Si­lence speaks vol­umes

Isis Town and Country - - News - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY OPIN­ION

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.

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