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young man with everything” was killed
in action during operations in Afghanistan
on August 22.
Private Matthew Lambert was a
member of the Mentoring Task Force
3 and was from the 2nd Battalion.The
Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR),
He is survived by his partner Ellesse,
motherVicki and her partner Gregg,
father Chris and his wife Amanda, and
his sister Jess.
Private Lambert was born in Kogarah,
NSW in 1985. He joined theArmy from
southern Queensland, enlisting in the 9th
Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment,
in August 2005. He transferred to the
Australian Regular Army in February 2007
and posted to 2RAR inTownsville.
Private Lambert was a well respected
soldier who excelled in any task he was
assigned, and was looking forward to
serving his country in Afghanistan.
In a family statement, his parents said
they were proud of their son. He had
just bought his first home inTownsville
and he loved to take his treasured
motorbike for long rides with friends
around the area.
He was loved very much by all his
family and friends and made an impact
on anyone who was part of his life.
“He was an inspiration, and for a man
there is no greater gift than to have a son like
him,” his father, Chris, said.
“He was an extraordinary young man
with everything, including incredible
physical and mental agility. Matt had a
great enthusiasm for living life, generously
sharing his time, thoughts and ideas and
inspiring us all by walking the talk.
“Matt believed the world could be
made a far better place and he had a
very positive outlook on life. He always
encouraged and motivated others.”
Private Lambert’s motherVicki said
her son was very adventurous and an
inspiration to all who met him.
“Matt was an extremely focused person
who really wanted to help make the lives
of other people better.”
Private Lambert’s partner Ellesse said
that he was the love of her life, everything
she had ever wanted and no one could
ever replace him.
“He was the most special man in my life
and we had planned our whole life together.
Matty made me a better person, he is my
best friend and I will always love him. Matty
always protected me and was the best part of
my life. He was my everything.”
Private Lambert and his sister Jess were
inseparable. He was her best friend and
the big brother who always looked after
and protected her.They shared a unique
sense of humour and Matt sent his love to
Jess in his last message.
The Chief Defence Scientist and the
head of the Defence Science and
Technology Organisation (DSTO),
Professor Rober t Clark will leave
Defence in October after a successful
“Professor Clark has built a forward-
looking applied research program
across 12 scientific domains that include
cyber, space and underwater programs,”
the Minister for Defence Science and
Personnel, Warren Snowdon, says.
“Most notably Professor Clark re-
focused DSTO to suppor t Defence
operations much more directly.
“He initiated the concept of DSTO
fly-away teams to rapidly introduce
DSTO advances into operational zones.
This has led to impor tant improvements
in force protection for ADF soldiers
serving in Afghanistan.
“Under the leadership of Professor
Clark, DSTO’s core international
relationships with the United States
and the United Kingdom have been
strengthened to the mutual benefit of
our collective Defence organisations,”
Mr Snowdon says.
Professor Clark has had a long
connection with Defence, having joined
the Royal Australian Navy as a Cadet
Midshipman in 1969.
Following graduation from the
RAN College and with a Bachelor of
Science degree from the University
of New South Wales, Professor Clark
ser ved in eight RAN ships, gaining
a range of professional qualifications
before leaving the Navy in 1979.
He returned to Defence as the
Chief Defence Scientist in October
2008, bringing significant national and
international exper tise and a strong
reputation as an eminent scientist in
the field of quantum computing.
Extraordinary young man
Quantum leap for Chief Scientist
The Deputy Chief Defence Scientist,
Platform & Human Systems, Dr Ian
Sare, will take up the position of acting
Chief Defence Scientist on Professor
The Chief Defence Scientist, Professor Robert Clark.
Private Matt Lambert with his partner Ellesse (left) and sister Jess (right). Photo: courtesy of the Lambert family
When Defence Australian Public
Ser vice (APS) employees voted
‘no’ to the proposed Defence Enterprise
Collective Agreement (DECA) 2011 in
June, Defence took action to investigate
the full range of factors motivating
employees to suppor t or reject the
package of conditions offered.
Defence conducted a sur vey in mid-
July, receiving 12,592 valid responses
from non-Senior Executive Ser vice
APS employees. The electronic sur vey
was conducted anonymously and aimed
to delve into what voters perceived to
be the strengths and weaknesses of the
DECA 2011 package. While Defence
was aware that pay was a key issue for
many, it was important to understand
how employees felt about all the
elements of the package.
The ‘no’ vote was mainly attributed
to the proposed 9% pay offer, with
74% of respondents naming this as a
primary reason for their opposing vote.
Other concerns indicated by employees
included the ‘extent of recognition
of staff contributions to the Strategic
Reform Program’ and ‘increasing
Outside of the pay offer, sur vey
results confirm that employees are
basically happy with the proposed
DECA 2011 package. ‘Maintenance
of conditions’ and ‘the total package
offered’ were most commonly listed as
reasons that influenced employees in
favour of the DECA 2011, and 74.5% of
respondents are satisfied with their leave
All employee feedback, including
survey results and comments received
through the online forum, DECA 2011
Inbox and workshops continue to inform
DECA bargaining including issues such
as Executive Level employee working
arrangements and flexible work options.
Following the ‘no vote’ and completion
of the employee sur vey, Defence and
unions recommenced bargaining in early
August. At the time of print however,
DECA 2011 bargaining with unions had
reached an impasse over Defence’s pay
offer.The bargaining meeting on August
16 resulted in:
Defence tabling a revised pay offer of
4% upon commencement, 2.5% in
the second year and 2.5% in the third
year of the agreement; and
Unions advising they would not
continue bargaining until Defence
presented a better pay offer.
Defence and the unions have been
unable to reach agreement on some points
but Defence is committed to continuing
to bargain on those matters that are
outstanding, including pay. Defence will
continue to work with the unions to try
and reach a mutually agreeable package of
DECA 2011: Bargaining and the employee survey
Darwin’s streets were awash with desert
camouflage uniforms and slouch hats
to mark the return of 1200 personnel
from operational deployments in Iraq,
Afghanistan and EastTimor with a
morning parade through the city on
The ADF personnel, mainly from
1st Brigade, marched through Darwin’s
city centre, passing enthusiastic crowds,
clapping and cheering their service.
Joining the parade was the Australian
Army Band – Darwin, as well as
Australian Light ArmouredVehicles and
‘Digger’, a riderless horse representing
the fallen soldiers.
Two Australian soldiers were killed
in Afghanistan while serving with
Mentoring Task Force 2 and another
eight were wounded.
Members of 1st Brigade also held
a memorial service at Robertson
Barracks to remember combat engineers
Corporal Richard Atkinson and Sapper
Jamie Larcombe as well as other
Australian soldiers who have recently
died while on operations.
After the parade, the troops returned
to Robertson Barracks for a barbecue
lunch and a concert featuring singer-
songwriter John Schumann, who penned
the Redgum song I Was Only Nineteen
(AWalk in the Light Green).
Around 1200 Australian Defence Force personnel
were greeted with enthusiastic support from Darwin
residents during the welcome home parade to
celebrate their return from operational deployments
in Afghanistan, Iraq and East Timor.
Photo: Leading Seaman Andrew Dakin
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