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ADF personnel will have the opportunity
to register for a public ballot next year to
determine the 10,000 pilgrims who will
attend the centenary of the Anzac land-
ings at Gallipoli in 2015.
Veterans' Affairs Minister Warren
Snowdon said the ballot would be conduct-
ed because the Anzac Commemorative Site
at Anzac Cove had a maximum capacity of
about 10,000 people.
"We recognise that many Australians
will want to attend Anzac Day commemo-
rations at Gallipoli in 2015, however, we
face some significant realities that mean not
everyone will be able to do so," he said.
"Due to geographical and safety con-
straints, a limit of 10,000 public places
exist for the dawn service, with Australia to
be allocated about 80 per cent of the total."
Mr Snowdon said the public ballot sys-
tem for the allocation of attendance passes
would ensure an equitable allocation of
Australian places to the centenary com-
An online survey comprising 40 ques-
tions asks what connections people and
their families have to the ADF and if they
are a direct descendent of an Australian vet-
eran who served in the Gallipoli campaign.
The survey is available at www.gallipoli2015.dva.
ADF members incorrectly accred-
ited with additional leave on
Operation Resolute will not have
to repay Defence for leave already
paid out, nor will their leave bal-
ances be adjusted.
On September 17 CDF Gen David
Hurley and Acting Defence Secretary
Brendan Sargeant agreed to the use of
a section 58B Defence Determination
to authorise the leave incorrectly
accrued by ADF members between
July 17, 2006, and March 29 this year.
In July 2006, when setting up Op
Resolute, the operation was recorded
on PMKeyS as a non-warlike deploy-
ment instead of a peacetime operation.
The anomaly caused members
assigned to the operation to accrue
additional leave associated with non-
The resulting overstated leave
balance averaged out at three days a
person, with impacted ADF members
having accrued additional leave at a
rate of 10 days a year for time spent
assigned to Op Resolute during the
period before the anomaly was recti-
fied.Director Service Conditions and
Housing Policy Peter Redston said
ADF members had taken the incor-
rectly accrued leave in good faith
before Defence made them aware of
"This was a significant factor in
the decision not to adjust leave bal-
ances down, or to require that ADF
members pay back money if the leave
had been paid out," he said.
Defence corrected PMKeyS on
March 29, recording Op Resolute as
"I acknowledge members had
come to expect this leave, but there is
no eligibility to additional recreation
leave for Op Resolute other than that
associated with peacetime seagoing
service already being credited," Mr
2012/42, authorising the leave in
question, is now in place to prevent
any retrospective financial impact on
Leave problem solved: Soldiers incorrectly credited leave while serving on Op Resolute between July
2006 and March this year will not have to repay leave already paid out.
Photo by Gnr Shannon Joyce
Operation Resolute leave anomaly has been fixed
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