Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) ACT Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Steven Strach attended the ANZFSS (ACT Branch) AGM on Tuesday 31 October 2017. The AGM, followed by a convivial dinner and informative presentation, was held at the Mercure Hotel Canberra. At the AGM there was a spirited discussion on a proposed change to adopt a new Rules of Association to replace the original Constitution of March 1995. The motion to adopt the new Rules was eventually passed (still to be ratified by Access Canberra, ACT Government). The new Committee was elected, headed by Joanne Giaccio (Forensic Chemist, ACT Health) as ACT Branch President.  Professor Clive Williams MG (Visiting Professor at the ANU College of Law's Centre for Military and Security Law and other academic positions) gave an interesting presentation on the “Recovery of Australian Vietnam MIAs”. Professor Williams (a Vietnam War veteran) described how he was part of a privately funded consortium which, between 2005 and 2007, organised the recovery of the remains of two of six Australian military personnel listed as Missing in Action (MIA) in Vietnam during the 1960s. The Department of Defence eventually recovered the remains of the other personnel. There are still 43 Australian MIAs from the 1950s Korean War and many thousands of Australian MIAs around the world.