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every vote counts for aDF
Defence personnel deployed in key locations such as
the Middle East Area of Operations and East Timor
have had their opportunity to vote in the 2010 federal
ADF members trained and authorised as Assistant
Returning Officers by the Australian Electoral
Commission (AEC) operated polling booths in deployed
For those personnel unable to reach a deployed polling
booth, voting at an Australian Embassy or applying for a
postal vote was also available.
“It is important that all Defence personnel, including
those on overseas deployment, are given an equal
opportunity to cast their vote,” Chief of Joint Operations
Lieutenant General Evans said.
“Defence works closely with the AEC to ensure voting
is conducted in accordance with correct electoral
At the conclusion of the voting period, ballot boxes
along with postal votes, were escorted back to Australia
and returned to the AEC.
First death in afghanistan for
The New Zealand Defence Force is mourning its first
death in Afghanistan following the loss of 28-year-old
Lieutenant Timothy O’Donnell, who was killed in north-
east Bamiyan province on 4 August.
His patrol came under sustained attack with explosives,
rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire, which resulted
in two other members of the patrol being wounded and
evacuated to Germany for treatment.
A highly competent and well-liked officer from the 2/1
Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, LT O’Donnell
had been in Afghanistan since April. He had been in the
Army for five years and was awarded a Distinguished
Service Decoration in 2008 for his work in East Timor.
The Australian Government and Opposition also offered
its sincere condolences to the New Zealand people and
family of LT O’Donnell via NZ Defence Minister Wayne
aid arrives in Pakistan
The first delivery of AusAID stores for those affected
by the recent flooding in Pakistan has arrived by Royal
Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster in
Now that the stores have been unloaded, they will
be distributed to areas as determined by the Pakistan
National Disaster Management Authority.
AusAID spokesperson Suzanne Edgecombe said the
AusAID stores delivered by the ADF will benefit more
than 10,000 families affected by the natural disaster.
“The arrival of much needed aid stores to the people
of Pakistan demonstrates the coordination and
commitment of a number of Australian Government
agencies,” Ms Edgecombe said.
“AusAID will continue to liaise with the Pakistan
Government, UN partners, Defence and other key
stakeholders within Australia to ensure we provide the
most effective response to this disaster.”
Bash task group
ready for charity
A Navy Fleet Command Team has
participated in the NSW Variety Bash for
the eighth year in a row. The 2010 team
was the biggest yet with five vehicles
and 11 Naval personnel.
The annual Variety Bash is Australia’s most
successful charity motoring event. It is not a race
or a rally, but an annual charity drive that is the
focal point of fundraising efforts by many hundreds
of supporters of Variety.
Since the inaugural Bash organised by Dick Smith
in 1985, the Bash nationally has raised more
than $100 million to help ill, special needs and
disadvantaged Australian children.
The five Fleet Command cars participated in the
3500km charity voyage starting from B Shed
(Sydney Market) on Sunday 22 August and finished
in Byron Bay on 30 August, travelling via Temora,
Cobar, Bourke, Moree, Goondiwindi, Toowoomba
The Bash “Fleet” consisted of two HR Holdens,
two EH Holdens and a Dodge crew cab modified to
represent two surface ships, two helicopters and
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Steve
Gilmore signed on as patron of the Navy Fleet
Command Variety Bash Team, which since has
raised more than $340,000 for Variety since 2003.
Fleet Command Team member Graeme ‘Soozie’
Wong said: “The great thing about the Bash is that
everyone has an enjoyable time travelling in parts
of Australia they have never seen before giving out
equipment to schools along the Bash route.
“We will take the opportunity to promote careers
in the ADF and Navy to people who rarely get the
opportunity to speak with Australian Defence Force
The 11 Fleet Command Team members range
in rank from Leading Seaman to Commander
and come from all across Australia. Commander
Christine Clarke, CO HMAS Kuttabul, experienced
her first Bash as did Leading Seaman Esa Douglas
and five other Bash first-timers. Ian Stenlake from
the popular TV series Sea Patrol also joined the
team for two days toward the end of the event.
for instructions and
Defence is on target to revise the
business processes for the creation
and review of Defence Instructions and
Defence Manuals which will start with
a substantial update of more than 230
DI(G)s and nearly 400 single service
An audit of the compliance and effectiveness
of the System of Defence Instructions (SoDI)
conducted by the Management Audit Branch
(MAB) in 2008, recommended that Defence
develop a new framework because the existing
model was seen as inadequate. The MAB audit
also found the SoDI is a mixture of documents
derived from various historical periods and have
not been aligned with the current model of
Defence business processes.
The policy and procedural documents which
comprise the SoDI are the backbone for the
administration of Defence. They enable Defence
decision-makers to make informed business
decisions and provide Defence personnel with
clear and unambiguous direction.
Assistant Secretary FOI and Information
Management Branch, Mr Tony Corcoran said the
system was introduced more than 30 years ago
and over the years, many policies and procedures
had been created, largely in an ad-hoc manner.
“We are now moving to correct this and to provide
Defence with a sound, robust system that can also
provide flexibility in this period of unprecedented
operational tempo,” Mr Corcoran said.
Responsibility for administrative policy
was transferred to the FOI and Information
Management Branch in February this year.
The Directorate of Corporate Information
Management is reviewing the suite of documents
contained in the SoDI to assess them against a
range of criteria, including relevance, authority,
structure, legal regularity and the appropriate
Director Corporate Information Management,
Ms Rhonda Henry said although there has been
considerable effort in this area to date the bulk of
the work will start in the last third of 2010 and is
expected to continue through to mid 2012.
“It is vital that each of the Groups and Services
continue to work with us as their involvement to
date has been very productive and they have an
integral role in the update of Defence instructions,
either as the sponsor or as a key stakeholder,” Ms
The SoDI Framework Review 2010 intends to
implement a comprehensive administrative
governance framework that will enable Defence
to implement the SoDI Strategy endorsed by the
Defence Committee in March 2010 and ensure
Defence’s administrative framework is the best
approach for the support of Defence business.
The Department is now moving closer to a best
practice state in which Defence will be better able
to support operations, achieve its goals, reduce
costly mistakes, improve communication and
comply with legal requirements.
In the end Defence will have a system of
policy and procedural documents that is easily
understood, easy to develop, amend and cancel,
easy to find, have robust business rules and will be
legally enforceable where required.
For more information: http://intranet.defence.
Two former 3RAR soldiers have taken
fundraising to new heights after
embarking on completing the famed
seven summits – climbing to the
summit of the highest mountain on each
Darren Wise and Shane Pophfer conquered the
6960m Mt Aconcagua in Argentina and Russia’s
5642m Mt Elbrus in March.
In doing so they raised more than $13,000 for the
Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney.
For their next climb, Denali (Mt McKinley) in
Alaska, which they intend tackling next June,
they have turned their focus to raising money for
Darren said he and Shane always retained the
link with the military and had great respect for
“We carry the spirit of the Anzacs – endurance,
courage, ingenuity, mateship and good humour –
on every climb,” he said.
“And on every summit we raise the RSL flag in
memory of our fallen soldiers, and in honour of
serving members of the ADF. We are members of
the Doyalson-Wyee sub-branch and have received
great support from them.
“We would like nothing more than to raise funds to
ensure that Legacy continues to provide a valuable
service to the families of our fallen servicemen and
Darren was inspired to attempt the seven summits
as a tribute to his late sister, who was killed by a
drunk driver when she was 12.
“I carry her photo in a locket. One day I just had an
idea that I wanted to climb Mt Everest and leave
her photo at the summit.
“I asked Shane if he’d like to do it and the idea just
grew from there.”
After summiting Mt Kilimanjaro in 2008 and
Kosciuszko last year, they have just Denali, Vinson
(Antarctica) and Everest to conquer to complete
To donate, contact Darren at darren@
wiseleadership.net.au or visit www.
Pedalling ‘round for
Sailors, soldiers and airmen of the
Defence Force School of Signals –
Electronic Warfare Wing (DFSS-EWW)
will participate in a charity fundraising
activity, EX ‘round for Life from 29 August
to 13 September.
EX ‘round for Life has been organised after a
member of DFSS-EWW staff, Sergeant Ken
Leggett was diagnosed with, and treated for
testicular cancer in October 2009. SGT Leggett and
several other members of DFSS-EWW will conduct
fundraising for two charities; the St Andrew’s
Hospital, Toowoomba and the Flinders Medical
Centre Foundation, Adelaide.
The event involves cycling from Cabarlah to
Canberra, some 1200km. The riders will cover
approximately 100km per day and then continue
their hard work by conducting further money
collection and selling of raffle tickets to members
of the public upon arrival at their overnight
The riders will arrive in Canberra on Friday, 10
September for the culmination of the final leg of
the journey, from the Australian War Memorial to
Parliament House on the following day.
The route from Cabarlah to Canberra will primarily
be along the New England Highway, avoiding
major roads for safety.
For further information, please contact Captain
Harvie Douglas on (07) 4694 6401 or visit the
website at www.roundforlife.org.au.
aBOVe: Three team members in the NSW Variety Bash (L-R): Leading Seaman Esa ‘Port’ Douglas, Lieutenant
Sandra ‘Dusty’ Fraser and Lieutenant Commander Graeme ‘Soozie’ Wong. The Navy Bash car behind is a Holden
HR Rego HR 817 and named HMAS Variety.
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