D-Day for Isis RSL’s Owen
THE future of Isis RSL Sub Branch could finally be decided later today.
RSL (Queensland Branch) confirmed current president Roy Owen’s penalty hearing would be held today after he faced the tribunal at Maryborough RSL on November 20.
Mr Owen faces penalties for eight complaints, four of which are for wearing service medals on the wrong side of his chest on Anzac Day this year.
The medals issue is the biggest, with Mr Owen’s Anzac Day “mistake” landing the former Roma RSL member in the Australian and New Zealand Military Imposters group’s crosshairs.
They branded Mr Owen a “medals cheat” for the Anzac Day incident, where he wore late father Desmond’s medals on the left side instead of the right as required by State By-Law 14.8. The medals of deceased family members must be worn on the right. Mr Owen denied he was a “medals cheat”, but admitted he wore them on the wrong side.
Mr Owen’s wife Jill provided a statement to the RSL Tribunal explaining she prepared his jacket on the night of April 24 and pinned the medals on the wrong side.
A family friend, who was at the house at the time, also submitted a statutory declaration to back up Mrs Owen’s defence.
Mrs Owen maintains it was “her mistake that landed Roy in trouble”, and said she had struggled to deal with the fallout.
The other four complaints relate to “administrative” issues, but the details have not been made public.
Depending on the outcome of the penalty hearing, Mr Owen could face a punishment as severe as being permanently expelled from the RSL.
He will have 28 days to lodge an appeal to the National RSL Tribunal, with RSL (Queensland Branch) Tribunal’s judgment stayed until the national body determines its outcome.
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