RCB Doc 4. RCB Supplementary Submission


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This submission seeks to determine our claim that RCB service was warlike and

therefore its company members are eligible for the AASM and for qualifying

service for VEA entitlements.

It is an addendum to Reference 2. It specifically addresses:

1. Reference 5. The three conditions required of the The Repatriation

(Special Overseas) Act 1962 within the strategic environment existing in

South East Asia (SEA) at the time and Australia’s involvement in it and

2. References 4 and 5 matters relating to its comments and rejection


We assert that the RCB was a strategic deployment by the Australian

government under its Five Power Defence Arrangement (FPDA) to

protect/defend the Australian assets at the RAAF Base Butterworth (which

included the FPDA’s HQ of the Integrated Air Defence System (IADS)) and was a

strategic ready-reaction force on call for deployment by the Australian

Government as required.

We contend that the RCB’s deployment was covered by The Repatriation

(Special Overseas) Act 1962 because it was a deployment for a specific strategic

role related to the FPDA. This involved a specific allotment for duty requiring it to

defend the Air Base within a country that was at ‘declared war’ with internal

insurgents supported by external communist countries, and where the Base was

being used by the Malaysian Armed Forces (air and ground forces) for offensive

operations against its enemy.

We believe that the RCB’s deployment must be considered within the context

and perspective of: strategic events within the South East Asian (SEA) regional

area, the existing security threats and consequent political and policy decisions

made by the Australian Government at that time.

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