Monday, February 24, 2014

Invitation to March 13, 2014 meeting

We are honored that The Hon Kim Beazley, AC Ambassador of Australia to the United States, has accepted an invitation to be the guest speaker at the March 13 meeting.  The meeting will fill up quickly so please do not  hold your RSVP until March 12th because you may miss out. 

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday March 13th.
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.

Where –Amenities Room,
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036

Guest speaker:  The Hon Kim Beazley, AC Ambassador of Australia to the United States of America.
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.                                                                                     
Attire: Business casual                                       
RSVP ASAP but by NLT than noon on Wednesday March 12, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973 at gmail (dot) com
NOTE: Valid photo ID required
Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.

The Hon Kim Beazley, AC Ambassador to United States of America

Mr. Beazley was elected to the Federal Parliament in 1980 and represented the electorates of Swan (1980-96) and Brand (1996-2007).
Mr. Beazley was a Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments (1983- 96) holding, at various times, the portfolios of Defence, Finance, Transport and Communications, Employment Education and Training, Aviation, and Special Minister of State. He was Deputy Prime Minister (1995-96) and Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition (1996-01 and 2005-06). Mr. Beazley served on parliamentary committees, including the Joint Intelligence Committee and the Joint Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee.
After his retirement from politics in 2007, Mr. Beazley was appointed Winthrop Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Western Australia. In July 2008 he was appointed Chancellor of the Australian National University, a position he held until December 2009. Mr. Beazley took up his appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America in February 2010.
In 2009, Mr. Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of government policies in relation to defence and international relations, and as an advocate for Indigenous people, and to the community.
Mr. Beazley was born in Perth. He completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University of Western Australia. He was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Western Australia in 1973 and completed a Master of Philosophy at Oxford University. He is married and has three daughters.

March 2014 Newsletter

Lest we Forget

Returned & Services League of Australia, Washington Sub-Branch,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

dmward1973 at gmail dot com

2014 Membership dues of $30.00 are payable at the meeting. Alternatively, make your check payable to R&SL, and send it to Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA,
For your calendar: Monthly meetings - April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11.
Additional dates: March 30 – SSC Brunch,  April 25 - Anzac Day, June 14 - Bakers Creek Air Crash Commemoration, June 21 SSC-AAA BBQ, August 18 - Long Tan Day (Australia’s Vietnam Veterans Day), and November 11 -Remembrance Day.

Victoria Cross for Australia to Digger who made the ultimate sacrifice

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson warmly welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to posthumously award the Victoria Cross for Australia to the late Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird MG.

“Corporal Baird was a true Australian hero, his actions on 22 June 2013, while serving in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, were truly remarkable. He displayed the highest level of gallantry, making the ultimate sacrifice to protect his comrades,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“The actions of Corporal Baird will be forever instilled in Australia’s military history. The Victoria Cross was awarded in recognition of his most conspicuous acts of valour, extreme devotion to duty and ultimate self-sacrifice.”

Corporal Baird will join a small group of gallant Australians who have been bestowed Australia’s highest military honour. The Victoria Cross for Australia has recently been awarded to Corporal Mark Donaldson, VC, Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, VC, MG and Corporal Daniel Keighran, VC for their actions in Afghanistan.

“This is a lasting symbol of the Australian Government’s gratitude for Corporal Baird’s brave actions and I hope that his family will accept this great honour on his behalf,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“I know that Corporal Baird’s family are proud of their son’s efforts and that his service has been recognised with this award.”

“Today we also think of Corporal Baird’s mates, the men and women who live today to tell the story of Corporal Baird’s life, his service for his nation and who were privileged to know him.  Today will be a day tinged with both sadness and pride for a mate who made the ultimate sacrifice heroically defending his mates from danger.”

Corporal Baird’s parents will be invested with the award by Her Excellency the
Governor-General of Australia at Government House, Canberra on 18 February 2014. 



The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, The Hon. Steven Ciobo MP, today unveiled a new $1 circulating 2014 coin featuring the Centenary of Anzac logo and produced by the Royal Australian Mint.

The special commemorative 2014 $1 circulating coin features the official logo of the Anzac Centenary, including the image of an Australian soldier, head bowed and rifle reversed in solemn reflection and the words ‘100 Years of Anzac – The Spirit Lives’. The coin is rimmed with a motif reflecting the sun’s rays as captured on the Australian Army’s Rising Sun badge.

Senator Ronaldson said the Anzac Centenary would be one of the most important commemorations in Australia’s history and it was fitting that the Royal Australian Mint had created this coin.

“The Centenary of Anzac will be one of the most defining moments in our nations’ story and the creation of a coin is a permanent way to reflect on and remember this commemorative period,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“I am delighted that the Mint has chosen to feature the Centenary of Anzac logo on the 2014 circulating coin.”

Mr Ciobo said introducing this coin into circulation would mean that for many years to come these coins would pass through the hands of thousands of Australians.

“Every time someone looks at this coin it will remind them of the service and sacrifice of our past and present Australian Defence Force members. In particular, of those who died in the First World War,” Mr Ciobo said.

Students from St Andrew’s Primary School in Werribee attended the launch and were presented with coins. 

Royal Australian Mint CEO, Ross MacDiarmid, said the Mint had a proud tradition of commemorating Australian military history with the production of a coin and the 2014 $1 ‘100 Years of Anzac – The Spirit Lives’ circulating coin would add to that.

“The Anzac Spirit has long been invoked as part of the essence of what it is to be Australian. The Anzac Centenary reminds us all that it is a living spirit and this coin captures aspects of that spirit in a permanent form,” Mr MacDiarmid said.

For more information about or an image of the 2014 $1 Century of Service circulating coin please visit www.ramint.gov.au.