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March 15, 2012
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CPL Melanie Schinkel
"BRING it on." Those were the words
of CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown
when he learned that Army had beat-
en Air Force in the annual tri-service
and APS challenge to donate the most
blood each year.
"Almost a third of the Air Force
donations came from RAAF Base
Williamtown and Wagga, so I'm chal-
lenging all the other bases to roll up
their sleeves for this great cause,"
AIRMSHL Brown said. "If we all
donate, I'm confident we can beat
Army, Navy and the APS for the 2012
Challenge later this year."
Last year Army topped the dona-
tion count with 767 followed by Air
Force with 577, Navy with 424 and
the APS with 388.
But Air Force won the challenge in
both 2009 and 2010 -- and AIRMSHL
Brown said there was more where that
"This is an incredibly important
cause and last year's results showed
that Williamtown with 271 donations
and the RAAF School of Technical
Training with 127 donations account-
ed for almost a third of the total dona-
tions collected," CAF said.
"Air Force has room to move with
more donations in 2012 and it doesn't
like to lose, so bring it on."
The CEO of the Australian
Red Cross Blood Service, Jennifer
Williams, who presented the per-
petual trophy to AIRMSHL Binskin
on February 29 in Canberra, said
Australian Defence Organisation per-
sonnel made a record 2156 donations
across three months last year, saving
many lives in the process.
"This result represents a huge 30
per cent increase in donations from
Defence compared to previous years,"
Ms Williams said.
The trophy will be used to mark
the achievements of the highest donat-
ing service in the annual Defence
AIRMSHL Binskin said it was
good to see Defence men and women
extending their spirit of service by
participating in the challenge, now in
its fourth year.
"This is such an important cause.
Not only do these donations save
lives in the Australian community but
Australian Red Cross Blood Service
products are also used on opera-
tions in East Timor and the Solomon
Islands," AIRMSHL Binskin said.
CA LTGEN David Morrison also
accepted a trophy on behalf of Army
for winning the 2011 Defence blood
challenge. He warned the other ser-
vices to "watch out because Army is
out to win again this year".
AIRMSHL Brown also accept-
ed an award on behalf of Air Force
for winning both the 2009 and 2010
The 2012 Australian Defence
Organisation Blood Challenge will
be launched in August and donations
will be counted towards the challenge
from September to November.
CAF's call to arms
on giving blood
BLOOD OATH: CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown and Red Cross Blood
Service CEO Jennifer Williams with, from left, FLTLT Stacey Webb,
WOFF Richard Neal, FSGT Christine Williams, FLTLT Gina Kimmins
and FSGT Peter Jackson at the awards ceremony.
Photo: Steve Dent
CPL Max Bree
CHANGE is on the way after the
release of a series of reviews delving
into Defence culture in Canberra on
Defence Minister Stephen Smith,
CDF GEN David Hurley and Defence
Secretary Duncan Lewis released six
reviews covering the personal con-
duct of ADF personnel, use of alco-
hol in the ADF, use of social media
in Defence, Defence public service
women's leadership pathways, man-
agement of incidents and complaints,
and allegations of sexual and other
abuse in Defence.
A report into the ADFA "Skype
incident" which prompted the cul-
ture reviews will not be made public
because of privacy concerns and an
ongoing police investigation.
"The ADF has had a mirror in the
form of six reviews held up to it over
the past 11 months. As any of us nor-
mally do when we look into a mirror,
we see strengths and we see flaws,"
GEN Hurley said.
In response to the culture reviews,
Defence has produced a strategy,
The Pathway to Change: Evolving
Defence Culture. The strategy outlines
steps toward culture change, includ-
ing re-examining the organisation's
values, reviewing the handling of mis-
conduct and diversifying the senior
"The type of deep and far-reach-
in full were:
Personal conduct of
ADF personnel -- Found
members were aware of the
expectations on them and a
relatively small number failed
to live up to those standards.
included simplifying policy
and the complaints process.
Use of alcohol in the ADF --
a review of alcohol prices at
ADF bases and preparation
of an evidence-based alcohol
management strategy for
Use of social media in
Defence -- Recommended
a review of all ADF policies
in relation to social media
and a review of social media
training within Defence.
Defence APS women's
leadership pathways -- As a
result of the report Defence
will begin a rotation program
for senior women at Senior
Executive Service Band 2/3
with the broader APS and
establish a central maternity
leave pool to manage the
full-time equivalent liability
associated with maternity
Management of incidents
and complaints --
reduce the current backlog
of grievances, simplify
training and information on
complaint and develop an
improved process to manage
The report of the review into
allegations of sexual and
other abuse in Defence, was
redacted for privacy reasons.
ing reform we are seeking will take
time and a sustained effort from all
Defence staff over many years," GEN
"But make no mistake -- we are
committed to tackling our cultural
challenges at their source."
He said recommendations from the
review into the treatment of women at
ADFA were already being implement-
ed, including a new residential sup-
port officer scheme, which puts junior
officers in their final years at ADFA
in place to provide live-in supervision
and peer support for cadets.
"As Defence members we under-
stand that we are quite rightly held to
Steps for change
higher standards and greater scrutiny
than the majority of the Australian
society," GEN Hurley said.
"And while we strive for a clean
record, if things do go wrong, we
must be able to demonstrate that we
have the moral courage to act and the
ability to respond in an appropriate
and timely manner."
Defence Minister Smith said the
reviews were a "frank and sober
assessment of the past".
"But it's also a very constructive
and positive way forward," Mr Smith
The reviews made 109 recommen-
dations. Of these, 85 have been fully
accepted by Defence. The remaining
24 have been accepted in principle.
The reviews were initiated last
year after an incident in which a male
ADFA officer cadet streamed internet
video of consensual sex with a female
cadet to cadets in another room with-
out the woman's knowledge.
ADFA Commandant CDRE Bruce
Kafer has resumed his duties after
the Kirkham Inquiry into the incident
found no wrongdoing with his han-
dling of the matter.
The reports can be viewed online at
New strategy the
result of culture
CDF GEN Hurley
and Secretary for
Lewis who jointly
Photo: Lauren Black
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