Major General Greg Melick elected RSL National President

The RSL has a new national president – Major General Greg Melick.

John King, President of the ACT Branch of the RSL was elected Deputy National President.

FILE PHOTO (December 2011): Major General Greg Melick. Photo by Sergeant Andy Hall.

Major General Melick has had a wide and varied career, is a Senior Counsel at the Tasmanian Bar and is currently a part-time Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Chief Commissioner of the Tasmanian Integrity Commission.

Then Major Greg Melick (left) and Lieutenant Colonel Don Blanksby examine a night-sight-equipped M-16 rifle at the Infantry Centre, Singleton. Photo by WO2 Craig Murphy.
Then (1981) Major Greg Melick (left) and Lieutenant Colonel Don Blanksby examine a night-sight-equipped M-16 rifle at the Infantry Centre, Singleton. Photo by WO2 Craig Murphy.

Major General Melick retiring from the Army Reserve last December after 52 years’ service.

He is currently Colonel Commandant, 1st Commando Regiment, and a member on the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

In the business sector, he is well known in the Tasmanian wine industry as a producer and grower.

“I am honoured to be elected to lead the RSL at this critical time in the organisation’s history,” Major General Melick said.

“The RSL has stood the test of time and I intend to bring the skills I have learned from both the Army and the private sector into play to make sure we keep going forward.

“I am a team player but I also know what is needed to lead an organisation and I am delighted that John King has been elected as Deputy President.

“My first task is to listen to our membership and prioritise what they believe are the tasks we must undertake in the short term.”

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester congratulated Major General Melick on his appointment and said he looked forward to continuing the important relationship with the RSL to provide support for veterans and their families.

“The RSL has played a vital role in supporting the veteran community since it was established more than 100 years ago, by offering care, financial assistance, advocacy and commemorative services,” Mr Chester said.

“I look forward to working with Greg to continue this great work, and under his leadership, see a stronger and united RSL for our veteran community.”





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One thought on “Major General Greg Melick elected RSL National President

  • 21/11/2019 at 9:14 am

    I am not impressed with the general clashing with Ben Roberts-Smith VC. His comment about transition seminars is absurd. That may work in the short term but any person who has a modicum of intelligence and experience of operational military service will tell you, these things can come back to bite you years later. Seminars do not cut it, continuing support through promotion of veterans breakfast clubs, drop-in centres and associations would do far better. They are your first line of defence in getting veterans re-engaged both with civilian life but also with fellow travellers who have walked the same path. As Vice-Chair of the Southampton veterans Drop-In Centre and a member of the Southampton Veterans Breakfast Club, I regularly meet with veterans who may very well be dead by now if it were not for them. We receive no Government subsidy but do get a little help from local Government and the NHS and because of that, we save the NHS thousands of pounds in counseling veterans and other treatments. So get a grip general, now you are President of the RSL don’t pontificate about seminars, use your organisation to promote and develop breakfast clubs and drop-in centres. Your country and mine relied on these men, now it is time for the veterans to rely on their country and in particularly the RSL. A proud veteran


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