DFRDB Scheme Investigation Report -Update

Thanks to Rick Davies and Ian Callan for recent information on reactions to the Ombudsman’s investigation into the administration of the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits scheme and the resulting report number 06/2019 dated December 2019, reproduced below.

From Ian:
This is the Jan 2020 update that preceded the appeal email from Herb Ellenbrook
Might also be good info for the class.

From: Herb Ellerbock <admin@adfra.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 9, 2020 9:19 am
Subject: DFRDB Update – January 2020

Dear Ian,

Attached is our January 2020 Update.  It may also be viewed by clicking here.

Kind regards,


If unable to see the attachment Click Here


From Rick:

From: Herb Ellerbock <admin@adfra.org>
Date: 16 January 2020 at 3:00:08 pm AEST
To: davrickrob@bigpond.com
Subject: Request for Review of the Ombudsman’s Report
Reply-To: admin@adfra.org

Dear Rick,

Today I submitted the attached Request for Review of Decision to the Ombudsman with copies to the Minister and Senator Seselja.  You can also view the Request by clicking here.

If you submitted to the investigation I encourage you to make a similar request.

You should send an email along these lines:

To:       ombudsman@ombudsman.gov.au

Cc:       darren.chester.mp@aph.gov.au; senator.seselja@aph.gov.au

Subject: Request for Review of Decision – Report No. 06/2019

Dear Mr Manthorpe,

I request a review of your decision in Report No. 06/2019.  The reasons for my request are detailed in the attachment.

Yours sincerely,

(Your name)

Attach my Request for Review of Decision.

You should also consider sending it to your local Member of Parliament and your State Senators.

Kind regards,


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Snippets Redux

Archival Snippets have been added to the website at the Snippets page.

A plan is being developed to restart Snippets – thanks to Ian Callan (who has again put up his hand to collate and edit), Graham Smith (for looking after the Class Contact List), and John Elphinston and John McNamara, plus other Queensland Class members, for the initiative.

Initially, an email account has been created for contributions at 1972snippets@gmail.com. It will be added to the website for easy access. We are looking to improve options, but more on that later.

Previously Snippets was distributed via email: the optimum way of spreading them in this reincarnation is being discussed: options include by email, or by posting on this website.  We might try a variety of means to test what works, so apologies in advance if you get more than one notice.

I would like to stress the purpose of Snippets, repeating what Ian Callan wrote in Snippets in 2015:

 I think Snippets is best kept for its original purpose which is to inform and keep in contact. If you want to say something send it to me for distribution. I will apply common sense to submissions so the original intent of Snippets is retained. 

So let’s keep Snippets to its original intention: if we don’t it will probably be discontinued. That generally applies to the website and our FB page too: they are for sharing information and keeping in contact, not for political, social or cultural  views, drum beating, slagging or character assassination (or any like activities!)

#1 Hit Single in 1969

As 2019 draws to a close, time to reflect on that year 50 years ago. One snippet – the #1 hit Single that year was Sugar, Sugar by The Archies – you can enjoy it once again on Youtube.

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How did it become #1 amongst classics like Aquarius/Let the Sunshine in or Hot Fun in the Summertime or Proud Mary or In the Year 2525 or Spinning Wheel or …..the list goes on on? Who can tell – lots of amazing and inexplicable things happened that year!

Have a great 2020.

Season’s Greetings to the Class of 1972

A very Merry Christmas – and a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year – to all the members of the Class of 1972, and their families and loved ones. As ‘mates for ever’ we all hold each of you and yours in a special place in our hearts.

And just a reminder of where we were…..


An appropriately ironic title, perhaps?

Sydney Gathering


Twenty two classmates and partners gathered in Sydney last week for the annual “grad” dinner.
From left to right John Croxson, Rosanne Croxson, Stephen Despoges, Giulana Despoges, Yvonne Goggin, Bernadette Blue (front), Dave Goggin (rear), Bob Blue, Gail McCann (rear), Peter McCann (mid), Larry Park, Janice Park (front), Duncan McInnes, Carmel McInnes, Diedre Muirehead, Judy (Paddy’s partner), Don Muirehead, Sue Martyn, Peter Martyn, Paddy Ryan ….. missing Peter and Anneliese Lawrence.

The Sydney classmates gather four times each year around Easter rec camp, QB, 100 DTG and grad. If you find yourself in Sydney at these or any other time and at a loose end, join us or at least let us know. There is always a group who are happy to have lunch with any out of town classmate(s).

Thanks to Peter Martyn for the update.