RSL National Conference2017-04-20T06:29:24+00:00

RSL National Conference

The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) National Conference was held on Monday 6 June 2016. This year the Conference returned to Melbourne where the first meeting of the Returned Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia (RSSILA) was held in 1916. Over 300 delegates joined us at the event to commemorate 100 years of RSL helping serving and ex-service personnel and their families.

On Sunday 5 June, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at The Shrine of Remembrance with several digitaries laying wreaths with the National President, Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. The next day the Centenary Conference was opened by Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General who presented the ANZAC Peace Prize to Peter Greste. This was followed by addresses from The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull and The Hon. Bill Shorten. These addresses can be read by clicking on the headings below:

Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor-General Address

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull Address
The Hon. Bill Shorten Address

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9 News He's a Vietnam veteran who's had an extraordinary military career, remaining in uniform for nearly half a century.

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Veterans Film Festival Congratulations to Gary Oldman for winning Best Performance by an Actor for #DarkestHour at the #GoldenGlobes.
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CDF’s End of Year Message - Defence Video Portal End of year message from the Chief of the Defence Force.
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RSL Tasmania The members of RSL Tasmania Branch congratulate Robert and look forward to working with him during his term as RSL National President
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Defence Community Organisation Want to send some Christmas cheer to our deployed troops? You can send them an email or care package!

Christmas care parcels of non-perishable goods must be received at Defence by Friday, 8 December 2017, and there are some guidelines and restrictions on what you can send. Please note, Defence can’t accept care packages for Military Working Dogs or Explosive Detection Dogs due to their strict diet and training requirements.

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Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin On Remembrance Day, we remember the sacrifice of more than 102,000 Australians whose names are recorded on Australia’s Roll of Honour.We acknowledge the ongoing suffering of those who returned and recognise all those who have served in historic and contemporary conflicts as well as those on operations today. #Lestweforget.
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Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs Today on Remembrance Day we pause and reflect on the sacrifices of all current and former ADF personnel.
Lest we forget.
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Poppy Appeal Australia A heartwarming message from veteran Joel. We will remember our past and present servicemen and women tomorrow on #RemembranceDay.
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Veterans MC Federal Chapter, Canberra Australia We are Military Veterans and Bikers, a Brotherhood that exists to support veterans, veteran's families and the biker lifestyle.
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Photos from RSL National's post Kath Swansbra is a resident of Parkes, NSW and is aged 78. She has been cake decorating for over 30 years having swapped to cake decorating from dress making. She started by completing a cake decorating course at TAFE. This cake took Kath 3 months to complete and is a donation to Telopea Park School in Canberra. She loves what she does and hopes this important story of Villers-Brettenoux will reach school children better through her work. The cake tells the story of what happened to Villers-Brettenoux during World War 1 each side of the cake includes: Children attending to the Australian war graves in Villers-Brettenoux, the courtyard at the Victoria School in Villers-Brettenoux, the devastation of the 2009 Victorian bushfires, the plaque at Victoria school - Villers-Brettenoux, an Australian Soldier helping a French man in the rubble of Villers-Brettenoux following the war, an image of the war memorial at Villers-Brettenoux and pennies representing the money raised by the Australian children to send to Villers-Brettenoux to rebuild their school.
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Military Shop View it first! This wonderful new clip shares our pride in the famous war horses of the light horse – the Aussie bred Waler. A timeless clip made especially for the Beersheba centenary happening today and the beautiful figurines created to celebrate the Australian Light Horse at this special time. View the collection here:
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Military Shop These amazing canvas WWI replica haversacks with antique finish RSL key tags celebrate the first centenary of the RSL. Add this stunning set to your wardrobe and celebrate the first 100 years of Australia's commitment to looking after our returned veterans.
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Military Shop Watch our special Australian Light Horse Beersheba video made especially for the Beersheba centenary and the beautiful figurines we created to celebrate the Australian Light Horse at this special time. View the collection here:
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RSL ACT Branch Veteran's Health Week - Remount Trip. Adam Little one of our participant wrote: One Veteran wrote on his face book page the following: Today I had the pleasure of being invited by the ACT RSL and Remount which is a program set up for Veterans of all ages who are struggling with PTSD or other personal life issues. Listening and chatting with these veterans and instructors was and absolutely amazing experience. So if you are struggling in life or know someone who is, get in contact with the Remount team as there relaxed and professional and there facilities out on the farm are amazing.
Thank you Adam.
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Photos from RSL National's post Universal Pictures 'Darkest Hour' wins the 2017 Veterans Film Festival 'Best Feature Film Red Poppy Award'.
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Great honour to speak at the opening of the 2017 Veteran Film Festival at the Australian War Memorial last night. Looking forward to the awards night on Saturday at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Please visit for more info on screenings and seminars.
Tom Papas (Veterans Film Festival) and Jade Perry (Universal Pictures Australia) at last nights opening ceremony. Great evening and great film. Well done.
Preparations underway for tonight's Australian Premier of Universals 'Darkest Hour'. Opening film for the 2017 Veterans Film Festival at the Australian War Memorial.
Darkest Hour - Official International Trailer (Universal Pictures) HD Darkest Hour to open 2017 Veterans Film Festival
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Darkest Hour to open 2017 Veterans Film Festival
2017 Veterans Film Festival Trailer2 Max 720p The 2017 Veterans Film Festival will soon be playing out in Canberra.
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The Last Post magazine The Last Post last week visited Sydney and then Canberra to attend firstly a seminar on Japan-Australia Post-War Reconciliation efforts and then the RSL National Conference 2017, both held at the Hotel Realm Canberra. On the Wednesday there was also a wreath laying ceremony held at the Australian War Memorial. On Wednesday night there was a cocktail function co-hosted with the Japanese Embassy and attended by Japanese Embassy staff and the Japanese Ambassador. On Thursday at the conference, Adrian Campbell from Rotary Camberwell accepted the Seeds of Peace, Peace Prize. The DVA, represented by Simon Lewis, spoke about the need to continue a good working relationship/partnership with the RSL. The theme of suicide prevention and PTSD was visited by speakers. The wonderful Sharon Bown, Wing Commander and on the council of the AWM and author and a contemporary veteran, spoke about the challenges she faced after suffering serious injuries, as an army nurse, in a helicopter crash in 2004. Sharon spoke about PTSD and the “fear of fear”. RSL National President Robert Dick played a major role in the conference that carried the theme, Be Part of The Change. The Last Post is hoping to interview Robert soon to speak about the challenges facing today’s RSL. On the Thursday also Connie Boglis spoke about the challenges faced following the suicide of her loving partner, Jesse Stephen Bird. Her speech, Changing Times was poignant. At the Conference dinner on Thursday night, The Stilettos entertained the crowd and The Last Post met up with film maker Tom Papas, who is putting together the Veterans Film Festival in Canberra in October and Chairman of Legacy Australia, Tony Ralph and Brandnet boss Stephen Davie. Keynote speeches from RSL National President Robert Dick and RSL National CEO, Georgie Macris were well appreciated. The Last Post will keep working with like-minded souls in the RSL to make sure the organisation continues as a successful as well as transparent and modern representative for veterans of all ages. Minister Tehan and Shadow Minister Amanda Rishworth MP also attended Mel Fawcett The Last Post out NOV 3
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