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Army December 10, 2009
By Cpl Jane Ashby-Cliffe
WITH a white ribbon pinned to
his breast pocket, CA Lt-Gen Ken
Gillespie led the Army's call for the
support of all soldiers in stamping
out violence against women.
As an ambassador for the White
Ribbon organisation, Lt-Gen
Gillespie raised the importance of
White Ribbon Day on November 25.
Lt-Gen Gillespie said every
Australian deserved to live a peaceful,
happy and non-threatened existence
and it was important for the ADF to
lead the way.
"Men who use violence against
women do not deserve to be in our
organisation as they don't exemplify
the values of our nation," he said.
"People found guilty of this
behaviour will not have a career in
our organisation because they do not
fit the values that we set ourselves as
White Ribbon Day flags were
flown in all operational areas as the
wider Army embraced an end to vio-
lence against women.
Commander Forcomd Maj-Gen
David Morrison, also an ambassador
for White Ribbon Day, set a challenge
for Forcomd personnel to sell 10,000
The White Ribbon Foundation of
Australia aims to eliminate violence
against women by promoting culture-
change through education and male
For more information on White Ribbon Day
or to make a donation visit www.whiterib-
By Lt (AAC) Michael Borg
THE NSW Australian Army Cadets
Brigade (AACB) added a new chapter
to its history when it mounted a royal
guard for Prince Edward at Sydney's
The prince, representing his father,
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh,
was visiting Sydney for the 10th
International Duke of Edinburgh's Award
As a registered operator of the award,
the NSW AACB had the opportunity
to parade the Australian Army Cadet's
Duke of Edinburgh's Banner for the
royal family for the first time since the
presentation of the first banner in 1970.
Official guests included Commander
Forcomd Maj-Gen David Morrison and
CSM WO1 David Ashley.
The parade was kept brief to allow
the prince to mingle with the cadets and
staff who came from across NSW and
ACT to participate.
Fit for a prince: Prince Edward
greets cadets on parade at Victoria
Barracks. Photo by LT (AAC) Stan Hinsby
A right royal occasion
Two of the parade participants, Cdt
Under Officer Nathanial Willoughby, 237
ACU (Southern Highlands), and Cdt-Sgt
Ian Brooks, 226 ACU (Normanhurst),
received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh
Award badges from Prince Edward.
Home and away: 3CER soldiers, from left, Spr Tim Ross, Spr Glenn Addicoat, Spr Tom Meyer and LCpl
Michael Smith get behind the White Ribbon cause in Afghanistan.
Photo by LCpl Joshua New
Values: Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie stands up for women, with WO1
Alison Stewart (left) and Cpl Erin Salleo. Photo by Cpl Jane Ashby-Cliffe
Flying the flag: From left, Sgt Damien King, Capt Andrew Stewart
and Pte Gavin Matthews wear their ribbons in East Timor.
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
By Hugh McKenzie
A DROP in registrations for asbestos
evaluation has prompted the Defence
Centre for Occupational Health
to encourage serving and former
ADF members who may have been
exposed to airborne asbestos fibres
to sign up for a medical assessment.
Director John Heggart said his team
were worried the Defence Asbestos
Exposure Evaluation Scheme might have
slipped below the radar.
"Based on the number of people reg-
istering, there doesn't appear to be a lot
of concern," Mr Heggart said.
"In past years, when asbestos was ini-
tially identified, concern was significant
and a lot of people registered and went
through a medical examination process."
He said people needed to be remind-
ed the problem still existed.
"We've noticed a falling off of regis-
trations and we've also had correspond-
ence from people who said they didn't
know the scheme existed.
"We want people to be aware the
scheme is there for them, whether they're
currently serving or retired ADF or APS.
"Registration is a simple procedure
and we can make sure that if there is a
health problem, it can be addressed as
quickly as possible through our arrange-
ment with Health Services Australia."
Mr Heggart said the Asbestos
Inventory Tiger Team was working to
identify any asbestos remaining in inven-
tory around Defence.
"There is still quite a lot of asbestos
around, not only in Defence but in the
wider community, particularly in fibro
homes. Safeguards have been put in
place to label or signpost asbestos and
make sure people are aware of it, and
we've reduced the risk of exposure as
best we can.
"Medical advice indicates that if it's
stable and undisturbed, that's the way it
Current and former members who
think they may have been exposed to
asbestos can contact 1800 333 3623
and register with the Defence Asbestos
Exposure Evaluation Scheme.
More information can be found at www.
THE Army Fair Go
Hotline will not oper-
ate over the Christmas
It will close from
9pm on December 18
and will resume at 9am
on January 27. Callers
who wish to seek advice
during this period
should contact the
Defence Equity Advice
Line on 1800 803 831
or, for overseas callers,
+61 2 6127 2900.
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