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March 28, 2013
THE Government has extended the dura-
tion of the Defence Abuse Response
Taskforce from December this year to May
2014 to allow completion of its scope of
Defence Minister Stephen Smith said
the number of cases before the Taskforce
was building steadily.
In addition to more than 1000 cases
reported to the DLA Piper Review into
allegations of sexual and other forms of
abuse in Defence, the Government hotline
has been receiving about 15 new matters a
"Advice from the Taskforce Chair is
that he considers an extension of this dead-
line is necessary as there is no realistic
prospect the work required by the Terms of
Reference could be completed within the
present 12-month timeframe," Mr Smith
said.The Minister tabled the Taskforce's first
interim report in Parliament on March 14.
The 31-page report provides an update
on progress made in establishing the
Taskforce. The Taskforce is now preparing
to transition into its Operational Phase, in
which the assessment of allegations and
complaints will be considered in accord-
ance with the Taskforce's protocols.
Mr Smith announced that the cut-off for
allegations of abuse that occurred before
April 11, 2011, would be May 31 this year.
"This will ensure that people who have
experienced abuse prior to April 11, 2011,
but who have not yet brought their case
forward, have the time to consider doing
so," he said.
The Minister also said that Government
had approved the Defence Abuse
Reparation Payment Scheme, in which to
individuals could receive up to $50,000.
The Taskforce members will liaise with
those who have made allegations of abuse
to determine the most appropriate response.
The Minister will be looking at fur-
ther avenues for parliamentary oversight
of the management of allegations of abuse
in Defence, and implementation of cultural
change measures including the first Annual
Report on Defence's implementation of
the cultural reform program, Pathway to
Change, in June this year.
The Taskforce's first interim report is available at
RARELY do Air Force squadrons
pause to give fellow units a birthday
For the 71st anniversary of 35SQN,
a King Air light transport from 38SQN
arrived at RAAF Base Richmond on
March 9 bearing gifts.
They included an Honour Roll
for the RAAF Transport Flight
Vietnam/35SQN between 1964 and
1972, along with 35SQN unit and air-
Formed at RAAF Base Pearce on
March 11, 1942, 35SQN originally
conducted transport tasks within
Western Australia before moving fur-
ther afield to New Guinea and the
Disbanded following World War
II, it was re-established in 1966 as a
Caribou squadron in Vietnam.
It returned to Australia in 1972, ini-
tially at RAAF Base Richmond and
later RAAF Base Townsville, where it
remained until its second disbandment
This year, 35SQN was re-estab-
lished at RAAF Base Richmond, pre-
IN THE 12 months since the inception of
the Pathway to Change: Evolving Defence
Culture initiative, the organisation has
made tangible and measurable progress
arising from the suite of cultural reviews,
according to CDF GEN David Hurley.
"Our actions to date support the sen-
ior Defence leadership's goal for a more
diverse, inclusive and equitable ADF,"
GEN Hurley said.
Of the 160 recommendations put
forward in the Defence culture reviews,
48 have been closed out and another 110
are under way.
Measures to address the issues
include the establishment of the Sexual
Misconduct Prevention and Response
Office (SeMPRO), which will be officially
launched in July. SeMPRO and the intro-
duction of Restricted Reporting later this
year will mark an important shift toward
a victim-focused approach.
In other developments, serving
female ADF members now have the
opportunity to work in all positions in the
ADF with the exception of Special Forces,
which will be opened to women in 2014.
For the CDF's full statement on the
Pathway to Change anniversary, visit
More time for abuse
A year of Pathway to Change
paring to operate the C-27J Spartan
from next year.
Many of 35SQN's keepsakes and
photos have been held at RAAF Base
Townsville until this month, when they
were handed over by 38SQN.
Making the handover, CO 38SQN
WGCDR Stewart Dowrie said the two
squadrons shared close history.
"The first 38SQN crews receiv-
ing the Caribou in 1964 were divert-
ed to Vietnam, where they formed
the RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam,
which subsequently became 35SQN,"
WGCDR Dowrie said.
"Both squadrons have had the dis-
tinction of being the Air Force's North
Queensland-based flying squadron,
and have a long history of supporting
WGCDR Dowrie said that as an
Air Force Cadet in Cairns, he attend-
ed camps in Townsville and flew on
35SQN Caribou and Iroquois.
"The impact they had on the local
community was profound," WGCDR
"The choice of the 38SQN current
slogan 'Dingo Airlines' was specifical-
ly to echo the continuity of 35SQN's
'Wallaby Airlines' in far north
Queensland. 38SQN continues in that
vein, regularly supporting the exact
same customers in the region, and now
many others much further afield."
Receiving the memorabilia, CO
35SQN WGCDR Brad Clarke said that
honouring the history of 35SQN and
Wallaby Airlines was important.
"We're looking forward to the
introduction of the Spartan, and con-
tinuing the proud history of delivering
airlift support onto the battlefield as
well as supporting the Australian and
international communities in times of
need," WGCDR Clarke said.
35SQN's focus --
the C-27J Spartan.
Photo courtesy USAF
BEARING GIFTS: To mark the 71st anniversary of 35SQN, a King Air from 38SQN flew into RAAF Base
Richmond to deliver some 35SQN memorabilia, including the unit's Honour Roll from operations during the
Vietnam War. On arrival, CO 38SQN WGCDR Stewart Dowrie, left, presented CO 35SQN WGCDR Bradley
Clarke with the Honour Roll.
Photo: SGT Ricky Fuller
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