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Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Page: 2629


Senator LAMBIE (Tasmania) (16:16): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 294, relating to the New South Wales RSL.

Leave granted.

Senator LAMBIE: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) draws to the attention of the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Honourable Dan Tehan MP, the work of the CEO of the RSL NSW, Mr Glenn Kolomeitz, in exposing the financial misconduct and poor governance at the State Council Level of RSL NSW, and notes that he has been under attack by his own organisation;

   (b) calls on the RSL NSW State Council and its caretaker management team to allow Mr Kolomeitz to get on with the job that he was asked to do - fixing RSL NSW’s financial and structural problems and developing funding and welfare projects so as to support veterans and their families that are doing it tough; and

   (c) acknowledges that the RSL needs younger veterans within the organisation to make sure it is relevant, and to allow Mr Kolomeitz to provide for the ongoing care, compensation, and commemoration of serving and ex-serving defence force personnel and their families.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion, as amended, be agreed to.