National Naval Museum. -
A National Naval Museum must be multi-campus embracing existing
naval museums around Australia, to overcome the present isolationist
attitude of the 'National' Maritime Museum which is in reality
only a Sydney Maritime Museum.
Navy League Centenary 2000 -
That Federal Council celebrated its Centenary of the Navy League
in Australia in Launceston Tasmania on 23 - 25 November 2000.
Defence Committee -
The Victoria Division considers that a Defence Committee comprising
Senior members of the Cabinet and shadow cabinet be formed and
regularly briefed by senior members of the three services on the
policy and implementation of the Defence of Australia. This committee
should always be chaired by the Prime Minister of the day and
should recommend to Parliament
* the % level of GNP that should be allocated to Defence,
* the state of defence readiness and
* the ultimate direction of Defence and defence Industries.
Victoria Division believes that a new direction in Defence Policy
formulation through the introduction of a permanent new Parliamentary
Defence Committee, as outlined above, is absolutely vital in ensuring
an ongoing total parliamentary effort in planning for the defence
of Australia's interests.
Defence - Royal Australian Navy:
The Victoria Division believes that armed services, in general
terms, can only efficiently use personnel up to the age of 50
and beyond that age they be retired or placed on the inactive
Reserve list where they could be reactivated under special emergencies.
18 - 50 year olds as trained personnel are better equipped to
operate and control the various high technology land, sea and
air equipment and weapons systems. Their service training should
include infantry training so that all Naval personnel are completely
adaptable in all conditions land, sea and air. By allowing for
a service training with the other two services whilst maintaining
an ongoing basic training role within its own service will ensure
joint understanding and co-operation and co-ordination between
all three services.
It is suggested that the previous arrangement whereby retirement
was linked to rank and age should be more rigidly enforced for
today's defence scene e.g say 35 for Leut, 40 for LCDR, 43 for
CMDR and 45 for Captain, and 50 for ADM, with the rank of Commodore
reverting to temporary honorary rank for Task Force controllers.
Each age level of retirement should receive reasonably paid pensions
immediately on retirement. The promotion guidelines for officers
should allow for accelerated promotions based on individual ability,
skills and training and performance in all areas.
Royal Australian Naval Reserve
The civilian direct entry recruitment for the RANR seems to have
all but ceased to exist in the local communities as an identifiable
part of the Defence Navy structure. Indeed, in the Defence Internet
pages, the Naval Reserves hardly exists at all and references
to past RANR historical performance and honours appears to be
claimed as RAN only.
Whilst the RANR are considered an integral part of Defence Navy
the current policy, with respect to the RANR, seems to focus only
on recycling ex RAN into the RANR with very little direct entry
This new policy is a major shift with respect to the RANR which,
in the past, was primarily a Citizens' Naval Force comprising
direct entry civilians from the civilian workforce, who brought
their refreshing attitudes and experience from the industry and
the professions direct into the Naval service.
The Victoria Division believes that the Federal Government needs
to clarify the following issues -
· What are the Government's policy guidelines with respect to
the Royal Australian Naval Reserves and are these guidelines being
· What formal consideration has been given to the economic
and practical benefits arising from using civilian educated and
trained direct entry RANR recruits?
· With the removal of State based recruitment for RANR
personnel and the loss of local state administration in centralised
State Naval Reserve depots and the loss of their historic RANR
identity how has this resulted in better Reserve recruitment,
training and management and RANR recruitment?
· What official reports exist that compare previous RANR
policy with the results from the adoption of these new RANR policies?