ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT ASSOCIATION SOUTH AUSTRALIA
13 Beatty Street, LINDEN PARK SA 5065
Dear Fellow Infantrymen,
A major issue for some time now has been the recognition of service at Rifle Company Butterworth
(RCB) as “War Like” service. This has been an ongoing issue since 2006 with a small group, RCB
Review Group and some individuals fighting to get the proper recognition.
I know some senior officers (mainly from ones that did not serve in RCB) think it was a bit of a jolly
and not comparable to their war, Vietnam. We do not make the rules and regulations on this
situation, but following obtaining some SECRET AUSTEO documentation, it was quite clear RCB was
deployed to protect Australian assets in Malaysia against a Communist Terrorist threat. They
decided to hide the facts of the deployment under a ruse of calling it a “training activity”.
This training ruse is still accepted by Defence and DHAAT despite much evidence from Senior
Defence Officials and Officers, which state otherwise.
Quite clearly Defence and Government officials do not want another 9000 veterans getting access to
Repatriation Benefits or publicly acknowledging their deceptive behavior in 1973.
What can we do? We have been working through the normal administrative chain with no successful
result. Defence continues with its well-known stonewalling approach to these things by
acknowledging your communications sometimes, never discussing the content and finally not
answering letters and phone calls.
The DHAAT approach was totally flawed by receiving coloured evidence from Defence and not even
acknowledging evidence provided by the RCB Group to come up with there desired result.
Where to now? Now we have to take to the legal approach with appeals to the Defence and
Commonwealth Ombudsman. Take the case to the Court of Public Opinion with a feature article
planned for publication in The Australian. Take the case to sympathetic journalists like Alan Jones
and the Bolt Report. They all love stories about Defence’s continuing deceptive behavior. Next all ex
members write to your Liberal members or candidates requesting assistance. The current Minister
responsible Senator Feeney will not talk to us, or the Peacekeepers on DHAAT issues.
The last legal avenue open is an appeal to the High Court but with Defence’s legal firepower and
prior history of financially persecuting unsuccessful claimants most of us do not want to loose our
house or super, so this is an unlikely approach.
How can you help firstly if you have evidence supported by documents or a statutory declaration
please send it to Mike Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you wish to add your name to the RCB Review Supporters Group please send your details to Robert Cross at
Attached to this portal are the following submissions, letters and evidence provided by the RCB
Supporters Group. We have the support of the RARC, which we appreciate, but only those who
made submissions can take the next step under law.
LtCol Mike Dennis, MBE
Note: all RCB documentation can be seen on the RAR Corporation website:
http://rarcorporation.com under Advocacy > RCB
Chronology of Events
1. 1970 – 1989 Service of RCB in Malaysia
2. 18 Aug 2006 RCB Review Group Submission to Defence Honours and Awards Directorate, DOD
(Plus 2.5 inch dossier of attached written evidence).
3. 25 May 2010 LtCol M Dennis, MBE (Rtd) submission to Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal
Inquiry into RCB service.
4. 10 Jun 2010 RCB Review Group Submission of 2006 to Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal
Inquiry into RCB service (Plus a 2.5 inch dossier of attached written evidence). (Same as Serial 2)
5. 10 Jun 2010 RCB Review Group Addendum Submission to defence Honours and Awards Tribunal
Inquiry into RCB service.
6. 18 Feb 2011 Defence Honours and Awards Appeal Tribunal Report into the Inquiry for Members of
Rifle Company Butterworth for Service in Malaysia between 1970 and 1989.
7. 7 Jun 2011 Successful FOI request for Defence Submission to the Defence Honours and Awards
Tribunal VCDF/OUT/2010 dated 23 Jun 2010.
8. 14 Aug 2011 Letter from LtCol M Dennis, MBE (Rtd) to the VCDF and Director Defence Honours
and Awards Directorate, DOD highlighting the flaws in the Defence Submission.
9. 25 Aug 2011 Letter from LtCol M Dennis, MBE (Rtd) to the Acting Chair Defence Honours and
Awards Appeal Tribunal on the flaws and inconsistencies in the RCB Service Inquiry Report.
10. 6 Sep 2011 Letter From Director Honours and Awards DOD on behalf of the CDF with a non
descript negative answer and not addressing any of the issues I raised.
11. 18 Sep 2011 Letter from the Acting Chair Defence Honours and Awards Appeal Tribunal
acknowledging my letter and referring it to the new Chairman DHAAT. (No further response
12. 30 Sep 2011 Letter from LtCol M Dennis, MBE (Rtd) to Director Honours and Awards DOD on
behalf of CDF response questioning and requiring simple Yes/No answers to his response on behalf
CDF or returned telephone calls.