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February 14, 2013
PERSONNEL are getting ready to don
their leathers and hit the road to raise
money for prostate cancer research.
In early May, several hundred
ADF and Public Service person-
nel will to ride from Defence bases
across Australia and arrive in Cairns
on May 11.
The Long Ride 2013 will stop in
country towns along the way to raise
money and awareness for prostate can-
cer.VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin is
planning to join the ride for a couple
of days and, at a recent Show 'n' Shine
fundraising event in Canberra, said the
ride was an important event for per-
sonnel to support.
"I am a strong supporter of health
promotion and awareness initiatives.
The Long Ride 2013 is an important
one in supporting men's health," he
said.Funds raised will support Prostate
Cancer Foundation Australia, which
runs community awareness campaigns
and funds research into causes, detec-
tion, diagnosis and improved treat-
ment of prostate cancer. About 3300
Australian men die each year from
"I encourage motorcyclists from
across Defence to consider participat-
ing in this important health support
initiative," AIRMSHL Binskin said.
"If you cannot join the Long Ride
or you're not into motorcycling, I urge
you to consider supporting a Defence
member who is participating.
"This is an opportunity for peo-
ple to increase their understanding of
prostate cancer specifically and men's
health more broadly."
Riders are responsible for their own
Entries close March 1. Any Defence
member wanting to participate in the
Long Ride can contact Paul Brealey at
You can support the team in their
effort to raise funds by donating at
For more information about The Long Ride,
READY TO RUMBLE: VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin
stands with MAJ Warren Joyce who received 2nd place
for his 1985 Suzuki Katana GSX 750S. VCDF judged the
Show 'n Shine in Canberra last December (inset).
Photo: David McClenaghan
THE National Archives of Australia has
imposed a disposal freeze on records relat-
ing to claims of abuse and related material
in the Defence organisation.
Air Force personnel must familiarise
themselves with the scope of the freeze to
prevent the accidental destruction of mate-
rial and records that may be needed to sup-
port Phase Two of the Review of allega-
tions of sexual and other abuse in Defence.
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown has
directed "everyone in Air Force -- PAF,
Reserves and Public Service -- to comply
with the disposal freeze on records relating
to claims of abuse in Defence".
CAF said all Air Force personnel
must exercise caution in concluding that a
record is not relevant to the disposal freeze
and can therefore be lawfully destroyed.
Any person who fails to comply with
the terms of the freeze may be found guilty
of an offence under the Archives Act 1983.
Records covered by the freeze must be
protected and available for future reference
and accountability purposes and to protect
the rights and entitlements of individuals,
including claimants, alleged perpetrators or
others involved in handling matters.
The disposal freeze will remain in
place indefinitely until lifted by the
National Archives of Australia.
The disposal freeze covers all records
relating to allegations, reporting, investiga-
tion and handling
of sexual and
of abuse in
ment and intimi-
This includes records that
fall within the broad categories of 'person-
nel' (including unit personnel and medical
records and administrative documents
relating to relocations, leave and career
management) and 'corporate' (including
Defence policy, guidance and instructions
on the management of staff).
The freeze applies to records in all for-
mats, including but not limited to:
Audio and visual recordings
Documents created in Microsoft Office
Hand-written notes, and
Records stored in Objective or on other
shared group or personal work spaces.
For more information, refer to DEFGRAM 815/2012
or go to http://intranet.defence.gov.au/oscdfweb/
Check before you
New Defence Materiel Minister
THE new Defence Materiel Minister,
Mike Kelly, said during his swearing
in on February 4 that he would bring a
personal imperative to the role.
The former colonel who served 20
years in the Army before entering par-
liament in 2007, said his appointment
was a great honour.
"I am intensely aware of how impor-
tant this job is, having seen first-hand
during my military career what can hap-
pen if you don't get it right," Dr Kelly
said."You've got a soldier out there
depending on their equipment for his or
her survival. There can't be any greater
responsibility for a minister to remind
themselves every day that, at the end of
the chain, somebody's life is at stake."
Dr Kelly replaced Jason Clare,
who has moved to the role of Cabinet
Secretary and Minister for Home Affairs
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