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Let my pipers go!

By johnboy - 1 June 2009 22

Vicki Dunne is going in to bat for five members of the AFP’s Pipes and Drums Band who have been blocked from taking leave to participate in the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Vicki has written to Chief Police Officer Michael Phelan asking him to reconsider:

    “It is also quite a feather in the cap of the AFP itself to be able to send ambassadors of the AFP and Canberra to a prestigious and world-renowned festival such as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which is broadcast on television world-wide.

    “Importantly, it’s also recognition of the considerable personal time they put in to the activities of the band, often above and beyond the call of duty.

    “And yet, the applications were rejected because they don’t meet the guidelines. It would be hard to imagine that any guidelines could cover every situation, especially one as unique as this. Surely the guidelines offer some flexibility a situation like this.

Is it such an unreasonable request?

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vg 5:16 pm 02 Jun 09

No, the represented their country, something a little larger than their organisation.

I’d support them all the way if the required framework didn’t exist for them to do what they want to do but it does. They can take rec leave, leave without pay, as well as other provisions. No doubt they are doing it the hard way and trying for something they aren’t entitled to. In fact they probably don’t want leave at all, but want it to be ‘work’.

Those people that went o/s for sport were also representing at the biggest event their sport had outside the Olympics, a world champs

“As I said though, this is costing each of us in excess of $3500 plus personal leave taken,and the preparation time of course. AFP is assisting by freighting uniforms and drums/equipment for the band.”

Sorry, they are getting help from the AFP, and taking personal leave. There is no issue here. As wonderful as they are, in a time of fiscal restraint such as this in the public sector (and it costs to replace people) bigger questions would be asked.

Just take leave and stop whingeing

cynic 4:49 pm 02 Jun 09

“I know of people in the AFP who have made national sporting teams (in an Olympic sport) who travelled overseas to compete.”

I’m pretty sure these people don’t represent the AFP at the Olympics vg. These guys are representing the AFP at the biggest piping event in the world. Maybe a bit of support wouldn’t go astray.

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