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Value of ANZAC for the young
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 05 June 2014

The member for Baulkham Hills in the NSW Parliament, and the ACM National Campaign Director during the referendum, David Elliott has urged young people across Western Sydney to embrace the ANZAC legend and enter the ANZAC Youth Ambassadors Essay Competition, sponsored by ClubsNSW.

Mr Elliott is Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Youth, Homelessness and the Centenary of ANZAC. He served in the Australian Army and reached the rank of Captain. 
 

Mr Elliott is offering six students the opportunity to visit Gallipoli, France, Ypres and Westminster Abbey for Remembrance Day this year and to engage with the community on the importance of the ANZAC legacy.


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 “The full narrative of the ANZAC legacy is often understated in our schools,” Mr Elliott said.

 “While Gallipoli is certainly the most well-known aspect of the ANZAC story, the efforts of Australian soldiers on the Western Front, be it in Villers-Bretonneux, Ypres or Passchendaele, played just as significant a role in shaping our national ethos. 

“Equipping our youth with the whole of the ANZAC narrative, enabling them to pass the legend on to their peers, ensures an engaging of our next generation with our history.” 

 

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General Hurley to be NSW Governor
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 05 June 2014

"I took an oath of allegiance to the Queen when I was 19 and I shall continue to serve her unless and until the Australian people decide otherwise, '' said General David John Hurley AC DSC on the announcement by Premier Mike Baird of his appointment by The Queen of Australia as Governor of New South Wales.

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This is to take effect on 2 October this year in succession to Professor Marie Bashir.

He was responding to a question concerning the monarchy and Australia becoming a (politicians') republic.

 Asked his own views on change to a republic he said: "From this day onwards I have no personal views."

Australians for Constitutional Monarchy warmly congratulates General and Mrs Hurley  on the appointment.

General Hurley is currently serving in the position of Chief of the Defence Force (CDF). He  succeeded Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston as CDF on 4 July 2011.

 
Invictus Games
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Prince Harry speaks at the announcement that the international Invictus Games will be held in London this September.

The Games are for those wounded in the service of their country. Australia will be among fourteen countries sending a national team

 
What happened on 11 November
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014
 

In "The truth about what happened on November 11, 1975 '' ( The Australian 2 June 2014) Sir David Smith corrects two errors in Mark Day's summary of the dismissal of Prime Minister Whitlam. As Official Secretary to Sir John Kerr, Sir David was intimately involve din the events of the day.

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“Shortly after noon on November 11, Kerr, having consulted secretly with Barwick, called Whitlam to Government House and withdrew his au..viagra.com commission” (“On a slippery path to the cliff”, 30/5).

Neither statement is true.
The consultation with Garfield Barwick was not secret. On the afternoon of Monday, November 10, 1975, every newspaper represented in the parliamentary press gallery in Canberra received the customary vice-regal news telling them that the governor-general had received the chief justice at Admiralty House that day, and that the chief justice had later returned to Admiralty House to have lunch with the governor-general. The vice-regal notice was published in the usual newspapers next morning.

The governor-general John Kerr did not call Gough Whitlam to Government House on November 11. Whitlam chose that day to call on the governor-general to advise him to order a half-Senate election to be held on December 13 to elect senators who would not take their places in the Senate for another six and a half months.How that would have solved the government’s and the nation’s impending financial crisis defies imagination. 

 
Queen awards new standards to the Household Cavalry
Written by ACM   
Monday, 02 June 2014

The Queen presents new standards to the Household Cavalry in May 2014

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Submarine attack
Written by ACM   
Monday, 02 June 2014
Of the three Japanese submarines that attacked Sydney Harbour on 31 May 1942, two were destroyed or disabled during the raid; the third disappeared and was located off Sydney's northern beaches by a group of amateur divers in November 2006.

Minimum material damage was caused by the attack, but 21 sailors were killed when the depot ship HMAS Kuttabul ( pictured below) was torpedoed.

 

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...defence..

At that time, the Harbour was protected by an intricate network of anti-submarine nets.

When a ferry left Circular Quay for the longer trip to Manly, it would leave the netted area to go into unprotected waters. As the net was opened a bell would be rung to announce this to passengers. As the ferry approached Manly another bell would be rung to announce the re-entry into protected waters.

There was a fear that enemy submarines would learn this and enter the protected harbour under a ferry.

At the same time, barbed wire and other obstacles were placed on the beaches to hinder enemy landings.

these were not empty fears, although the likelihood of attack diminished after the Japanese advance was halted in Papua New Guinea and the Coral Sea. Australia's Northern ports, especially Darwin, had already been heavily bombed by the Japanese.

 
Sir John Monash takes charge
Written by ACM   
Monday, 02 June 2014

On 31 May 1918 Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, arguably Australia's greatest general, succeeds the courageous and popular British Field Marshal Sir William Riddell Birdwood (later Baron Birdwood of Anzac and Totnes) as General Officer Commanding the Australian Corps.

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RAAF with the first 1000 bomber raid
Written by ACM   
Monday, 02 June 2014

On 30 May 1942 the Royal Australian Air Force took part in the first 1,000-bomber raid launched by the RAF. The target was Cologne, Germany. To make up the numbers crews were taken from operational training units to participate in the raid.

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Women serving in the war
Written by ACM   
Monday, 02 June 2014

The Australian Army Medical Women’s Service (AAMWS) grew out of the volunteer Red Cross and St John Ambulance Voluntary Aid Detachments (known as the VADs).

From December 1942 nearly 8,500 AAMWS served as nurses, nursing aides, and technicians tending sick and wounded soldiers in the Middle East, New Guinea, and Australia.

The AAMWS served alongside army nursing sisters in hospitals.

 

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Australian Intelligence Corps
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 29 May 2014
The Australian Intelligence Corps (AUSTINT) is a corps within the Australian Army. It was formed on 6 December 1907 and provides intelligence personnel in every formation headquarters in the Army. The corps currently consists of 169 officers and 232 other ranks.
 HRH The Princess Royal, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, is the Corp's ceremonial chief.
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The Corps was formed on 6 December 1907 with the aim of providing training for soldiers in intelligence work, including collecting and recording topographic and military information about Australia, its dependencies and foreign countries (especially those of the Pacific region), as well as preparing strategic and tactical maps and plans.
The first Director of Military Intelligence was Lieutenant Colonel James Whiteside McCay.

The Corps was disbanded on 30 September 1914 and replaced by Intelligence Sections of the General Staff in each Australian military district. It was re-formed in 1939 and was tasked with the following: intelligence; security; passport control; rail, air and shipping security; censorship; and prisoner of war interrogation and data compilation.
The corps has been formally allied with the British Army Intelligence Corps since 1950.

The role of AUSTINT is to provide intelligence support consisting of knowledge of the enemy and the area of operations. Its role also includes the active and passive measures undertaken to prevent the enemy from acquiring intelligence about friendly forces and their intentions.
 
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Fromelles
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 29 May 2014
All Mr and Mrs Knable knew was that their son Private Adolf Knable had died with more than 2000 fellow Australians at Fromelles, France, in July 1916, mowed down in a torrent of German machine-gun fire.

After six years of painstaking forensic research and DNA testing, Private Knable’s remains have finally been identified amid those of 19 other Diggers in a German burial pit. Their names were released yesterday by Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert.

In July, the sacrifice of Private Knable and his mates will be recognised in a special ceremony at Fromelles.
 
 
Photo: Private Adolf Knable died with more than 2000 fellow Australians at Fromelles, France, in July 1916, mowed down in a torrent of German machine-gun fire.  [Read more in the previous post]
 
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