On 17 October 2020, the AFPFMA held its second AGM. Members from across the country participated via Zoom or in person. Mike Doroshenko, having filled the role of President for two terms, was not able to stand again due to our constitution.
I have had the honour of being your President for the last 2 years and I am very proud of what we have achieved in that time. The AFPFMA have created tangible outcomes for the benefit of all former AFP members, not just those in our Association. Let’s recap on some of the things that your Association has achieved in the last 12 months.
Happy Birthday to the AFP Former Members Association. We are one year old. A lot has happened in the one year we launched on 11 April 2019. Thank you to the Committee (including previous committee members) and all those who have joined, and served to create our organisation, to keep it running for all former AFP members. Thank you.
The AFP Former Members Association is proud to announce that we have secured our State Representatives who will join the AFPFMA Committee during our monthly meetings. We now have representation in each state of Australia, who will help us drive and expand the Association moving forward.
On 3 December 2019, the ABC 7.30 Report aired a story about one of our members, Mr David Savage AM, raising concerns over the Defence investigation surrounding the suicide bombing that seriously injured him while serving in Afghanistan in 2012. The story and subsequent reporting have revealed worrying ‘gaps’ sufficient to justify an independent review into the Department of Defence investigation. We call on the Government to conduct such a review.
A new police Veteran Benefit Card has today been launched to provide welfare support for Victoria Police officers once they have finished their career in policing, in recognition and appreciation of their service to the Victorian community.