Duty First Magazine goes Digital

A PDF version of the First 2019 edition of Duty First is available if you click here, You can also access the flipbook link for the interactive online version here.

RARA QLD – eNews 2/2019 April

RARA Queensland’s eNews replaces the previously printed Newsletter “The Spirit”. This is the second quarterly edition.

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Invitation – 42 FOR 42 AFGHANISTAN MEMORIAL LUNCHEON

You are invited to a luncheon at the QLD Cricketers Club, East Brisbane, with guest speakers The Hon Dr Brendan Nelson, Director – Australian War Memorial and Darren Lehmann, past Australian test cricketer and Coach.

Event to be held on Friday, 15 March 2019 from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm (AEST) Queensland Cricketers’ Club
411 Vulture Street
East Brisbane, QLD 4169
Australia


It is a 2 course luncheon with beverages included. We will also be holding a monster raffle and auction.

All funds raised go towards the building of the Afghanistan War Memorial Garden in Brisbane. This will honour the 41 Fallen Veterans killed in action, the 42nd representing those that have lost the battle back home and all those that are still fighting the battle. The memorial will also tell the full story of the longest conflict Australian troops have ever fought in.

Please share this event on Facebook and Twitter. We hope you can join us.

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Afghanistan War Memorial Garden 42 FOR 42.·MONDAY, 28 JANUARY 2019 42for42 is a not-for-profit organisation which was founded by ex-Army veterans whose aim is to help struggling veterans and their families by building a memorial dedicated to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The 42 stands for the 41 soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan, with the 42nd representing the soldiers we have lost and continue to lose to suicide, and those who have returned with injuries and mental illness. It is our vision and mission to build a Memorial Garden in the grounds of Suncorp Stadium beside the Anglican Church of Australia. This is a wonderful opportunity to show your pride, respect and honour to those that have fallen and walk tall beside their families and brothers-in-arms.

Share this event on Facebook and Twitter.We hope you can join us, Lest We Forget

RAR Association (WA Branch) Regimental Dinner, Saturday the 24th November 2018 – Perth

The Secretary of the RAR Association WA Branch, Jack Babbage  extends an invitation to all RAR present and past serving persons to attend the RAR Regimental Dinner (70th Anniversary), to be celebrated commencing at 6 pm on Saturday the 24th November 2018, at the Grosvenor Hotel, Perth.

This is a great opportunity to keep the Regimental spirit alive  in WA with friends and fellow warriors.
“The spirit, which grows up in a Battalion (Regiment) when it has been welded together into a true fighting unit, is a comradeship almost spiritual in its strength and intensity. It springs from hardships shared equally, risks run by all in common and its power exceeds most of the emotions that an ordinary man will ever know. The care of soldiers for one another, their sure and calm dependence on each other are hard to understand by anyone who has not known it.”       Osmar White Australian War Correspondent

For details contact Jack Babbage on (08) 9349 0826 or by email [email protected]

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The Veterans’ Covenant and the Veterans’ Card

The Federal Government is developing an Australian Veterans’ Covenant (the Covenant) to recognise the unique nature of military service and support veterans and their families.

This initiative was first mooted by DFWA some ten years ago, and we have been lobbying since then for its introduction.

A key initiative related to the Covenant is the Veteran Card.
As such, the card is in effect simply an ID card, issued by a recognised authority and therefore having some status, that can then be recognised by companies or organisations offering discounts or other benefits.

Anyone who is eligible for a DVA White, Gold or Orange card will be eligible for the Veteran Card, including veterans who are transitioning or have transitioned from the Australian Defence Force (ADF). It also includes certain Reservists.
The Veteran Card will support up to 600,000 veterans, in Australia.

This initiative will formally start in December 2018. However businesses, organisations and individuals can choose to make use of the existing DVA White, Gold and Orange cards at any time.

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Vale: Colonel Stan Maizey

We have been advised by his daughter Judith that our warrior comrade Colonel “Stan the Man” Maizey died peacefully at home on Monday 18th June 2018

 

His operational service included:

Korea (Lt) 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment  13 November 1953 to 31 March 1954

Malaysia (Maj/Coy Comd) 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment 1960-61

Vietnam (Maj/Bn 2ic) 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment  12/05/1966 to 12/12/1966

Headquarters, 1st Australian Task Force 13/12/1966 to 07/07/1967

His funeral will be at 11.00 AM next Monday 25 June at Mount Cotton Crematorium, 1774 – 1794 Mount Cotton Road, Carbrook, Qld.

 

Rest in Peace noble warrior your duty has been done.

ALP – Labor announces Senate Inquiry Inquiry into the use of Anti – Malarials in the ADF

Today, Labor has announced that we will move to establish a Senate Inquiry into the use of the Quinoline anti-malarial drugs Mefloquine and Tafenoquine in the Australian Defence Force.

 

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It is almost two years since the Turnbull Government first acknowledged concerns around the use of the anti-malarial drug, Mefloquine.

However, members of the serving and ex-service community have continued to raise their concerns around the side effects from some anti-malarial drugs which were taken during their service.

It is time for a proper and public examination of the issue and to establish the facts.

In that spirit, Labor has discussed the draft Terms of Reference with the Government to ensure the Senate Inquiry has the opportunity to work through this issue in an open and transparent manner and provide a thorough and comprehensive report about the use of Quinoline anti-malarial drugs in the ADF.

The draft terms of reference for the inquiry are:

The use of the Quinoline anti-malarial drugs Mefloquine and Tafenoquine in the Australian Defence Force with particular reference to:

A. Current and past policies and practices for prescribing quinolone anti-malarial drugs to ADF personnel

B. Current and past policies and practices for identifying and reporting adverse drug reactions from quinoline anti-malarial drugs among ADF personnel

C. The nature and extent of any adverse health effects of those who have taken Mefloquine/Tafenoquine on serving and former ADF personnel

D. Support available for partners, carers and families of personnel who experience any adverse health effects of quinoline anti-malarial drugs

E. A comparison of international evidence/literature available on the impact of quinoline anti-malarials

F. How other governments have responded to claims regarding quinoline anti-malarials

G. Any other related matters.

Labor understands this is a complex issue and looks forward to the Inquiry providing further transparency on this issue.

It is anticipated the inquiry would hold public hearings to allow all voices to have an opportunity to be heard.

Labor will consult with senators over the coming weeks to establish the inquiry during the next sittings of the Senate in June.

Amanda Rishworth MP & Senator Alex Gallacher
Tuesday 5 June 2018

Disabled Veterans – GST Exemption on a car or car parts

A reminder that  if you are an eligible disabled veteran buying or leasing a car, or purchasing car parts GST-free, you can complete this declaration and present it to your car or car parts supplier.

Disabled Veterans GST Exemption Form

Rod Slater – Kilcoy Diggers’ Recruitment

Kilcoy Diggers are always looking to welcome ‘like minded persons’ to join their ranks to assist the Kilcoy Race Club Inc. (KRC), in the conduct of their major race meetings …. Australia Day (January), Diggers Cup (April), Kilcoy Cup (June), Veterans Race Day(August) and the Christmas Cup (December), are all big days for KRC, the Kilcoy Community and the Country Racing Industry.

The only prior experience required is that applicants must ‘like a good time socializing’ with their fellow volunteers!

 

 

 

For further information contact Rod Slater 0419656956, [email protected] or Facebook ‘Kilcoy Diggers’

 

 

Kilcoy Race Club – Kilcoy Cup 16 June 2018