Royal Australian Infantry Corps Annual Dinner Thursday 21 November 2019

The RAR Foundation and the RAR Association (ACT Branch) will again join to host the Royal Australian Infantry Corps Annual Dinner on 21 November 2019 at the Canberra Institute of Technology Restaurant (1st Floor, Building K, Constitution Avenue, Reid). The Dinner is open to all Infantry soldiers and officers, serving or retired, ARA or ARES, including Allied Infantry personnel. More information will be provided in the near future.

PTS 17 Forum – Radio Interviews of Noted Participants


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Steve Austin broadcast his ABC Radio 612 4QR Brisbane breakfast show from, the PTS Forum in Brisbane on 8th September 2017.  You can listen to the broadcast here
Steve is a respected and noted questioning and searching interviewer of his guests as you will hear. He has obviously researched the subject and asks searching questions that expose the facts of PTS on everyone.

He interviewed the following persons:
1. Kerri-Ann Welch (start at 22.15 minutes)

2. The White Cloud Foundation ( from 23.12 minute)

3. Dan Tehan (DVA Minister) (from 36.55 minute)

4. Tony Dell ( Principal Stand Tall) (from 53.55 minute)

5. Combat Stress (from 1 hour.01.26 minute)

6. Cameron & Melissa Smith. RAAF Veteran PTS husband and his wife relate their family experiences (from 1.07.00 minute)

7. Richard McLaren – RAAF Vietnam and after service a photographer of display Before/During/After Service (from 1.36.26 minute)

8. Stuart McCarthy & Prof Jane Quinn on neuro-toxic medications Mefloquine (from 1.45.10 minute and ends at 2.02.00)

9. AVM Tracy Smart Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force. (from 2.03.55) on resilience and questioned on Mefloquine,

10. Dr Justine Evans (Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation) and Dane Christison (Principal of Thrive to Survive Nation) (from 2. 14.15 to the end of the broadcast. This is a must listen to.interview that reveals Dane’s (a younger PTS veteran) self funded contribution to helping others. The RARA supports Dane’s Program

RARA WA AGM – Invitation to Attend – Help to Promote it


We need your help to promote the RARA WA to all our RAR warriors and their families’ resident in WA.
Please circulate this invitation to your WA mates and encourage them to attend. It will be an opportunity to renew friendships with those who served with you in the Regiment

For further details call Big Jack Babbage (08) 9349 0826

Duty First
Ted Chitham



 An invitation is extended to all serving and former members of the Royal Australian Regiment to attend the AGM, to be held at the RSL WA Branch Belmont sub branch, 22 Leake Street, Ascot,  on Sunday, September 10 at 11am.

‘Encouraging new members to join us’

Contact: JR (Jack) Babbage, (08) 9349 0826.


“SHETHRIVES” Program – Expressions of Interest

Partners of Veterans Association (PVA) is looking for expressions of interest to gauge the interest, need and potential benefits of the “Shethrives” program to participants in order to support establishment of this program in an enduring and sustainable manner, ensuring as many partners have best practice support to return to and thrive in their homes, community and workplaces.

Further information can be found  here


The first Kookaburra Kids Foundation camp for children of current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) families affected by mental illness will take place this weekend.
The camp will give the children the opportunity to have fun in a supportive environment while also learning about mental illness and developing coping and resilience skills.
More than 30 children from the ACT region will participate in the camp which includes a range of activities led by qualified volunteer leaders.



Kilcoy Race Club Veterans Race Day Saturday 19th August 2017

PM’S Remarks at the Prince Harry’s Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Media Launch

These games remind us of that commitment, that enduring commitment to the wounded, injured, ill servicemen and women, both on active duties and veterans.

Now the Sydney Invictus Games will be on the year 2018, which marks the centenary of the end of World War l.

We know how important it is to honour the sacrifice of our servicemen and women over the ages and our veterans.


Nationwide public transport concessions explained

Transport concessions are invaluable when getting around your hometown or visiting from interstate. Unfortunately, these concessions can vary from state to state, and finding out what’s available can be confusing. This handy guide will outline which concessions you’re entitled to and where.

Future Leaders – Our Nation’s Proud Torch Burns Bright

This poem was prompted by visits to schools during ANZAC services in FNQ where young Aussies do all of us proud… 

Our Nation’s Proud Torch Burns Bright

A crowded sea of faces in the school hall

A choir reaches out to them with sweet call

Disciplined youth bursting with innocence of life

Honoring those from yesterday who gave all in times of strife 

The deeds of the fallen spoken with deep pride

They who had stepped forward as one, to serve, side by side

Now ghostly shadows are dancing to and fro among the class 

Can they be the men and women we honour from the past?

I told these scholars of the dreams all soldiers did share 

To be home with loved ones and peaceful bliss every-where 

A happy precious free way of life for those yet to be born. 

Surely the silence of the guns would signal a bright new dawn?

This audience will be our leaders in time to come

No matter who or where, they will always be united as one

Many will be parents and teach their young, our values of life

To tell them of past sacrifice during Mar’s terrible strife

In this very hall, I saw familiar images of those lost in war 

Smiling, dreaming, eager and a love of life to the very core

Today’s students are of the same ilk and our nation will stay strong

They too understand our way of life and what is right from wrong

Suddenly I was looking into yesterday and felt the bursting pride

For they are you and you are them, all marching side by side

Your sacrifice was not in vain and dreams surely did come true

Today’s proud and freedom loving youth are forever you, true blue  

George Mansford © April 2017


DVA Media Release – 2017 ANZAC Day Commemorations in Vietnam

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said Australians planning to visit the Long Tan Cross site in Vietnam for 2017 Anzac Day commemorations should be aware of the current situation so they can manage their expectations and travel arrangements.