Indi voice behind Jerilderie Proposition to promote Sir John Monash
Posted November 11, 2015
CATHY McGOWAN (Indi) (13:42): On this Remembrance Day, I am pleased to add the voice of Indi to the push for one of Australia's most endearing and enduring war heroes, Sir John Monash, to be posthumously promoted to the rank of Field Marshal. The former Nationals leader Tim Fischer has long supported this cause. I joined Tim at an event in Flowerdale in my electorate where a show of hands of more than 80 people showed the vast majority were in favour of this promotion. Direct support was given by Jim Osborne, the then president of the Rotary Club of Yea, Steve Joblin, Secretary of the Flowerdale Men's Shed and John Brown, President of the Flowerdale Community House.
I note that the Jerilderie Shire Council adopted the Jerilderie proposition in late October and I congratulate my electorate neighbour, the member for Farrer, Sussan ley, on behalf of her constituents for agreeing to take this proposition to the Prime Minister for consideration. It would be proper and fitting to mark this promotion on the 100th anniversary of Monash conducting the first Anzac Day service in the field, which occurred near the Suez Canal on 25 April 1916. The support that the Prime Minister has already shown is encouraging and I urge him, on behalf of my electorate and others in the this House today, to give serious consideration to this proposition for April next year.
THE JERILDERIE PROPOSITION RE SIR JOHN MONASH
Following on the outstanding contribution of Sir John Monash to State and Nation before, during and after World War 1 and reflecting the fact that Sir John Monash received no Australian Awards or Honours post 11 November 1918, the Prime Minister approve by Government Gazette publication, the posthumous promotion of one step in rank of General Sir John Monash to the rank of Australian Field Marshal, with effect 11 November 1930, one year after Sir John Monash was eventually promoted to the rank of General.