Page 5619 - Week 13 - Thursday, 17 November 2011

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families of serving members where the need to help alleviate hardship exists, and grants and bursaries to help educate children of members of the regiment who have died while serving in the regiment. There is a list of all the grants provided on the foundation’s website.

Sadly, you will note that a number of widows have been provided grants, and I fear that, given the large number of members of the Royal Australian Regiment who have died on active service in Afghanistan, we will see that continue. It just highlights the importance of the foundation.

The directors of the foundation are Major General Adrian Clunies-Ross, Brigadier Mark Bornholt, Brigadier Kevin Cole, Brigadier John Sheldrick, Major Ken Kipping, Mr Ian Smith, Lieutenant Colonel Craig Johnston, Warrant Officer RSMA Stephen Ward, Brigadier Chris Appleton, Brigadier John Essex-Clark, Brigadier Michael Moon, Brigadier Adam Findlay, Warrant Officer Class 1 Kev Woods and Lieutenant Colonel Trent Scott.

The members of the foundation who attended the dinner on 27 October were a very notable group of infantrymen. They were really stalwarts of the regiment, both past and present, and included commanding officers currently serving and regimental sergeant majors currently serving in battalions of the regiment. They included Major General Clunies-Ross, Brigadier Moon, Brigadier Sheldrick, Major Crosland, Brigadier Bornholt, Mr Kipping, Brigadier Findlay, Lieutenant Colonel Hoebee, Mr Smith, Lieutenant Colonel Hocking, Warrant Officer Class 1 Stonebridge, Colonel Grierson, Brigadier Dunn, Lieutenant Colonel Lenaghan, Warrant Officer Class 1 Russell, Commodore Clinch, Captain Hohnen, Mr Weir, Brigadier Shelton, Mr Boag, Lieutenant Colonel Scott, Colonel Simeoni, Major Farmer, Corporal Woods, Lieutenant Colonel Morrison who is the Chief of Army, Colonel Goodyer, Lieutenant Colonel Lowe, Warrant Office Class 1 Murch, Captain Foster, Brigadier Essex-Clark, Colonel Wainwright, Brigadier Cole, Major Kearns, Captain Martin, Colonel Stothart, Major Daniels and Mr Cusack.

Thank you to all those members of the foundation, particularly those who are serving, to Brigadier Mark Bornholt who is a very active member locally in the foundation, and I would like to pay my acknowledgements to Lucy Jamieson, the office manager of the Royal Australian Regiment Foundation. I commend all those members for the great work that they are doing to support the infantrymen of the Royal Australian Regiment, the Regular Army component of the infantry in the Australian Army, the soldiers who bear the brunt of any conflict.

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MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Community Services, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Women and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs) (6.41): During question time today I was asked a series of questions by the Greens with regard to my comments on the Greens and Liberals “damaging the reputation”. I refer to a letter that was sent to the Greens that said:

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