Funeral Details Lesley Robert Herbert – RAA

Don Rae has advised that a funeral service for Les Herbert will be conducted at the Simplicity Funeral Chapel, 442 Scarborough Beach Road, Osborne Park (Perth WA) on Wednesday 17.08.2022 at 10.00AM. Contact Simplicity Funerals (08) 9443 1666 for live stream link.

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Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer


This needs some explanation!!

Men Are Just Happier People! What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

Car Service people tell you the truth. The world is your own urinal. You never have to drive to another service station restroom because this one is just too smelly. You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress – $15,000.  Suit Hire – $100. People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them.

New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks and aircraft and ships and helicopters and football and golf and boxing. A five-day get away requires only one small sports bag and two changes of undies and couple of pairs of socks. You can open all your own jars and cans and stubbies.

You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack at Woolworths. Couple of pairs of shoes and some thongs are more than enough. You never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see any wrinkles in your clothes and food stains do not count.

Everything on your face stays its original colour. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades until you lose your hair and then who cares. You only have to shave your face and neck sometimes. You can play with little and big toys all your life. One wallet and one colour for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how hairy, white, and lumpy your legs look.

You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a moustache or a beard and do not use tweezers. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes. Find a present and a card in 5 minutes.  No wonder men are happier!

NICKNAME If Laura, Kate, and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah. If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Mate, Fat Boy, Bubba, Wild man and Baldy.

EATING OUT When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually they want change, give it to the waiter. When the girls get their bill, out come the phone calculators.

MONEY A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs. A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.

BATHROOMS A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel. The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.

ARGUMENTS A woman has the last word in any argument.  Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a “new argument”.

FUTURE A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

MARRIAGE A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t. A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.

DRESSING UP A woman will dress up to go shopping, garden, bring in the bins, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail. A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

NATURAL Men wake up as ugly as they went to bed some Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

OFFSPRING Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret fears, and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short of other people living in the house.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY. A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!



From my inbox

All socialists – whether they’re the blue-haired gender queer climate activist at your local university campus or a ruthless dictator from Russia or China – share one thing in common. They all construct their own realities to benefit their political causes and the acquisition and maintenance of power.

The Chinese Embassy in Canberra has given us the latest and greatest example.

Last week, the US, Australia and Japan issued a joint statement condemning “China’s large-scale military exercises in the water of the Taiwan Strait” and firing of “ballistic missiles in Japan’s exclusive economic zones”… and the response from the Chinese was bizarre.

The Chinese Embassy said, “we are seriously concerned and strongly discontent”: 

“It is absolutely unacceptable for the finger-pointing on China’s justified actions to safeguard state sovereignty and territorial integrity. The US to be the biggest saboteur and destabilizer of peace in the Taiwan Strait and the biggest troublemaker to regional stability. China is the victim of political provocation from the US. 

“Japan is the only country that launched a military attack on the Australian mainland, in which nearly 50,000 Australian soldiers and civilians were killed, wounded or captured and a large number of Australian soldiers were brutally abused and massacred by the Japanese army, left with misery and trauma. With this in mind, the Australian side should have expressed empathy, thus fully understand and support China’s reasonable and legitimate actions to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“The one-China principle is a solemn commitment by successive Australian governments. It should be strictly abided by and fully honoured. It should not be misinterpreted or compromised in practice. We also hope that the Australian side could treat the Taiwan question with caution, does not follow certain countries’ strategy of containing China with Taiwan, and does not create new troubles and disturbances in China-Australia relations.”

What a joke.

First of all, the United States is NOT the “biggest saboteur and destabiliser of peace in the Taiwan Strait”. China is! It was the Chinese who destroyed coral reefs to build military bases in the South China Sea. It is the Chinese who are firing missiles into Japanese waters. It’s the Chinese who wet their beds any time anyone questions their actions in one of the most important naval passages on Earth.

Secondly, China is NOT “the victim of political provocation from the United States”. Although we understand the Chinese Communist Party’s national psyche has a deeply embedded victim complex that says China has ALWAYS been the victim since the British first brought Opium during the Qing dynasty, it’s just not the case anymore.

China has had MORE than a fair go over the last three decades. China has been allowed to STEAL western intellectual property. China has been allowed to DISPLACE critical western industries such as steelmaking, manufacturing and the production of high-tech goods. China has been allowed to expand into Tibet, Xinjiang and the South China Sea. And China has been allowed to criticise, condemn and disparage Western leaders for speaking on behalf of their own people.

Thirdly, do NOT try the “divide and conquer” tactics, China. As typical communists, we know it’s one of your go to strategies, but it won’t work with us. Japan is our ally. Yes, Japan did attack Australia, but we now share a vision to ensure the Asia-Pacific doesn’t become the backyard of a bully-boy tinpot Communist regime that relies on our ores and agricultural products to ensure their people don’t freeze and starve to death in the winter.

China needs to back off, they’re not the victim, and we will not let this regime control the Asia-Pacific and our future.




VALE: 1733761 Neville Denis LEHFELDT, 6 RAR A COY MAY – JUL 1969

We received the following from Barry Francis:   Sadly, I need to advise of the passing of Neville Lehfeldt. Nev was a section commander with 2 Platoon A Coy on the second tour before being wounded and returned home. He passed away last night in a nursing home in Brisbane from COVID complications to his severe Dementia.

His funeral will be held at St Anthony’s Catholic Church Bracken Ridge on Monday, August 22nd, at 11.45am. RIP Nev.

Please join us in offering our deepest sympathy to those who will mourn the passing of a loved one.  Another 6 RAR family member, taken too soon.


Allan Whelan, Secretary

Vale 1733611 RICHARD JOHN IRONS – 6RAR 10Pl D Coy Feb 1968 to Sept 1969

It is my sad duty to advise Richard Irons aged 75, passed away Wednesday 10th August in the Mater Private Hospital, Rockhampton with family by his side. He had dealt with Cancer without fuss & a positive outlook since diagnosed last year. Wife Heather (Ex Nurse) & family have been a tower of strength for Richard during this time.

Richard (Dick) joined 6 RAR in February 1968, being one of over 90, of the 10th Intake National Service contingent, in the build-up for the Battalions 2nd tour of Vietnam.

Rod Chandler (MM) was 10 Pl Commander for most of Richard’s Townsville training & Vietnam service said, Dick showed leadership qualities early & eventually became 2IC in the Gun Group overseas. He was always a team player, well respected & loved & played an important part in 10 Pl.
His loyalty to all the Team was paramount to Dicks Character.  RIP DICK

Condolences cards etc can be forwarded to the immediate family: Wife Heather, Children: – Michael, Ruth, David & John at, Heather IRONS & Family, 377 Limestone Creek Road, Yeppoon Q 4703.

Richards Funeral will be held at 10am, Friday19 August 2022, at the Capricorn Coast Uniting Church, 17 Lorikeet Avenue, Yeppoon Q 4703, followed by a Cemetery Burial at Yeppoon.   Umbrellas or hats are recommended.

Heather & the Family wish to invite all to the Yeppoon Bowls Club after the Burial

Please join with us in offering our deepest sympathy to those who will mourn the passing of a loved one.  Another 6 RAR family member, taken too soon.


Allan Whelan, Secretary

Russia Loses 24 of Its Best Fighter Jets, Turns to Obsolete Planes: Ukraine

Newsweek –  Jason Lemon

Russia is reportedly turning to “outdated” fighter jets after it lost about two dozen Su-35 aircraft in its ongoing assault on Ukraine, according to a social media post on Thursday.

In a post, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that Russia was going to start using “old” Su-24M bombers after Moscow’s forces lost “two squadrons” in the war.

“The SU-35 aircrafts also showed a low level of durability. During the full-scale aggression, the occupants lost two squadrons of such aircraft—it’s about 24 units,” Ukrainian Brigadier General Alexei Gromov said, the post reported.

Brigadier General Oleksiy Hromov reportedly said that Russia “plans to use outdated Su-24M bombers.” Hromov also said Thursday that Moscow’s accuracy in recent strikes has been low, as its pilots reportedly want to avoid being shot down.

“The enemy’s planes and helicopters avoid flying into the range of our air defences, and therefore the accuracy of these strikes is low,” the general said, Reuters reported.

Newsweek has not verified Ukraine’s statements about the Russian planes.

Moscow continues to say that its “military action” in Ukraine is going according to plan, despite a lack of substantial gains and a major walk-back from its early ambitions of taking control of the country. Putin’s forces are now focusing their efforts far more narrowly on the south-eastern Donbas region in recent months, after failing to make significant forward progress in the first several weeks of the war.

Putin and other Kremlin leaders said that their invasion is necessary to “de-Nazify” Ukraine, whose president, Volodymyr Zelensky, is Jewish and was elected with nearly three-quarters of the vote in 2019. At that time, Ukraine’s prime minister was also Jewish. Members of Zelensky’s family died in the Holocaust.

On Wednesday, Ukraine’s armed forces said that nine Russian military aircraft had been destroyed at a Crimea base. Crimea was recognized as part of Ukraine under international law and treaties, but Moscow annexed the region in 2015 as it also backed separatist rebels in eastern regions of Ukraine. Russia denied that the aircraft had been destroyed, and Ukraine stopped short of claiming responsibility for their destruction.






Last night on SKY (Paul Murray) the interim report from the RC into Defence suicides was presented and it’s all blaming DVA so I have sent this email to the likes of Bolt. Credlin, Murray and others hoping they will raise the comparison between the AMF and ADF in regard to the care and responsibility of the ADF to its members. Bob

Once you have read what Bob has written I invite you to comment. It is right now I wish we had the forum up and running. Ray

I served over twenty years in Infantry with the AMF, Australian Military Forces 1959-1980, retiring as a Warrant Officer First Class, a platoon sergeant of 11 Platoon at Long Tan and awarded the Military Medal. I present this background so that I am identified as a warrior, not one who has not experienced years of service and without operational service and able to comment on what I believe is the possible cause of suicide of those in the ADF. There has never been a suicide of those who served with D Company 6RAR Vietnam 1966-7 and over one hundred and seventy passed through the company roll book in the year.

In the 1980s the Hawke Government created the ADF along the lines of the Canadian Arm Forces adopting changed administrative procedures used by the AMF that were based on those successfully used from WW2. When one enlisted into the AMF (Army) it was for a period of three or six years and early discharge was not permitted except for extenuating circumstances, like compassionate or serious breaches of military conduct. Those who were wounded due to operational service, or loss of a limb or more importantly identified with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) were able to remain in service and transfer to another corps enabling the soldier to remain active in the service. An example, in my platoon, was a soldier who became the platoon’s radio operator after Long Tan, August 1966. In the November of 1966 the platoon suffered one KIA (Killed in Action) and thirteen WIA (Wounded in Action), my radio operator lost a foot, but he served for another thirty years retiring as a Major.

It is my understanding that those joining the ADF (Army) now sign a contract to be employed in a specific Corps, like Infantry, or Intelligence for a specific period, but here comes the rub, the difference between the AMF and ADF.

Using the example above the continuance in the service (Army) is not offered or given because the soldier WIA or identified with PTSD is in breach of contract and therefore discharged from the ADF. I attached two docs the second is a submission to the Minister for Veteran’s Affairs 2017, which created a meeting meet with the Minister’s Chief of Staff at Parliament House after a screening of the film “Danger Close” – the Battle of Long Tan in 2019.

I never submitted the 2nd attachment to the RC because I expected my letter to be already included documentation researched by the RC.

I send this email to you because in my mind the DVA is not totally at fault but there is a causal link caused by Defence and the contractual details enlistees are bound by. The second attachment is based on a discussion I had many years ago with a member of 2RAR and therefore an example of what can be extrapolated from a discussion, but, interesting if a comparison between suicide post-Vietnam to post-Iraq/Afghanistan would raise different outcomes to that I heard in the interim report from the present RC.

I do believe that the RC will not reach suitable recommendations to change government procedures, but that is something you could investigate and raise with the people involved.


Bob Buick


For website – Letter to DVA re suicides AMF-ADF

Diggers home from battle but war not over

Minister apologises for failing veterans

The federal government has apologised to Australian veterans and their families for failings in the way the defence forces and veterans’ affairs department have operated.

The apology comes after the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide released its 300-page interim report and 13 initial recommendations on Thursday.

“To people that have felt they have not got the treatment that they deserve … I apologise for that,” Veterans’ Affairs Minister Matt Keogh told reporters in Canberra.

“It wasn’t under our watch, but as the government of this country, veterans always deserve the best and we should be delivering that.”

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton said Australians wanted to see veterans treated better, but issues could not be fixed overnight.

“Certainly, from my perspective (the coalition) provided every support, not just through increased funding but additional support through services, mental health services and the like,” Mr Dutton told reporters in Sydney.

“There is enough blame to share across both sides of politics, but I think this is not an issue about politics … we should be doing more as a country to provide support to those who defend us and keep us safe.”

The commission recommends urgent changes need to be made to Australia’s defence personnel support network, and that the backlog of more than 41,000 veterans’ claims be cleared by March 2024.

It also recommends the government introduce legislation to parliament to simplify and harmonise veteran compensation and rehabilitation.

Opposition veterans’ affairs spokesman Barnaby Joyce said the coalition expects to support the government as much as it can in that process,.

“I don’t expect veterans’ access to the support they’re entitled to to be delayed by unnecessary reasons,” he told AAP.

“It’s vitally important that this process takes place. I was always a supporter of a royal commission, and it was the coalition that brought it about in government.”

Mr Keogh said he didn’t have a time frame for when the backlog would be cleared, but he wants it done as soon as possible.

He said the government has allocated 500 additional staff to the department to help process the claims.

“All people who put on a uniform and sign up to serve our nation … deserve the best support while serving and after they transition to civilian life,” Mr Keogh said.

“This is particularly the case when individuals encounter mental and physical injury. This is a commitment that we owe our defence personnel, veterans and their families.”

Mr Joyce wants more details on the funding and tasks of the additional staff, and expects the government to provide information in the October budget.

“A number is important, but the process of what they actually do is vital to understand the issue is being addressed,” he said.

Mr Joyce also called for the veterans’ portfolio to be returned to cabinet.

“Having veterans’ affairs languishing in the outer ministry … does not show proper respect for the importance of the issues in need of reform,” he said.

“The government … must show competency, not just in what needs to be done, but in how it is actually going to do it.”

Meanwhile, Mr Keogh said he had confidence in the veterans’ affairs department to assist defence personnel as much as possible.

A formal response from the government to the commission will be provided in the coming months.

“We recognise the importance and the significance of this report. It is vital that these (recommendations) are now addressed as a priority,” Mr Keogh said.

The royal commission will continue its inquiry, with its final report due by June 2024.

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