Silence speaks volumes
IF YOU judged only on information released by the RSL, it would appear Isis RSL president Roy Owen received no penalty for eight complaints proven at a tribunal hearing last month.
An RSL Queensland tribunal heard several complaints against Mr Owen, ranging from four breaches of RSL state by-law 14.8 for wearing the medals of deceased relatives on the wrong side of his chest to other “housekeeping issues”.
The RSL would not elaborate what the “housekeeping issues” were. In fact, they wouldn’t elaborate on anything.
After confirming Mr Owen’s penalty hearing was set for Thursday last week, it appeared the RSL took a sudden vow of silence.
Several RSL Qld members have been contacted for comment, including Cairnsbased tribunal registrar Graham Lucas and state chairman Terry Meehan.
After watching this story unfold for two months, I cannot fathom how RSL Qld hierarchy can remain quiet on the issue, nor do I understand how they let it drag on for so long.
While the reputation and integrity of several Isis RSL members were questioned, RSL Qld seemingly sat back and let local members fend for themselves.
Instead of defending its proud members, RSL Qld retreated into a cone of silence, letting opportunities to defend the organisation slip past.
Even when one of its presidents was branded a medals cheat on a public forum, the RSL decided to distance itself from the website rather than defend its own.
Hopefully this saga is now over and Isis RSL can rebuild its reputation.