>
>> The use of and importation of asbestos-containing materials was made
>> illegal in 2001 in Australia, with the prohibition coming into force on
>> January 1, 2004. But the Defence Force won an exemption to continue
>> using chrysotile asbestos parts until 2007, on two strict provisos: that
>> the parts were "mission-critical" and no non-asbestos replacements could
>> be found. In December that exemption was controversially extended again
>> until 2010 by the Government's safety and compensation council, despite
>> fierce expert opposition, and even grave reservations from within
>> defence.
>>
>> Mal Pearce, the director-general of defence's occupational health, safety
>> and compensation branch, raised concerns that defence was not trying hard
>> enough to rid itself of the deadly substance. "The commission had for
>> some years been very flexible with defence, during which time defence had
>> given repeated assurances that it would fix the problem of chrysotile
>> eradication . Some commissioners pointed out that a national prohibition
>> on asbestos had existed since 2001."
>>
>> It is likely that all the navy's use of asbestos parts falls outside the
>> Defence Force exemption, and is illegal. Only 318 asbestos items were
>> approved for defence use last December, and that number has since been
>> reduced to 209. Approved are a number of spare parts for the Caribou
>> transport aircraft, F-111 strike bomber, and Mk127 Lead-in Fighter
>> fleets, and a small number of gaskets for ground equipment and vehicles.
>>
>> The SYPAQ Systems report found that the issue of "several hundred
>> confirmed asbestos items" to operational naval units was "in direct
>> contravention of state and federal laws".
>>
>> Defence could face fines in the order of $115 million if found guilty of
>> breaching the federal Occupational Health and Safety Act by exposing
>> employees to serious harm or death, the report said.
>>
>> As well, civilians and defence employees who develop lung cancer or other
>> diseases could sue for damages and compensation. The average claim is
>> estimated at $360,000.
>>
>>
>> Blue water and white death from asbestos
>> Ben Doherty
>> January 7, 2009
>>
>> An audit of the Royal Australian Navy's stores has uncovered a
>> potentially lethal problem. Set among the gum trees and grass at
>> Moorebank, the Australian Defence Force's massive main storage facility
>> in Sydney's south-west, Shed 34 appears like any other. Low-slung and
>> long, the corrugated iron warehouse sits near the boundary of the
>> sprawling site, unmarked save for a painted black number, and
>> unremarkable. Inside stand row upon row of dusty prefab storage units,
>> 20 bays deep and seven high, hundreds of metres of dark grey shelves
>> labelled by number and lit under harsh fluorescent lights.
>>
>> But Shed 34 is not like others at Moorebank. It has become the epicentre
>> of defence's bungling efforts to rid itself of asbestos. On its shelves
>> sit thousands of items - gaskets, hoses, sheeting, packing material -
>> which contain the deadly carcinogen, tagged with orange warning labels
>> and wrapped in plastic.
>>
>> Shed 34 is where asbestos-contaminated material, items that have been
>> prohibited in Australia for nearly seven years, are finally being
>> quarantined, as defence, and the navy in particular, finally begins to
>> uncover the extent of its problems, the health risk its inaction has
>> exposed its members to, and the legal liability it has created for
>> itself.
>>
>> It started innocuously, even innocently, enough. In 2007, a gasket
>> marked "Danger-Asbestos" was found in a "shit-hot locker" on board a navy
>> warship. A shit-hot locker, in the slang of naval engineers, is a
>> collection of odd spare parts for the countless repair jobs which emerge
>> on board any working ship. The parts tend to be odds and ends, gaskets,
>> seals, and washers, suitable for scores of purposes. Shit-hot lockers are
>> not strictly "accounted" and parts in them can often languish for years.
>>
>> It was not a major issue. The part was not used, it was not decayed. But
>> it should not have been there, because the use of asbestos-containing
>> materials was outlawed in Australia in 2001, with their outright
>> prohibition coming into effect in 2004. Given its widespread use of
>> asbestos parts, the ADF was granted a three-year exemption to 2007 to
>> phase them out. That exemption was controversially extended last year to
>> 2010, but Comcare's safety, rehabilitation and compensation commission
>> permitted the use of only 318 items, since reduced to 209.
>>
>> So the navy, realising the sensitivity of a non-exempt asbestos item on
>> board a ship, commissioned an audit, ostensibly to check similar
>> oversights had not, or could not, occur elsewhere, and to confirm its
>> asbestos eradication program had found all the asbestos parts and removed
>> them from circulation.
>>
>> Defence handed the contract for the audit to a trusted contractor, SYPAQ
>> Systems, which last year ran scores of outsourced projects for defence.
>> But even SYPAQ's initial cursory examination of the navy's stores records
>> uncovered a serious, and potentially lethal, problem.
>>
>> The navy has two primary databases for its stores, the Standard Defence
>> Supply System, SDSS, and the Central Catalogue of Inventory, CENCAT. A
>> perfunctory examination of these - as simple as typing "asbestos" into
>> the database search engine - uncovered 1699 items which did, or were
>> strongly suspected of, containing asbestos.
>>
>> Many of them were still on the shelves at naval stores around the
>> country; many were still being issued to ships. Worse still, many of
>> them were "mixed stock". The navy had ordered in non-asbestos
>> replacements for an asbestos part, for example a gasket, but then simply
>> thrown the old and new in together. For those, there was no way, short
>> of an expensive and time-consuming test on each item, to know which were
>> asbestos and which were not.
>>
>> The navy's own knowledge of its asbestos holdings is dangerously
>> shambolic. Files obtained by the Herald include briefings from naval
>> chiefs claiming the service was free of asbestos, which are then directly
>> contradicted, by the same officer, just days later. These problems are
>> confirmed by the LSA-N asbestos register, the navy's own effort to keep
>> tabs on its asbestos parts, which is, at best, out-of-date, at worst,
>> hopelessly compromised.
>>
>> The navy is still struggling to define the size of its problem. SYPAQ
>> found 235,725 items in naval stores catalogues were suspected of
>> containing asbestos. None has been classified as "mission-critical", that
>> is, their withdrawal would ground equipment and jeopardise a mission
>> being undertaken. As each of SYPAQ's regular progress reports was sent to
>> defence, it came with the warning that the task, and defence's problem,
>> was far greater than originally anticipated.
>>
>> Emails marked high priority flew around the ADF, meetings were hastily
>> arranged and held, but instead of the scope of the project being
>> expanded, its goals were contracted. SYPAQ Systems would provide defence
>> with three lists: one, of items which contain asbestos; two, of items
>> which do not contain asbestos; and three, of items suspected of
>> containing asbestos. And all discovered asbestos items were to be sent to
>> Shed 34 at Moorebank, the navy conceding more items were likely to be
>> found as investigations progressed.
>>
>> The final risk assessment report by SYPAQ Systems, issued to defence
>> chiefs in May, is a damning indictment of the navy's efforts to rid
>> itself of asbestos since its universal prohibition was first announced in
>> 2001. It found several thousand asbestos parts "still active in inventory
>> and on the shelf ready for issue". "Since the full ban came into effect
>> on 31 December, 2003, several hundred confirmed asbestos items have been
>> issued to operational units in direct contravention of state and federal
>> laws. "Potentially thousands of defence personnel and defence contractors
>> have been exposed to asbestos without their knowledge as a result of
>> asbestos-containing items remaining in inventory."
>>
>> SYPAQ Systems found that even when asbestos items were identified by the
>> navy, they were left in circulation. "The activity undertaken to remove
>> asbestos items from inventory has been running for over six years and
>> many of the same items identified in the early reviews have still not
>> been removed."
>>
>> The report said thousands of personnel had probably been exposed to
>> asbestos, and that the navy's legal liability could run above $100
>> million. "Whilst the risk to the safety of personnel posed by hazards
>> going forward is significant and must be addressed, the cost risk to the
>> organisation posed by the legal repercussions of actions to date requires
>> significant and immediate attention. The likelihood that they will occur
>> is almost certain and the consequences are potentially catastrophic from
>> a financial perspective."
>>
>> A defence spokesman rejected the report's most critical findings, saying:
>> "Defence considers the [asbestos] parts were handled safely by a
>> relatively small number of personnel. "Defence has been working to
>> eradicate asbestos-containing items from its extensive inventory prior to
>> prohibition to the present day. Defence has comprehensive incident
>> reporting and health management arrangements for anyone who thinks they
>> may have been exposed."
>>
>> But the Defence Minister, Joel Fitzgibbon, who first accused the Defence
>> Force of lethargy in its efforts to remove asbestos in 2007 when he was
>> in opposition, said despite the massive cost of ridding the ADF of
>> asbestos, its continued use was unacceptable. "I do not accept the
>> position that was put to me by defence upon coming to Government that the
>> total removal of asbestos from defence equipment could take several
>> decades," he said.
>>
>> Mr Fitzgibbon has told defence no further asbestos exemptions would be
>> supported and has ordered a survey of all equipment and buildings. "The
>> continued exposure of people to asbestos is something that is no longer
>> accepted by the Australian community, nor this Government, and I expect
>> defence to change its culture of endless exemptions and waivers."
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Subject Union Jack Club
>>
>>
>>
>> Just a short note to mention the Union Jack Club article in the
>> newsletter of 4 Jan. The area code for the UK for the phone number is 44 not 61 (which is Aust.) You never know someone may try that number for hours and fail.








Weekly News 4 January 2009



www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page9.htm





Happy New Year. This is the 6th year of 1963 LEEUWIN reunion.



In the last week the website has been updated and pages have been shifted. The past Newsletters are being included on the Newsletter page. Those that attended the Reunions are named in the 2005 and 2008 functions. Am trying to find a 2003 list and the Newsletters from 2003-2004. The photos for the reunions need captions, that will be a big job and one for the future. There is still a way to go but we will get there. Thanks again to Bongo for sponsoring and being webmaster of this website.



We achieved quite a lot last year, with the very successful reunion in Perth, to functions in rural NSW including Albury to include the Victorians and then the Victorians holding their independent function, which is now ongoing. The Queenslanders are making plans to organise a function early this year.



We found a few more old mates through the website and sadly we lost a few. Our plans to continue with the dedication process are still underway, currently we are awaiting the date for the dedication for Gary Devlin and Mumbles.



There is as always some interesting items this week. I hope you enjoy them.





cheers





Ron







Items



Lost Soul David Rhook (CD)



Asbestos-Induced Mesothelioma in Veterans



Cheap accommodation in London



SUBJECT - AUSTRALIAN PEACEKEEPING MEMORIAL PROJECT



SALT VACATION CLUB - item on its on own page on web site





SUBJECT DAVID RHOOK

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Dave (Neil) Rhook (ex CD). We used to dive together in Warnambool in the early 60's. I joined RAN (JR) in July 1964 (Paid off as a WOCD)and the last time I saw Dave was in 1968 (CDT3) Vietnam.


SUBJECT ASBESTOS


This article was posted yesterday in the US in Mesothelioma News.

It is pertinent all Australian ex-service personnel as well as those mentioned below, vehicle mechanics should be included due to asbestos used in brake linings etc.

SOURCE: MESOTHELIOMA NEWS
www.mesothelioma-inf.com/2008/12/27/asbestos-induced-mesothelioma-in-veterans-posted-by-matt-stoddart-6/


Asbestos-Induced Mesothelioma in Veterans


Posted By : Matt Stoddart


This entry was posted on Saturday, December 27th, 2008 at 7:10 pm


Veterans who served in the army, navy, air force and marines before 1970 are a high-risk group for mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused primarily by exposure to asbestos.

It is estimated that at least 30 percent of those suffering with asbestos-induced mesothelioma are American veterans.

In the 1970s the government began regulating the use of asbestos, but previous to that, asbestos was widely used in military buildings, equipment, submarines and ships.

World War II veterans are at an especially high risk for developing asbestos-induced mesothelioma.


What is Asbestos-Induced Mesothelioma?


Mesothelioma is a cancer affecting the mesothelium, a fine protective lining that covers the majority of the body's organs.

It is believed that 90 percent of mesothelioma cases are caused by asbestos exposure.
The tiny fibers of asbestos bury themselves deep inside the lining, usually around the lungs and chest cavity.

If asbestos gets into the mouth and is swallowed, mesothelioma can also develop in the abdomen.



Asbestos was often used in insulation, building materials, and ships, and people who worked in construction, building demolition, shipyards or the military prior to government asbestos regulations are at risk for asbestos-induced mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma takes an exceptionally long time to develop, often not showing up for 30 to 60 years after exposure.

Because of this, many people are just finding out today that they are suffering with asbestos-induced mesothelioma, even though the government now regulates the use of asbestos.

That is why it is essential that veterans who served prior to 1970 be screened regularly for mesothelioma.



Asbestos-Induced Mesothelioma in Navy Veterans

Navy veterans are at a greater risk than those who were involved in other branches of the military because of the wide-spread use of asbestos in military ships.

All areas of navy ships built before the government began regulating the use of asbestos increased exposure including boiler rooms, mess halls, sleeping quarters, navigation rooms, and engine rooms.

The families of those who served in the navy were also at increased risk of asbestos-induced mesothelioma because of asbestos fibers carried home on the clothes of navy veterans.

If a veteran believes he or she may be at risk for asbestos-induced mesothelioma, he or she needs to be checked regularly.

Also, veterans rights organizations are advocating that the government take steps to help veterans who are suffering from mesothelioma or may be at risk.


SUBJECT CHEAP ACCOMMODATION IN LONDON

Highly recommended because of the central place it is in London for everything, cheapness, ease to transport and to find Waterloo railway station of the flight from australia. I would recommend you have a look at the website and give them a ring informing them you are an australian sailor etc.

The Union Jack Club
The Union Jack Club
Sandell Street,
Waterloo London, SE1 8UJ

Switchboard: 020 7902 6000
Reservations: 020 7928 4814


Phone: I think u call.... 0011 61 020 number

61= England

020= London

check book

WEBSITES: www.ujclub.co.uk/

it's not the ritz but its clean and cheap


Accommodation


Accommodation at the Union Jack Club is available to Members, Officers and Temporary Members of the Club as well as their families. Full Members can also bring up to 4 civilian guests.

We have a wide variety of bedrooms to suit most requirements; single, twin or double rooms with ensuite or shared facilities.

Families are welcome to stay in one of our family suite which have twin/or double room as well as two bunk beds for children up to 12 yrs old. Alternatively, we also have 3 fully furnished flats which can accommodate a family up to 6 persons each. ( Please note that the flats are only available to families for a minimum stay of 2 days )

All bedrooms have towels, tea and coffee making facilities. Most of our rooms have a TV and a telephone.

Rooms are ready for occupancy from 1pm and must be vacated by 10 am on the day of departure. Luggage can be left in our Baggage Room for a small fee.



Some Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make a reservation?
If you would like to speak to one of your staff from the reservation office, please telephone us on 020 7928 4814. Please be aware that the Reservations Office is open from 8.30am - 5pm Mon-Fri and from 9am - 2pm on Saturdays. Alternatively you can email a booking request to abo@ujclub.co.uk or send a fax on 020 7620 0565 (24 hrs) or send a letter.

How many people do your bedrooms sleep?
Single Rooms
These sleep one person, and have a standard single bed in.
Double or Twin Rooms
These sleep two persons and have either one standard size double bed or two standard size single beds in.
Family Rooms
These sleep two adults and two children under the age of twelve years. They have either one double bed or two single beds (as above) and bunk beds for the children.

How can I pay a deposit?
When making a booking we must have a deposit equivalent of the first nights stay. You can either pay by Credit / Debit Card, please note the deposit is taken from the card on the day of making your reservation. We accept Sterling Cheques made payable to the Union Jack Club. Please do not send Cash.

Do I get a refund if I have to cancel?
You need to let us know 48 hrs before your arrival date to get a refund. Your refund will be the amount paid minus £3.00 for an administration charge. Please note your refund will be made the same way as you paid your deposit.

Do the rooms have a fridge?
No, but if a fridge is needed for medical purposes then you can ask to use the Dining Room fridge.

Are pets allowed?
Only guide dogs.

Do you have a left luggage department?
Yes, you can store your luggage at any time free of charge before checking in and for a small fee on checking out.

Do you have a laundry service?
We have a self-service laundry in the Club that is coin operated.

Do you have a babysitting service?
No.

Do you have a car park?
Yes we do. However only members of the Club and disabled guests can book a space in advance, the price is £11.00 per night or free if you are disabled. Other guests can book on the day of arrival if a space is available.

How to get to the UJC from Airports?
Heathrow
Rail: Heathrow Express runs direct between Heathrow and Paddington Station
Underground: From Heathrow take the Piccadilly Line to Green Park then change for the Jubilee Line to Waterloo Station. From Paddington Station, District line to Embankment and Northern or Bakerloo line to Waterloo Station.
Gatwick
Rail: Gatwick Express runs direct between Gatwick and Victoria Station. From there the underground route will be District or Circle line to Embankment and Northern or Bakerloo line to Waterloo Station.
Stansted
Rail: Stansted Sky Train runs every 15 mins between Stansted Airport and Liverpool St Station. Underground: Central line to Bank, then take the Waterloo & City line direct to Waterloo Station.
Bus: Airbus A7 also operates hourly from Stansted Airport to Victoria Coach Station, Embankment. Then you would get the underground or taxi as above.

Please also see our travel links page for useful web sites.

What attractions are there to see?
The Club, situated opposite Waterloo Station and the Eurostar International Rail Terminal, is within walking distance of the Old Vic, The Young Vic, The Festival Hall, Shakespeare's Globe, the IMAX Cinema (the only one of its kind in London), The Museum of the Moving Image and The National Theatre. Excellent public transport gives easy access to Theatreland, the West End of London and all famous historical tourist attractions in the London area.

Please also see our London attractions page for useful web sites.

For information about reserving Theatres Tickets, Big Bus Tour Company, or any other tourist attraction, please contact our Information Bureau by email to abo@ujclub.co.uk or on extension 154 ( 11 am to 8 pm ).


SUBJECT - AUSTRALIAN PEACEKEEPING MEMORIAL PROJECT

Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project
Home Page Objectives Committee News Membership Donations Donors Supporters Merchandise Design Contacts Disclaimer
Objectives
The key objectives of the APMP are;

To erect a Memorial in Canberra by Australian Peacekeepers Day on the 14th September 2009 that appropriately recognizes the sacrifice and continuing contribution of Australians to international peacekeeping.
To develop appropriate design criteria and guidelines that meet the requirement of the Canberra National Memorials Committee, and fittingly represents Australia's past and present peacekeeping role in the world.
To develop, monitor and adjust as appropriate the publicity, marketing and fund raising activities associated with APMP to best meet the APMP vision in a changing environment.
To encourage contributions to the APMP Gift Fund of any kind whatsoever as the Committee may deem advisable.
To provide effective and efficient management of the APMP, its assets and all associated resources.
Purpose
The Memorial will commemorate and celebrate Australian peacekeeping. It will commemorate the courage, sacrifice, service and valour of Australian Peacekeepers given in the same spirit as in other conflicts honoured by cenotaphs and memorials across Australia and on ANZAC Parade. It will also celebrate Australia's contribution to international peacekeeping since its commitment to the first UN peacekeeping mission on 14th September 1947. It will further enhance the excellent achievement and reputation of Australia and its Peacekeepers in international peace and security.

It will acknowledge the deaths and casualties suffered by Australian Peacekeepers while deployed on operations. It will recognise the critical contributions made by the Australian Defence Force, the Federal, State and Territory Police Forces, and Australian civilians to peacekeeping operations which are commanded or authorised by the United Nations, or are sanctioned by the Australian Government. It will be a reminder of the difficulties and dangers international peacekeeping often faces in remote and isolated regions, where infrastructure is destroyed and peace is at best fragile. It will acknowledge the skills, professionalism, resourcefulness and courage required of individuals in such circumstances, the often horrific humanitarian crises and human rights abuses they must confront and the long term emotional and physiological impact these experiences can have on individuals. It will also reflect awareness of the support and sacrifices given by the families of peacekeepers.

The Memorial seeks to show that Australia's contribution to peacekeeping exemplifies Australian openness, fairness, egalitarianism, mateship, initiative, and respect for diversity and social justice for all people.

The Memorial will record the evolution of international peacekeeping over the last 60 years, including the development of complex multi-dimensional and integrated missions with multi-national military, police and civilian components. It should demonstrate that Australia and the individual Peacekeepers that it sends overseas contribute positively to international peace and world stability by assisting nations to regain stability and aiding individuals in distress and danger.

The Memorial will be a focal point for national parades and remembrance ceremonies in recognition of Australian peacekeeping on appropriate occasions such as ANZAC day (25th April), UN International Day of Peacekeepers (29th May), Australian Peacekeeper's and Peacemaker's Day (14th September), and United Nations Day (24th October).

The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial will be a living memorial in that it will identify past and future peacekeeping operations and ongoing national and individual commitment and sacrifice.

Strategic Relationships and Partnerships
To ensure success, it is critical that a cooperative partnership is developed between the APMP and the many individuals and groups interested in the project. These include the Australian Federal Government, the Australian Capital Territory Government, the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Federal, State and Territory Police, Commonwealth and State Departments who have deployed members on Australian peacekeeping operations, the Ex Service Organisations and Veterans communities, the Media and the Australian Public.

It is important that the Memorial is complementary to the concepts of service and sacrifice represented by other national memorials in Canberra and within the ANZAC Parade and Australian War Memorial precinct.

It will be particularly important to engage with past and serving members of the Defence Force and Police who are peacekeeping veterans or currently serving in peacekeeping operations.


Copyright 2006 - 2008 - The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project - Incorporated in the ACT - ABN 56 102 846 791










>> Weekly News 28 Dec 08
>>
>> www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page19.htm
>>
>> G'day All,
>>
>> Happy New Year, hope you are all have a healthy year in 09. The web site
>> has been updated with some photos of the MELBOURNE/VOYAGER, Kaiber 2
>> division (7th) and photos of the 2003 reunion. It is intended to
>> complete
>> 2003 and also include 2005. The Memorial medallion is now available.
>> Details are also available on the web site. It looks great. Nifty Nev
>> Thomas has a great travel story (a truey) to relate, it is with photos
>> contained in our 'travel stories' web site page.
>>
>> Darby Ashton tells me the LEEUWIN bell was rabbited the day after LEEUWIN
>> was decommissioned. Does anybody, please, anybody know where the bell is
>> so
>> it can be returned to its rightful place at least before the 50th
>> anniversary. If you would like some more info on what actually happened
>> you could contact Darryl Neild OAM dneild@bigpond.net.au who is one of
>> our
>> Vice Presidents and was a Commander in Pussers.
>>
>> Has anybody heard from Stan Church recently his email address does not
>> appear to be functioning. Please let me know if you have.
>>
>> Not a great deal of other data or information this week, but nevertheless
>> interesting.
>>
>>
>>
>> Articles include:
>>
>> Information on the changes to Partner Service Pension - the attachment
>>
>> Memorial Medallion
>>
>> Family Study
>>
>> cheers
>>
>> Ron
>>
>>
>> Subject - Memorial Medallion
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Junior Recruit Memorial Project
>>
>>
>>
>> The Memorial Medallion is now available
>>
>> How to Order
>>
>>
>>
>> We need to take orders for medallions on the basis of prepayment only. On
>> receipt of payment a medallion, leather case and certificate will be sent
>> by
>> post. The price of each medallion is $85.00 (including GST of 10%)
>> postage
>> and packaging with Australia Post will cost an additional $7.30. We are
>> able
>> to make arrangements to have each medallion engraved with the name and
>> number of each purchaser, this is however at a nominal cost of $10.
>>
>>
>>
>> Cheques or Money Orders should be made out to the Junior Recruit Memorial
>> Fund Inc and posted along with an order form to the fund at 75 Lovett St
>> Devonport Tas 7310.
>>
>> Delivery will be made within 21 days of receipt of payment. Do not remit
>> cash or make payment out to any other person or organisation. It is not
>> possible to deal with payments by electronic transfer, as we need to have
>> all of the information required on the order form in addition to the
>> payment
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> All proceeds from the sale of the medallions will be passed to the Junior
>> Recruit Memorial Fund Inc. and will be used meet the costs associated
>> with
>> materials and construction of the memorial.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Junior Recruit Memorial Fund
>>
>> 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion
>>
>> Order Form
>>
>>
>>
>> Please Supply:
>>
>>
>>
>> Number of Medallions Required
>>
>> @ $85.00 per unit
>> $
>>
>>
>> Engraving of Name and Official Number (optional)
>>
>> @ $10.00 per unit
>>
>>
>> $
>>
>> Please write below exactly what is to be engraved
>>
>>
>>
>> Name& Initials...............
>>
>>
>>
>> Official Number..............
>>
>>
>> Postage and Handling @ $7.30 per unit
>>
>>
>> $
>>
>>
>>
>> Total Cost (inc GST @10%)
>>
>>
>>
>> (Payment by cheque or money order should be made to the Junior
>> Recruit
>> Memorial Fund Inc. Do not send cash)
>> $
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Your Name
>>
>>
>> Address
>>
>>
>> Postal Address for Medallion(s) if not home address
>>
>>
>> Telephone
>>
>>
>> Email Address
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Please remit cheque or money order with the order form
>>
>> To:
>>
>> Junior Recruit Memorial Fund Inc
>>
>> 75 Lovett St Devonport Tas 7310
>>
>> Tel 03 64247198 Email ken.dobbie@bigpond.com
>>
>>
>> Subject Family Study
>>
>>
>>
>> Minister for Veterans' Affairs
>> The Hon. Alan Griffin MP
>>
>>
>> Dear Sir,
>>
>> I am writing to update you on aspects of the Vietnam Veterans' Family
>> Study,
>> and to seek your support in recruiting participants to the Family Study.
>> Your organisation's support could be crucial to the success of the Family
>> Study.
>>
>> The Vietnam Veterans' Family Study will help us obtain a better
>> understanding of the impact of war service on the health and wellbeing of
>> the families of veterans. What is learnt from the Family Study will
>> benefit
>> future generations of service families and provide my Department with the
>> opportunity to build on programs currently offered to veterans and their
>> families.
>>
>> In May this year I announced that recruitment for the Family Study had
>> commenced. The main focus of the Family Study is the two randomly
>> selected
>> study groups: Vietnam veterans and their families; and as a comparison
>> group
>> Vietnam-era Army personnel who didn't serve in Vietnam, and their
>> families.
>> These two groups provide a comparison where the main difference is
>> service
>> in Vietnam. This random sample is necessary for the scientific validity
>> of
>> the Family Study.
>>
>> We have written to around 10,000 of each group inviting them to
>> participate
>> in the Family Study, and provided them a registration kit. The
>> recruitment
>> of family members to the Family Study is essential to its success,
>> however,
>> privacy restraints restrict us from contacting family members directly.
>> We
>> rely on invited veterans passing information about the study to their
>> family
>> so each registration kit includes additional registration forms for
>> veterans
>> to pass on.
>>
>> For the Family Study to proceed as planned, we need to meet our
>> recruitment
>> targets of:
>> · 3000 Vietnam veterans and 1800 of their children; and
>> · 3000 Vietnam war era Army personnel who weren't deployed to
>> Vietnam
>> and 1800 of their children.
>>
>> This is where your organisation can help. I would appreciate it if you
>> would talk about the Family Study with your members. We also need to get
>> the attention of individuals who may not be members of your organisation
>> (family members of Vietnam veterans and Army personnel who weren't
>> deployed). Therefore, I ask that you keep our Study in mind and look for
>> opportunities to refer to it in your dealings with local community
>> newspapers and radio. In doing so, we may be able to reach these
>> important
>> groups.
>>
>> Your newsletter will also help get the message to the families of the
>> invited veterans. I have attached a short article which you might like to
>> include in the next edition of your organisation's newsletter. An
>> electronic
>> copy of this is available via the Family Study website at
>> www.dva.gov.au/vvfs www.dva.gov.au/vvfs .
>>
>> The support of your organisation is crucial in securing enough
>> participants
>> for the Family Study to proceed as planned. I appreciate your assistance
>> in
>> spreading the word about the Vietnam Veterans' Family Study. Its
>> findings
>> will benefit your members and service families of the future.
>>
>> If you would like more information about the study please contact 1800
>> 502
>> 302 or go to www.dva.gov.au/vvfs www.dva.gov.au/vvfs .
>>
>> Yours sincerely,
>>
>> Alan Griffin
>> December 2008






Weekly News 21 Dec 08

www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page19.htm


G'day, Welcome and Merry Christmas,

All the best FOR the festive season to you all and yours. May this time of the year be a healthy and peaceful one.

This is the time of the year I must recognise those that regularly contribute on a week to week basis directly to Weekly News and News Letters. Most of the information contained in these publications come via

Bill and Margaret Krause,
John Hogg,
Eric McKenzie
Jeff Wake

I thank these four on your behalf for their generous support of the Veteran community.

There are a few articles that may interest you in this weeks Weekly News.

Proposed QLD functions for you,
Stokers brass prop key ring
ABRO Michael John Hayward

Naval Association of Australia Christmas letter

MELBOURNE/FRANK E EVANS Reunion

ESS payments to veterans

Navy Rugby reunion May 09

Recognition of same sex relationships in the ADF



Cheers and beers

Ron





OUR GROUP FUNCTIONS IN QUEENSLAND



This email was forwarded by Missy Miscamble. Darby Ashton is also interested in having our group muster for a funcion on Anzac Day 09 in Brisbane.





G’day Ron,



If anyone is interested I would be happy to host a luncheon get together or even drinks at the Brisbane Tattersall’s club. It is an extremely good venue, reasonably priced and the food is great. If you would put this in the News Letter and if there is any interest I shall start organising.



Merry Christmas to you and your family,



John Miscamble





ABRO MICHAEL John HAYWARD





If you have any contact details for

ABRO Michael John Hayward

56th Intake

Collins Walton Division

Last known studying nursing

at Concord Hospital

can you please send details to:

martyshell@bigpond.com






NAVAL ASSOCIATION CHRISTMAS MESSAGE





Hi,

Thank you for adding that little something to the Naval community during the year. It has been a tumultuous year in more ways than one. There were a few firsts in Navy...the First time an ex-sailor has been appointed to command the Navy! Congratulations again VADM Russ Crane. It is also noteworthy that LTGEN Ken Gillespie commands the Army and he is an ex-Army apprentice and a lovely bloke. To top it off the current Chief of the Air Force is an ex-Fleet Air Arm member who transferred to the RAAF and now commands it....what a year.

And then there was another first...the re-burial of the 'unknown sailor' ... an historic day for the RAN and a wonderful reminder that HMAS SYDNEY had at last been found together with its nemesis HKS KORMORAN. We were so glad for the relief that this finding brought to the families and friends of the crew.

Tempo has been the word all year...everybody has been flat out beefing up veterans' entitlements and the new Government has been steadily honouring its promises to the veteran community that they made before being elected. The Minister, Alan Griffin is doing a great job and fortunately in a bi-partisan manner. The Shadow Minister Louise Markus is taking up the cudgels and is learning very quickly. The Defence teams on both sides of politics are keenly focussed on Navy and Defence needs. We are very fortunate to live in a wonderful democracy that permits this without question.

It goes without saying that Navy itself has been working at a high tempo all year and our congratulations go out to all of you for your dedication to the task of keeping our nation secure.

The year has brought floods, drought, cyclones, fires and all the challenges that Mother Nature can dish up...we seem to withstand most of them and move on, however the most frightening event was the recent economic upheaval and the fall-out from it. It is apparent that we have not seen the last of it.

The NAA has been affected - some of you will notice that Australian Warship / White Ensign Issue 0408 has not yet been issued - it has been delayed and will not be delivered until the Second week in January - please accept our apologies, this was directly caused by increasing paper costs, the downturn in the dollar and systemic failures at the Chinese printery. The good news is that we have been able to cut a deal which will mean that there will be no increase in cost to members (you will still pay nothing) into the immediate future. The downside is that the cost of the magazine in newsagencies will rise to $11.95.

Thank you to the members of our Sub Sections who are the backbone of our association, you have kept the spirit, motto and intent of the Naval Association alive by your caring attitudes to our mates and their families. The social and other programs put in place for the welfare of our members is appreciated by all. Thank you all again.

For our members who are overseas serving our Country we wish you a speedy and safe return home and hope that you have a wonderful Christmas with your mates.

To our members and friends we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we particularly wish the supporting families and relatives who will spend their festive season alone or waiting the return of their loved ones an enjoyable time.

Finally, I wish you every good wish for Christmas and the New Year 2009 and hope that you can be part of the team who are going to carry forward a message of optimism and kindness to one another into the New Year.

Each for All - All for Each.

With compliments of the Season,
Kind regards,
Les Dwyer
National President
Naval Association of Australia

STOKERS BRASS PROP KEY RING



FYI


Stokers Brass Prop Key Ring
Price: $10.00 +
$2.00 post & packaging

Full details in the
Jewellery section of
the Clothing Store

ORDER FORM attached




--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2008 23:11:09 +1100
From: lozza@hmassydney.com
To:
Subject: Stokers Brass Prop Key Rings

G'day Members,

For all you ex-Stokers out there we now have Stokers Brass Prop Key
Rings for sale.
Full details are on the website.

cheers

--
Lozza
Webmaster
hmassydney.com


HMAS Melbourne/Frank E Evans Reunion 2009

HMAS Melbourne/Frank E Evans Reunion 2009

Ipswich - Queensland
June 2nd to 5th 2009

Reunion Co-ordinator - Ron Baker
Phone 07 33899325
Mobile 0422 077781
nullarbor82@hotmail.com


Dear Ron,

Accommodation packages are now available for the HMAS Melbourne/Frank E Evans Reunion


Oaks Aspire, Ipswich Qld


Studio Apartment
3 nights 2 Adults $405 + 1 Salt Voucher
5 nights 2 Adults $675+ 1 Salt Voucher
7 nights 2 Adults $945 + 2 Salt Vouchers


One Bedroom
3 nights 2 Adults $ 477 + 1 Salt Voucher
5 nights 2 Adults $ 795 + 1 Salt Voucher
7 nights 2 Adults $1113 + 2 Salt Vouchers

Two Bedroom
3 nights 4 Adults $ 717 + 1 Salt Voucher
5 nights 4 Adults $1195 + 1 Salt Voucher
7 night 4 Adults $1673 + 2 Salt Vouchers


1 Salt Reunion Voucher = $79

SPECIAL OFFER
4 SALT Vouchers = $129

Call Sharon Johnson to make your Booking
Ph 1300 797 577
AH Mob 0439 077941
Email: SALT@affordableholidays.com.au




ESS PAYMENTS FOR VETERANTS





$407M FOR VETERANS IN ESS PAYMENTS

Today more than 325,000 members of the veteran community receive $407
million in payments from the Rudd Government. The Minister for
Veterans' Affairs, Alan Griffin said the payments were being made as
part of the $10.4 billion Economic Security Strategy (ESS).

"The Rudd Government is committed to ensuring a brighter outlook for
pensioners in 2009 by strengthening and stimulating our economy with
payments worth more than $407 million to the veteran community," Mr
Griffin said.

"These payments build on existing support, provide financial assistance
for veterans in the week before Christmas, and act as a down payment on
comprehensive reform of the pension system."

Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) beneficiaries receive the lump sum
payment if they were eligible for particular payments or concession
cards through DVA or Centrelink on 14 October 2008.

This includes service pensioners, those receiving income support
supplement or age pension paid by DVA under social security law. These
pensioners and those who hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card or are
Veterans Gold Card holders eligible for Seniors Concession Allowance,
will receive a one-off lump sum payment of $1,400 for singles and $1,050
each for eligible member of a couple.

There are other ways members of the veteran community can receive a
payment under the Economic Security Strategy. For example, a veteran
whose child receives a benefit under the Veterans' Children Education
Scheme will also receive an additional $1000 per child. Those caring
for a veteran and receiving the Carer's Allowance from Centrelink, will
also receive $1000 for each eligible person they care for.

Payments are non taxable and will not be included for income testing
purposes.

For more information about the ESS and payments to veterans, visit
www.dva.gov.au/economic_security_strategy_payment.htm.

For payment enquiries: 133 254.
Media inquiries only: Laura Ryan 0437 863 109





NAVY RUGBY REUNION




The current schedule has RAAF playing Army on Sunday 17th May.
Navy playing Army on Wed 20th May.
Navy Vs RAAF on Sat 23rd May. All games at Viking Park.


G'day you blokes & women. The ASRC has been scheduled for the week of 17th to the 23rd of May inclusive at Vikings Park.

Reunion Venue.I have booked and paid for the Zoo at Tuggeranong Rugby Club from the completion of the Army vers Navy game until 0100. This will be open to ex Navy players & ex navy rugby aficionados & their partners.

Cost.$15.00 per head deposit will be required by the end of Feb for some finger food, pay for the venue etc. BSB 637-000 Account number 164253405. Greater Building Society. Dont forget to put your name on the transaction please.

RANRU dinner. The dinner for the current squad & ex navy rugby people will occur after the Navy vers RAAF game at a venue and a cost to be determined. If you would like to attend when it is promulgated, payment with your attending intentions ASAP after that promulgation.

Accommodation. Sharon Johnson is your contact. $140.00 per night per couple with a cooked breakfast does not appear to be to expensive to me.


Hi Eric,



I have been able to secure a great package at the Country Comfort Greenway



$140 per night 2 Adults + Salt Discount voucher (normal price $180 per night)



Vouchers 1 reunion voucher $79

4 vouchers $129 (these have no expiry date & and can be used at over 380 resorts around Aust)




The closest Caravan Park to Viking Oval is

Canberra South Motor Park
cnr Canberra & Monaro Hwy
Fyshwick ACT 2609
PH 02 62806176

Eric McKenzie
NSW Secretary
RAN CD Association
PO Box 5116
Dora Creek
NSW 2264
02 49156722
04 28899376
www.rancd-association.com





RECOGNITION OF SAME- SEX RELATIONSHIPS FOR ADF MEMBERS



RECOGNITION OF SAME- SEX RELATIONSHIPS FOR ADF MEMBERS
>
> The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren
> Snowdon MP, today welcomed changes to Commonwealth laws that mark a
> significant step forward in the recognition of same-sex relationships
> for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members.
>
>
> "From 1 January 2009, the Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in
> Commonwealth Laws - Superannuation) Act 2008 will ensure that
> same-sex couples are treated the same as opposite-sex couples for the
> purposes of the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Act 1948 and the
> Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973," Mr Snowdon said.
>
> "In addition, I have signed a legislative instrument to remove
> discrimination against same-sex couples and their children in regards
> to superannuation benefits paid under the Military Superannuation and
> Benefits Scheme.
>
> "Same-sex partners of ADF members will no longer be denied the payment
> of death benefits from superannuation schemes," Mr Snowdon said.
>
> "The tax concessions on death benefits, currently made available to
> opposite-sex couples, will also be available to same-sex couples.
>
> "These changes have been a long time coming, and further reinforce the
> ADF's commitment to recognition of same-sex relationships, seen in
> areas such as the Defence Home Owners Scheme and access to Royal
> Australian Air Force (RAAF) Veterans' Residences."
>
> THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP
> Minister for Defence Science and Personnel





Weekly News 14 Dec 08

www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page19.htm
Attachment (airfield under Sea) can be forwarded via email. Please contact me at rugbyron@bigpond.com for a copy

G'day All,

A lot again this week, the attachment (Airfield under the sea) is very interesting, especially if you are a birdy or a sludgemariner, or really if you are interested in military history.

Barry parker has come in from the cold. When we were looking for everybody's address in 03 to put together the first reunion at the Gold Coast, Barry's name came up quite a few times, however, we were unable to contact him. Barry has made contact through the website. Speaking for all those, and there were a lot of people who put an effort into establishing the data base, it is still great to have new names to add to our data base.

Thanks to those who have helped with info on getting Garry Hardman's eulogy together. Through the search Spook Cairns has established Paul Gallagher was one of his mates. Unfortunately, Paul is now suffering from Parkinsons and has recently lost his wife consequently he is not travelling too well.

This week besides the above there is:
Medals Website
Lost soul Greg Glock,
Widow's Entitlements,
DUCHESS reunion 09,
Free business cards,
Special Christmas Wish

cheers

Ron


SUBJECT MEDALS
Click on the website below and apply for any medals which you may be entitled to and have not yet received.

www.defence.gov.au/medals/


SUBJECT Greg Glock

If you are able to assist with the following please contact

John Robinson direct at email address

robinsonj3@bigpond.com

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


Bill,
I am looking for information on, an old Football playing mate who I have been informed has passed away. Ex POMTP/CPOMTP Greg Glock, if anyone could assist with details it would be appreciated.

Robbo



SUBJECT WIDOWS ENTITLEMENTS
ENTITLEMENTS FOR WIDOWS

NOTE:1. Entitlements are constantly changing, so please check with the contacts

Provider before seeking assistance.


2. Some entitlements may be available only to War Widows.

Pensions and Supplements


The War Widow's pension may be an entitlement including the Pharmaceutical Allowance. Pension rates are indexed according to the CPI in March and September.


Widows in receipt of the Australian War Widow's pension may be eligible to receive Income Support Supplement (ISS) if their income, other than the War Widows pension, is less than a prescribed amount per annum. ISS is reduced by $0.40 for each $1.00 of income in excess of that amount. To qualify for ISS you must be an Australian war widow and be of qualifying age; or be permanently blind or permanently incapacitated from work or have dependent children. To make a claim for ISS you must be an Australian resident and in Australia at the time of lodging your claim. If residing outside Australia the widow needs to have been receiving a Service pension or a Social Security pension.


Transport


War Widow Pensioners are eligible to claim for travel reimbursement for:



Attending health care appointments such as doctors, physiotherapists, dentists, podiatrists, hospital admissions, prescribed footwear, prosthetic limbs and the Australian Hearing Service.


Applications need to be made within three months of the completion of the travel and lodged with DVA on a Claim for Travelling Allowance Form (Form D800) which can be obtained from your local Legacy office or DVA. You will pay for the taxi journey; request a receipt from the driver and attach this to the claim form which must be signed by your specialist or doctor.


In the case of air travel a duplicate of the air ticket is required.


Also receipts for commercial accommodation (where claimed), dinners etc.


Country Taxi Voucher Scheme for War Widow Pensioners: Country Voucher Schemes are available in NSW. The scheme includes some metropolitan areas of Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Canberra. General practitioners may arrange taxi transport directly for eligible patients to travel to the nearest, suitable provider in the local area. Taxis may only be prearranged if public transport is not suitable for clinical reasons and patients are unable to drive their own cars or make other private arrangements. When taxi travel is outside the local area, DVA must be contacted so that alternative, cost effective and medically appropriate transport arrangements can be considered.


Under the Country Taxi Voucher Scheme general practitioners provide patients with two taxi vouchers, one for the forward trip and one for the return. Patients should request the treating practitioners (or other authorised officers) to sign the backs of the return (blue) vouchers as proof of attendance.


Transport for Carer/Attendant: Prior approval is required from DVA when a carer is required to assist. This is only necessary when a departmental car is arranged or a travel warrant issued. The carer must be at least 14 years old and capable of assisting the patient.


Ambulance: No prior approval is required and no cost incurred for War Widow Pensioners.


Air Transport: DVA arranges and must approve air transport. DVA must be advised as soon as possible of the necessity be it either/or specialist/GP to be in attendance.


Absent from Home: DVA will not meet travel expenses incurred if a war widow falls ill whilst away from home.


Housing


Defence Service Homes Scheme provides benefits by way of:



Subsidised housing loans


Buildings/contents insurance


Essential home repairs


A reduction in instalments


A DSH loan can be used to buy a home, unit, land and build a home in certain circumstances, complete or extend a home, to repair or modify a home or to discharge an existing mortgage. It may (in certain circumstances) be used to obtain retirement village or ‘granny flat’ accommodation. Phone: 1800 552 662.


Initial loans of up to $25,000 are available through Westpac Banking. 1300 722 000.

Insurance for your home and contents is available through DVA. Ph: 1300 552 662.

For the Defence Home Owner Scheme. Ph: 1800 802 763.


Accommodation Directory: The Directory is available from DVA and covers the Sydney Metropolitan area and includes reasonably priced accommodation close to major health facilities.


Home Assistance


Home Maintenance Helpline: The DVA funded helpline provides property maintenance advice and referral to reliable and efficient tradespeople. The helpline advice is free but you will need to pay for any work done. Call 1800 801 945.


HomeFront: This program is designed to prevent accidents and falls in the home and provides a free annual assessment. A home assessor will be looking for potential hazardous surfaces within the property.


After the assessment and with your consent, a HomeFront tradesperson will carry out minor modifications and/or supply and install items recommended by the assessor. Some financial assistance will be provided by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs towards the cost of this work. For more information call 1800 801 945


Home modifications: DVA pays for home modifications to assist you to live safely within your own home. These include such items as replacement of a bath with a hobless shower, internal/external rails, a ramp to access your home. You will need a referral from your doctor to an occupation therapist, who will assess your needs. Call DVA on 133 254.


Veterans’ Home Care (VHC): This program is to help eligible veterans and war widows/widowers with low level (around 1½ hours a fortnight) care needs to remain in their homes. It includes assistance with domestic cleaning; personal care; garden and home maintenance (usually limited to health and safety issues) and respite care. For assessment call 1300 550 450.


You must be assessed as needing assistance and a small fee is charged. Be sure to tell the assessor all the difficulties you have in doing housework including all health conditions. For inquiries call 1300 550 450.


Miscellaneous: War Widows are eligible for a number of special benefits, they should phone 133 254 for assistance with all health, home care etc needs.


In-Home respite: This is only available when local services are not available and used only for the immediate problem as DVA assistance is supplementary only when other community services do not meet a need. For Community Services see Aged Care Assessment Teams below.


Emergency Short Term Relief: The same conditions apply as from In-Home Respite and will be used only as alternative until other arrangements can be made.


Seniors’ Concession Allowance: This allowance of $214 a year, paid in two instalments, June and December, is to assist with household bills. It is available to War Widows not receiving the ISS, who are over 58 years of age. The allowance will be paid directly into your bank account. Enquiries: 1300 735 464.


Utilities supplement: War Widows receiving ISS are paid $106 a year in two instalments, March and September, to assist with payments of household bills. The supplement will be paid automatically into your bank account.


Home and Community Care (HACC): This is a similar service to Veteran’s Home Care offering domestic assistance and personal care. HACC offers higher levels of service, based on assessed need. For inquiries call 1800 350 792 or call Commonwealth Carelink 1800 052 222.


Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT): The trained team assess specific care and health needs and advise on services to stay in your home or whether you should enter an aged care home and the fees structure. To enter low or high care facilities an ACAT assessment is necessary. The team will come to your home or hospital. The assessment is free and you can self refer. For more information ring 1800 052 222. For information and booklets on entry into aged care call the Aged Care Info Line 1800 500 853.


Community Aged Care Packages (CACPs) and Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH): The programs are designed to be used if your care needs are more complex. Both require an ACAT assessment. Phone 1800 052 222.


Health Benefits


Your Medicare card is required for basic hospital and medical treatment. When using Medicare services your Medicare card should be used in conjunction with your Pensioner Concession Card.




Medical and allied health


Medical and allied health care services include emergency ambulance services, dental care, physiotherapy, chiropractic, podiatry, psychology, optometry, and convalescent care such as hospital and residential aged care. Gold or White Card holders may receive these health care services according to assessed clinical need. Some treatment services may require prior financial approval which your health provider will arrange. You must be referred for these services by your local Medical Officer, specialist or hospital. DVA will pay costs if certain criteria are met. Phone/contact: LMO, or DVA 133254 (Metropolitan) or 1800 555 254 (Country).


Women’s Health Clinic: This service for War Widows at Concord Repatriation General Hospital provides a comprehensive assessment for women concerned about their health issues. It is staffed by women’s health nurses and is open on Thursday mornings. To make an appointment call 9767 6747.


Ambulance: The Ambulance Service of NSW provides pre-hospital medical treatment and ambulance transport free of charge to holders of Pensioner Concession Card. In an emergency dial 000 (24 hrs per day) and for routine bookings phone 131 233 (statewide number) or for War Widows phone DVA 133 254.


Dental Care: This is available through dental clinics at the nearest public hospital and some community health centres. For the contact number for the service closest to you, call the Seniors’ Information Service on 131 244.


Optical Services: You are eligible for free eye examinations with optometrists who direct bill Medicare. Services are provided through registered Optometrists and Optical Dispensers throughout NSW. Approval for eligibility to receive Program benefits rests with VisionCare NSW at all times. They may be contacted on (02) 9344 4122 or 1800 806 851 (non-metropolitan Sydney).


Hearing Aids: These are available to you from the Office of Hearing Services (OHS). GP will provide you with an application form and a referral. A voucher entitles you to a range of hearing services free of charge. Hearing tests and hearing aids are available through the Office of Hearing Services (OHS) under the Hearing Services Program. For further information phone OHS on 1800 500 726. If you require additional features under the ‘Top-Up’ arrangements you will need to meet the additional costs. Phone: 1800 686 126 (client services line) to apply.


Pharmaceutical Prescriptions: The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) entitles you to concessional prescriptions. Costs for a prescription on the PBS, for those holding the Concession Card, will be approximately $4.90. War Widows receive an allowance to cover this. For prescriptions not listed on the PBS the cost may be more. Please ask your chemist for a list or advice on cheaper generic medications. A record should be kept of all prescriptions. For further information phone 1800 020 613.


Permanent Aids for Disabled Program (PADP): There is an annual charge of $100. PADP will assist with provision of Health appliances, aids and incontinence pads. For information on this service contact your local public hospital. For information on DVA’s continence products call DVA on 1300 550 458.


Community Nursing


Nursing care in the home, palliative care and personal care (more than 1.5 hours a week) can be provided under the community nursing program. The program is available to Gold or White Card holders who have an assessed clinical need. You must have a referral from your Local Medical Officer, hospital or Veterans’ Home Care assessment agency to access the service. If DVA guidelines are met, costs are paid by DVA. Phone/contact your LMO, or DVA on 133 254 (Metropolitan) or 1800 555 254 (Country).


Household and Housing


Tenancy Advice: Provided through the Office of Fair Trading: Phone: 133 220.


The Tenants Union of NSW: Free phone advice for tenants on how to deal with unfair or illegal treatment when renting. Contact: (02) 9251 6590.


Council Rates: Concessions are available to those holding the Concession Card. Some Councils will also permit deferment of payment of rates which are held against the property to be paid when it is sold or ownership is transferred. (Certain conditions may apply). Contact your local Council for details.


Gas and Electricity: From lst January 2002 Government has given pensioners $112.00 per year a combined electricity and gas rebate. This will be paid in instalments through the electricity bill. The government pensioners' rebate previously provided by gas companies will no longer apply. To be eligible for pension rates on your gas and electricity, you must notify your relevant company that you receive a pension. Some electricity companies also offer a rebate for those people who need to use a life support machine, such as dialysis, sleep apnoea or oxygen concentrator etc.


The Energy Accounts Payments Assistance Scheme (EAPA) is a NSW Government program which provides help for people on low incomes and in a crisis situation, to pay their electricity account. The assistance is in the form of $30 vouchers – issued after assessment – by one of the participating organisations. The vouchers are then taken to the electricity distributor where they are accepted as a direct payment on the electricity account. Contact 1800 246 545 for details.


Insurance: Some companies offer concession rates - it is worthwhile shopping around.


Post Office: Australia Post offers free redirection of mail for the first month if you change your address. For change of address 50% reduction is given. Free postage is available to blind pensioners for approved literature received or sent as surface mail and at a reduced rate by airmail.


Mortgage Assistance Scheme: Provides short-term assistance to people facing serious financial difficulties, repaying their home mortgages, as a result of unexpected change in circumstances. Contact: Home Purchasing Assistance Authority on 1800 806 653.


Rental Assistance Scheme: Entitles those renting privately to assistance with bond money, first rent payment and removal expenses. Contact NSW Dept of Housing on 1800 629 212.


Social Security Rent Assistance: An extra payment on top of your pension or allowance to help with private rental accommodation costs. Centrelink Teleservice: 132 300 also known as Retire Services.


Rent Assistance for War Widows: Rent assistance is available in addition to the ISS. To qualify, War Widows must be receiving ISS from DVA and paying rent on the private market, this includes caravan sites. Rent assistance is not available to War Widows in government funded residential care facilities or Department of Housing accommodation, Widows in retirement villages who paid less than $117,000 entry contribution may be eligible. For information on rent assistance contact DVA on 133 254 country 1800 555 254


Telephone Concessions: Please contact Centrelink Teleservice on 132 300 to determine whether you are eligible for the quarterly concession on your telephone. Telstra (contact 132 200) also offer their own concession which may be available to you upon application


Water Bills: All pensioners living in NSW receive rebates on their water bills that are provided by the NSW Government. Call Sydney Water or Hunter Water for further information on 132 092 or 1300 657 657. For those outside the Sydney Water and Hunter Water areas, please contact your local water authority or council to determine fees and discounts for pensioners. Water authorities may also provide rebates for life support equipment that uses water.


Sydney Water and Hunter Water provide emergency bill payment assistance to low income earners through the Payment Assistance Scheme (PAS). The assistance is in the form of $25 vouchers issued after assessment by the participating organisations. The vouchers are then taken to Sydney or Hunter Water where they are accepted as a payment towards the water account. Contact 1800 246 545 for the location of your nearest participating organisation. .


Home Help


Community Aged Care Packages: These are available for people who have a range of care needs and are at risk of admission to a nursing home or hostel. Contact: NSW office on 1800 048 998 or Canberra office on 1800 020 103. War Widows should ring 1300 550 450.


Telecross: Telecross is a free service providing daily contact to thousands of people across NSW every year. If you are living alone you may wish to consider contacting Telecross for more information about the service. Organised by Australian Red Cross, Telecross utilises trained volunteers who make a short and friendly telephone call to each Telecross client every day. The call is made to ensure that the client is safe and well. If the call is not answered a second call is made, after which, if there is still no answer, an emergency procedure is activated and, if necessary, assistance is arranged.


You can request Telecross service or others can make a referral for you. The service can be provided on a temporary or ongoing basis for anyone who might benefit from a daily phone call because of social isolation or for security reasons. Clients are reviewed every six months. For further information call 9229 4222.


Home Care Service of NSW: This offers general housekeeping, personal care and respite care plus sum handy person help for those people who are unable to live in their homes without assistance. Access to HACC services is subject to need and funds being available. Some Service Providers do offer fully chargeable services in addition to HACC funded services. Contact: 1800 350 792.


Do Not Call Register: This is a service that enables you to register your home and mobile telephone numbers in order to ‘opt out’ of receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls. The register has been available since May 31, 2007. It may take up to 30 days after application for your registration to become effective.


If you have access to internet you can register on line: www.donotcall.gov.au, or download an application from the website, or call 1300 792 958.


Meals on Wheels: People unable to shop for food or prepare meals for themselves may be able to use this service. Contact is Department of Health and Ageing. Home Care Services is one of many Service providers offering HACC funded services. Access to HACC services is subject to need and funds being available. Some Service Providers do offer fully chargeable services in addition to HACC funded services.


Transport Concessions For All


Motor Registration and Driver's Licence: Pension Concession Cardholders are entitled to free registration and licences. Concessions may also be available from insurance companies for the Compulsory Third Party Insurance component of registration. Contact RTA Customer Service Line 132 213.


National Rail: Reduced fares may be available - test your eligibility by ringing 131 500 or 132 232 Country Link.


Concessions: Four one-way rail travel concession tickets (for travel outside the area covered by excursion tickets) are issued per year and can be obtained from any rail station. For $2.50 eligible pensioner and Senior Card holders can travel all day on the following services:



All CityRail services


All STA Sydney bus services


All STA Newcastle bus services


The Stockton ferry


All Sydney ferries except the Manly Jetcat


Private transport companies may also offer a discount, but this is at their discretion. For further information contact the State Transport Infoline on 131 500 or Countrylink on 132 232.


Community Transport Services: Available for pensioners who require a private car and possibly a carer. Advance bookings are required. Contact your local Community Transport or Legacy office.


Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme: If you suffer a permanent disability you may wish to apply for a half fare taxi concession voucher. Application forms are usually available from Dept of Transport 1800 623 724.


Vision Impaired Persons' Travel Permit: To apply the following needs to occur: Phone or write to NSW State Rail, (02) 9379 4441. A form will be provided, your local doctor will fill this out and on assessment by NSW State Rail a pass will be issued.


Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme: This scheme offers financial help to residents of NSW who need to travel more than 200km from their home to access special medical treatment. Contact your nearest Health Service for advice.


If you are a War Widow experiencing difficulties accessing suitable transport please contact your local Legacy office.


Other Help and Concessions


Seniors’ Cards: This card for NSW Seniors over 60 provides discounts and special offers from government and some businesses. Present your card to participating businesses and transport services to obtain discounts. For more information call 130 364 758.


Credit Line Financial Counselling Service: A free service which provides full financial counselling, including budgeting, negotiation with creditors and legal and consumer education. Contact: 1800 808 488.


Moneycare: Another financial counselling service provided by the Salvation Army. Contact (02) 9633 5011.


NSW National Parks: PCC holders are entitled to free entry to all national parks and reserves managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. To apply for a pass call 1300 361 967.


Welfare Rights Centre: Provides free and independent advice on all Centrelink matters. Contact: 1800 226 028.


Cinemas: Check with your local cinemas for concessions and movie deals for seniors throughout the year. Hoyts ($1 fee), Dendy and Greater Union all offer DVA Gold Card holders one free pass per day, conditions apply.


Women's Information and Referral Service (NSW): Provides free and confidential telephone information and referral to women on a wide range of issues. Contact: 1800 817 227.


Income Tax: If you receive a pension or allowance from Centrelink or Dept of Veterans' Affairs and you have no other income, you generally do not have to lodge a return or pay income tax. If you have an income from other sources which takes your total taxable income over the threshold, you can ask the relevant department to make regular deductions to cover the estimated primary tax payable at the end of the financial year, rather than pay a lump sum. Contact: Australian Taxation Office (listed in the White pages). For personal tax inquiries contact: 132 861.


Seniors’ Information Service Phone 131 244: Provides free, confidential and independent information on pensions, health, housing, community services and older people's rights.


Wills Register: The NSW Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages has a Wills Register. As we are all aware, it is very wise to make a will, but sometimes wills cannot be found when they are needed. The Wills Register records, in perpetuity, the location of a will, regardless of where it is stored and how it was made. A copy of your will is not needed and the Wills Register does not physically store the will. Many people lodge their wills with solicitors, banks, the Public Trustee or some other institution.


The registration of your will with the Wills Register is free and can be completed over the Registry’s secure internet site or by application using the form included in the Wills Register brochure. Access to the Wills Register can be gained only by you or your authorised representative. The Registry cannot divulge any information on the contents of the will as the only information kept at the Wills Register is where the will is held. The Wills Register brochure is available from the Registry’s offices or by phoning 1300 655 236.


New Aged Care Information Service: The Department of Health and Ageing has a new aged care website. It offers comprehensive, impartial information about aged care and services available. The address is: www.agedcareaustralia.gov.au. If you do not have computer access your family may be able to assist, or contact 9267 6577 country 1800 451 615.


Counselling: The Veteran and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service (VVCS) is a specialised, free, confidential service for all Australian veterans, war widows and their families. VVCS operates during office hours. The Veterans’ Line is an after hours telephone counselling service which operates outside office hours. For both services call 1800 011 046.


Aged Care Complaints Investigation Scheme (CIS) is available for anyone who wishes to provide information or make a complaint about any Australian Government-subsidised aged care service. The CIS can investigate allegations or complaints that an approved provider is not meeting the responsibilities required under the Act. A complaint can be made about any aspect of Australian Government-subsidised aged care service such as catering, care, hygiene, financial matters, choice, activities, comfort and safety.


The CIS can provide access to a free and confidential advocacy service. Contact on free-call 1800 550 552 or in writing to: Aged Care Complaints Investigation Scheme, Department of Health and Ageing, GPO Box 9848, Sydney 2001.


Centrelink Financial Information Services: Financial Information Service Officers are not financial planners and do not make decisions for you. However, they can provide information on investment options, taxation, superannuation, annuities, and accommodation choices for older people. To make an appointment call the Centrelink retirement services line 132 300.


Centrelink Financial Information Service holds seminars throughout the year, which cover many areas of information on retirement, including financial planning, choosing a financial planner, estate planning, salary sacrifice, investing for retirement, understanding shares, managed investments, property investments, working beyond age-pension age and home equity loans for older people. The seminars are held across NSW and anyone interested should contact the nearest Centrelink office for dates and locations.








JH362.2/12/08

SUBJECT DUCHESS REUNION


A reunion will be held in

Hobart for all who served on

HMAS DUCHESS

8th to 10th May 2009

ALL WELCOME

For further information contact

Mark Triffett - mtr33434@bigpond.net.au


SUBJECT BUSINESS CARDS

Are you interested in FREE business cards or stationary then just click this link



www.vistaprint.com.au/frfau?frf=304978607902



You can order 250 free business cards and just pay for the postage. You don't have to have a business or even be working - you just blank out the sections that ask for those titles if you want - easy peasy. There are quite a few other free products as well.



Sure beats trying to find and pen and paper to write your details on for new acquaintances - when you're out and about - at reunions - or away on holidays



SUBJECT A Special Christmas Wish







IT 'WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,

HE LIVED ALL ALONE,

IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE,

MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.



I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY,

WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,

AND TO SEE JUST WHO,

IN THIS HOME, DID LIVE.



I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,

A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,

NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,

NOT EVEN A TREE.



NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,

JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,

ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES,

OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.



WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,

AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,

A SOBER THOUGHT,

CAME THROUGH MY MIND.



FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,

IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,

I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,

ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.



THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,

SILENT, ALONE,

CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR,

IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.



THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,

THE ROOM IN DISORDER,

NOT HOW I PICTURED,

AN AUSTRALIAN SOLDIER.



WAS THIS THE HERO,

OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?

CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,

THE FLOOR FOR A BED?



I REALIZED THE FAMILIES,

THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,

OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS,

WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.



SOON ROUND THE WORLD,

THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,

AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE,

A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.



THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM,

EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,

BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,

LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.



I COULDN'T HELP WONDER,

HOW MANY LAY ALONE,

ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE,

IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.



THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT,

A TEAR TO MY EYE,

I DROPPED TO MY KNEES,

AND STARTED TO CRY.



THE SOLDIER AWAKENED,

AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,

"SANTA DON'T CRY,

THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;



I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,

I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,

MY LIFE IS MY GOD,

MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."



THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,

AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,

I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,

I CONTINUED TO WEEP.



I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,

SO SILENT AND STILL,

AND WE BOTH SHIVERED,

FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.



I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE,

ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,

THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOUR,

SO WILLING TO FIGHT.



THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,

WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,

WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,

IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."



ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,

AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.

"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,

AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."



This poem was written by an Australian Peacekeeping soldier stationed

overseas. The following is his request. I think it is reasonable





PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favour of sending this to as many people

as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to all of

the service men and women for our being able to celebrate these

festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe.

Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed

themselves

for us.

Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.






Weekly News 7 Dec 08

www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page19.htm

G'day All,

Hope you are all travelling well.

There are quite a few articles this week, they are listed below. Some are very topical and current. We need some info on Gary Hardman. If you can fill in any of the details below, please do via email to me and I will onforward it to Jack Davey.

Ken Dobbie has produced the JR's Memorial Newsletter No 7. It has also been reproduced on our website.

There has been a bit of action on those that have made claims in respect of the MELBOURNE/VOYAGER collision. Read below.

For those that are interested in the RAN Rugby reunion next year the dates are firming up.

Lots of other interesting stuff especially about asbestos which is the attachment to this email.

There is a good poem to finish with.

cheers

Ron

CDRE SMYTHE's funeral details,
Sick Bay - Skull Boden,
Lost soul - POETW Ron Clarke,
Assistance required for the eulogy of Gary Hardman,
JR Memorial Project,
Settlement of HMAS MELBOURNE claims from VOYAGER collision,
MERGER OF COMMONWEALTH SUPERANNUATION BOARDS - NOV08,
What Happens to Your Partner When You Die,
Report of RAN Rugby Union Reunion May 09,
QLD TPI's screen saver fund raiser,
RAN Battle Class reunion,
HMAS MORESBY reunion,
NSW Ex-Defence Force Travel Pass,
Asbestos,
Poem - My Navy

SUBJECT - CDRE SMYTHE

CDRE D.H.D. SMYTHE, AO, RAN, RTD former Commodore Superintendent of
Training at HMAS CERBERUS in the 60's passed away in Melbourne on Wednesday
3rd December.

Funeral will be held at Saint John's Toorak on Tuesday 9th December at
1100.

Marty GROGAN


SUBJECT SKULL BODEN

Hi Ron,



I rang Skull this afternoon (Sunday). He appears to be in good spirits and appreciated the call. He indicated that he has had a quite a few calls from various people which is good to hear and said he really appreciated the calls. Let’s hope the calls keep coming and if anyone is in the Kerang area on the Gold Coast he would really like to see them. I think I have spelt the name Kerang correctly anyway it is easy to find.

Just in case we don’t contact each other again prior to Xmas, all the best for Xmas and the New Year.

Cheers,

Schubes


SUBJECT RON CLARKE

If you are able to help with the following please contact

Peter Robertson direct

Phone: 02.6646.5094 or email address: robo4717@bigpond.net.au

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

I am trying to contact POETW RON CLARKE. He was on HMAS HOBART for
the 1985 Canadian-US Deployment.

I need some information for the AAT in March 09

Peter D Robertson

Subject Gary Hardman EMAIL from Jack Davey

I know it's early days but do we have any further info about Garry,
his family contact, mates, any info that I can use in his eulogy. I'm
starting with a blank sheet of paper here however I'll be right when I've
got some key info.

If you can tell me which division he was in, his joining date, and
the state he joined from that would be a good start. I'll make contact on
the number you sent me as a start.

Stuff that is useful is probably obvious, and sometimes people assume
everyone knows. Some you may have or at least know who has.



Date of birth

Parents names

Brothers and sisters

Married, wife, kids

Division at Leeuwin

Sport

Likes & dislikes

Any known anecdotes

Info about Gary after the navy

The final years

Who I could talk to in the family


Subject Junior Recruit Memorial Project

Newsletter Number 7

Welcome to Newsletter Number 7

It is now just on 12 months since we started the project. The aim of
which is to establish a memorial that will commemorate the dedication,
commitment and service of the 13,000 fifteen and sixteen year old boys who
joined the Royal Australian Navy as Junior Recruits between 1960 and 1984

In the past year support for the project has grown in leaps and bounds
and with continued support we will achieve our objective in July 2010 to
commemorate the 50 years of service given by the Junior Recruit training
system to the RAN.

The project has created and awakened much interest in the history and
the achievements of this service. Many old friendships are now being renewed
and the process of establishing reunions to coincide with the dedication of
the memorial is now moving at a hectic pace. The next 12 months will see the
construction phase of the project begin with work on the first section of
the memorial commencing in June. This first stage will be the engraving,
impression making and casting of the centrepiece bronze. The masonry
engraving and cutting will begin in November with the final placement
scheduled for June 2010.

Project Update

The project continues to meet all milestones set out in the Strategic
Plan. The Memorial Committee has commenced the planning arrangements that
will set out the program for the dedication ceremony. Although this is at
the earliest stages important considerations have to be made not only for
the logistics of it all but also to the protocols associated with such as
event. Some of these protocols will include obtaining approval to use the
Australian White Ensign in the proceedings as well as appropriate service
and dedication matters. The service will include the involvement of a RAN
Chaplain. It is not expected that we will have a draft plan of the ceremony
until at least July 2009, as we will need to consider a number of things
including confirmation of the attendance of a number of important guests to
the occasion.

The Memorial Medallion is now available



How to Order


We need to take orders for medallions on the basis of prepayment only.
On receipt of payment a medallion, leather case and certificate will be sent
by post. The price of each medallion is $85.00 (including GST of 10%)
postage and packaging with Australia Post will cost an additional $7.30. We
are able to make arrangements to have each medallion engraved with the name and number of each purchaser, this is however at a nominal cost of $10.

Cheques or Money Orders should be made out to the Junior Recruit
Memorial Fund Inc and posted along with an order form to the fund at 75
Lovett St Devonport Tas 7310.

Delivery will be made within 21 days of receipt of payment. Do not
remit cash or make payment out to any other person or organisation. It is
not possible to deal with payments by electronic transfer, as we need to
have all of the information required on the order form in addition to the
payment

All proceeds from the sale of the medallions will be passed to the
Junior Recruit Memorial Fund Inc. and will be used meet the costs associated
with materials and construction of the memorial.

Junior Recruit Memorial Fund

50th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion

Order Form

Please Supply:

Number of Medallions Required

@ $85.00 per unit
$

Engraving of Name and Official Number (optional)

@ $10.00 per unit


$

Please write below exactly what is to be engraved


Name& Initials...............


Official Number..............

Postage and Handling @ $7.30 per unit

$


Total Cost (inc GST @10%)

(Payment by cheque or money order should be made to the Junior
Recruit Memorial Fund Inc. Do not send cash)
$


Your Name

Address


Postal Address for Medallion(s) if not home address
Telephone
Email Address

Please remit cheque or money order with the order form

To:

Junior Recruit Memorial Fund Inc

75 Lovett St Devonport Tas 7310

Tel 03 64247198 Email ken.dobbie@bigpond.com

It is Your Heritage

We have identified the Medallions as being important keepsakes that
can form part of the naval heritage in each family. It is hoped that sons,
daughters and even grandchildren may seek to purchase one as well. The sale
of these will go towards meeting the costs of the memorial construction.

(Show this newsletter to your wife you never know what you might get
for Christmas).

Creating the Commemorative Medallion

The engraver for our Commemorative Medallion is Andrew Borg who is
based in Gordon, Victoria. Andrew initially trained as an Industrial
Engraver producing print embossing dies for the textile industry. His
training as an engraver also involved medallion and coin hobbing dies.
Further work in this area included the making of buckles and fashion
accessories. Andrew has been established in this type of work for more than
20 years. He works in a small rustic workshop surrounded by much bric-a-brac and work in progress.

The work, undertaken with the assistance of magnifying glasses,
involves many small drilling and carving devices to produce the required
effect. Generally Andrew works directly on the metal that will create the
die and uses a photograph or drawing to guide his work. He has an uncanny
ability to carve the exact detail directly into the metal.

The medallions are cast in solid pewter and finished with a bronzed
coating to provide the replication of the bronze centrepiece on the JR
Memorial. The size of the pewter casting is 230 grams in weight and 80 mm in diameter (½ pound and 3 ¼ inches for those who have not yet converted to
metric) The reverse side of each medallion has the Memorial Dedication and
is cast in a way to provide for the engraving of a name and personal number.
The presentation case is made of leather with printed images of the crest of
Leeuwin and Cerberus on the outside with the RAN crest on the inside.

The Engraving of the Master Die

The First Casting

First Stage of Hand Finishing

The finished medallion

An original Tingira flash, have you kept yours?

5th Intake Kaiber 1 Division

Back Row: G. Walker, M. Marsham, D. Stone, D. Lyons, A. Wells, I.
Spaulding, R. Kendall, P. Roberts, A. Barret, T. Boyd, T. Gaffney.

Mid Row: LSmn Clifford, G. Forrester, C. Stevens, A. Browning, G.
Hansen, P. Cooper, K. Greig, M. Gleaves, J. Grace, D. Needham, P. Tasker,
D. Koneman, L. Mills, LSmn. Bingham.

Front Row: P. Bowles, M. Leitch, R. Burgraff, POFC Lowein, CPOQMG
Wilson, Lieut. Donohue, Lieut. Anderson, CPOGI Mitten-Lane POFC Amm, B.
Kyson, J. Booker, G. Pennicuik. (Photo courtesy of "Sno" Roberts)

"And Still They Serve"

Steve Coll joined the RAN as a Junior Recruit in 1963 and is still
serving. This photo is of recent activity in East Timor where rumor has it
that Steve enjoys jumping out of helecopters in jungle environments and he
is also believed to be having more fun now than ever in his life while the
rest of us are perhaps putting our feet up in retirement. It must be all
that training he received on "over night expeditions" as a JR

Leeuwin Instructors 1963

Donation Banking
A bank account has been set up with the Devonport branch of Westpac.
The account name is the "Junior Recruit Memorial Fund Inc." (BSB 037 604
Account 22 7096) and deposits can be made electronically with the bank or by cheque made out to the fund and remitted to JR Memorial Fund Inc. 75 Lovett St Devonport Tas. 7310

Please do not remit cash or cheques made out to anyone other than the
fund.


"Yours Aye"
Have a happy and safe Christmas and we will continue with the project
in the New Year

Ken Dobbie
75 Lovett St Devonport Tas. 7310
Tel 03 64247198
Mob. 0418140042




Subject: SETTLEMENT OF HMAS MELBOURNE CLAIMS

The Attorney-General Robert McClelland and the Minister for Defence
Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon today announced the results of the
review into the unresolved claims from the HMAS Melbourne/HMAS Voyager tragedy.

"The collision between HMAS Voyager and HMAS Melbourne off the
southeast coast of Australia in 1964 cost 82 lives. It also resulted in
pain and suffering for many of the survivors and their families that has
involved court action for the past 44 years," Mr Snowdon said.

To end this stalemate, the Rudd Government appointed Mr Jeremy Gormly
SC in July 2008 to review the mediation of the outstanding damages claims
and assist in the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process.

"I am now pleased to say that through Mr Gormly's energy and
expertise, 24 of the remaining 25 cases have been resolved," Mr Snowdon
said.

Mr McClelland said this success reinforces the Government's commitment to a resolving matters without the expense and trauma of litigation.

"The negotiated outcomes achieved in these long-standing matters prove
that ADR, as part of an overall dispute resolution strategy, is the right
way to go," Mr McClelland said.

"The Government greatly appreciates Mr Gormly's assistance in bringing
these claims to resolution."

As part of his review, Mr Gormly has also provided important
recommendations about how ADR can be better used by the Government in the future, particularly in relation to multi-plaintiff matters.

His recommendations include a range of procedural suggestions for the
management of large-scale matters, which would focus the parties on the
possibility of ADR throughout the process.

The Government will consider the outcomes of Mr Gormly's work as part
of the ongoing reforms to Commonwealth legal service procurement.

Media contacts:

Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon): 02 6277 7620 or 0488 484
689

Adam Sims (Robert McClelland): 02 6277 7300 or 0419 480
224

Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408
498 664


Subject: Fwd: MERGER OF COMMONWEALTH SUPERANNUATION BOARDS - NOV08


FM AD SUPER POLICY\DEFENCE PERSONNEL EXECUTIVE
R 242321Z NOV 08
SUBJ: MERGER OF COMMONWEALTH SUPERANNUATION BOARDS

1. RECENTLY, THE HON LINDSAY TANNER MP, MINISTER FOR FINANCE
AND DEREGULATION AND SENATOR THE HON NICK SHERRY, MINISTER FOR
SUPERANNUATION AND CORPORATE LAW, JOINTLY ANNOUNCED A GOVERNMENT DECISION TO
REFORM THE GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION FRAMEWORK OF THE MAIN AUSTRALIAN
GOVERNMENT MILITARY AND CIVILIAN SUPERANNUATION SCHEMES.

2. THEY SAID THAT ON 1 JULY 2010, THE MILITARY SUPERANNUATION
AND BENEFITS SCHEME BOARD, THE DEFENCE FORCE RETIREMENT AND DEATH BENEFITS
AUTHORITY AND THE AUSTRALIAN REWARD INVESTMENT ALLIANCE (THE TRUSTEE OF THE
GOVERNMENT'S CIVILIAN SUPERANNUATION SCHEMES) WILL MERGE TO TAKE OVER THE
MANAGEMENT OF THE MILITARY AND CIVILIAN SUPER SCHEMES. AS PART OF THE
ANNOUNCEMENT, THE MINISTERS ALSO INDICATED THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND
DEREGULATION, WITH THE HELP OF SPECIALIST ADVISERS, WILL UNDERTAKE A STUDY
TO EXAMINE OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SUPERANNUATION
SCHEMES THAT ARE CURRENTLY ADMINISTERED BY COMSUPER.

3. IT IS INTENDED THE OUTCOMES OF THIS STUDY WILL BE BROUGHT
BACK TO THE GOVERNMENT BEFORE THE END OF THIS FINANCIAL YEAR (THAT IS, BY 30
JUNE 2009). THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO IMPLEMENT AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS BY
1 JULY 2010, TO COINCIDE WITH THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE OPERATION OF THE NEW
BOARD.

4. THE MINISTERS MADE IT CLEAR THAT BOTH MILITARY AND CIVILIAN
INTERESTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE REPRESENTED UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS.
SENATOR SHERRY ALSO SAID THAT THE REFORMS WILL NOT AFFECT MEMBERS'
SUPERANNUATION BENEFITS IN ANY WAY. HE SAID EACH SCHEME WILL RETAIN ITS OWN
LEGISLATIVE BASE AND PROVISIONS.

5. THE GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO CREATE A SINGLE SUPERANNUATION
BOARD FOR THE MAIN COMMONWEALTH SCHEMES IS GENERALLY CONSISTENT WITH THE
RECOMMENDATION MADE BY THE REVIEW OF MILITARY SUPERANNUATION ARRANGEMENTS
(RMSA) CONCERNING THE FUTURE GOVERNANCE OF MILITARY SUPERANNUATION SCHEMES.
DEFENCE OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO DISCUSS WITH MINISTERS AND OFFICIALS IN OTHER
KEY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS BOTH THE CONTENT OF THE RMSA AND POSSIBLE
TIMETABLES FOR CONSIDERING THE OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS.

6. IN COMMENTING ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE RMSA, THE
GOVERNMENT HAS SAID IT IS AWARE THAT SUPERANNUATION IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE
FOR BOTH CONTRIBUTING AND RETIRED MEMBERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE
AND THEIR FAMILIES. IT HAS INDICATED THAT DECISIONS ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS
WILL NOT BE RUSHED OR TAKEN LIGHTLY.

ENDS

Subject: What happens to your partner when you die?

I suppose as we get older, there are some thing we may not want to
think about but should consider

What Happens to Your Partner When You Die?

IF YOU HAVE READ THIS ARTICLE BEFORE,
HAVE YOU ACTED ON IT ?

The ACT Defence Widows' Support Group (DWSG) provides support to
Defence widows and widowers, particularly the newly bereaved. The Group
contacts them after the funeral of their partner. Experience has shown that
the same problems seem to surface repeatedly and that some forward planning
would help relieve some of the burden and distress to your partner when
death occurs -

ARRANGEMENTS PUT IN PLACE NOW WILL SAVE YOUR PARTNER
GRIEF AND EFFORT WHEN THE TIME COMES.

SOME ISSUES TO CONSIDER NOW

PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNTS. Most banks freeze joint accounts on the
death of a signatory. Your partner will need an account IN THEIR OWN NAME
before they can receive ComSuper benefits. It would therefore be prudent
for both you and your partner now to each have one account in your own name.

WILLS, POWER OF ATTORNEY and ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY. Every adult
over the age of eighteen should have a current Will and a completed Power of
Attorney. Both should be kept in a secure place, the location of which is
known to your Partner and at least one Executor; both should be updated on a
regular basis, for example on renewal of your driving licence. Each State
has different regulations.
Remember that your Power of Attorney may be needed by your partner at
any time, eg if you are incapacitated due to even temporary medical care.
Having Power of Attorney means that your partner can pay bills, give
instructions about your medical treatment and attend to your affairs, if you
are unable to do so.
A copy of your Service Record kept with these documents is also
advisable.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS. Each partner should know the other's choice of
funeral arrangements, have them written down and preferably kept with the
Wills.

ROUTINE HOUSEHOLD BILLS. Keep a list, or even just a file, of
regular accounts and direct debits (eg, rates, security systems, home and
content insurances, vehicle insurance, health insurance, phone and mobile
providers, internet service providers, water, gas and electricity). How and
when they are paid and the approximate amounts will save your partner
distress and uncertainty, particularly if he/she is not in the habit of
handling those particular accounts. Preferably, both partners should be
equally familiar with arrangements for paying household accounts.
These days it is particularly important that your partner can access
and terminate such accounts either over the phone or via the Internet, so
they will need your log-ins: usernames and passwords. You will be amazed how
many you have and how often you, and therefore your partner, will need to be
able to access them!
A list of trusted tradesmen, or their fridge magnets on the fridge
door, can be a great help.

CLUB AND ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS. An up to date list of organisations
of which you are a member, along with your membership numbers and their
addresses, will be a help. Your partner may need, or wish, to become a
member of some of them. It can also be very distressing for your partner to
keep receiving mail from such organisations addressed to you personally long
after you are gone.

VETERANS' ENTITLEMENTS. Your partner may be entitled to benefits from
the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), but to apply she/he will need
documentation and proof of your Defence Service. You should establish your
partner's possible entitlements prior to their needing them, i.e., while
both of you are still alive and can explain your circumstances. Collating
this information NOW and having it on hand will greatly assist in any
applications to DVA. (Note: A Gold Card is not transferable. However if a
widow is granted a War Widows pension or is the widow of a TPI pensioner,
she will be entitled to her own Gold Card).


OTHER MATTERS TO CONSIDER FOR THE NEWLY BEREAVED

Based on the experiences of the ACT DWSG, the following are just some
of the issues that you should be aware that your newly bereaved partner may
face. They will need to be dealt with by your partner and your executor at
a stressful time, so any forward planning will be appreciated. The
information is neither definitive nor applicable in all States but is
intended as a guide. Further details should be sought from your solicitor,
your advocate or the relevant Government Departments.


YOUR DFRB/DFRDB/MSBS BENEFIT. Upon notification of the death of a
recipient of a DFRB/DFRDB benefit, ComSuper will cease payment until the
necessary forms, correctly filled out, are submitted. Only then will the
partner receive her/his entitlements, paid into an account IN HER/HIS OWN
NAME. These entitlements generally are:

DFRB: A lump sum equal to seven pays (14 weeks) of the
difference between his (old) and her (new) pension, plus the commencement of
a fully CPI indexed pension (being five eighths of the deceased's old
pension) paid fortnightly.

DFRDB: A lump sum equal to seven pays of the difference between
the deceased's (old) and the partner's (new) pension, plus the commencement
of a partially CPI indexed pension. In outline, the new pension is five
eighths of the deceased's full old pension as if he/she had not commuted
his/her benefit when leaving the Service. The value of that additional part
is "frozen" and the part relating to the deceased's previous fortnightly
pension is CPI indexed. The pension is paid fortnightly.

MSBS: These benefits are quite different from DFRB / DFRDB and
are calculated on an individual basis upon application.

CHILDREN. If there are dependent children and/or full time students,
additional pension benefits may be payable. Documents required will include
copies of the Marriage Certificate and the Death Certificate (though a copy
of a newspaper notification of death may be accepted until the Death
Certificate is available).

MARITAL SEPARATION For a variety of reasons including dementia or
invalidity, you and your partner may have needed to live separately for a
period. Your partner may need written advice or a certificate from your
doctor advising that the separation was for medical reasons before ComSuper
will commence your spouse's pension payment.

VETERANS' ENTITLEMENTS. As mentioned previously, your partner will
need to contact DVA and be ready to provide the documentation required. If
death was caused by a Service related injury (or the deceased was already in
receipt of a DVA pension) the partner may be entitled to a DVA pension. As
also mentioned previously, check on the possible entitlements prior to
needing them, ie while both of you are still alive. Contact the DVA, DFWA,
Legacy, Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia, Vietnam Veterans'
Federation of Australia, or other ex-Service agencies for further
information. If there are entitlements to any other compensation payments
these need to be submitted as soon as possible. Entitlements for dependent
children may also be payable.

BANKING. As also advised above, your partner will need an account IN
HER/HIS OWN NAME. Some bank loans may be written off if an insurance fee was
paid. A signature of the surviving partner and/or your executor may need to
be pre-recorded with the bank to allow ready access to some bank security
boxes.

THE HOUSE. After a required period of time (usually 28 days) a house
in joint names may be transferred to the surviving Joint owner upon
application to the relevant Titles Office. Documentation required may
include copies of the Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate and the Will,
and Title documents. Westpac or the National Australia Bank will need to be
advised regarding Defence Service Home Loans. The house and contents
insurance notices will need to be transferred to a single name.

THE CAR. Your car can be transferred to your partner if he/she is the
sole beneficiary of the Will. Ideally, the family car should be registered
in both names. The deceased's driving licence may be eligible for a refund
of the remaining valid period. Copies of the car registration papers and
the surviving partner's driving licence as well as the Marriage Certificate,
Death Certificate and Will may be required. Insurance companies will need
to be advised of any change of car ownership.

TAX RETURNS. A (final) tax return will need to be lodged with the
Australian Taxation Office on behalf of the deceased's estate.
Upon probate, the estate can be distributed to any beneficiaries, and
sufficient money needs to be set aside to meet any final tax obligations.
This will usually be arranged by your executor. Other related matters to
note include possible Capital Gains Tax for shares purchased after 1985 or
other assets, stamp duty and other fees.


CLUBS, MEMBERSHIPS, and SUBSCRIPTIONS. All the deceased's memberships
will need to be cancelled. Refunds may be payable. As with tax returns,
centrally kept records will help manage these matters.

LEGACY. Your partner may be eligible for assistance from Legacy due
to your service in a War Zone, operational service, or training for
operations. Contact Legacy for further details.

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE. Benefits may be payable from private health
insurers. Future premiums may be reduced, particularly if the family rate
reduces to the single rate, so the health fund must be informed of the
death.

PENSION ENTITLEMENTS. If the total income of the surviving partner is
below a certain amount, a Centrelink pension, either full or part, may be
payable. Bridging finance prior to the start of the ComSuper pension may be
provided. Copies of the Marriage Certificate, Will and Death Certificate
will be needed.

POWER OF ATTORNEY and ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY. The continuing
validity of these may vary between States and Territories. In general, the
surviving partner should have a new Will and Power of Attorney drawn up.
After all, he or she has just lost you, their partner, who was probably
central to their previous Will and Power of Attorney. A solicitor should be
contacted to assist in the revision of the Will of the surviving partner and
the raising of a new Power of Attorney / Enduring Power of Attorney.

CONTRACTS. The current trend towards contracts for mobile phones,
Internet, security systems and the like can cause problems. These may have
to be paid out in full. Some contracts may need to be re-negotiated or
transferred to the surviving partner. Your partner needs to be able to
access all relevant account details, passwords, etc, to be able to avoid
running up further bills.

FINALLY .... It is advised that the newly bereaved keep an exercise
book to record all business phone calls etc made after the partner's death.
In the fog of grief, memory can be faulty and a record of calls and
decisions made will be very useful. Relatives and friends may make
decisions and arrangements on her/his behalf and trying to remember all
these will be difficult. A copy of all correspondence and forms completed
and kept in an accordion file is an added bonus.


These are just some of the issues that the ACT DWSG has helped
widows/ widowers with.
Some thought and time spent now will be of immense help
to your partner in the future.

If you are reading this in hardcopy, check on the DFWA website -
www.rdfwa.org.au/widows.htm - that you have the most up to date version and
contact the DWSG at your nearest Defence Force Welfare Association Branch if
you require further information or advice.




Subject RAN Rugby Union reunion

The AGM was generally very supportive of the RAN Rugby reunion as we
are trying to make the ASRC a bigger event. The dates for the championship
are set at 17-23 May and held at Viking Park in Tuggeranong.

David Edwards


G,day gents

(1) Are we interested in running a Golden Oldies
side? Gourley will play only if he can play fullback & can kick field
goals.I believe the first one is possible.

(2) The Zoo at Tuggeranong is only available on the
Wednesday & Friday. I have made a tentative booking for both days.

(3) Maybe some of the navy representative players
can get with us if we have it on the Wednesday at 1800.

(3) The Navy vers RAAF generally happens on the
Sunday. RAAF vers Army on Wednesday & Navy vers Army on Saturday.

(4) "Sharon Johnson.Organiser."
will be in contact with you all shortly to
see if she can help with your Canberra bookings for
accommodation, first we must settle on
either Wednesday or the Friday? I favour the wednesday.

(5) Not limited to Navy rep players but to all
Navy Rugby aficionados.

(6) I have a bucket load of phone numbers to ring
when we make a decision & a Navy News lead time to consider, so "dont
matter" or "nil returns" are required!!!!!!!!!

(7) Booking fee is $150.00 which i can pay
initially.

(8) Do we want it catered or just bar staff & pay
for your own drinks.

(9) David Edwards does not return from leave until
19th of January so we have time to consider the "golden oldies" side of
things, but not the rest.

(10) Distribute widely please?


Subject TPI Screen Savers

After many months of collecting, collating, editing and categorising
and then having the program written and tested, the Screen Saver fundraiser
is finally ready for launching.

Can you please distribute the link below to all the members and Social
Centres and also to the other states and federal bodies. Hopefully we won't
have to do so many sausage sizzles next year and the other Social Centres
raise some funds from this also.

Thanks,

Pete

To all,
The link below is basically self-explanatory - please have a look and
support this endeavour. Over the Xmas period I will be waiting on responses
to this effort so that I can get an idea of how many copies to get produced.

Peter Gregory

Secretary/Treasurer

Caboolture TPI Assoc.

members.dodo.com.au/~plgregory/TPI_SS/Default.htm




Subject HMAS MORESBY Reunion



A reunion is planned for all who served on

HMAS MORESBY

during September 2009.

The reunion is to be held in Canberra.

For further information please contact

Allan (Junior) Watt

Phone: 0266285443

Email: jakknco@bigpond.net.au





Subject NSW Ex-Defence Force Travel Pass


Morning All,

Residents in NSW are entitled to an Ex-Defence Force Travel Pass which
allows free travel on Rail, Ferries and Buses. You must have
a DVA card (White, Gold etc). Can be used by those still working
and/or commuting, occasional travel and you can use this card 3 times a year
to travel anywhere in NSW (prior bookings and conditions). You would be
crazy not to save money this way!

The card is issued on an annual basis automatically. NSW offers a
reciprocal service to visitors.

For Qld TPI visiting NSW they may be issued with an interim paper pass
for up to one month. Application may be made by completing the attached
form. Applicants will need to attach a photocopy of your Gold Card with TPI
embossed and a copy of your QR TPI Travel Permit.

The Pass provides free travel on both Government and local private bus
services throughout NSW (excluding special or premium services), and free
travel on Sydney Ferries Corporation services (excluding premium services).
The Pass also entitles you to free travel on all CityRail services. These
services operate within the area bounded by Goulburn, Nowra, Lithgow,
Newcastle, Dungog and Scone. Free travel is also available to Bathurst
however it must be made via the Countrylink coach service from Lithgow, a
booking is required in this instance.

Subject Poem - My Navy

Sign on?


MY NAVY

With apologies to Dorothea Mackellar

The love of beer and women, of wine and song and dance,

Of racehorses and stables just holds you in a trance

Strong love of pints of liquor and dolls with flirty eyes

I know but cannot share it; My love is otherwise

I love a modern cruiser, with six or eight inch guns

Or even a destroyer, manned by Australia's sons

I love a trip to Syndney or even Trincomalee

To Pompey or to Kure, this is the life for me

The dark and light grey outlines, all tragic to the moon

The semaphore, the bunting, the lovely meal at noon

A cosy hammock where I can sleep at will

A spacious bridge to sunbake on, and a sickbay when I'm ill

Core of my heart the Navy, Best in the whole wide world

What greater joy than to salute the White Ensign unfurled

Core of my heart the Navy, land of the rainbow gold

Through Stoppage and Number 10 she pays us back threefold

Over the Pay Bob's table watch after many years

The great reward for all your toil, and sweat, and work, and tears,

And when your twelve is finished, you're free to join once more

To serve another five at sea or even on the shore

An open hearted Navy with wilful lavish hand

All you who have not loved her, you will not understand

Though Earth holds many splendours, wherever I may die

I know to what great Navy, my loving thoughts will fly.



Sent from Ballina Naval Association





Weekly News 30 Nov 08


G'day All,

Hope you are all well. Nifty Nev Barry has been contact with Skull Boden, he is not well, anybody who would like to contact him to say G'day please call Skull on 0404 157 472. There are quite a few articles this week, some you may find very interesting: The Salt Calendars article has been included on our website, the HMAS SYDNEY Virtual site, The dates of the ASRU Championship next year when a reunion of all players and supporters who have played at any level in the Navy is being organised, two missing souls, Michael McKay Blair and John Speed Luhraman,
Huskisson RSL Sub Branch pension officers are trying to compile a list of all heavy objects that sailors have lifted in the course of their Naval Career, Election promises, Sam Kekovich's speech to Centre Square, Grand Final Day, 2008, an article about email spam and an ad from Clive Peters giving discount to servicemen amd ex servicemen.


Subject: Fwd: HMAS SYDNEY II VIRTUAL SITE

Hello gentlmens

I have today received the following from Commodore Bob Trotter RAN [Ret'd]
Bob is the Patron of the Communicators Association in WA

The site was commissioned last Wednesday

Thankx

Alan Rodgers


Have a look at www.sydneymemorial.com , our latest contribution to honouring the men, commissioned last Wednesday 19 Nov in Geraldton.

Cheers

Bob

Commodore Bob Trotter RAN (Ret'd)
08 9385 2687; Fax 08 9385 2287; Mob 0418 487 158


Subject Navy Rugby Reunion

Eric,

The AGM was generally very supportive of the RAN Rugby reunion as we are trying to make the ASRC a bigger event. The dates for the championship are set at 17-23 May and held at Viking Park in Tuggeranong. Teams have tentatively booked into HMAS Harmon, but your group may find any kind of service accommodation very difficult to find.

If there is a game as part of reunion this may be included as part of the event as an opening game to one of the service clashes, please let us know if you plan on running a Navy Old Boys team and we may be able to lock it into to the schedule against another service old boys or ACT Veterans.

Hope this is enough for you to start planning.

David

D.M. EDWARDS
MAJ
Secretary ASRU

Missing souls


If you are able to assist with the following request please contact
Michael McKay-Blair direct at email address: bflmb@westnet.com.au

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Hi everyone, I'm trying to locate some photos of my Uncle who also served in the Navy. Oddly enough his name was also Michael Mackay-Blair, but he was a cook. He and my aunt were killed in a car accident in 1967 near Hastings in Victoria.

He served on HMAS Melbourne, Sydney and Duchess in the early 60's and went to Vietnam on Duchess.

Our family have only one photo of him and I was hoping someone might have a pic or two with him in it. They were survived by my cousin Adam who doesn't know much about my side of the family as we live in WA and his Mothers family live in Vic, and I'm hoping to put together a file/album of stuff for him. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

To help a little his full name was, Michael Andrew Mackay-Blair, R93536, born 11/12/45, St Giles England.
Also he was a JR (Junior Recruit) I believe one of the first intakes but am not sure on that.

Michael MB

If you have anything which may be of use regarding the following request

please forward to - nmbvaa.nsw@gmail.com

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JOHN (SPEED) LUHRAMAN
CPO CLEARANCE DIVER 60's. Served in Vietnam.

Although Speed is no longer with us, his eldest son (Baz Luhraman - yes, the director of the new movie Australia)
is seeking photographs etc. Baz wants to put together something to remember Speed.


Lifting Heavy objects


If you are able to assist with the following request

please contact Alex Paton direct at E-mail Address:

patonplace@southernphone.com.au

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Huskisson RSL Sub Branch pension officers are trying to compile a list of all heavy objects that sailors have lifted in the course of their Naval Career.

We have some weights eg engineering tiffy's, some submarine gear but we would like to compile a complete list. This includes all ships since about 1940.

We would appreciate if you could forward this email out to all of your readers

Alex Paton
Promises by the Labor Government


VETERANS AFFAIRS PROMISES KEPT BY LABOR....NO MENTION AGAIN IN THE AUSTRALIAN


COMMENT

Once again the Australian has a detailed list of promises which have been kept by the Government, but there is a huge pregnant silence about Veteran Affairs.

media.theaustralian.com.au/multimedia/2008/11/21-ruddspecial/rudd3.html


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ELECTION PROMISES KEPT....BUT WHY NO MENTION OF VETERAN AFFAIRS?

COMMENT

It seems to us the media loves the glamour subjects connected with Veterans such as Anzac Day, Remembrance Day, the HMAS Sydney remembrance and Vietnam Veterans day. It also seems the media will latch onto sensationalists stories like the recent death of the WW2 bashing victim at Miranda and the big ticket defence items news.Mind you we support this coverage. However there is much more to Veterans news than these matters.

However for years the media has shown little if any ongoing and detailed interest in the health care and compensation entitlement issues which affect Veterans, except once again the glamour issues like the deseal/reseal matter.When we fought for the indexation of the TPI for 8 years or so there was no ongoing, worthwhile coverage of this very serious issue.

Why hasn't the media mentioned the Veterans Affairs promises kept by the Government in the following article?

The Government has shown it genuinely has the welfare of Veterans and ex Service members at heart, and it has the best DVA Minister in decades. Yet the media ignores the many newsworthy matters associated with this Department.

Please read on...................

Election promises delivered by Rudd Government in first 12 months
Article from: AAP
November 22, 2008

On the first anniversary of Labor's federal election victory, voters say the Rudd Government is all talk and no action.

Here's a list of the election promises delivered by the Rudd Government during its first 12 months in office:

Education Revolution
* Education tax refund - Delivered
* High-speed broadband for schools - Not yet delivered
* Extra computers for schools - Delivered
* $201 million to double undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships by 2012 - Delivered

Health
* Establish GP "super clinics" in local communities - Only two funded so far and won't be ready until late 2009.
* $85 million for post natal depression screening plan - Delivered
* $400 million to reduce elective surgery waiting lists - Delivered
* $510 million to improve the dental health of teenagers - Delivered (Only $491 million allocated in budget)

Aged Care
* $4.1 billion pensioners' package with $500 annual utilities allowance and Australia wide travel concessions - Delivered

Skills
* $539 million for 450,000 new training places. - Delivered
* $729 million to establish trade centres in high schools - Delivered

Childcare
* $1.5 billion to lift childcare tax rebate to 50 per cent - Delivered
* Establish 260 childcare centres - Underway
* Universal pre-school for all four year-olds by 2013 - Underway
* $60 million to scrap TAFE fees for childcare trainees - Delivered

Technology
* Commence rollout of $4.7 billion plan for national broadband network to 98 per cent of the population by end of 2008 - Not yet delivered

Tax
* $31 billion in tax cuts promised before election - Delivered

Industrial relations
* Scrap WorkChoices in 2010 - Underway
* Stop WorkChoices AWAs - Delivered
* Increase unfair dismissal protections - Not yet delivered

Environment & Climate change
* Ratify the Kyoto Protocol - Delivered
* $489 million for solar panels and water tanks for schools - Delivered
* $150 million for energy efficient insulation - Delivered
* $1 billion for desalination plants and water recycling - Delivered
* $415 million for renewable energy - Delivered
* $500 million clean coal initiative - Delivered

Transport
* $22 billion funding for AusLink 2 - Delivered

Foreign Policy
* Take legal action against Iranian president over anti-semitic comments - Not yet delivered.

Defence
* Creation of a Department of Homeland Security - Not yet delivered
* Staged withdrawal of 500 troops from Iraq by middle of 2008 - Delivered
* New defence white paper - Underway

Housing
* Identify $6 billion in commonwealth surplus land for housing - Not yet delivered
* Introduce scheme to allow first-home buyers to save for a deposit - Delivered
* $603 million rental subsidy scheme - Delivered
* $500 million housing affordability fund - Delivered

Indigenous
* Review the Northern Territory intervention - Delivered
* Apologise to the stolen generations - Delivered
* $90 million for 300 indigenous rangers - Delivered
* Endorse United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People - Not yet delivered

Whaling
* Use government ships to monitor whaling activities - Delivered
* Take Japan before international tribunals - Not yet delivered



Subject: FW: Sam Kekovich speech - Gold

He should be our PM.

Thought you might find this entertaining.


Have a read of this. Centre Square was a $1,500 a ticket event at Punt Road before and after the Grand Final.
Sam Kekovich's speech to Centre Square, Grand Final Day, 2008.


My fellow Australians,
I've been invited here to talk to Centre Square, in these big marquees on Punt Road Oval. And speaking of Punt Road Oval, let me tell you something for nothing - Jack Dyer would be spinning in his grave if he could see the place right now. Full of a bunch of Collins Street corporate criminals, Chapel Street designer cats, and Toorak poodle rooters, who have about as much interest in football as Paris Hilton has an interest in astrophysics.

Captain Blood didn't break every bone in his body and commit multiple acts of on-field heroism and homicide so he could see his beloved home ground turned into an over-priced pre-match party for chardonnay-swilling spivs and their assorted hangers-on attending their one footy match of the year, whilst tens of thousands of hard-working honest battlers who love the game and love their team are denied the chance to attend the greatest game in the world.

I've had a gutful. Whilst this bunch of Armani-wearing, Audi-driving, Prada-carrying, try-hards monopolise priceless vantage points in the MCG, millions of genuine footy fans who have followed their team through thick and thin have to make do by watching the game at home or down at the local pub, whilst the Melbourne spivocracy get to sit on their fat posteriors in a marquee and wouldn't even know the way to the MCG without a tour guide.

Since most of you haven't attended a single match this year and know nothing about football, let me give you a few tips - Geelong wears blue, Hawthorn wears brown, and in case you were wondering, there'll be no fashions on the field at half-time, and no, the Lexus Centre across the road is not a prestige car dealership.

Centre Square is not only unfair. Centre Square is not only inequitable. Centre Square is downright un-Australian! And so are all of you! In fact, I bet you're all so un-Australian that you all hate the Anzacs, you booed Cathy Freeman, and you want to cull cute, cuddly, koalas because one of them once jumped out in front of your Range Rover on the way to Mount Hotham.

But it's not just you who are at fault. I also blame the AFL - those out-of-touch, opera-loving, elitists at AFL headquarters who are responsible for this unconscionable abomination need to take a good hard look in the mirror. That is if they can handle the sight of moral, and spiritual, bankruptcy staring back at them.

I also blame the government. Our new Prime Minister has clearly failed his first test of leadership if he thinks it's acceptable to allow an event like this to go ahead without a pre-emptive strike by the SAS. The PM is doing nothing to ease the squeeze on working families on the bottom rung of the ladder of opportunity who just want to see their team in the Granny. But he'd better get his act together and do something about it, or millions of angry footy fans will do it for him. Revolutions have been started and governments have been overthrown for lesser outrages than this. And people ask why we need capital punishment.

So cut off your silver tails, tear up your fur coats, and get fair dinkum. Our great Australian game is the greatest game in the world - the game of the people. Not some once-a-year marquee piss-up for an overpaid, over-dressed, pack of passionless corporate cretins who only turn up for the free chardonnay and then spend the actual game looking about as interested, and excited, as a line of Easter Island statues.

So don't bother coming across to the MCG this afternoon, because you're not welcome. The next train out of Melbourne leaves Richmond station in 10 minutes - so make sure you're on it. Or, better still, under it.

So don't be un-Australian - everyone here in Centre Square can get stuffed! You know it makes sense. I'm Sam Kekovich.



EMAIL SPAM


SNOPES.

If any of you are wondering why I didn't return something to you that said something like 'if I don't get this back I'll....or, 'See how many flowers you can get back', or ' Forward this to 10 people in the next 5 mins. or something bad will happen to you', etc.


The following is why I don't send them back.

Advice from Snopes.com snopes.com/ <snopes.com/ > >


1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says forward this on to '10' of your friends, or sign this petition, or you'll get bad luck, good luck, or whatever, it almost always has an E-Mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and E-Mails of those folks you forward to.


The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of 'active' E-Mails to use in SPAM E-Mails, or sell to other spammers.


2) Almost all E-Mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards.


All it was, and all any of this type of E-Mail is, is a way to get names and 'cookie ' tracking information for telemarketers and spammers - - to validate active E-Mail accounts for their own profitable purposes.


You can do your friends and family members a GREAT favor (PLEASE) by sending this information to them; you will be providing a service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam E-Mails in the future!


If you have been sending out (FORWARDING) the above kinds of E-Mail, now you know why you get so much SPAM!


Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listings regardless how inviting they might sound! You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT in the long run. Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later! Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let's not make it easy for them!

Also: E-Mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition.


Read the full story here:


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Please find attached details of special Clive Peters discounts for Defence members, Families and Veterans.

I have spoken with Chris Macleod and all you need do to get the discount is give your Service Number, PMKeys number or DVA White or Gold Card.



Cheers

Donna



Hello to all of our Defence Family,



Thank you for previously registering your email address with us. We have had a considerable response for requests to register over the past week, so I am resending the outline of the programme for you all.



Attached are the invitations to our exclusive closed door shopping nights for December. These nights are exclusive for our VIP customers, Police, Fire and Ambulance Local business and of course the ADF!



Please note that they are different nights depending on what state you are in. If you are not near any of our stores we can offer you the same price and deliver to you (some fees apply), by calling 1300 792 599 or email dfdpsales@clivepeeters.com.au . If you are near our stores, please feel free to take your partner and or family with you as you will be in for a great night.



For all items that you purchase in December Frontline Defence Services is Donating 2% of all ADF sales to Defence Families of Australia! If you are not aware DFA supports the Defence Families in all their needs. Please visit their website to see how they can support you www.dfa.org.au/



If possible could you please communicate the flyers around your office and anyone who would be interested?



You will soon be receiving the next advert that will be going in the Army, Navy and Air Force News published on the 27th of November.



Thank you



Kind regards,



Chris MacLeod

National Manager

Special Programmes & Business Development - Commercial.



Clive Peeters Limited, Commercial Division.

Level 1/ 841 Mountain Highway.

Bayswater 3153 Victoria.

Mobile 0408 588 120

Telephone (03) 8720 4442

Facsimile (03) 8720 4455







Weekly News 23 Nov 08

www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/

G'day All,

A little early this week as I am away for a long weekend swimming, well we swim for half an hour on Sunday if we can make the blocks. I mentioned in last weeks Weekly News about Steve Coll serving in the Gulf, that was the Editors licence with the truth, in fact he is in ET. Steves response is under and is worth the read. The Avey's have forwarded a further chapter or their around Australia trip which has been included on the web site.

There are articles on JR's 50th reunion in 2010 Newsletters, increase in DFRDB pension, an ANZAC day dit from an ex RAN member, SYDNEY stamps and coins, an article on how much recruits are going to be paid, and an ad for the SALT Reunion calendars. All interesting articles.

CYA next week,

cheers


Ron

From Steve Coll

Ron: Thanks for the PR shot on the website. Hardly does me justice, but then again you can't see the grey hairs! Ah, well, only young once, aren't we? By the way, mate, I don't want to offend but I am actually in East Timor, not the Gulf. Everybody will think I am a poser if they think I told you I am in the Gulf on operations. I am up here on Op Astute for six months and that is Dili Harbour in the background. Other than that, I am having a ball and doing things that I never dreamed about 20 years ago - flying in choppers, getting winched out of choppers in the bush, investigating crime in the AO and generally behaving like a bloody soldier (thank God I joined the Navy, is all I can say though - the Army are a bloody anal bunch; no wonder their troops misbehave when they get ashore after being on ops in the bush) I think we in Navy are more conscious of our people. There is nothing like our Divisional system in the other two Services. We are way ahead in that respect. Secondly, where can I get a copy of that class of '63 photo (Nakina 1 Division - second row at the end - that's me). The one on the website is too small to read/view properly. I would be stoked to get a copy of that photo so I can show my new wife ( I got married again a couple of years ago to a beautiful and wonderful young woman and I have never been so happy. It would be good to be able to show her what I looked like in my younger 'Ready to Go Up Top Run Ashore' days. In the meantime, take care and give my regards to anyone who asks. Really sorry to hear about Garry Hardman though. Regards - Steve
PS: My phone number up here in East Timor is: 026 224 3017.


Subject: JR FUNCTIONS IN WA JULY 2010




Hello Gentlemen


I have created another page on the website www.jrsreunion.org 'Newsletters'


Please look on that page and click 'here' to read the latest newsletter


We intend distributing a newsletter on a monthly basis from now on to allow you to know as
much as we do


thankx very much
kind regards






Elaine & Alan Rodgers
Unit 95, 41 Geographe Way
THORNLIE WA 6108
therojas@bigpond.net.au
08 9256 2440
0416 096 841
URL: www.jrsreunion.org


Colleagues - we need to keep up the pressure!!!!!!!!!



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Gidday All Veterans

Remembering that Politicians received a 6% and 7% increases for their Parliamentary superannuation increases for the last two years, whilst DFRDB increases for JUL 07 was 0%, DEC 07 was 1.9%, JUL 08 was 2.3% and now for DEC 08 the CPI increase is 2.7%!

That is 13% verses 6.9% over the last two years?

This is what the Federal Government calls Equity, Fairness and Justice in regards to Defence superannuation indexation!

Persevere
Bernie

Consumer Price Index (CPI) Increase and early payment of pension (By one day less THREE months?)
On 22 October 2008, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced a CPI number of 166.5 for September 2008. As this is higher than the March 2008 number of 162.2, the following calculation was made to determine the increase to your pension:


(September 2008 CPI number) – (March 2008 CPI number) x100
(March 2008 CPI number)

= CPI change (March 2008 to September 2008)

(166.5 – 162.2) × 100
162.2

= 2.651048%

= 2.7% (when rounded to the nearest tenth of one per cent)


Due to the first payday in January falling on the New Year’s Day public holiday, pension payments scheduled for 01 January 2009 will be deposited into bank accounts one day earlier on 31 December 2008. All paydays after this will revert to the scheduled dates.

Therefore, on payday 31 December 2008, your superannuation pension will be increased by 2.7%.

You will be sent a letter in mid to late December with your updated pension amount.

It is important to note that the January CPI increase does not apply to a pension commenced on or after 16 December 2008. A pro-rata increase will apply to pensions commenced between 16 July and 15 December 2008.

The CPI takes into account a range of factors as determined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). If you would like more information about the CPI and how it is calculated, please go to the ABS website at www.abs.gov.au

:

Mr Ralph Wessman
PO Box 368
North Hobart, TAS 7002
Phone: 03 62316908 or 03 62338219
Email: ralph@walleahpress.com.au


hi everyone,

A few notes from anzac day this year. I tried writing something; it's completely crap [and don't try telling me it's not: I publish, and I know what is good writing ... and I'm not capable of it: such is life I'm afraid]

MY ANZAC DAY

‘Miss the cigarettes?’ someone asks.
‘Only when socialising – then I’ll have the occasional one.’
A sympathetic nod.
‘What are you up to on the weekend?’
‘Might go down to the march tomorrow.’
‘The march?’
‘Anzac Day. I like to watch…. ‘
‘That’s right; you were in the services.’
‘My twins marched, last year. A school thing: one was a school captain, the other a prefect, I just thought. I figured I’d bothered to pick up my medals they could have worn ’em. Promised myself I’d get round to it this year and yet here it is - 24th of April again - and I still haven’t done a thing about it.’

Questioned, I sift through my catalogue of old memories; proffer one or two about soldiers returning home aboard the Vung Tau ferry, the Sydney, an old aircraft carrier with its empty hangars specially fitted out to sleep hundreds of returning vets side by side on makeshift beds. At night a movie projector screened movies at one end with hard wooden stools providing for bums on seats which in turn skidded from across the hangar floor from one bulkhead to the other with the rise and fall and sideways shift of the ship as it sailed inexorably on through the night, heading for home. And once there, the possibility of a march through Townsville, Brisbane … the patrons disgorging from the pubs to offer schooners to marching men, ‘Have one on me mate!’. And gliding through the Heads into the shelter of a sunlit Sydney Harbour, serving duty watch down aft of the ship and watching as the bobbing line of jungle greens snaked in the white of the ship’s wake as the swatties changed from ship-board uniforms for the last time and into ceremonial dress.
‘Have to run,’ I say, appearing for all the world to possess a social life; ‘some place I need to be’. Where I need to be is at an exhibition opening, a few blocks away. I note as I arrive the decent crowd in support - seventy-five or so? I’m in time to hear the end of the launch speech before drifting into conversation with Michael…. Michael’s offered to play back-up on double bass to my daughter’s folkish, soft-rocks songs at a launch in June
‘Are we still on for June?’ I ask. ‘Late June: the 26th, I think.’
‘Definitely,’ he affirms cheerily. He’s always positive and bright, it’s his nature. ‘And perhaps we could have a practice the weekend before.’

‘Sounds good.’
Michael mentions his hectic lifestyle; that he’s been in court in support of a young friend appearing on a minor charge. ‘Only before the judge for two and a half minutes, but we had to wait around for four hours beforehand.’ The way the drama of the courtroom had been a real eye-opener….
‘I was listening to some of the kids waiting around to appear … fecking this, fecking that.
“What are you up for?”
“Burning down a house”
“Wot? You got caught? Again? Loser!!!”
“Yeah, fecking magistrate reckons ….”
“It’s just a different world Ralph.”
I take my leave of Michael, to encounter Judy, patrolling the room. She wanders briefly by to chat, asks what I’m up to for the weekend.
I might check out the march, I say.
‘Anzac Day? Just glorifying war, why would you bother?’
Neither of us have much to say to the other these days, though we’ve shared a few conversations in the past.

“I guess I’ve sympathy for those who’ve gone to fight, many of them didn’t have a choice.” In my mind I was thinking of the WW2 veterans.
“Of course they had a choice. Everyone’s got a choice. That’s what I hate, people suggesting they have no choice….”
She’s referring to the conscientious objector, I imagine. “I just mean your average person, not someone who….”
“Average? I hate that term. No-one’s average. You’re not average, I’m not average, we’re all individuals and it’s demeaning of individuality to suggest people are average, we’ve all the opportunity to choose….”
As I say, we don’t agree on a great deal these days. She drifts away, I turn my attention to the exhibition.

It’s morning. I’m thinking about the night before, the thoughtful, sensitive, lovely woman I’ve asked down to the pub for a quick drink. ‘But I can’t, still so much work to get through,’ she replies with a shake of her head. I realise with some chagrin I’ve still figured out whether or not she’s ‘available’.
The optimist in me had hoped I’d be up in time for the dawn service, but a glance at the clock tells me it’s already past eight o’clock. Plenty of time; the march doesn’t begin till 11 am.
As it happens, I’m a few minutes late for the march’s commencement, but I can imagine it. The spectators lined with anticipation, the marchers ready and raring to go. But the procession’s already in train, the marcher’s young and old stepping out with pride.
When I went to school there were Boer War vets around. History records the last Boer War veteran dying in 1992 in Scotland at the age of 111. These days it’s the veterans from World War II , from the Korean and Malayan campaigns who are the old stagers. But Vietnam vets seem old too – or is it that I still see myself as young? I keep forgetting it was a long war. Australians served in Vietnam for longer than [World War’s I and II combined]

My natural interest is in the Vietnam Naval Vets, and I take a few photos as they pass me by. Everyone – marchers and spectators – converge on the [where?] where there’s some initial jostling and taking up positions but eventually moves on to laying of wreaths, to the speeches.
A couple in front of me capture my attention the way one suddenly leans into the other, extracts a tissue from her handbag and wipes her face. Casually but neatly dressed, light blue top, dark blue jeans, handbag strapped across the shoulders blonde-streaked brown hair cut stylishly at the back. Her daughter – the high cheek-bones of both give the lineage away – clutches her closer, around the waist. Who is missing from this family? A son? Daughter? Husband? Father? A grandson dutifully appears from nearby and joins them, dressed in a naval cadet uniform. A husband, perhaps? The tears suggest recent bereavement – but the two women share joking laughter too, easing past sudden painful memories.

Within an hour it’s time to go. I always find these walks back into the city after the official service companionable, unhurried. A couple, in a hurry, dash past another pair of walkers, glance sideways. “Going to the RSL Bill?”
“Na, don’t think so.”
“Been there all morning,” Bill’s wife adds with a laugh, “time to go home”.
Another couple are in front of me, deep in conversation, an old codger in a neatly pressed blue suit, thin snowy white hair cut back short to a line at the back, flesh-coloured plastic earplug in place. The girl, think black bag belt strapped diagonally across her back, neat, erly twenties, shapely. She guides, steadies him. What are the dynamics at play here? Does she accompany her grandfather each year on this day of days. Is this his day? Or do they share many days? Are they catching up on conversation or continuing their last long conversation? Does he feel a sense of special effort’s been made to accommodate him on this one day, or is this the natural way of things? Who can tell?
I catch up at the lights, and they follow slowly on behind me, and I could slow down to catch their conversation to confirm and verify first impressions but can’t be bothered, initial images are enough.
Three bikers rest on their machines under a tree in the strip in the middle of the road. Scruffy beards, leather jackets, cheery smiles in evidence. In town for the day? What does later bring? Back to the farm in the sticks, to the chooks and domestic animals, woodsmoke cabin sheltered in the trees, wife and children…? The cut of the cloth spells casual, and they’re of an age where they appear Vietnam veterans. Older warriors are not so casually dressed, besuited … younger ones from the peacekeeping forces in the Middle East are also more prim and proper, younger, not yet struck down with the illnesses of advancing years.

The politician known affectionately, or otherwise, as the Mouth from the South is in the Navy Club; has been every year I’ve come along. I’m not big on his politics, but I hear he’s a genial gentleman outside the parliament. He’s knows everyone, shakes their hands, beaming. I resist the temptation to say hello, but even I can feel the charismatic pull, the energy….
A baby screams incessantly at the other end of the room, the steady buzz of conversation set as a backdrop to the child’s distress.
The beer is a dollar for the hour or two I’m there, “fingerfood this year folk, the ladies are getting older and a hot lunch was beyond them this year – line up with your five dollars”. The line at the bar is busy and the waiting stretches to ten minutes and for me it’s time to go.
Outside, there’s a chap about to jump into a taxi and as it transpires we’re going the same way so he offers me a lift. He’s in the front seat, I’m answering his questions from the back. ‘Did you serve?’ he asks.

‘Ah, I served on the Sydney too,’ he replies when I tell him my background. But he’s older then me, and I’m reminded that I ferrying troops at the arse-end of the war, some of them were there from the beginning. I ask why he feels the need to turn up every year, how much he enjoys it. I’m expecting he goes for the cameraderie, and perhaps basically that’s so, but it’s a little forced. The years have taken their toll.

“It used to be easier when marching was an option, but nowadays…. I along to say hello to the people I have to, and that makes it worth it to me.”
“Ralph,” I offer as I shake his hand. “Hello,” he replies without offering a name. He won’t hear of accepting half of the taxi fare; with a casual wave his taxi pulls away from the kerb.





Ralph Wessman
Collins Division

Discharged 3 August 1975
Ex WTR







Subject: HMAS SYDNEY 2 Minature Sheet


Gentlemen,

A Miniature Sheet was issued today by Australia Post and will remain on sale for about 3 months.

To the best of my knowledge the Sheet can only be purchased at Philatelic Outlets, however, I could be wrong about that.

Details of a Commemorative marker will be released shortly.

It will be done from the Geraldton Post Office on Wednesday 19th November.

Best wishes,

Marty.




Senator the Hon Nick Sherry > Media Releases

Media Release of 03/11/2008
NO.073

Minister Unveils HMAS Sydney Commemorative Coin
Senator Nick Sherry, Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law, has today launched a commemorative coin issued by The Perth Mint which marks the discovery of HMAS Sydney II after a mystifying 67-year wait.
“It is a solemn privilege to be involved in the commemoration of fallen defence force personnel, but in this instance there is something to be celebrated. At the very least, the recent discovery of the Sydney II has provided some relief for the families of those whose final resting places were unknown for decades.

“The enormous historical and cultural significance of HMAS Sydney II meant the discovery warranted a special tribute in the form of a commemorative coin.

“The Government and The Perth Mint hope the coin will be welcomed by serving and past members of the Royal Australian Navy and families who lost loved ones aboard HMAS Sydney II in 1941,” Minister Sherry said.
“This is a project that The Perth Mint has been exceptionally proud to undertake.”
Disappearing in November 1941 following a deadly engagement with the German raider Kormoran, the famous Royal Australian Navy cruiser was lost with all hands in the Indian Ocean. Her fate proved baffling until the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced on 17 March 2008 that the wreck of Sydney II was found on Sunday 16 March 2008, approximately 112 nautical miles off Steep Point on the Western Australian coast.

Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the superb tribute coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.

The coin’s reverse portrays HMAS Sydney II, which served Australia with distinction in the Mediterranean during the early part of World War II. The design includes two significant dates – ‘19 November 1941’ and ‘16 March 2008’ - representing the frustrating length of time she lay undiscovered on the floor of the Indian Ocean.

Destined to be a rare collectable, just 7,500 coins will be struck by the Mint. Of these, 5,000 coins will be released in individual presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The remaining 2,500 coins are reserved for a premium HMAS Sydney II Coin, Medallion and Badge Set.

The set includes a 1oz silver proof medallion and two fascinating pieces of naval memorabilia. The medallion portrays HSK Kormoran, the disguised German raider that engaged HMAS Sydney II with such devastating consequences for both ships.

Lying some 12 nautical miles from her adversary, the wreck of the Kormoran was discovered by the Finding Sydney Foundation on 12 March 2008.

The medallion’s obverse depicts a fascinating diagrammatic representation of the ships’ courses during their fatal engagement and the coordinates of their final resting places.

The silver coin and medallion are accompanied by two replica badges. Inspired by haunting seabed images of HMAS Sydney II’s lifeboats still displaying their ship’s badge, The Perth Mint has created a blue enamel and gold-plated version of the ship’s famous badge. It is paired with a gold and silver-plated replica of the Kriegsmarine’s (German Navy’s) Auxiliary Cruiser Badge.

“The limited coin and set will be highly sought after by Australian collectors,” Minister Sherry said.
Available from The Perth Mint Shop, located at 310 Hay Street, East Perth, or on FREECALL 1800 098 817, the individual coin and set retail for $82.50 and $179.00 respectively.

Alternatively, collectors can order online at www.perthmint.com.au or check availability with their local Australia Post outlet and coin dealer.

PERTH
3 November 2008

Contact:
Minister Sherry - Anna Fenech, 0417 454 811
The Perth Mint inquiries - Ron Currie, (08) 9421 7296 or 0412 559 067





Minister for Defence Media Mail List
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THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

Monday, 17 November 2008 176/2008

ADF TRAINEES RECEIVE PAY INCREASE AND $8,000 ALLOWANCE

The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, today announced
that Australian Defence Force (ADF) enlisted trainees would receive increased pay together
with an $8,000 trainee allowance.

“One of the biggest challenges currently facing the ADF is recruiting the right people with
the right skills and to meet that challenge we need to ensure the ADF has an attractive
remuneration package,” Mr Snowdon said.

“ADF members undergoing employment training of 12 months or more will now receive a $5,390
increase, bringing their salary to $37,109.

“This should give a boost to recruiting those seeking technical and trade careers in the
ADF.

“Added to salary is also a new $8,000 per annum trainee allowance that recognises the extra
demands placed on personnel undergoing training in a military environment.”

Mr Snowdon said that increased trainee pay and the new allowance followed a Defence Force
Remuneration Tribunal determination that will begin with effect from 8 January 2009. Once
qualified, trainees progress to the new pay structure for enlisted ADF members that has been
designed to better reward skills and qualifications. They also become eligible for a
$10,672 Service Allowance, which is paid in addition to salary and replaces the trainee
allowance upon graduation.

The pay increase and trainee allowance are part of Defence’s total overhaul of the ADF pay
structure for enlisted personnel.

“Along with subsidised meals and accommodation, free medical and dental care and
superannuation benefits, the new trainee pay and allowance rates makes the total ADF
remuneration package a very appealing proposition for those wishing to pursue training and a
military career,” Mr Snowdon said.

Media contacts:
Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon): 02 6277 7620 or 0488 484 689
Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664

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Weekly News 16 Nov 08

G'day All,

A sad week noting the passing of Garry Hardman. Steve Coll has responded: his comments are below. Jack Davey has offered to pay for a dedication plaque for him. I am hoping Jack will also speak at the ceremony on Garry's behalf. If anybody has any stories about Garry, please forward them to me to help with the eulogy.

Steve Coll who is still serving at sea, still serving at sea I say and currently in the Gulf sent a photo of himself in battledress with a steyr in his hands. Onya Steve. The photo is in the photo page of our website - worth a view. Young mans Navy. Of course Eddie Sheavils never left, Brian Gorringe is still in the Gulf, Tom Kinross is still doing days at ALBATROSS as is Mick Gallagher with Navy News.

Last week I gave you Darby Ashton's phone number, I gave you the wrong number. Darby has given the correct number below.

There is an article about 'deeming rates' for those on service pensions, information on obtaining HMAS Sydney & VLSVA Plaques and a much travelled email chain in respect of purchasing an "ex- Navy and proud of it" tshirt.



cheers


Ron

Ron: My condolences to everyone who knew Garry. I joined up with him and came across on the train together. We both went on our first sponsor's weekend leave together with a local family in Fremantle. As I recall, the family had a young daughter about our age and I was smitten, however Garry had the looks and 'gift of the gab' Apparently he and she corresponded afterwards for a while but I don't know if anything ever happened between them but I was certainly a little 'miffed' at the time, to say the least. Hope this adds to the good memories of our JR days. Regards from East Timor

Hello Ron. My phone number you put in the last news letter is incorrect. It should be (07) 32046037

cheers



Darby Ashton

President - Pine Rivers Naval Assoc.



Subject: Media release: VA111 DEEMING RATES TO BE LOWERED FOR VETERANS [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Reply-To: dvamedia@dva.gov.au


Minister for Veterans' Affairs Mailing List

VA111 Thursday, 13 November 2008

DEEMING RATES TO BE LOWERED FOR VETERANS

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin, today said that lower income test deeming rates would apply for veterans from payday 4 December 2008.

This is to reflect the recent reduction in interest rates and the impact the global financial crisis is having on returns on the investments of veterans.

The deeming rate will change from 4 per cent to 3 per cent for the first $41,000 of a single pensioner’s financial investments ($68,200 for a couple). It will also shift from 6 per cent to 5 per cent for the balance of financial investments over these amounts. The changes are effective from 17 November and will be included in payments made from 4 December 2008.

Department of Veterans’ Affairs payments affected by the deeming rate include service pension and income support supplement.


The lowering of the deeming rates means that part rate pensioners paid under the income test, with financial investments mainly in term deposits, shares, managed investments and other accounts, may receive an increase in their pension payments, to reflect the reduction in their assessable income.

Veterans already paid at the maximum rate will have no change to their pension payments.

This Rudd Government decision acknowledges that many pensioners and social security recipients who also rely on own-source income have been adversely affected by the global financial crisis.

“In addition to the one off payments announced recently as part of the Rudd Government’s $10.4 billion Economic Security Strategy, this decision will help ease some of the financial pressure on DVA pensioners,” Mr Griffin said.

“I have also asked DVA to update the value of pensioners’ listed securities and managed investments. As a result, on November 20, nearly 18,000 DVA income support pensioners will receive an average increase of $10 per fortnight.”

Individual results are heavily dependent on individual circumstances.

DVA pensioners who would like to discuss the outcome of this decision should contact the Department on 133 254.

Media inquiries: Laura Ryan 0437 863 109





Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2008 15:12:23 +1100
From: lozza@hmassydney.com
To:
Subject: HMAS Sydney & VLSVA Plaque

G'day Members,

HMAS Sydney & VLSVA plaques are now available
Engraved plates can also be attached.
Full details are on the website

--
Lozza
Webmaster
hmassydney.com


John,

I have sent this msg onto the usual contacts. For my own intake I will publicise it and it will be on
an individual basis. We are battling to get any money at all out of our tightwad intake.



Regards,
John Hogg

Logistics Coordinator

Ex- POSN - RAN - 28th intake - HMAS Leeuwin - J.R.T.E. - July'69 to July'89
WEBMASTER: www.leeuwin28th.com/


Brows may wrinkle and hair grow grey, but friendship never knows decay.



Hi folks,

Jeff Logan has come across the Shirt (pictured below). If anybody from our group (or the 8th or 28th intakes) are interested please contact Jeff by phone or email and he can try to organise a bulk order.

BTW Jeff, could you just get the shirt with the EX-NAVY logo and drop 'AND PROUD OF IT!'?

Thanks,

John

Hi John,

Anyone interested in purchasing a shirt should contact me, either by email or phone 0428582425, so I can get the number of shirts to be able to achieve the lowest possible price.
The company's name is Sportzprints and are in Melbourne. As you can appreciate this type business only deals in bulk orders if one person does the ordering that person can send out the shirts once they arrive. My aim is to get the best price for the shirt and I will be approaching our local Post Office to see if they can do a bulk deal on postage (as soon as I get the numbers) as one item will cost approx. $5 - $10 to post at normal prices.

Cheers.....................Jeff Logan



Hi Jeff,

Before I pass this on can you give me a bit more info. Who should the people interested in buying the shirts get in touch with, you or the company?

If it's the company can you provide the details?

Regards,

John





Hi John,

John could forward this onto everyone please.

I met a fellow Vietnam Veteran recently at the Gemfields in Q'land & he showed this shirt (pictured).
I have contacted the company that did the embroidery & these are still available. The design belongs to the company. The shirts are of very good quality, very dressy & are available in either short or long sleeve. The approximate cost per shirt is $30 - $35 on a single buy, however, the price will come down if I can give them a decent order. I am still in negotiations as to what constitutes 'a decent' order.
Perhaps you could pass this on to the John Hogg & Co.

Cheers...............................Jeff Logan








Weekly News 9 Nov 08

G'day All,

Not much this week.

Articles on the state of the Navy and Economic Stimulus Payment for Veterans are under. Both are good reads.



cheers


Ron

All hands on deck

Cameron Stewart | November 04, 2008

TO listen to the Defence Department spin doctors, the future of the Royal Australian Navy has never looked better. They boast of how during the next 20 years a new fleet of deadly destroyers and futuristic submarines will rule the waves, posing a substantial deterrent to the rising naval powers in the region.



One of the navy's Anzac class frigates, the Arunta, off the coast of Fremantle.

But the navy of tomorrow is a far cry from the navy of today.

What the defence public relations team won't tell you is that these are testing times for the navy. There are not enough sailors to man its fleet, many of its ships and helicopters are ill-equipped for war, half of its submarine fleet lives in dry dock and a new generation of young Australians are baulking at a life on the high seas.

Not surprisingly, morale also is being tested, with squabbles breaking out among overworked sailors and commanders firing off orders telling them to stop complaining about their lot and display greater leadership. The top brass is so concerned about disgruntled sailors talking to the media that it issued a warning that leakers were a betrayal of the "value set" of the RAN.

Last week, Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon declared he was sick of people talking about the future when so much of today's Australian Defence Force was ill-equipped forcombat.

"We spend a lot of time thinking and talking about important capability as we look far out into the future, but we seem to spend much less time talking about the capability we need to do the things we do right now and on a regular basis," Fitzgibbon said.

Naval expert Andrew Davies, of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, says the navy is facing one of its most challenging eras. "They have had a lot of trouble getting war fighting capability on to the frigates, the submarines are undermanned and the helicopters especially, with failure of the (now scrapped) Seasprites, do not provide the capabilities a modern warship needs.

"The navy is at a point now where it really has to step up.

"We know they are going to be getting new submarines of some kind, air warfare destroyers and I think the (forthcoming) defence white paper is also likely to flag new helicopters and new frigates, but the trick will be to get the right balance of capabilities and to get platforms (that) actually deliver the capability that is advertised."

The navy's woes are a combination of bad luck, bad management and bad timing. Mismanagement of important projects has resulted in the planned upgrade of four of the navy's FFG frigates being delayed by almost five years, blowing out the total cost to more than $1.5 billion. The disastrous Kaman Seasprite helicopter project finally was cancelled by Fitzgibbon in April at a cost to the taxpayer of $1.1 billion.

Other weak spots include the abandonment of plans to upgrade the Anzac class frigates into capable air defence platforms and a continuing and alarming shortfall in the navy's anti-submarine warfare capabilities. "The surface fleet is ill-equipped for high-level operations," Davies says.

But the biggest single challenge to the navy today is not its lack of capable equipment but its lack of qualified people to operate it.

The navy, along with the army and air force, was initially slow to respond to the ominous signs early this decade that recruitment was slowing as the economic boom took hold. This boom-bust cycle -- where people leave the navy in boom times and return in hard times -- is familiar to defence planners, which prompts the question why more was not done earlier to tackle what was clearly a looming recruitment crisis.

By the time they realised the gravity of the problem, the mining boom was in full swing, with potential recruits and navy veterans, especially those with technical skills, being lured by better-paid jobs in the private sector.

The navy finds itself in a desperate position. It has only enough crew to man three of its six Collins class submarines, a 36per cent shortfall in required numbers. This is an enormous waste of vital operational capability, not to mention a poor return for taxpayers who sank $6 billion into building this fleet.

In the past four years the navy achieved only between 67 per cent and 79 per cent of its recruitment targets and is now experiencing a shortfall of 13.3 per cent in its overall trained workforce.

In response, the navy has launched an aggressive and dizzying range of emergency measures to win recruits and keep its existing sailors on board.

It has promised what Chief of Navy Rus Crane describes as a wholesale cultural shift in the way the navy treats its people.

"We are working hard at dealing with some of the pressures that our people tell us about," Crane told a Senate estimates committee last month. "That goes to time away from home and programs for our ships and is all part of a cultural shift that we are looking at very closely."

The navy is offering large cash bonuses to sailors with specialist technical skills and is introducing more family-friendly policies such as longer postings, flexible working hours, more time at home and extra allowances for health and housing.

Submariners, who start on a salary of about $76,000 a year, are being offered an extraordinary $60,000 bonus to stay on for an extra 18 months. Initially, the submariner bonus helped stem the tide of resignations.

"I can tell you that on the day that the navy capability allowance was announced, that very morning a number of submariners in Western Australia withdrew their resignations," Crane says.

But he admits the cash bonuses have been less successful in retaining some of the navy's more specialised technical tradespeople.

The rushed implementation of these bonus schemes also has been problematic. That the submarine bonus is paid only to ranks from able seaman to petty officer has meant that some lower ranks of submariners are paid more than officers.

"The navigator is getting less than the able seaman steward," Opposition defence spokesman David Johnston says. "I think this is a very significant blow to morale among officers, particularly in submarines."

The bonus payments also have triggered jealousy and recriminations across other sectors of the navy.

Chief engineer Peter Marshall recently wrote a stinging letter to his sailors, telling them to stop whingeing that not everyone was receiving cash bonuses.

"Together we must all work to lead ourselves out of the situation we currently find ourselves in," he wrote.

"Unless your pay went backwards, then I would prefer you to congratulate those who received the bonuses rather than bemoan the fact that they did not come to you. This is a leadership challenge."

Although Marshall did not mention morale, he implied that officers needed to do more to lift the flagging spirits of their fellowsailors.

"(US) general Colin Powell said: 'Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier', and I am convinced there is much truth in this statement," he says.

"If you don't value and enjoy (the) navy, then why should your subordinates?"

Luckily for the navy, there are higher powers that appear determined to ensure that it comes through this malaise and reclaims its proud tradition.

Kevin Rudd surprised and delighted navy chiefs when he forcefully argued the case for a stronger navy while addressing the RSL national conference in September.

"We need an enhanced naval capability that can protect our sea lines of communication and support our land forces as they deploy," the Prime Minister said.

And just last week, Fitzgibbon allocated about $5 million to planning for the next generation of Australian submarines, which will be the largest defence project undertaken in this country.

This political will to strengthen the navy is driven by the realisation that countries in the region -- especially China and India -- are fast expanding their navies.

For the future, most of the decisions that will shape the navy in the short term have already been made.

Three advanced new multi-role air warfare destroyers will deliver a sizeable capability boost to the surface fleet when they arrive from 2014. Meanwhile, the arrival of two 27,000-tonne amphibious ships from 2013 will together give the navy the ability to embark 2200 troops with vehicles and landing craft.

While defence planners in Canberra are trying to balance the competing wish lists of navy, army and air force, Rudd's strong endorsement of the navy's role has led to quiet confidence in the ranks that the service will be looked after.

"There is no real reason to think the Government is going to shy away from (the) focus on air and maritime approaches that we have seen in previous white papers," Davies says. "So I would expect (the) navy to be right upthere when funds allocations are being announced."

The key naval decisions for the Government will be whether to take up the option of a fourth air warfare destroyer and also how large the next-generation submarine fleet should be.

Many in the navy want to keep the new submarine fleet to a modest six, fearing a larger fleet will take away funds that could be spent on surface units.

But the political support for submarines at this point seems powerful and there is speculation that a fleet of eight or 10 could be ordered, despite the shortage of submariners.

The financial crisis has already put severe strain on the defence budget and, if it continues, the navy may find its shopping list curtailed by economic reality.

"It depends how long the financial crisis lasts," says Davies.

"The only partly comparable set of data is the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s and their military programs got back on track very quickly after that."

But the flip side of the crisis and the looming slowdown is likely to ease the crew shortage by attracting recruits who are nervous about shrinking job prospects in the private sector.

Navy recruitment websites are targeting 16 to 24-year-olds to an unprecedented degree. The navy's website boasts about the opportunities for travel, friendship, fitness and food.

"Our aim is to shift incorrect, negative misconceptions about the navy, build an emotional connection with the target audience and place navy careers top of mind among the target audience," a navy spokesman says.

The Government knows there is no point harbouring grand ambitions for the navy if there are not enough crew to sail its ships. It has become the navy's greatest challenge.





Kind regards,



Les Dwyer

National President

Naval Association of Australia



'Each for All' - 'All for Each'






Economic Security Strategy Payment Veterans' Affairs Pensioners

The Rudd Government will deliver a $4.8 billion down payment to
Australia's four million veterans' affairs pensioners, other pensioners,
carers and seniors. This payment provides them with immediate financial
help in the lead up to comprehensive reform of the pension system.

This decisive action is part of the Rudd Government's $10.4 billion
Economic Security Strategy to protect the Australian economy and support
veterans, other pensioners and low income families during the global
financial crisis.

From the fortnight beginning 8 December, payments will be made to:

All Service Pensioners, including Partner Service Pensioners;
All War Widows receiving Income Support Supplement;
All Gold Card holders, including War Widows, receiving Seniors
Concession Allowance who are above the veteran pension age - males 60,
females 58.5;
All Disability Pensioners at 100% or above who are over veteran
pension age;
All Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CHSC) holders;
All Age Pensioners;
All Centrelink Disability Support Pensioners;
All Centrelink Carer Payment recipients; and
Other Centrelink clients including wife and widows B pensioners,
partner and bereavement allowance, and various income support clients
over pension age.

Payments from the Department of Veterans' Affairs will be made on 18
December.

Single pensioners will receive $1400, while couples will share $2100.
More than 326,000 veterans' affairs pensioners will receive a total of
some $407 million.

Around 4000 people receiving a benefit from the Veterans' Children
Education Scheme will also receive a one-off payment of $1000.

People who are receiving Carer Allowance will also receive $1000 for
each eligible person they care for.

Payments will be made automatically to all eligible people, will be tax
exempt and will not be included for income-testing purposes.

Why is this payment needed?

The Australian economy is sound, but we will not be immune from the
global slow down and the real possibility of global recession.

The global financial crisis is placing increasing pressure on budgets
already stretched by the rising cost of living. It was clear to the
Government that aged veteran pensioners and others in the veteran
community who depend on income support needed financial relief.

That is why the Prime Minister has taken decisive and early action to
protect the economy and all Australians from this crisis. These
measures are designed to support veterans and their families on low
incomes who are suffering in the current economic climate, while
strengthening and stimulating Australia's economy.

This action is ahead of comprehensive reform of the pension system. The
Government is reforming the pension system to prepare Australia for the
challenges of the future and we are committed to getting it right for
the long term.

Pension reform will be delivered in the 2009-10 Budget context.


Who is not eligible for the payment and why?

The Government acknowledges that all Australians are affected by the
current economic climate. However, this payment is aimed at protecting
those older and low income Australians who are the most vulnerable.

As the payments are directed at older Australians and those on the
lowest incomes, those whose income is above the limit to receive an
income support pension such as the Service Pension, Income Support
Supplement, Disability Support Pension or Carer Payment will not receive
the payment. People in this situation have annual incomes above $40,501
as a single or $67,652 as a couple (not including their DVA disability
compensation pension), or they have assets above $550,000 for a single
home owner, $675,000 for a single non-home owner, $873,500 for a couple
owning a home and $998,000 for a couple not owning a home.

For similar reasons, those over veteran pension age who do not have a
Gold Card and whose income is above the limit to receive an income
support pension or the CHSC are also excluded. People who have adjusted
taxable annual incomes of less than $50,000 for singles and $80,000 for
couples are eligible for the CHSC.

Ineligible people include approximately 2,200 TPIs under veteran pension
age out of a total of more than 29,000 TPIs. These 2,200 are not
included because they have income (above their TPI pension) or assets
that exceeds the eligibility limits for income support.

In the same way, out of approximately 107,000 War Widows, 1260 under the
veteran pension age of 58.5 are not eligible for the payment because
their income or assets is above the limit for the Income Support
Supplement ($40,124 pa income, or homeowner assets of $546,500, or
non-home owner assets of $671,00).



Weekly News 5 Nov 08
G'day All,

Have been away for a short period ergo the lack of weekly news. This week contains Mike Hogan's response to MIck Gallagher and my crack at the lack of contribution by the newly appointed Social Director. Poolie is still looking for a photo of Kaiber 1 from the 7th. There is quite a bit on the CD reunion plus an ad for the QLD VENDETTA Christmas party. There is a lost soul being sought from the VOYAGER and an article on how to receive Navy News online.

For those that are considering attending next years National's Rugby Carnival in Canberra the tentative date is mid May. More on this as we get closer to the day.

There will be a Newsletter produced next week as a consequence of our most recent meeting.

Dont forget these Weekly News are promulagated on our website for future reference.



cheers



Ron





G.day Shipmates ,



Well I’ll be buggered, just arrived back from a break & read the 2nd paragraph below and find I’ve been publicly whacked in a National Forum. The guessing game is over, no more headaches, everyone can relax, I have to fess up its me Mike Hogan that Ron is referring to.



By the way Ron thanks for the promotion from Social Secretary to Social Director, I hope my package reflects my rise to those dizzy heights.



I’ll be able to apologize to Ron in person this Friday the 24th . but that’s OK because I’ll be sitting back on the balcony of the Rockers overlooking the greatest Harbour in the world having a schooner of VB & sharing a seafood platter with mates I joined the circus with 45 years ago , I cant think of anything I ‘d rather be doing ( vertical that is !!! ) .



You Sydney natives who haven’t been fronting up lately obviously need some motivation so I have it on good authority that Woolloomooloo locals John Laws & Russell Crow will be joining us for a couple of beers , failing that Bongo Dibetta will be more than happy to give us his rendition of ‘ Ahab the Arab ‘ ( extended version ) accompanied on guitar by Mick ( vote for me !!! ) Gallagher who will follow up with his latest hit ‘ Ranger Danger ‘. Of course for you non Gunnery Bods there’s always the chance that Jim the Barrister or Lenny the Loop might turn up & buy you a beer.



As to Russ Dale and his Mexican mob who are meeting at Young & Jacksons say g’day to Chloe for us . I suppose you could treat Friday as a practice run for your annual pilgrimage on Palm Sunday.



And if you don’t front up then I’ll sic Wugby Won the Weely Wascally WO Warrior Writer on your asses .



Be there or be square .



Your’s Aye .



Mike Hogan



To Social Director Mike Hogan.

Please note: Your package for your promotion from Social Secretary to Social Director is dependant on the number of Leeuwin-ites who attend the Social gatherings - so get out there, kick ass and get them on seats, even if it means sending the Shore Patrol around.

1. Thanks for confirming the venue is the Rockers at 1200 this Friday 24 Oct 2008.
2. I shall be there but have to leave early to be at Hornsby RSL for 1500 where the local Federal MP Philip Ruddock is presenting the Australian Defence Medals to 10 locals. One receipting is Les Birch ex Navy who is my local train station attendant at Mount Colah.

Patrol Boat/Small Boats home coming cry:
Up ten revs, starboard ten.
Steer a course for Waterhen.

Gunnery lookout dilemma.
If your target can't be seen,
Chances are it's a ................

If you think you know the answer to the dilemma then tell me this Friday.

Mick Gallagher. Mob: 0418 112 675



g,day ron,thanks for the photo of kaiber 2 from ronny pope.
much appreciated but i still am after kaiber 1 photo as i was in that division.
hope someone out there has got one.
regards pooley


If you can help with the following - please contact

Les Sheehan direct

at email address: lnisent@gmail.com

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


Looking for: Jim & Fern McLACHLAN (ex Voyager)

Maybe Burra Creek - Canberra

Please contact Les Sheehan

Thank you

Les






Subject: Welcome to The Navy News online edition
Reply-To:


Dear alan,

Your fortnightly online copy of Navy News is now available. Items in this edition include: * Job's done: HMAS Stuart returns from the Gulf * HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Leeuwin put on a show for Brisbane's Navy Week * RAN officer takes charge of CTF 158 * Seahawk delivers Cup as Navy catches NRL fever Click on the front cover to read the latest edition.

Or follow this link digital.realviewtechnologies.com/?xml=defencenews_navy.xml.


Gentlemen & Ladies not on my normal Divers e mail list, I am requesting you all to pass on this e mail to friends & associates & also post on notice boards to help drag in CDs that have "gone bush" please?


Eric McKenzie
NSW Secretary
RAN CD Association
PO Box 5116
Dora Creek
NSW 2264
02 49156722
04 28899376
www.rancd-association.com




Eric

Could you please send this updated registration and flyer out to everyone. Could you please ask the various states officials to pass this information onto all of there members and to print off registration forms for members who do not have access to computers. You could also let me know who needs the registration form and I will mail it to them.
Could you also thank the members who have changed there bookings and are still coming to Darwin. I am sure they will have a good time here. You should also note that the early bird registration has been put back to February (see below)
Could you also ask Tony to update the web page.

Regards

Mark Every


Early Bird Registration

A deposit of $100.00 per couple or $50.00 per person by 06th February 2009 balance is required by COB 11th March 2009.

eekly News 12 Oct 08


G'day All,

Some interesting articles this week, not the least the dit exchange between Barry Quigley and Dolly Gray. Dont forget this Wednesday in Melbourne and Friday in Sydney our next functions.

Barry Quigley went fishing for two weeks, on his return and to no ones surprise he sent photos of his catch to some of us. (Some good fish by anybodys standards) You can imagine the responses he received, well, maybe you can't. Dolly Gray also received the email, read below


cheers


Ron

-----Original Message-----
From: Barrie Quigley [mailto:quigs1@bigpond.com]
Sent: Sunday, October 05, 2008 10:36 AM
To: John Gray; Subject: Emailing: DSC_0122.JPG, DSC_0121.JPG

I bet you can't guess where I've been for the last two weeks,hard at
work
again.

Bazza


Great fish Quigs.
I'm a sportsman as well but whilst you were pulling in the Schnapper
I was in hospital ( 7 bloody weeks ) recovering from a golf accident.
It all begun 10 years ago when I joined a social golf group at the local
RSL. 9 holes once a month followed by a BBQ and piss-up. My decision at
the time, that I could get away playing in track shoes rather than lash
out on proper golf shoes, proved to be my downfall.
It started to drizzle as we played the 9th and I slipped on a slope (
no, not an Asian - a bloody hill ) and I came down like a Beirut
highrise.
It was the Cerberus golf course.
I managed to drive home with a very badly sprained left ankle. Rang my
GP on the Monday and he confirmed that rest & time should see it right.
Rang work and said I wouldn't be in for the week.
Four days later my neighbour knocked on my door mid arvo. No answer. She
went away thinking I was pissed off with her because she gives me a bit
of grief over my housework.
A couple of hours later she thought that - even if I was pissed off with
her, I would have answered. She has a key to my house. She came back and
found me unconscious in a lounge chair. I was purple and blowing big
bubbles from the mouth.
She rang the ambo's and they turned up in 5 minutes. They had to work on
me for an hour before they could move me. Needles in the heart and
elsewhere.
I woke up lying on my back with bright lights in my face and all these
buggers firing questions at me. ( to see if I had brain damage ) I saw
my
Son in the background and waved him to come over. And this is when he
knew I was going to pull through. I said to him, " what are all these
bastards doing in my fuckin' lounge room ?"
Turns out a blood clot from the sprained ankle travelled up a vein and
lodged in my lung. My liver was breaking down, the heart was under
duress.
After x-rays they also found a hairline fracture in the small leg bone.
The doc said I had about 15 minutes to live when my neighbour found me.

Anyone other than an ex-stoker probably would have carked it !
And what did we all learn ? When you cut corners on safety someone
always gets killed or injured.
My wonderful crew at work put in for a $150 voucher for Drummonds, to be
spent on golf shoes only.

Just another episode in the life of Dolly.

Seeya fellers.


What about Quig’s one line reply to my tale of woe ; “What was your golf score Dolly ?”

A typical sailor’s reply – no sympathy at all.



Regards / Dolly


Dolly also sent this message about the AFL Grand Final





Have a read of this. Centre Square was a $1,500 a ticket event at Punt Road before and after the Grand Final.
Sam Kekovich's speech to Centre Square, Grand Final Day, 2008.




My fellow Australians,
I've been invited here to talk to Centre Square, in these big marquees on Punt Road Oval. And speaking of Punt Road Oval, let me tell you something for nothing - Jack Dyer would be spinning in his grave if he could see the place right now. Full of a bunch of Collins Street corporate criminals, Chapel Street designer cats, and Toorak poodle rooters, who have about as much interest in football as Paris Hilton has an interest in astrophysics.

Captain Blood didn't break every bone in his body and commit multiple acts of on-field heroism and homicide so he could see his beloved home ground turned into an over-priced pre-match party for chardonnay-swilling spivs and their assorted hangers-on attending their one footy match of the year, whilst tens of thousands of hard-working honest battlers who love the game and love their team are denied the chance to attend the greatest game in the world.

I've had a gutful. Whilst this bunch of Armani-wearing, Audi-driving, Prada-carrying, try-hards monopolise priceless vantage points in the MCG, millions of genuine footy fans who have followed their team through thick and thin have to make do by watching the game at home or down at the local pub, whilst the Melbourne spivocracy get to sit on their fat posteriors in a marquee and wouldn't even know the way to the MCG without a tour guide.

Since most of you haven't attended a single match this year and know nothing about football, let me give you a few tips - Geelong wears blue, Hawthorn wears brown, and in case you were wondering, there'll be no fashions on the field at half-time, and no, the Lexus Centre across the road is not a prestige car dealership.

Centre Square is not only unfair. Centre Square is not only inequitable. Centre Square is downright un-Australian! And so are all of you! In fact, I bet you're all so un-Australian that you all hate the Anzacs, you booed Cathy Freeman, and you want to cull cute, cuddly, koalas because one of them once jumped out in front of your Range Rover on the way to Mount Hotham.

But it's not just you who are at fault. I also blame the AFL - those out-of-touch, opera-loving, elitists at AFL headquarters who are responsible for this unconscionable abomination need to take a good hard look in the mirror. That is if they can handle the sight of moral, and spiritual, bankruptcy staring back at them.

I also blame the government. Our new Prime Minister has clearly failed his first test of leadership if he thinks it's acceptable to allow an event like this to go ahead without a pre-emptive strike by the SAS. The PM is doing nothing to ease the squeeze on working families on the bottom rung of the ladder of opportunity who just want to see their team in the Granny. But he'd better get his act together and do something about it, or millions of angry footy fans will do it for him. Revolutions have been started and governments have been overthrown for lesser outrages than this. And people ask why we need capital punishment.

So cut off your silver tails, tear up your fur coats, and get fair dinkum. Our great Australian game is the greatest game in the world - the game of the people. Not some once-a-year marquee piss-up for an overpaid, over-dressed, pack of passionless corporate cretins who only turn up for the free chardonnay and then spend the actual game looking about as interested, and excited, as a line of Easter Island statues.

So don't bother coming across to the MCG this afternoon, because you're not welcome. The next train out of Melbourne leaves Richmond station in 10 minutes - so make sure you're on it. Or, better still, under it.

So don't be un-Australian - everyone here in Centre Square can get stuffed! You know it makes sense. I'm Sam Kekovich.








>FLEET COMMANDER LAUNCHES NAVY DIVERS TELEVISION SERIES
>
> WHAT: Interview and photo opportunity.
>
> WHERE: HMAS Waterhen, Balls Head Road, Waverton.
>
> WHEN: 1pm – 3pm Friday, 17 October 2008.
>
> WHO: Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Nigel Coates, AM RAN, will
> be joined by the cast and crew of the Navy Divers documentary series. In
> addition to interview and photo opportunities with the cast and crew,
> there will be a display by Australian Clearance Dive Team One.
>
> BACKGROUND:
>
> Navy Divers is a documentary series which follows the story of a group of
> trainees as they face the physical and mental challenges of selection to
> become one of the Navy’s elite Clearance Divers.
>
> The series will premiere on ABC at 8.30pm on Tuesday, 28 October 2008 and
> was created in cooperation with the Royal Australian Navy by Prospero
> Productions for the ABC.



Navy Clearance Divers.

A LOCALLY produced four part series, Navy Divers will air on Tuesday
October 28 at 8pm on ABC1.

This observational action-packed series is a warts and all account of
what it takes to become a clearance diver in the navy, following 27 men
as they attempt to join the ranks of the navy's elite.

For more than nine months they endure one of the military's most extreme
training programs. Only 13 will make it.

Producer Ed Punchard from Prospero Productions has first-hand experience
with diving in dangerous environments.

He was aboard the North Sea oil rig Piper Alpha in 1988 when it exploded
killing 167 men.

He was one of only 62 survivors.

The series Navy Divers reveals the harrowing physical and mental
challenges confronting an extraordinary group of young men training to
become navy clearance divers.

Plunging to death-defying depths, detonating bombs and launching covert
attacks behind enemy lines makes navy clearance diving one of the
toughest jobs in the world.

This is the SAS of the underwater world.

This elite force demands complete physical and mental strength, rock
solid stamina and bravery. But above all, if you want to join this unit,
you must conquer the navy's toughest and most extreme training program.

Through this gripping observational documentary series viewers will
discover just what it takes to make it as a navy clearance diver
following a group of trainees as they embark on the biggest challenge of
their lives.

A select, male-only group of sailors are pushed to their absolute limits
on a gruelling regime that's designed to match the relentless demands
and dangers of real life operations.

From exhausting six kilometre swims across shark-infested waters to
nerve-shredding bomb disposals at depths of up to 60m, each day presents
a new and increasingly difficult test of skill, strength and endurance.

Monitored by doctors and psychologists, candidates must cope with
constant pressure and stress while operating in an environment where one
mistake can mean the difference between life and death.

Continual and ruthless assessment means that every day is a battle for
survival. With one of the highest drop-out rates in the navy only the
fittest and the strongest will succeed.

For every candidate the stakes are incredibly high.

For many it will be the crowning glory of their career and the ultimate
reward for years of hard work and determination.

If you can pass clearance diver training you're about to become part of
one of the defence forces' most specialised and highly regarded elite
forces.

Fail and your entire naval career could be over.

NAVY DIVERS, TUE, OCT 28, 8PM, ABC1

Media release - Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the Hon. Alan Griffin
VA098 Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Bonus for 326,000 veterans' affairs pensioners
Students and carers also benefit

More than 326,000 veterans' affairs pensioners will receive the Rudd Government's bonus payment of $1400 for singles and $2100 for couples, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Alan Griffin, announced today. This action is an immediate down payment on long term pension reform.

Approximately $407 million in total will be paid in the fortnight beginning December 8 to all Department of Veterans' Affairs:
* Service Pensioners;
* Income Support Supplement recipients;
* Commonwealth Seniors Health Card Holders; and
* Gold Card holders, including war widows, over service pension age who receive the Seniors Concession Allowance or Utilities allowance.

Around 4000 people receiving a benefit from the veterans children's education scheme will also receive a one off payment of $1000.

People who are receiving Carer Allowance from Centrelink will also receive $1000 for each eligible person they care for.

Payments will be tax exempt and will not be included for income-testing purposes.

'These measures are designed to support veterans and their families on low incomes who are suffering in the current economic climate, while strengthening and stimulating Australia's economy,' said Mr Griffin.

'It was clear to the Government that aged veteran pensioners and others in the veteran community who depend on income support needed financial relief.

'This Government values the contribution veterans have made to Australia, and appreciate that they also need financial support and security.

'The $10.4 billion package of measures announced today by the Prime Minister will ensure a healthy economy and future stability for those veterans, as well as the wider community,' said Mr Griffin.

The Government is also closely monitoring the global financial crisis and its impact on the general community.

In the last week financial markets experienced a significant fall in share values, resulting in substantial reductions in the value of pensioners' financial assets.

'I have asked my Department to quickly update its system with the current value of any financial investments, including shares and managed investments, that veteran pensioners might hold, to ensure they are receiving the maximum pension they are entitled to,' Mr Griffin said.

Editors note: the attached table lists the pensioners who will receive the bonus payment.

Payment inquiries: DVA 133 254
Media inquiries: Laura Ryan 0437 863 109


Bonus payable to the veteran community

Eligibility:
* those over pension age and are receiving the utilities allowance or seniors concession allowance.
* those under pension age who are receiving a means tested pension.

Income support/CSHC Compensation Treatment card Over pension age? Bonus payable?
Service pension Any Any N/A Yes
Income support supplement War widows pension Gold N/A Yes
SSA pension - age,carer, DSP, wife Any Any N/A Yes
Commonwealth Seniors Health Card Any Any Yes Yes
Nil Disability pension Gold Yes Yes
Nil War widows pension Gold Yes Yes
Nil Nil Gold Yes Yes

Notes
1. The bonus is paid only once per person, regardless of how many ways the person qualifies for the bonus.
2. Veteran pension age applies for all bonuses paid under the VEA.

Pension age
The pension age for a war widower or male veteran who has qualifying service is 60. The pension age for a male non-veteran is 65.
Currently, the pension age for a war widow or female veteran who has qualifying service is 58.5. The pension age for a female non-veteran is 63.5.
Reaching pension age is an eligibility requirement for veteran age service pensioners and CSHC holders.



Payment inquiries: DVA 133 254



The HMAS SYDNEY website address

www.hmassydney.com/




G'day All,

Hope you all on top of the game. There is a request for a Kaiber photo from Pooley, details of the registration process for those attending the 50th reunion (please read) and an ad for a book.

All the photos from the April reunion are now on the website. Special thanks to Mick Gallagher for taking the photos over a period of 5 days.

Have been receiving some emails on availability for the October 24 function at Rockers. Please let me know your intentions.

Have sent the necessary forms to the Command Chaplain for Mumbles and Gary Devlin, as yet no response, but will keep all informed of the dedication date.


g,day ron
great to see photo,s of 7th intake passing out.
u would,nt know if anyone has photo,s of the kaiber 1@2 photo,s they could email to me as the ones on the email were to small to see properly.great to see the member list in full. brings back a lot of memories of guys u forgot about.
keep up the good work ron.
hope to catch up with u soon.
regards
ray poole
(pooley)


Hello to you all
The purpose of this email is to update you all on the progress of the registration process and to verify your email addresses - if they do not 'bounce' we are good.


We have managed to arouse the interest of - 86 of those young teenagers who joined via the JRTS then plus partners we have a total of 163 people registered at this time.


If you visit the website you will also notice [especially for those in the East] we have arranged QANTAS to join with us.
In about May or June of next year we will place a "link" with them to allow you to obtain their 'special' prices for those who
wish to take up their offer.


We have not yet made final bookings for the main function as we are completely unsure of the total numbers participating but
from what we hear on the internet some of the intakes have cancelled their own events to join with this one planned. We are very
happy with their choice and we are confident we will put on a good event.


I have also now placed the intake and year dates on the website, of those registered, which might be of interest to you.
If you know any others of your intake and their names are not listed and you know their address information it would
be appreciated you contact them and give them a heads up on the functions.


There is the most up to date information with reference to the Memorial - newsletter 6 in the Memorial section on the website.


It is also imperative you keep your contact details up to date - if you move - and don't let us know we have lost you.


We thank you for your participation and look forward to the continuation of this process.




Elaine & Alan Rodgers
Unit 95, 41 Geographe Way
THORNLIE WA 6108
therojas@bigpond.net.au
08 9256 2440
0416 096 841
URL: jrsreunion.org






Morning,

For your information Kathryn Spurling's new book entitled Cruel Conflict: the triumph and tragedy of HMAS Perth I. is now available in bookshops. The New Holland RRP is $24.95. Kathryn would be happy to have any feedback at kspurling@grapevine.net.au.

Chris

Christine Barbour
Secretary
WRANS Association (ACT)


Weekly News 6 Oct 08

G'Day All,

Friday October 24th for those that intend making Sydney and Wednesday 22nd for those that are going to make the turnout in Melbourne are the days to diarise. Both have a 1200 kickoff. Contact Russ Dale for Melbourne and either Mike Hogan or myself for Sydney.

Many thanks to our new Social Director (who remains nameless who has promised me faithfully he was going to put together a few lines to remind everybody of the upcoming events) for his non contribution. Can anyone guess who it is.

On a more solid note the photos are still being inserted on the website

www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

Have completed the Thursday night at the Bicton/Palmyra RSL and the function at the Fremantle Sailing Club, have to finish with Saturday then the BBQ at the Club and then 'Senator Mick's unintesting tour of STIRLING and environs' on Monday.


On the 'members' page of the website some have their Division noted, could you please let me know your Division if you wish to have it noted with your name. e.g. I was in Yagan 2 and Mokare 1. Can insert both or whichever you wish.


Mick Alymer sent the following email


Another thought that occurs to me is this; our business manages holiday properties, with some we are able to offer very competitive prices. We would be prepared to offer heavily discounted prices (outside peak season, school holidays) to any JR (must be on the 6th. or 7th. Intake list) you might like to make that known. This would obviously include family of said JR.



Michael Aylmer

Principal

Accom Nelson Bay Pty. Ltd.

Ph: 02 4984 3750

Mb: 0412 182182





Barry Quigley has sent some photos of some decent size fish that were caught when he was fishing recently and hopes that we will believe he caught them. Quig's you are not getting access to the website to show off somebody else's fish!!

There are two books being advertised.

cheers

Ron




Bloody Job Well Done book


Gentleman,

Maximum exposure please.

The profits from the sale of this book will go towards the "Huey" restoration
program at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

Many Thanks

Daring Class Book

From Maritime Books, Lodge Hill, Liskeard PL14 4EL UK

Dear All,

We have just send the e mail below to UK Naval associations relevant to the various Daring Class ships. We hope that the book when available next month will also be of interest to some of your people in Oz.

I'm sure our contacts at the NMM in Sydney will eventually stock it but in your vast country we find direct mail to customers our best way to get to our many customers in your country.

Would it be asking too much to put the word round to your members re this book –and our web site? (www.navybooks.com). Will be happy to send a book out for review if you give us a postal address.

Yours

Mike Critchley
Maritime books
Www.navybooks.com

Weekly News 28 Sep 08

G'day All,

Another week, Ken Dobbie has produced Newsletter No 6 for the JR Memorial project attached. A good read with some very interesting historical data included.


There are some photos at long last of the Fremantle Reunion in April and Dave and Bill's dedication cerermony. All the Fremantle photos will eventually get there, it just takes a little time.

The website details are www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm and select dedications or Fremantle reunion to see the photos.

Dont forget our next functions, if you wish to travel to Melbourne, make sure you are at Yound and Jacksons on the Wednesday 22 October to meet up with your 63 class mates.

Sydney, we are gathering at Rockers two days after that at 1200 on Friday 24 October, looking forward to seeing you all there.



cheers



Ron



We are putting together a reunion of all the Adams Class destroyers for sometime in early 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida USA. We invite you to our website in hopes you can provide us with information on dates you would like to see the reunion held. Please go to adams-reunion.us-sailors.com and give us you input.

Regards
Tim Nightingale
Email: tbnightingale@comcast.net






REGISTRATION FORM: 8 – 10 MAY 2009 HOBART

*Registration closes on the 25 February 2009*


REGISTRATION DETAILS:

*NAME(IN FULL):

PARTNER’S NAME:

PREFERED NAMES FOR ID:

* ADDRESS:

*CITY/TOWN: STATE: P/CODE:

PERIOD SERVED IN ‘DUCHESS’: 19 TO 19

Formal dinner seating will be organised 10 per table, if you want to be seated with somebody please advise. Please seat me with.

Please advise of any special dietary requirements……………………………….

…………………………………………………………………………………………

Registration includes:( 3 days {8 – 9 – 10 May: $180.00 per person)

No person/s: @ $180.00p/person $

Your registration covers Cocktail Party attendance on Friday 8, at the Navy Club.

Formal Dinner Wrest Point Casino Saturday 9 includes Pre-Dinner drinks and some drinks during the evening, and

Luncheon Sunday 10 from 1200 at the Wrest Point Casino.

DRESS: Cocktail Party: Jacket and collared shirt, After-Five

Formal Dinner: Dinner Jacket, Mess Undress

Evening Dress, Lounge Suit.

DECORATIONS

Luncheon: Neat Casual

Refreshments at the Navy Club and Wrest Point Casino venues will be available at bar prices.Make cheques/money order payable to D G Halton ( HMAS DUCHESS)





INVITATION

The Organising Committee invite you to Hobart for the occasion of the 2009 HMAS DUCHESS REUNION – where you can catch up with shipmates and old friends.

VENUES

The Navy Club (5min walk from CBD) Hobart, one of the most outstanding clubs for Naval memorabilia in Australia, and meeting place for Ex Naval men.

Hobart Wrest Point Casino, (5K from the CBD) the first casino to operate in Australia, the property is situated on the foreshore of the Derwent River, looking towards the Tasman Bridge.

Wrest Point has many bars and restaurants to enjoy.

See enclosed for accommodation at Wrest Point. Remember to use booking reference #

The internet can give other accommodation options

REGISTRATION

Registration with payment must be lodged by 25 February 2009.

CLIMATE


The weather during May in Hobart is fresh in the mornings, quite mild during the day and can be fairly chilly in the evenings.
AIRPORT TRANSFER

Hobart airport is 15 minutes from the Hobart CBD, there is a shuttle bus and taxis available.

Spirit of Tasmania berths at Devonport and is a 4hr drive to Hobart.

PROGRAM

Friday 8 May

Guests arrive in Hobart.


Evening:

DRESS: Jacket and collared shirt,

After-five

1755 Out Pipes

1800 Hands muster at Navy Club

Issue ID

- 2100 Cocktail Party
2359 Out lights

Saturday 9 May (Free day).


Wrest Point Formal Dinner: 1800

Wrest Point Tasman Room Foyer

DRESS: Dinner Jacket, Mess

Undress, Lounge Suit

Evening Dress

DECORATIONS

Sunday 10 May

DRESS: Neat Casual

Lunch
Closing Addresses. Next

Reunion.

Secure
Bon Voyage safe trip home








Junior Recruit Memorial Project
Newsletter

Number 6

Project Update

The project continues to meet all milestones set out in the Strategic Plan. Application has been made for some financial assistance from the WA Government but as most will realise there has been a change of government there and it may be a little while yet before we will find out if assistance is available.

We have written to the new Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Russ Crane RAN forecasting our intention to invite him to unveil the Junior Recruit Memorial in 2010, I expect we will hear from him in due course.


Approaches were made to the RSL and the Naval Association in WA for letters of endorsement for the project; we continue to await replies from them.

The web site for the 50th Anniversary Reunion is up and running with a tremendous amount of interest in that. For those wanting more information log on to ww.jrsreunion.org


One of our primary objectives is to raise the necessary money for the memorial. It is important to note that 100% of the donated funds will go towards the memorial construction and that at this time we are encountering a short fall rather than a surplus. Keep the donations coming, as the amount of money available through grants is quite small. We have been advised informally that DVA is not granting amounts to the levels previously given to many applicants and whilst we are yet to submit an application to them I do not expect that we will be treated differently to others. In any case the amount available from DVA is quite modest and only $4,000 if we get the full amount.

Continuing Support

Throughout the project we have been endeavouring to gain wide spread support for the objectives of establishing a lasting memorial to the Junior Recruit Scheme and the 13,000 boys who participated in it. To date the project has received the endorsement of the Nation President of the RSL, National President of the Naval Association, Vice Admiral Shalders RAN (as Chief of navy) National President Vietnam Veterans Association, The Minister for Veteran’s Affairs, Member for Fremantle Jim McGinty MLA, Leeuwin Barracks and more recently the Deputy Secretary Defence Support.

The level of support received so far is indicative of the importance of this work and recognition given to it within government, defence and ex service organisations across the country. The continuing financial support from the ex JR community is also vital to the completion of this work

Memorial Medallion

The Memorial Committee has decided on a design for the Memorial Medallion. This will be comprised of a cast pewter medallion that will represent the 3 dimensional centre bronze piece of the memorial. The Memorial Medallions will be wholly manufactured in Australia.

The photo below is a first draft of the image which will be finished with a rope surround and lettering at the top “Junior Recruit Memorial” and “1960-1984” at the bottom. The reverse will feature the dedication from the memorial and space will be allowed for the name of the purchaser to be engraved. The size of the pewter casting is 230 grams in weight and 80 mm in diameter (½ pound and 3 ¼ inches for those who have not yet converted to metric), which is quite heavy and will be finished to give a bronzed appearance.

The case for the medallion will be covered with black leather, navy blue velvet lining with the crests of Leeuwin and Cerberus in gold leaf on the lid and Junior Recruit Memorial 50th Anniversary and RAN crest on the inside of the lid.

A Certificate will be issued with each Medallion. This will be the same size as the case and will give an overview of the commemoration. Rear Admiral Brian Adams AO RAN (Ret), who is the Patron of the project, will sign each certificate.


It is Your Heritage

We have identified the Medallions as being important keepsakes that can form part of the naval heritage in each family. It is hoped that sons, daughters and even grandchildren may seek to purchase one as well. The sale of these will go towards meeting the costs of the memorial construction.

At this time we are seeking advice on the GST position with the sale of these, the JR Memorial Fund is GST free for donations, the Tax office however may treat the sale of the medallions differently even though the transaction is in effect a donation. I will release full details of price and delivery arrangements shortly. There is an 8 to 10 week lead-time for manufacture but they will be available before the end of the year.
(Show this newsletter to your wife you never know what you might get for Christmas).

Payment and Ordering

When the purchase price and GST arrangements have been finalised we will release information for payment and ordering. At this time we expect that orders will be made only by a prepayment arrangement though the JR Memorial Fund Inc.

JR Memorial Medallion

In terms of your family heritage you might ask

“Would your family buy one and have it as a permanent keepsake of your service in the RAN”?

Can I recommend that you bring the opportunity to purchase a medallion to the attention of your family?

I am more than confident that they would like to have a valued memento of your service,

If you don’t do it for yourself then perhaps you can do it for your children and your grandchildren.




Reunion Web Site

Most will now be aware that a web site has been established for the 50th Anniversary of JRTE at www.jrsreunion.org . This has been set up by a newly formed Reunion Committee that is now faced with the task of putting in place arrangements for an all intakes reunion commencing on 13th July 2010. The reunion activities will coincide with the unveiling of the Junior Recruit Memorial and several major activities are planned including a Gala Dinner. Updates on the planed activities as well as registration arrangements can be found on the web site.

The web site will also provide information related to the JR Memorial Project including arrangements for making donations. We will make regular contributions to the “memorial page” on the web site as well as the normal distribution of a newsletter.


Memorial Bronze

Consultations are ongoing with the memorial development and I made a recent trip to Ballarat to talk with the companies who will be making the bronze centrepiece for the memorial. Grigsby’s Foundry has undertaken a lot of work of this nature. They are presently engaged to manufacture the bronze emblems for the Queensland Fire Service. I was able to witness the making of some of that work whilst there, very impressive. The engraver for our bronze will be Andrew Borg who is also based in Ballarat. Andrew has previously worked as a coin engraver for the Australian Mint and has been established in this type of work for more than 20 years. After witnessing the collaborative work undertaken by these two companies I am more than confident that the work to done on the memorial bronze will be first class.

The work on the bronze will commence with the engraving and impression making in June next year with the casting and final finishing scheduled for November. The finished piece will be transported to Perth in December for fixing to the granite panel. Work will commence on the masonry side of things from January 2010 with final placement expected in June.

Donations

Yes!!! We do need more donations.


Donation Banking
A bank account has been set up with the Devonport branch of Westpac. The account name is the “Junior Recruit Memorial Fund Inc.” (BSB 037 604 Account 22 7096) and deposits can be made electronically with the bank or by cheque made out to the fund and remitted to JR Memorial Fund Inc. 75 Lovett St Devonport Tas. 7310

Please do not remit cash or cheques made out to anyone other than the fund.







How are we going?

At this time we only have $7,500 and the target is to raise $25,000 and whilst we will get some funds from DVA and others there is a significant gap in what comes from grants and what we need to get it done.

Just $10 from each ex JR will get us there and all of this will not happen without your support.





A Very Motley Crew From 1963

Just in case one of your children asks, “what did you do in the Navy Dad?” you can refer them to these photos (courtesy of Brian “Rocky” Freier)




Do you recognise any of these faces? Some were still serving up until quite recently



“A little bit of JR History”-Aboriginal Titles Given to JR Divisions

In the early part of Junior Recruit Training at Leeuwin the names for the Recruit Divisions were drawn from eminent local aboriginal elders and guides. These elders and guides played significant roles in the early days of white settlement in Western Australia.

Kaiber Division

“Kaiber” was a guide and interpreter to Captain George Grey of the 83rd Regiment during the period when the area between Fremantle and Shark Bay was explored in 1839.

Winjan Division

“Winjan” was an elder of a tribe in the south west of the state. These people were known as “Winjan’s People”. He much later was given the English name of George Winjan and was recognised for his role and leadership in reconciliation matters between aboriginal people and white settlers. The Winjan Community is a significant aboriginal community in Western Australia.

Nakina and Mokare Divisions

“Nakina” and “Mokare” were members of the King George Sound tribe and were known for their roles in the early English exploration of King George Sound and worked with surveyors of the time such as Lieutenant Robert Dale. The abilities of the aboriginal guides to act as interpreters were well respected, as was their role in establishing good relationships with other aboriginal groups.

Wylie Division
“Wylie” was an aboriginal of the King George Sound tribe who was taken by ship from Albany in 1840 to Adelaide by the explorer Edward Ayre. “Wylie” accompanied Ayre, Baxter and two other aboriginals in the exploration of a land route from Adelaide to Albany in Western Australia. During the journey Ayre and his party suffered from starvation and attacks from natives. One of the party, Baxter, was murdered by natives. Despite suffering from a lack of food and water “Wylie” was able to assist and direct Ayre to his destination. Later through the influence of Ayre the dedicated “Wylie” was rewarded with a pension and returned to his tribal lands in Albany.
Yagan Division

“Yagan” was a very respected elder in the district of Beelier, which was the aboriginal name for the area around the Swan and Canning Rivers. “Yagan” was initially more recognised for his ability to steal livestock from the white settlers and also for his escape from custody. He was very active in crime against settlers and was implicated in many thefts of provisions and also for murder. He was proclaimed an outlaw and a price was placed on his head however he eluded capture for many months. Unfortunately a shepherd shot him in July 1833. He was both admired and feared by the white settlers and respected for his role in defending his tribal lands. One of the guards responsible for his custody named him “Yagan the Patriot” and referred to him as the “Wallace of the age” which had reference to the great Scottish hero William Wallace who defended his homeland from the English.



The 1963 JR Rugby Team
This team was made up of both first and second term JR’s some of whom have passed on, the officer is Lieut. Terry Roach who went on to command submarines and is now, as I understand a “sheep farmer” (one extreme to another)



“Yours Aye”

Ken Dobbie
Email ken.dobbie@bigpond.com

75 Lovett St Devonport Tas. 7310
Tel 03 64247198
Mob. 0418140042





>> G'day All,
>>
>> Hope you are all well. The photos for the Perth reunion met with some
>> technical difficulties, should be resolved this week and inserted in the
>> page titled '2008 Reunion Fremantle'. We are working on the website and
>> are
>> very happy to receive advice on improving it.
>>
>> cya next week.
>>
>> cheers
>>
>> Ron
>>
>> It is with regret that The HMAS BRISBANE Association belatedly advises of
>> the passing of a shipmate and friend.
>>
>> R63075 M(E) Ivan Dudley (Stumpy) BALLENTINE, 62 Crossed the bar 21st
>> November, 2007, at Glenhaven, NSW.
>>
>>
>> Stumpy Ballantine was part of the Commissioning Crew of BRISBANE in
>> Boston,
>> USA, 16th December, 1967.
>>
>>
>>
>> May you always have blue skies and gentle breezes
>>
>>
>>
>> Rest In Peace.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Peter Maher,
>>
>> Secretary
>>
>> HMAS BRISBANE Association
>>
>> The following email is a MUST read. it is long but it is in your interest
>> to
>> read & then do something about it. In the last 3 months I have had 4 ex
>> Navy
>> people tell me they have prostrate cancer & all had a good blood test
>> (PSA).
>> I will also make up a 'SICK BAY page & have this item listed permanently.
>>
>> Dear Kerry,
>>
>> Could I send you this information to place on your web site for a period
>> of
>> time? I've only been made aware of your existence today and this new
>> information must be as well disseminated as possible. It is so important
>> for
>> your members to be aware and choose to act if not for themselves, then
>> their
>> families. This is not an Army thing and applies equally to all who served
>> in
>> this conflict despite what others may have you believe. I was diagnosed
>> and
>> treated several years ago and am a survivor only because of early
>> detection.
>> Now that the medical evidence is there for all the world to see
>> individual
>> men must be prepared to act.
>>
>> Kind regards,
>>
>> Rod.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>>
>>
>> PROSTATE CANCER and AGENT ORANGE.........the last word
>>
>>
>> Dear Sir,
>>
>> The article below is the largest and most accurate study to date and I
>> believe will be the final word on the topic of prostate cancer in service
>> personnel and their to exposure agent orange.
>> There should be no Vietnam Vet who goes untested in this country by the
>> end
>> of this year. Of the 58,000 or so who participated in that war, the
>> number
>> carrying cancerous prostates will be several thousand and they must be
>> found
>> and treated as there is no reason why they should die from that complaint
>> if
>> treated in time. Their deaths will be through shear neglect on our part
>> or
>> on their own; so it is imperative that no blame be laid at our door
>> through
>> a failure to notify those personnel so exposed.
>>
>> If some Veterans out there are sick of hearing about this matter and they
>> have done nothing.....tough!
>>
>> This information is so hot off the press it has not yet appeared in
>> official
>> medical journals but will do so in the 15th September, '08 edition of
>> CANCER. May I commend this article to you for publication as I believe it
>> is
>> the definitive study in this matter and imperative that our veteran
>> population hears this news once again.
>>
>> Many Pension Officers around the country will be aware DVA has already
>> accepted the link between the cancer and herbicidal exposure. What many
>> do
>> not appreciate is that this was done on statistical results, generously
>> weighted in the veterans' favour by the assessing panel. This new
>> research
>> now fully supports what was formerly only a high index of suspicion,
>> regarding the connection between disease and herbicide.
>>
>> So my advice to every male who was in Vietnam, afloat or ashore, for
>> whatever duration of time, go and have your LMO check your Prostate and
>> seek
>> a Prostate Specific Antigen blood test at the same time. This will need
>> to
>> be done for the remainder of your life at two yearly intervals or as
>> professionally advised. No buts just do it!
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Rod.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>>
>>
>> Dr Roderick Bain MBBS FRCA FANZCA
>> RSL NSW State Vice President (Southern Country)
>> RAN Medical Officer (Rtd)
>> Tel 02-93808774
>> Mob. 0417604450
>>
>> PS. The term metastatic disease means that the cancer has spread beyond
>> the
>> prostate into bone, lung, liver. The prognosis in these cases is less
>> than
>> ideal; so we need to catch it earlier than this stage of development.
>>
>>
>> Exposure to Agent Orange linked to prostate cancer in
>> Vietnam veterans
>> Public release date: 5-Aug-2008
>> Contact: Karen Finney
>> karen.finney@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
>> REFERENCE: University of California Davis Health System
>>
>> SACRAMENTO, Calif.)( - UC Davis Cancer Centre physicians today released
>> results of research showing that Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent
>> Orange have greatly increased risks of prostate cancer and even greater
>> risks of getting the most aggressive form of the disease as compared to
>> those who were not exposed.
>>
>> The findings, which appear online now and will be published in the
>> September
>> 15 issue of the journal Cancer, are the first to link the herbicide with
>> this form of
>> cancer. The research is also the first to utilize a large population of
>> men
>> in their
>> 60s and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to screen for the
>> disease.
>> 'While others have linked Agent Orange to cancers such as soft-tissue
>> sarcomas,
>> Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, there is limited evidence
>> so
>> far
>> associating it with prostate cancer,' said Karim Chamie, lead author of
>> the
>> study
>> and resident physician with the UC Davis Department of Urology and the VA
>> Northern California Health Care System. 'Here we report on the largest
>> study
>> to
>> date of Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange and the incidence of
>> prostate cancer.'
>>
>> Chamie also said that, unlike previous studies that were either too small
>> or
>> conducted on men who were too young, patients in the current study were
>> entering their prime years for developing prostate cancer. There was also
>> the added advantage that it was conducted entirely during the era of PSA
>> screening, providing a powerful tool for early diagnosis and tracking of
>> prostate cancer.
>>
>> More than 13,000 Vietnam veterans enrolled in the VA Northern California
>> Health Care System were stratified into two groups - exposed or not
>> exposed
>> to Agent Orange between 1962 and 1971. Based on medical evaluations
>> conducted
>> between 1998 and 2006, the study revealed that twice as many men exposed
>> to
>> Agent Orange were identified with prostate cancer. In addition, Agent
>> Orange
>> exposed
>> men were diagnosed two-and-a-half years younger and were nearly four
>> times
>> more likely to present with metastatic disease. Other prostate cancer
>> risk
>> factors - race, body-mass index and smoking - were not statistically
>> different between the two groups.
>>
>> 'Our country's veterans deserve the best possible health care, and this
>> study
>> clearly confirms that Agent Orange exposure during service in Vietnam is
>> associated with a higher risk of prostate cancer later in life,' said
>> Ralph
>> de Vere
>> White, UC Davis Cancer Centre director and a study co-author. 'Just as
>> those
>> with
>> a family history of prostate cancer or who are of African-American
>> heritage
>> are
>> screened more frequently, so too should men with Agent Orange exposure be
>> given priority consideration for all the screening and diagnostic tools
>> we
>> have at
>> our disposal in the hopes of early detection and treatment of this
>> disease.'
>> Now a banned chemical, Agent Orange is a combination of two synthetic
>> compounds known to be contaminated with the dioxin
>> tetrachlorodibenzo-paradioxin
>> (TCDD) during the manufacturing process. Named for the colour of the
>> barrel in which it was stored, Agent Orange was one of many broad-leaf
>> defoliants used in Vietnam to destroy dense forests in order to better
>> visualize
>> enemy activity.
>>
>> It is estimated that more than 20 million gallons of the chemicals, also
>> known as
>> 'rainbow herbicides,' were sprayed between 1962 and 1971, contaminating
>> both ground cover and ground troops. Most of the rainbow herbicide used
>> during this time was Agent Orange. In 1997, the International Agency for
>> Research on Cancer reclassified TCDD as a group 1 carcinogen, a
>> classification
>> that includes arsenic, asbestos and gamma radiation.
>>
>> The study was funded by the UC Davis Cancer Centre. In addition to Chamie
>> and
>> De Vere White, study authors were Bryan Volpp, associate chief of staff,
>> clinical
>> informatics, VA Northern California Health Care System; Dennis Lee and
>> Joonha
>> Ok, UC Davis resident physicians with the Department of Urology; and Lars
>> Ellison
>> who, at the time the study was conducted, was an assistant professor with
>> UC
>> Davis
>> and chief of urology with the VA Northern California Health Care System.
>> Ellison is
>> now affiliated with the Penobscot Bay Medical Centre in Maine and a major
>> in
>> the
>> U.S. Army Reserve currently serving active duty in Iraq. A copy of the
>> study
>> can be
>> requested by emailing Amy Molnar at amolnar@wiley.com.
>>
>> Prostate cancer is the second most common malignancy and the second
>> leading
>> cause of cancer death in American men. It is estimated that there will be
>> about
>> 186,320 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2008 and
>> about
>> 28,660 men will die of the disease this year.
>>
>> Designated by the National Cancer Institute, UC Davis Cancer Centre is
>> leading the
>> way in identifying the molecular pathogenesis of carcinoma of the
>> prostate,
>> enhancing therapeutic response and identifying chemoprevention. For more
>> information;
>> Visit: www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/cancer.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Veterans' Home Care (VHC) is a Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA)
>> program
>> that helps Australia's veterans and war widows/widowers with low care
>> needs
>> to remain in their own homes for longer. VHC is not an entitlement-based
>> program like most other veterans' programs but a fixed budget program. It
>> is
>> similar to the Home and Community Care (HACC) program, and provides a
>> wide
>> range of home care services for eligible members of the veteran
>> community.
>> VHC is part of a broader DVA strategy to ensure veterans and war
>> widows/widowers maintain optimal health, well being and independence.
>> VHC is part of a range of DVA services provided to eligible members of
>> the
>> veteran community. These include community nursing, allied health
>> services,
>> for example physiotherapy and podiatry, counselling services, transport
>> for
>> health care, home modifications and appliances through the Rehabilitation
>> Appliances Program (RAP) and the HomeFront falls and accident prevention
>> program.
>> VHC services include:
>> domestic assistance; personal care; safety-related home and garden
>> maintenance; and respite care.
>> Veterans and war widows/widowers are asked to pay a small copayment for
>> all
>> services provided through VHC, except for respite care.
>> Access to VHC services is not automatic. If you are eligible, you must be
>> assessed as needing home care assistance before receiving these services.
>> www.dva.gov.au/health/homecare/vhcinfo.htm
>>
>>
>> The revised National Schedule of Equipment lists more than 250 items
>> available under the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP), with
>> increases
>> in the financial and quantity limits on several items available to
>> entitled
>> members of the veteran community. Outdated items have been removed from
>> the
>> Schedule, and new items added offering improved results.
>> The revised schedule effective from 15 September 2008 is now available
>> online and may be viewed/downloaded by visiting
>> www.dva.gov.au/health/rap/rap.htm.
>>
>>
>> Regards
>> Reg Jones
>> State President
>> The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated
>> Ex Servicemen and Women (Queensland Branch) Inc
>>
>>
>>
>



www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm



G'day All,

Happy Fathers Day. Hope you all have a top day. The link to the website has been included above for your use. Included below is a thank you from the Quinlan's in respect of Dave's dedication ceremony. Additionaly, articles on pensions and government initiatives plus an invitation.

On the website, there is an article from the Avey's who are on their way out bush. It is interesting and worth the read.

I am out of Sydney for a fortnight so there will be no weekly news next week.



cheers


Ron
Hi Ron,

David's family and I thank you and your group for arranging the dedication of the plaque in David's name. It was a pleasure to catch up with his friends. David would be both delighted and humbled that ties and medals were worn in his honour. A special thanks to Mike Hogan - yes, the shirt story is true. One of David's JR stories was of being in the back of a garbage truck along with some of his mates when the Queen passed in the opposite direction. What to do? Well, salute of course. I have always thought that a good analogy of sailors, no matter where they are, they stand tall. Gentlemen, you stood tall on Sunday and David's family and I salute you.

Kind regards
Gail Quinlan


REFERENCE: ILLAWARRA MERCURY

Sweet 60 and sea-s a future

30/08/2008 4:00:00 AM

HONOUR, pride and patriotism could be felt in abundance as young and old celebrated the 60th anniversary of the commissioning of HMAS Albatross at Nowra.

More than 650 uniformed personnel took part in Ceremonial Divisions yesterday to mark the diamond jubilee of our only Royal Australian Navy (RAN) air station.



Smart stuff: Hundreds of navy personnel celebrate

HMAS Albatross's diamond jubilee yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED

Even the rain did little to dampen the spirits of Navy personnel past and present as they gathered to take part in the milestone celebration.

HMAS Albatross Commanding Officer Captain Mark Sackley described the event as "very successful", with the heritage of the base represented by many guests and the future personified by the youth on parade.

"This is a significant milestone - a lot has happened in 60 years," Capt Sackley said.

"It was a pretty emotional experience to be a part of."

He said he was gratified to see veterans and members of the local Returned and Services Leagues (RSL) among the crowds gathered for the ceremonies.

"To see the young and the old come together was really humbling," he said,

"The anniversary was an opportunity to reflect on 60 years of history, but also to look to the future.

"We are expecting the arrival of a new suite of helicopters, with things set to get a lot busier, as well as the new helicopter training school."

The milestone was also a chance for the RAN to reflect on the strong relationship forged over the years between the base and the Shoalhaven community.

Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane, reviewed the parade and addressed the gathered personnel at the historical marking of 60 years since the site was commissioned as the home of the RAN's Fleet Air Arm.

Among the guests were eight ex-commanding officers of Albatross.

The diamond jubilee celebrations will culminate with celebrations on October 26.

HMAS Albatross was commissioned in August 1948 and the 20th Carrier Air Group, including Sea Fury and Firefly aircraft operated by 805 and 816 Squadrons, arrived in Nowra in 1949.

In November 1950 they were joined by 808 and 817 Squadrons, also flying Sea Furies and Fireflies.

In 1955, Sea Venoms and Gannets arrived, requiring radar workshops and test facilities, and a new control tower was built in 1958.

In 1965 it was decided to buy American aircraft, McDonnell Douglas Skyhawks and Grumman Trackers, to replace the ageing British Gannets and Sea Venoms.

In recent years significant redevelopment has taken place, continuing the operation of HMAS Albatross and recognising its strategic importance as the sole RAN air station.




It must be that time of the year again, the following was sent to Channel 7 Sunrise program on the 3 SEP 08 0635h in response to Kochie getting on his soapbox and suggesting we change the union jack for the aboriginal flag.



Your remarks on the Australian flag have surprised and shocked me, I am an Australian soldier that has served my country for over 16 years both at home and deployed overseas. Your suggestion that we should get rid of the union jack and replace it with the aboriginal flag is insulting. It is only while we were a British colony and eventually an independent country in 1901 that the modern Australia was formed. By your reasoning as a democracy we should have a Chinese or Greek or Irish flag in the top corner as there are more people from this background than of the indigenous population. You went to the middle east last year to see our serving soldiers and you were quick to come back a sprook about how professional the soldiers, sailors and airman were over there and how they were doing our country proud. It is amazing how short the medias memory is when it chooses to, because those same service men and women you spoke of are the proud custodians of the customs and traditions of the Australia Flag. Currently tens of thousands have now served under that Australian Flag in Iraq and Afghanistan and East Timor. You only need look at the young people at gatherings such as ANZAC Day, Australia Day, or even backpacking across the world to see that they are not ashamed to be seen wearing or draping the flag over themselves. Kochie if you find our flag that offensive then I suggest you have a long hard look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself a simple question, " Am I really proud to be Australian and the things we have accomplished over the last 200 years". If the answer is no then I suggest you leave this country as there are plenty of people in other countries that are literally dying to come here and be part of this great nation. I personally think your ego has got the better of you Kochie, and you have got some sort of god complex, but that another thing I can fix since I live in a democracy were the freedom has already been paid for with the blood of our young and continue pay to serve our country. I have been a loyal watcher of sunrise since the very beginning, but this is the final straw, today I start watching the other channels in the morning. P.S. I won't expect a reply as I'm sure you will just delete it because after all I'm soldier that the media couldn't give two stuffs about unless I stuff up and then the media is quick to bash the Army on any pretext to increase the ratings, and I will take the liberty to pass this email onto everyone I known in the Army so they can know about your comments too.






SGT Tom Cross

EIR Section Supervisor

WKSP TP, LSS, 1st SIG REGT



Ph:(07) 3332 7301

Pers Mob: 0414 456 071

Fax:(07) 3332 7082



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The next luncheon/meeting of the Association



will be held on



Sunday, 14th September 2008



at the home of



Tim and Val Wall



3 Binganah Street, Slacks Creek



commencing at 11.00am



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From: dennisj777@hotmail.com
To: alan.griffin.mp@aph.gov.au
Subject: DVA Partners Pension
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2008

Dear Minister Griffin ,

In the last few days I have been informed that the qualifying age for a partners pension was increased in the May budget from 50 to eventually)..60.....

From press releases , I understand that it may only effect about 400 DVA pensioners , I just happen to be one of them....plus any of the other returned service people who haven,t yet reached 60 ...

This change will have a huge impact on my retirement plans for later this year......... and I believe is grossly unfair as it increases my wifes eligibility 9 years with one stroke of the pen.

I need to retire at 60, in December 2008, as I have had 3 stents put into a failing heart.

My wife , 56 years of age, is battling breast cancer, has had one Mastectomy and is also unable to work...She has also raised 6 children and has been out of the work force for over 30 years.

We have pushed through for the last couple of years with the understanding that the joint service pension would be available in December 2008.

We now find that I will only qualify for the single pension and will now be in serious financial difficulties...

Our Prime Minister, Mr Rudd, is quoted in the Sun Herald , June 29, page 3, as saying 'There is no higher calling than to wear the uniform of Australia'

I agree with him 100%.

However, I believe that this change in eligibility is hurting some of the very people who have answered this 'Calling'.

Any other details with regards my personal situation will be supplied if needed .

I request that this change be reversed .



Yours Faithfully

Dennis Joiner

CONTACT DETAILS DELETED FOR PRIVACY REASONS

dennisj777@hotmail.com

Service Number 2792020
8 RAR,
Section Scout, Vietnam,1970




PM announces membership of veterans advisory council


The Australian veteran and ex-service community will have their views represented by the fourteen Australians appointed today to the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Ex-service Matters, the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin announced today.

The members of the Council are different to any other current veteran representative group. Members are drawn from every part of the veteran community, including servicemen, partners of veterans, war widows and veteran advocates. The Council reflects and brings together the diverse groups in the veteran and ex-service community.

The Chair of the Council will be Dr Allan Hawke, former Secretary of the Departments of Veterans’ Affairs and Defence and the current Chancellor of the Australian National University.

Dr Hawke will be assisted by Frank Benfield, Dr Robert Black AM RFD, the Hon Graham Edwards, June Healy OAM, Commodore Nick Helyer MBE RANR, Warrant Officer Peter Hind OAM, Ken Kipping AM, Gail MacDonell, Anne Pahl, Philip Pyke, Donna Reggett, Brigadier Keith Rossi AM OBE RFD ED (Rtd) and Brigadier Neil Weekes AM MC (Rtd).

“As a group, these people have personal and professional experience spanning the three services, in advocacy, rehabilitation and parliamentary processes, and have an understanding of the impact of service on families. I look forward to hearing their input on ex-service issues,” said Mr Rudd.

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs sought the views of the ex-service community about how they wanted their issues communicated to government. More than 100 submissions to a discussion paper were received, and the Minister met in excess of 800 people at consultation meetings held throughout Australia during the Parliamentary recess.

“As you’d expect, I’ve heard a variety of views, but veterans themselves were very supportive of the concept of the Council,” said Mr Griffin.

The Council will advise the Government on veteran and ex-service issues, and identify problems and priorities to improve the Government’s provision of services.

The Council will meet for the first time in October 2008. At its first meeting it will confirm its terms of reference and advise on a review of current consultation mechanisms between DVA and the ex-service community. The Government will also seek the Council’s advice on major issues facing the portfolio in coming months, including the study of suicide in the ex-service community and the reconsideration of the Clarke Review recommendations not accepted by the previous Government. Further information on the Advisory Council is available at minister.dva.gov.au.

The establishment of the Council delivers on another of the Rudd Government’s election commitments.

Editor’s note: Biographies of the members of the Advisory Council are attached.



TASMANIA

6 SEPTEMBER 2008
PRESS OFFICE (02) 6277 7744

MINISTER GRIFFIN – AARON JOBSZ 0439 043 613



PRIME MINISTERIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

Membership


Dr Allan Hawke – Chair

ACT

Dr Allan Hawke’s extensive career in public administration at senior levels includes past appointments as Secretary of the Departments of Veterans’ Affairs, Transport and Regional Services and Defence. He completed his public service to Australia as High Commissioner to New Zealand.

Dr Hawke was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Administration in 1998 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management in 1999 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public service. In 2001 he became a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. The Australian Financial Review’s “Boss” Magazine, named him as one of Australia’s top 30 true leaders in its inaugural list in 2001. Dr Hawke was appointed as Chancellor of the ANU on 4 February 2006 for a three year term.


Mr Frank Benfield

Queensland


Mr Benfield enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1963 and served in Vietnam from November 1970 until November 1971. Post Vietnam he served overseas in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Following discharge (as a Sergeant) he was employed with the Royal Thai Navy Air Wing in Thailand from 1984 to 1987.


Mr Benfield’s involvement in advocacy and welfare needs of veterans dates from the 1970s when he founded an Association to tend to the needs of Army Aviation veterans of the Vietnam conflict. He maintained an advocacy role for veterans from all conflicts and is a member of the Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia (VVAA) and the Vietnam Veterans’ Federation of Australia (VVFA). He is currently a part-time Services Member of the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB), being first appointed in 1999.



Group Captain Dr Robert Black AM RFD

South Australia


Group Captain Black served in the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve for 46 years including duty in Butterworth, Rwanda, Bougainville and East Timor.


Group Captain Black is a Doctor of Medicine and has a Master of Surgery. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. He was the Senior Visiting Specialist of the Daw Park Repatriation General Hospital for 23 years and has conducted a self employed private surgical practice. He was appointed a Services Member of the VRB in 2006.



Hon Graham Edwards

Western Australia


Mr Edwards served as a Private in Vietnam as a member of the Assault Pioneer Platoon of 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. During his time in Vietnam, Pte Edward’s platoon moved into an area where mines had been laid. A M16 mine exploded wounding three men; both Pte Edwards’ legs had to be amputated.


When Mr Edwards returned to civilian life, veterans’ welfare became an important issue for him and he also moved into public affairs and state politics. After 14 years in State Parliament, he entered Federal Parliament in 1998, being elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Cowan, in Western Australia. He retired from politics at the 2007 federal election and continues to maintain a strong and active involvement in defence, disability services, and veterans’ issues. Most recently, Mr Edwards has accepted a position as a member of the National Disability and Carer Council.



Mrs June Healy OAM

ACT


Mrs June Healy (nee Davidson) was a member of the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corp (RAANC) in 1954 before enlisting in the Women's Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) in 1960. She was posted as Adjutant/Quartermaster at 31 WRAAC Barrack Melbourne and in 1962 to WRAAC School as Adjutant (ARA).


Mrs Healy became a member of the WRAAC Association and has served as National President. She is a foundation member of the Defence Widows Support Group. Mrs Healy is a former National Secretary of the RSL and former National President of the War Widows' Guild of Australia. She has been a board member of the Heart Foundation (ACT) Division and past National President of the Council on the Ageing (Australia).



Commodore Nick Helyer MBE RANR

NSW


Commodore Helyer is an RAN veteran of the Vietnam conflict. He retired from the RAN in 2000 after thirty five years in uniform, four with the Royal Navy and thirty-one with the RAN. He has been an active member of the Reserve ever since.


He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust and a Director of the Mission to Seafarers, Sydney. Commodore Helyer is also currently the Legacy representative at the NSW Ex-Service Round Table on Aged Care and is the NSW member on the Legacy Co-ordinating Council (National). Commodore Helyer’s previous involvement with the ex-service community includes roles as past President and Director of Sydney Legacy. He is also Patron of three ex-RAN Ship Associations.



Warrant Officer Peter Hind OAM

Queensland


Mr Hind joined the Australian Army Medical Corps in 1965 and served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. He joined the Australian Air Force in 1970 and served in Malaysia between 1971 and 1979. In 1996, Mr Hind was the Command Warrant Officer in charge of some 15,000 personnel before taking up an appointment as the military protocol Warrant Officer with two Governors of NSW, HE Admiral Peter Sinclair and HE Mr Gordon Samuels.


Mr Hind retired from the RAAF in 2000 and in January 2000 went to East Timor for eight months, working with Aid Medicale Internationale and Timor Aid to establish a pathology laboratory. Mr Hind regularly returns to East Timor and the laboratory is still operating today.


In January 2001, Mr Hind rejoined the Air Force to act as pathology technical advisor to the F-111 aircraft Deseal/Reseal Board of Inquiry, studying the effects of solvent exposure on Aircraft workers. In September 2001 he was appointed as the Chief of Air Force Advocate to support the affected members of the F111 aircraft Deseal/Reseal program. Currently, Mr Hind is the Deputy Director of the Military Claims Liaison Office, assisting all serving members injured in Defence due to their military service.


Mr Kenneth Kipping AM

ACT


Ken Kipping is a renowned consumer advocate and supporter of the Australian Defence Force who has nearly 40 years experience in the financial services industry. Mr Kipping is an Accredited Defence Correspondent (with deployments to Rwanda, Middle East, Bougainville and East Timor).


Mr Kipping is a former Chairman of the Army Credit Union and was a consultant to the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Defence Housing Authority, PNG Defence Force and to the Tongan Government during the initial deployment to the Solomon Islands. He was instrumental in structuring Defence Health Term Life and the AIG Services Security Plan, optional insurance programmes designed specifically for ADF members and their families. He is currently the Chairman of the Australian Defence Force Financial Services Consumer Council. In 2007, Mr Kipping was appointed to the Review of the DSH Insurance Scheme.



Ms Gail MacDonell

NSW


Ms MacDonell is the partner of a Vietnam veteran. Several years ago Ms MacDonell decided to study psychology to gain insight into problems of families of veterans and has attained a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). She is currently studying for her Masters (Hons) at the University of New England in the area of the psychological and social well-being of the partners of veterans.


Ms MacDonell is a well respected member of the Partners of Veterans Association (PVA) and represents the PVA on the National Veterans’ Mental Health and Well Being Forum. Ms MacDonell has been working with veterans and their partners and families on a volunteer basis for just over 10 years



Ms Anne Pahl

Victoria


Ms Pahl joined the RAN in 1988 and saw warlike service on the HMAS Jervis Bay as part of Operation Solace in Somalia during 1992/93. In 1999, she transferred to the RAN Active Reserve and currently holds the rank of Chief Petty Officer with the Defence Force School of Signals Maritime Wing at HMAS Cerberus.


Ms Pahl is active in representing the interests of veterans, particularly younger veterans and current ADF serving members. Ms Pahl has been a Board member of the Victorian RSL State Executive since September 2003. She is currently the RSL National Representative on the National Younger Veterans’ Consultative Forum. Ms Pahl is also the chair of the Victorian State RSL Young Veterans Forum and chair of the State RSL Veterans’ Affairs Aged Care Consultative Committee. She is also a member of the Victorian Ex-Service Round Table on Aged care.



Mr Philip Pyke

Tasmania


Mr Pyke is currently a member of the Australian Army Reserves with the rank of Major. He has served in the Middle East and Iraq in 2003 and, more recently, in East Timor.


Mr Pyke has had an extensive role in Defence public affairs across the three Services and, in civilian life, was a member of Tasmania Police until recently when he resigned to take up a media and communications position with the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart. Mr Pyke takes an active interest in the welfare of veterans and their families, including Reservists. He is currently a member of RSL Tasmania, the Defence Reserves Association and is the Tasmanian point of contact for the Australian Peace Keepers and Peace Makers Veterans’ Association.



Ms Donna Reggett

Queensland


Ms Reggett is the partner of a long serving RAAF veteran who served as a peacekeeper in Somalia and is also a daughter of a RAN veteran who served in Vietnam. She is the current State Secretary of Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemaker Veterans' Association (APPVA) and a member of the National Treatment Monitoring Committee (NATMOC).


Ms Reggett has undertaken studies in Counselling and Mediation at the Southern Cross University and is trained under the Department’s Program as a Level Three Advocate. She is actively involved in the veteran and ex-service community as a pensions and welfare advocate for a range of ex-service organisations in the Ipswich district.



Brigadier Keith V Rossi (Rtd) AM OBE RFD ED

Victoria


Brigadier Rossi served in the Australian Army from 1937 to 1976, progressing from the rank of Private to Brigadier. He served in World War II in the Middle East and Pacific and, later, in Vietnam. Mr Rossi joined the RSL in 1943 and since that time has been involved at the Sub-branch level on committees, as President and, at Branch level, State Senior Vice President, State Executive member and RSL Historian.


He has been the RSL Representative on Gallipoli, Western Front and Greece pilgrimages and Chief Marshal at Anzac Day ceremonies. Mr Rossi was also involved in Legacy as a Legatee, on the Pensions Committee, Commemorations Committee and Youth Employment Committee. Mr Rossi is a member of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA).



Brigadier Neil Weekes (Rtd) AM MC

Queensland

Brigadier Weekes served with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, in South Vietnam in 1968 as a Platoon Commander, where he was awarded the Military Cross (MC) for gallantry. He remained with the Battalion for its tour in Malaysia and Singapore during 1969-1971. He subsequently served in postings in Papua New Guinea and Malaysia.

He is currently the Patron of the Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia (Townsville Branch), Patron of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Townsville Branch) and Patron of the Townsville Branch of the RSL. He is also the Chair of the North Australian Military Heritage Association.






G'day All,

Today Dave Quinlan and Bill Vass had plaques dedicated to them at the GI Chapel. Ten of the 63 group attended. We went to the Mess for a drink and then to Rockers for further drinks and lunch. Photos of the families and the 63 group will be placed on our web site this week.

Just to let you all know Checkers has been released from hospital to a hostel. He expects to stay there at least 12 months. He has indicated he will be at the next function at Rockers in October.

He is now resident at 5/H4 12-18 Leigh Ave, Roselands 2196. His mobile number is 0407939585.

He tells me his ex wife has really helped him out a lot. I know Bongo has been keeping in contact with him, however if anyone gets the chance to call him or call in on him, I think he would really appreciate it.

Our website has received more hits in the past week than we have had since its inception.

If you have any complaints or ideas on how it can be improved, tell Bongo he's the web master.

cheers



Ron


If you are able to help with the following request

please contact Twiggy Kirk at the following email address:

kirks@southwest.com.au

* * * * * * * * * * *




Hi can you help find Mr Robert Joplin - Vampire 1969 and also Mr Ross Peters

Both Stokers

Howard Kirk (Twiggy) would love to catch up with them both





Weekly News 24 Aug 08

G'day All,

Next Sunday, the dedication service for Dave Quinland and Bill Vass will be held at GI Chapel. I have forwarded the list of attendees and car regos to the Command Chaplain. For those that havent forwarded their names and wish to attend please do so by Tuesday this week. Please be there by 0930 to ensure you have an opportunity to get signed in and then tour the chapel prior to the service.

Only three turned up for Long Tan day. There was a function on at the Combined Services club arranged by the VVA so we went there instead of the Hero of Waterloo. Bongo, Mike Hogan and myself attended. When there, Mike Hogan volunteered and been duly elected as our Social Secretary.

These Newsletters will be included in the web site on the one page. Probably be there about three months then given the flick on a weekly basis.

Bongo along with Norm Friebe is working on a page in our website, which will in the first instance indicate where all our blokes live. He has included a map of Australia. Further details as they come to hand.

We still intend to include the photos of the previous functions on the web site.

This newsletter includes a reunion, TPI discounts and the Stokers new website address.

See you next Sunday around 0930 at GI gates.


cheers


Ron





TPI has obtained a concession from Beaurepaires Australia wide. All that is required is to download the voucher and present it. I would be grateful if you would place this on your various distribution lists.





An

All Ships Reunion

will be held in Ballina

from

21st to 23rd November 2008

ALL WELCOME

For further information phone

Max Lewis - 0266.280.086

or

Merv Stevens - 0266.815.620



This is the Stokers website address


www.navystokers.org/

Weekly News 17 Aug 08

G'day All,

You still have time to be at Martin Place for the 1100 ceremony tomorrow Monday. There is some interesting bits in this Newsletter.

cheers

Ron


It is with sadness and deep regret that The HMAS BRISBANE Association advises of the passing of a shipmate and friend.



R93489 CPORP Peter John (Lumpy) Cottam, 62 - Vietnam Service on HMAS BRISBANE and HMAS MELBOURNE




Last night, Saturday 16th August 2008, Peter Cottam let go all lines and crossed the bar for his final time. His wife Desley was with him at the time.

Pete fought a hard battle against cancer over a short couple of months, but as happens so often in these circumstances, he was not victorious this time.

Pete was no stranger to this fight, having lost his first wife to the same malady shortly after the birth of his daughter Christie in the mid 70's. (Interestingly, he always called her Polly, and I never knew her real name until the mid 80's.) And his assistance to Christie's son Elijah in his fight against a similar disease is well documented on this site.

Farewell, my friend. You take with you the knowledge that you were loved by all you knew. Likewise, thank you for the privilege of being your mate for 30 years.

I am reminded of one of George S. Patton's quotes, where he said: "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the loss of such men. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived!"

Essentially right, but Pete's passing still leaves an empty space in my soul.

Vale, Peter Cottam. May you always have gentle breezes, fair skies, and a following sea wherever you go.

And save me a spot on the upper deck for when I get there.
_________________

Chris O'Keefe
R43136
Ex WOMTH4





HMAS WATSON WILL BE HOSTING AN EVENING TO RE-INVIGORATE THE RP/UC/EW/CSM/CSS REUNION IN SEP 2008.

THE FUNCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE HMAS WATSON WARRANT OFFICERS AND SENIOR SAILORS MESS ON FRIDAY 1SEP 08, COMMENCING AT 1830. ALL PRESENT AND PAST RP/UC/EW/CSM/CSS SAILORS ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND THIS FUNCTION.

THE INVITATION IS ALSO EXTENDED TO PAST RP/UC/EW/CSM/CSS SENIOR AND JUNIOR SAILORS WHO NOW HOLD COMMISSIONED RANK.

TO ASSIST IN CATERING FOR THE EVENT INTERESTED PERSONNEL ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD THEIR NAMES BY 08 AUG 08.
DEPENDING ON NUMBERS ATTENDING A COST OF APPROXIMATELY $25 IS
EXPECTED TO COVER CATERING.
POC ARE:
A. 2008 REUNION CHAIRMAN - CPOCSM SHAUN THOMSON, EMAIL: SHAUN.THOMSON@DEFENCE.GOV.AU PH (02) 9337 0971
B. 2008 REUNION SECRETARY - CPOCSM SCOTT CHRISTIE, EMAIL: SCOTT.CHRISTIE1@DEFENCE.GOV.AU PH (02) 9337 0648
C. 2008 REUNION COMMITTEE - WOCSM MICHAEL LOWE, EMAIL: MICHAEL.LOWE@DEFENCE.GOV.AU PH (02) 9337 0895
D. 2008 REUNION COMMITTEE - WOCSM VAUGHN HEATH, EMAIL: VAUGHN.HEATH@DEFENCE.GOV.AU PH (02) 9337 0054





From: psymons106@hotmail.com
To: johnshogg@msn.com
Subject: Medicare Levy
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:48:26 +1030

John

I wasn't aware that I was still paying Medicare Levy after receipt of the Gold Card others may not know also. To have Medicare Levy deductions ceased from COMSUPER (DFRDB) pension, persons holding Gold Cards must provide a certified true copy of their Gold Card to DFRDB and they will take action to cease deducting the Medicare Levy. I also sent them a copy of my latest Medicare Exemption Certificate and I still had my original DVA letter stating the date 100% was effective from so I sent them a copy of that as well.

To recover the Medicare Levy deducted from the pension, individuals need to take up their case with the Australian Taxation Office. I haven't applied to the ATO yet as I was waiting to get a verification letter from DFRDB to send with the other documents above, to assist in the claim.

Will keep you posted on responses.

Regards
Pete







From: Blue Ryan
Sent: Monday, August 11, 2008


FYI

This is an important issue that will flow on to Service Pensions

Cheers

Blue





THE AUSTRALIAN

Pension review: singles lose out

Samantha Maiden, Online political editor | August 11, 2008

THE Rudd Government's review of the aged pension has found the rate for singles is low by international standards, bolstering the case for increased payments for millions of Australians in the next budget.

The Australian understands a discussion paper to be released today confirms the aged pension's singles rate of just $273.40 a week is lower than other OECD nations as a percentage of the couples rate.

By comparison, the combined couples rate in Australia is $456.80 a week.

Thousands of elderly Australians are forced to live on the reduced payments when their spouse dies, losing up to $180 a week.

Today's discussion paper will increase the pressure on the Government to consider calls by seniors groups for a $30-a-week lift in the singles payment, at a "conservative" estimated cost of $1 billion a year.

Wayne Swan has fuelled speculation that the Government will act on the aged pension, conceding pensioners are "doing it tough".

"There's something like $900 (per head) additional in this budget for pensioners and for seniors, but I accept that many of them are doing it reallytough," the Treasurer said in May.

"This review will address the adequacy of social welfare payments, including the age pension, so we get it right for older Australians who have helped build this nation."

Former Howard government minister Mal Brough last night backed the push to lift the singles rate, revealing he had fought for an increase as minister, but was ultimately rebuffed by cabinet. The review of the pension system, spearheaded by departmental secretary Jeff Harmer, was commissioned as part of the root-and-branch inquiry into taxation and welfare being conducted by Treasury secretary Ken Henry.

It also covers disability pension and carers payments.

A final report in February will also canvass the frequency of payments, including the efficacy of lump sum versus ongoing support, with sources confirming the early feedback was that pensioners warmly embraced the lump sum approach.

National Seniors Australia chief executive Michael O'Neil last night said single pensioners should be paid closer to two-thirds of the combined couples rate of $456.80 a week.

"Our argument is the fixed costs people face in terms of rent and utilities make that quite inequitable," he said. "It needs to move from the current 59 per cent to 66 per cent of the couples rate. That represents a $30-a-week increase. It would cost about $1 billion."

Mr Brough said the plight of single pensioners was of great concern to him as minister but he lost the battle to secure support for the billion-dollar reform. "If you're a pensioner couple, particularly if you own your home, you're doing it tough but you can get by on the pension," he said.

"My worry for them is when one partner passes away. After the bereavement period they drop back to 60 per cent of payments with all the same costs except for one less mouth to feed.

"I think the only way to do it is either with major increases to the quarterly utilities allowance or change the differential. It is a very expensive reform but I believe it is affordable for a wealthy country."

Today's discussion paper also finds Australia's welfare safety net is strong compared to many other countries, with the lowering of the taper rate allowing more Australians to continue to claim welfare payments on higher income levels.

However, senior government sources said this was not necessarily seen as a negative, because it was designed to encourage workforce participation by older Australians and women returning to work.

The discussion paper, which follows a backbench push to lift pension rates, will be released by Family and Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin.



The following joint media release was issued by Defence on Saturday 9 August.

Saturday, 9 August 2008 104/2008

SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE REVIEW
The Minister for Defence, Science and Personnel, the Hon Warren Snowdon MP, and the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, The Hon, Alan Griffin MP are calling for submissions to the review into Defence mental health care and the transition to non-military life.

Headed by Professor David Dunt, the review will provide an independent assessment of the effectiveness of existing mental health programs and support across the ADF and Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

Written submissions are being sought from Defence members, veterans and interested members of the public. All submissions will be confidential with access limited to Professor Dunt.

Mr Snowdon said the wellbeing of our service men and women, from enlistment through to discharge and beyond, is a high priority for Government.

“The review will study the mental health care needs of ADF personnel and the ex­service community and assist us in ensuring the very best care is available.”

Mr Griffin said it will be particularly helpful in examining the transition from military to civilian life and will help Veterans’ Affairs to provide services that meet the needs of younger veterans.

“The number of recent deployments make it essential that both DVA and Defence work together to support those who have returned from active duty, particularly those service personnel who are then seeking to transition to civilian life”.

The closing date for written submissions is 20 September 2008.
Submissions can be forwarded to:
Email: MentalHealth.Review@defence.gov.au
Post: Melbourne University Post Shop
PO Box 4285
Melbourne University VIC 3052
Further information relating to the mental health review (including the terms of reference) can be found at www.defence.gov.au/health/DMH/i-dmh.htm

It is expected that Professor Dunt’s report will be provided to the Ministers’ mid December 2008.

Details of the Government’s study into suicide in the veteran community, including the Terms of Reference, will be released later next week.

Media contacts:
Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon): 02 6277 7620 or 0488 484 689
Laura Ryan (Alan Griffin) 02 6277 7820 or 0437 863 109




I suppose as we get older, there are some thing we may not want to think about but should consider.

What Happens to Your Partner When You Die?

IF YOU HAVE READ THIS ARTICLE BEFORE,
HAVE YOU ACTED ON IT ?

The ACT Defence Widows' Support Group (DWSG) provides support to Defence widows and widowers, particularly the newly bereaved. The Group contacts them after the funeral of their partner. Experience has shown that the same problems seem to surface repeatedly and that some forward planning would help relieve some of the burden and distress to your partner when death occurs –

ARRANGEMENTS PUT IN PLACE NOW WILL SAVE YOUR PARTNER
GRIEF AND EFFORT WHEN THE TIME COMES.


SOME ISSUES TO CONSIDER NOW

PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNTS. Most banks freeze joint accounts on the death of a signatory. Your partner will need an account IN THEIR OWN NAME before they can receive ComSuper benefits. It would therefore be prudent for both you and your partner now to each have one account in your own name.

WILLS, POWER OF ATTORNEY and ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY. Every adult over the age of eighteen should have a current Will and a completed Power of Attorney. Both should be kept in a secure place, the location of which is known to your Partner and at least one Executor; both should be updated on a regular basis, for example on renewal of your driving licence. Each State has different regulations.

Remember that your Power of Attorney may be needed by your partner at any time, eg if you are incapacitated due to even temporary medical care. Having Power of Attorney means that your partner can pay bills, give instructions about your medical treatment and attend to your affairs, if you are unable to do so.

A copy of your Service Record kept with these documents is also advisable.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS. Each partner should know the other’s choice of funeral arrangements, have them written down and preferably kept with the Wills.

ROUTINE HOUSEHOLD BILLS. Keep a list, or even just a file, of regular accounts and direct debits (eg, rates, security systems, home and content insurances, vehicle insurance, health insurance, phone and mobile providers, internet service providers, water, gas and electricity). How and when they are paid and the approximate amounts will save your partner distress and uncertainty, particularly if he/she is not in the habit of handling those particular accounts. Preferably, both partners should be equally familiar with arrangements for paying household accounts.

These days it is particularly important that your partner can access and terminate such accounts either over the phone or via the Internet, so they will need your log-ins: usernames and passwords. You will be amazed how many you have and how often you, and therefore your partner, will need to be able to access them!

A list of trusted tradesmen, or their fridge magnets on the fridge door, can be a great help.

CLUB AND ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS. An up to date list of organisations of which you are a member, along with your membership numbers and their addresses, will be a help. Your partner may need, or wish, to become a member of some of them. It can also be very distressing for your partner to keep receiving mail from such organisations addressed to you personally long after you are gone.

VETERANS' ENTITLEMENTS. Your partner may be entitled to benefits from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), but to apply she/he will need documentation and proof of your Defence Service. You should establish your partner’s possible entitlements prior to their needing them, i.e., while both of you are still alive and can explain your circumstances. Collating this information NOW and having it on hand will greatly assist in any applications to DVA. (Note: A Gold Card is not transferable. However if a widow is granted a War Widows pension or is the widow of a TPI pensioner, she will be entitled to her own Gold Card).

OTHER MATTERS TO CONSIDER FOR THE NEWLY BEREAVED

Based on the experiences of the ACT DWSG, the following are just some of the issues that you should be aware that your newly bereaved partner may face. They will need to be dealt with by your partner and your executor at a stressful time, so any forward planning will be appreciated. The information is neither definitive nor applicable in all States but is intended as a guide. Further details should be sought from your solicitor, your advocate or the relevant Government Departments.

YOUR DFRB/DFRDB/MSBS BENEFIT. Upon notification of the death of a recipient of a DFRB/DFRDB benefit, ComSuper will cease payment until the necessary forms, correctly filled out, are submitted. Only then will the partner receive her/his entitlements, paid into an account IN HER/HIS OWN NAME. These entitlements generally are:

DFRB: A lump sum equal to seven pays (14 weeks) of the difference between his (old) and her (new) pension, plus the commencement of a fully CPI indexed pension (being five eighths of the deceased’s old pension) paid fortnightly.

DFRDB: A lump sum equal to seven pays of the difference between the deceased’s (old) and the partner’s (new) pension, plus the commencement of a partially CPI indexed pension. In outline, the new pension is five eighths of the deceased’s full old pension as if he/she had not commuted his/her benefit when leaving the Service. The value of that additional part is “frozen” and the part relating to the deceased’s previous fortnightly pension is CPI indexed. The pension is paid fortnightly.

MSBS: These benefits are quite different from DFRB / DFRDB and are calculated on an individual basis upon application.

CHILDREN. If there are dependent children and/or full time students, additional pension benefits may be payable. Documents required will include copies of the Marriage Certificate and the Death Certificate (though a copy of a newspaper notification of death may be accepted until the Death Certificate is available).

MARITAL SEPARATION For a variety of reasons including dementia or invalidity, you and your partner may have needed to live separately for a period. Your partner may need written advice or a certificate from your doctor advising that the separation was for medical reasons before ComSuper will commence your spouse’s pension payment

VETERANS' ENTITLEMENTS. As mentioned previously, your partner will need to contact DVA and be ready to provide the documentation required. If death was caused by a Service related injury (or the deceased was already in receipt of a DVA pension) the partner may be entitled to a DVA pension. As also mentioned previously, check on the possible entitlements prior to needing them, ie while both of you are still alive. Contact the DVA, DFWA, Legacy, Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia, Vietnam Veterans' Federation of Australia, or other ex-Service agencies for further information. If there are entitlements to any other compensation payments these need to be submitted as soon as possible. Entitlements for dependent children may also be payable.

BANKING. As also advised above, your partner will need an account IN HER/HIS OWN NAME. Some bank loans may be written off if an insurance fee was paid. A signature of the surviving partner and/or your executor may need to be pre-recorded with the bank to allow ready access to some bank security boxes.

THE HOUSE. After a required period of time (usually 28 days) a house in joint names may be transferred to the surviving Joint owner upon application to the relevant Titles Office. Documentation required may include copies of the Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate and the Will, and Title documents. Westpac or the National Australia Bank will need to be advised regarding Defence Service Home Loans. The house and contents insurance notices will need to be transferred to a single name.

THE CAR. Your car can be transferred to your partner if he/she is the sole beneficiary of the Will. Ideally, the family car should be registered in both names. The deceased's driving licence may be eligible for a refund of the remaining valid period. Copies of the car registration papers and the surviving partner’s driving licence as well as the Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate and Will may be required. Insurance companies will need to be advised of any change of car ownership.

TAX RETURNS. A (final) tax return will need to be lodged with the Australian Taxation Office on behalf of the deceased's estate.

Upon probate, the estate can be distributed to any beneficiaries, and sufficient money needs to be set aside to meet any final tax obligations. This will usually be arranged by your executor. Other related matters to note include possible Capital Gains Tax for shares purchased after 1985 or other assets, stamp duty and other fees.

CLUBS, MEMBERSHIPS, and SUBSCRIPTIONS. All the deceased’s memberships will need to be cancelled. Refunds may be payable. As with tax returns, centrally kept records will help manage these matters.

LEGACY. Your partner may be eligible for assistance from Legacy due to your service in a War Zone, operational service, or training for operations. Contact Legacy for further details.

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE. Benefits may be payable from private health insurers. Future premiums may be reduced, particularly if the family rate reduces to the single rate, so the health fund must be informed of the death.

PENSION ENTITLEMENTS. If the total income of the surviving partner is below a certain amount, a Centrelink pension, either full or part, may be payable. Bridging finance prior to the start of the ComSuper pension may be provided. Copies of the Marriage Certificate, Will and Death Certificate will be needed.

POWER OF ATTORNEY and ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY. The continuing validity of these may vary between States and Territories. In general, the surviving partner should have a new Will and Power of Attorney drawn up. After all, he or she has just lost you, their partner, who was probably central to their previous Will and Power of Attorney. A solicitor should be contacted to assist in the revision of the Will of the surviving partner and the raising of a new Power of Attorney / Enduring Power of Attorney.

CONTRACTS. The current trend towards contracts for mobile phones, Internet, security systems and the like can cause problems. These may have to be paid out in full. Some contracts may need to be re-negotiated or transferred to the surviving partner. Your partner needs to be able to access all relevant account details, passwords, etc, to be able to avoid running up further bills.

FINALLY .... It is advised that the newly bereaved keep an exercise book to record all business phone calls etc made after the partner’s death. In the fog of grief, memory can be faulty and a record of calls and decisions made will be very useful. Relatives and friends may make decisions and arrangements on her/his behalf and trying to remember all these will be difficult. A copy of all correspondence and forms completed and kept in an accordion file is an added bonus.

These are just some of the issues that the ACT DWSG has helped
widows/ widowers with.

Some thought and time spent now will be of immense help
to your partner in the future.





If you are reading this in hardcopy, check on the DFWA website - www.rdfwa.org.au/widows.htm - that you have the most up to date version and contact the DWSG at your nearest Defence Force Welfare Association Branch if you require further information or advice.