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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2017 Anzac Awards

The National President of the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL), Mr Robert Dick today congratulated The Rotary Club of Camberwell on being awarded the 2017 RSL ANZAC Peace Prize, and Mr Graeme Kernick, Mr Eric Giblett, Mr Nigel Allsopp, Mr Allan Scott, and Mr Steve Kyritsis OAM and the Glenelg Brass Band on being recognised for RSL ANZAC of the Year Awards. “The Rotary Club of Camberwell was selected by the RSL ANZAC Awards Committee for the award of the ANZAC Peace Prize in recognition of their inspirational secondary schools project the “Seeds of Peace” Program. The Program, together with the Seeds of Peace Book, is a motivational initiative designed to promote peace, engagement and awareness of the Centenary of ANZAC while it educates young Australians to become influential advocates for peace in their peer group and beyond”, Mr Dick said. The ANZAC Peace Prize is awarded by the RSL to recognise any outstanding effort by an Australian citizen who has promoted the concept of international understanding and who, in so doing, has made a contribution to world peace. “On behalf of the RSL National Board and Members of the RSL I also congratulate the 5 individuals and one organisation who have been selected for ANZAC of the Year Awards,” Mr Dick said. “They are exemplars of community service and an inspiration to all Australians.”
The ANZAC of the Year Awards are presented to recognise the efforts and achievements of up to seven Australians who have given service to their fellow Australians and to their community in a positive, selfless and compassionate manner. The 2017 recipients are:The Glenelg Brass Band of South Australia in recognition of their dedication and support of ANZAC commemorations in the wider Adelaide community for over 90 years. Mr Graeme Kernick of New South Wales in recognition of his long and dedicated service to the veteran and wider community of Forster-Tuncurry. Mr Eric Giblett of Western Australia in recognition of his tireless and selfless work as an advocate for the veteran community of Western Australia through the RSL, VVAA and SAS Association. Mr Nigel Allsopp of Queensland in recognition of his inspiring and dedicated commitment to the establishment of the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation and its initiatives. Mr Allan Scott of Queensland in recognition of many years of dedicated service to the veteran and wider community of Innisfail. Mr Steve Kyritsis OAM of Victoria in recognition of his commitment to supporting veterans and the veteran community of Melbourne through the Hellenic RSL Sub-Branch, the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation, the Shrine of Remembrance and the Bayside Vietnam Veterans Memorial project.

For more information contact: Mr Robert Dick, National President on 0448 889 848
or Ms Georgie Macris, National CEO on 0427 253 392.
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Yesterday, the RSL NSW State Councillors met in Sydney with RSL Acting National President Robert Dick to work through the details of a mediation proposal presented to the RSL NSW State Council early last week by the RSL National Board.

The proposal outlined several key resolutions to ensure the RSL NSW State branch continued to operate effectively whilst the independent Board of Enquiry (BoE) into RSL NSW State Branch was undertaken.

As a result of these discussions, the RSL NSW State Council has approved the proposed resolutions and as of the close of business 24th February 2017 has agreed to voluntarily stand aside from the NSW State Council for the duration of the BoE into the RSL NSW State Branch.

Because of these actions, the RSL National Board has agreed to dismiss the show cause proceedings against the RSL NSW State Council and to pass the evidence gathered to the BoE.

The RSL State President Mr John Haines will work closely with RSL National over the coming days to develop an operational plan to ensure the independent BoE is established and instigated as soon as possible.

The RSL NSW State Branch and RSL National will continue to
work with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC), Office of Fair Trading, and other state and federal government agencies whilst they conduct their own investigations into RSL NSW State Branch.

The RSL will update the regulatory bodies and government agencies regularly on the findings and outcomes of the BoE as it progresses.

This has been a challenging time for all; we appreciate the patience and support demonstrated by the RSL NSW sub-branches and our valued members whilst the internal negotiations were undertaken.

We will update you on the status and timings of the establishment of the BoE as it progresses.

In the interim, please contact RSL National directly if you require any additional information on 02 6280 4079.
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Troops of the 17th Australian Brigade joined the fighting later in the morning to clear the southern portion of the Italian defences, while the 16th Brigade advanced toward Bardia itself.

Bardia was captured late in the afternoon of 4 January but fighting did not cease until the morning of 5 January.

The attack had cost the 6th Division 130 men killed and 326 wounded but netted them approximately 40,000 Italian prisoners and large quantities of arms, rations, equipment, and alcohol. All of which was put to good use by the Australians. (Source: AWM)
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Timeline Photos RSL National added a new photo to the album: Timeline Photos.
Timeline Photos RSL National added a new photo to the album: Timeline Photos.
Timeline Photos RSL National added a new photo to the album: Timeline Photos.
Timeline Photos RSL National added a new photo to the album: Timeline Photos.
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