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Tasmanian employers of ADF Reserves recognised.

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THE HON. DR MIKE KELLY MP Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

Friday, 17 July 2009 036/2009


The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP, has congratulated the five Tasmanian employers who were recognised last night (17 July) for their support of Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservists.

The function, held at the Launceston Country Club, and organised in conjunction with the Tasmanian Committee of the Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC), recognised employers who have actively supported their Reservist employees in rendering Defence service.

Mr Jack Smorgon, National Chair of the DRSC, presented the awards to the recipients. He was joined by Mr Michael Barrett, Chair of the Tasmanian Committee of the DRSC, in thanking the employers.

Dr Kelly offered his congratulations to all the award recipients.

“Our Reserve forces significantly enhance Defence capability, particularly their support of current operations. Without the ongoing support of employers such as those represented at the awards, it would not be possible for Reservists to effectively coordinate their civilian and Service occupations,” Dr Kelly said.

“Working closely with employers to develop a mutual understanding as well as providing financial and other support is critical. These awards clearly demonstrate the value Defence places on the importance of the relationship with employers.”

For more information about the awards and the support available for ADF Reserves and their employers, go to or call 1800 803 485.

List of winners: • Guilford Young College • Hobart Uniform, Tasmania Police • Medicare Australia • Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association • Westpac Banking Corp

Media contacts: Mark Sjolander (Dr Mike Kelly): 02 6277 4840 or 0407 102 220 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664