Quite an interesting article in the Sydney Morning Herald today; the president of the NSW RSL has condemned RSL clubs for being more interested in raking in profits than the interests of veterans. He went on to note, amongst other things, that veterans make up less than 5% of RSL club members today, and did not benefit from the revenue made by clubs in NSW. He said that clubs were far divorced from local RSL sub branches. It is in my view, quite disgusting that those involved in the running of these clubs exploit our goodwill towards veterans, and the good name of the RSL to rake in pokies dollars, presumably much of which via their salaries end up in their own pockets.
I encourage people to heed Don Rowe’s call. Don’t support the destruction of our social fabric via the menace of problem gambling by throwing money away in the pokies at the RSL. If you really want to support our veterans, buy a poppy.