Wade

Date of Entry: 28/05/2020
Surname: Wade
Christian Names: Gordon
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Goulburn
Service: Reserve Forces
Case Notes:

 

Mr Gordon WADE is the President of the Goulburn RSL Sub Branch and is a former senior NSW Corrective Services Officer. WADE was also a Reservist in the Australian Defence Force.

For his service as a Corrections Officer and for his Military Service in the Reserves, WADE has been appropriately recognised with a number of medals.



In the above image, WADE is wearing:

Medal of the Order of Australia (Entitled)
Reserve Force Medal (Entitled)
National Medal (Entitled)
Australian Defence Medal (Entitled)

All of the above Medals and Awards have been earned by WADE and reflect National recognition of his service. Protocols issued and administered by the Governor General of Australia are quite clear on the wearing of National Awards and specifically forbid the wearing of State Awards with Federal Awards and specify that State Awards are to be worn on the right side. This directive is also to be found in the rules and regulations of the Returned and Services League (RSL) in which WADE holds a not insignificant position as a Sub-Branch President.

The two remaining medals on WADE’s rack are:

NSW Corrective Meritorious Service Medal



NSW Corrective Service Long Service Medal



Unfortunately, like so many other Corrections Officers and indeed, Emergency Service personnel in other States and Territories have taken to wearing State Awards on the left side only, sometimes mixed with Federal Awards. It is the case that in some jurisdictions, approval to mix these awards has been given by the highest level of the organisation but this approval has been given without due diligence and referral to the Governor General’s office who administers the Australian Honours System, including the approved order of precedence for wearing of awards and the list of foreign awards that may be worn by Australian citizens.

WADE is taking the easy way out by just wearing the medals in the current form and as a President of an RSL Sub Branch, and former senior Corrections Officer, he should and must know he is in breach of the rules.

We have some advice for WADE and the many others mixing and matching their Federal and State Awards – DON’T. If, however if you believe you are in the right, then its up to you to do something about it.

If WADE, or the many others like him on our Website feels strongly enough about the issue, he can advocate for change by submitting a motion to his Sub-Branch and seek their support, have the motion discussed and voted upon at the RSL Annual Congress and if his motion is carried, he can expect that the RSL will advocate on his behalf to the Governor General to change the rules as they apply to the Order of Precedence and the wearing of Federal and State Awards. The same avenue is available to any Ex-Service Organisation, or individual if they feel strongly about the issue.

Of course, the easier way to deal with this is to either remove the State medals from his rack and wear them on the right side, or sit back like many others and whinge about ANZMI being a pedantic bunch of bastards with nothing better to do. Unfortunately, that is the normal response when all that ANZMI is doing is defending the rules as they stand. We cannot expect to swear our allegiance to the Queen or Australia on one hand and then pick and choose what rules we will follow to suit ourselves on the other. It doesn't work that way.

Welcome to our Website Mr WADE, the ball is now in your court.

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