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LS Helen Frank
“RECONCILIATION is about
breaking down the barriers so everyone
can sit around the table and heal,” OCdt
Thomas Boase told the audience at the
National Reconciliation Week Defence
address in Canberra as he recalled his
Aunty Betty’s words.
During Reconciliation Week from
May 27 to June 3, the Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander flags flew
between the Australian flag and the
ADF ensign at Russell Offices.
OCdt Boase, a Wakka Wakka man
from Brisbane in his third year at
ADFA, gave the inaugural keynote
address, titled Let’s Talk Recognition,
to mark the week.
“Tasmanian Aboriginal singer-
songwriter Dewayne Everettsmith
expressed it this way recently:
‘Recognition is acknowledgement.
Acknowledgement is respect. Respect
gives you a sense of belonging and
security’,” OCdt Boase said.
He began his address by asking
the audience to take a moment to
privately acknowledge the traditional
owners of the land they were gathered
on, a land revered by the oldest
continuing culture in the world.
OCdt Boase then spoke about
what recognition meant to him. In a
passionate address the emotion could
A LAND Material Maintenance
Contract has been signed, which will
provide equipment maintenance services
to Joint Logistics Command units across
The contract covers the maintenance
of land-based vehicle fleets primar-
ily operated by Army and the work will
include inspection, scheduled servicing,
repair and modification of equipment,
programmed maintenance and project
work, maintenance of regional loan
pools, management of repair pools and
support to operations.
Chief of Joint Logistics RAdm Clint
Thomas said the contract was the cul-
mination of an already busy year for
“It is the year of change and delivery
for us,” he said.
“The signing of the contract is
a major milestone for the Defence
Logistics Transformation Program
“DLTP is a once-in-a -generation
opportunity to transform the provision
of logistics services and is underpinned
by over $750 million of purpose-built
infrastructure, rationalising 24 sites to
seven primary sites (including regional
areas), where logistics support can be
best applied to improve support to ADF
The landmark agreement meets one
of the key SRP deliverables to mod-
ernise land materiel maintenance to
improve operational availability and
governance of land equipment and vehi-
“Transfield Services (Australia) will
provide equipment maintenance servic-
es to the ADF through Joint Logistics
Command units across Australia for an
initial term of six years, with five one-
year options,” RAdm Thomas said.
“The new contract will deliver sig-
nificant business improvements to opti-
mise equipment maintenance in support
of Joint Logistics Command’s highest
priority; support to ADF operations.”
Major milestone for
Landmark: Chief of Joint Logistics RAdm Clint Thomas and Chief Executive
of Infrastructure Transfield Services Australia Nicholas Yates sign the contract
with the key personnel involved in the Land Materiel Maintenance contract at
Victoria Barracks, Melbourne.
Photo by AB Dove Smithett
Soldiers gather in recognition and respect of the role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ADF members play
be heard in his voice as he spoke of
his proud history.
“Army teaches me about force
multipliers and, while flying the flags
might be a relatively simple thing to
do, it is a tremendously important
gesture of recognition – and that
message has a profound impact on all
those who bear witness,” he said.
“To me, these initiatives are very
healthy and clear signs that our
Defence leaders are serious about
recognition – it’s about properly
recognising the contribution of the
indigenous members in our broader
Defence family,” he said.
OCdt Boase was presented with
an Army Indigenous Commemorative
Coin on behalf of CA Lt-Gen David
Morrison by Maj Melissa Campbell.
Fellow ADFA trainee Midn
Douglas Wells impressed the crowd
with his skill on the didgeridoo.
Defence celebrated Reconciliation
Week by holding commemorative
services, presentations and
workshops throughout Australia
covering the theme ‘Reconciliation
what else can Defence do?’ The
initiative was designed to encourage
further thinking regarding our
civilian and military indigenous
It pays tribute to the important
role indigenous people play in the
Recognition: ADFA OCdt Thomas Boase
is presented with the Army Commemorative
Indigenous coin by Maj Melissa Campbell at
the inaugural Keynote Address for National
Reconciliation Week 2013 in Canberra.
Photos by AB Kathy Tuddenham
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