OPINION TREVOR HASKELL PASA DEPUTY PRESIDENT Proud to be a Police Association member Police Association committee members in the Old Parliament House conference room. 24 n recovery mode after a knee years, Secretary Andy Dunn. They I Police Journal have complemented their Police Journal June 2007 journal.pasa.asn.au replacement, I was lying on The Police Journal has long been the physiotherapist’s bench stewardship with active and the major communication tool of suffering his torture. He caring staff. the association. In both hardcopy tried to distract me by prompting The committees of management and electronic forms, it provides me to talk of other things. on which I have served have been an opportunity to voice things of Over some weeks, he had diverse enough to create the policing industry within this managed to determine that I was a discussion and alternative views state. cop, but not now in a traditional that have assisted in, generally, It has morphed from a list of policing role. Reports of Federal pretty reasonable decision- current union goings-on into an Government ministers’ comments making. Even when I get rolled in informative publication with on the new Labor Party industrial the debates, I can feel that I have appeal to a wider audience than policy had recently appeared in been heard and my thoughts just members of the association. the media, and I chose not to let a respected – even if rejected. It carries the infotainment casual remark he made slide by. Delegates’ meetings are also jottings on current cars and I made a comment which conducted in an atmosphere of books. It moves into more work- revealed that I was the deputy respect for each other. Even at related issues, with features on president of the Police times when debates become specific work areas, individuals Association. We discussed things vigorous, speakers attack the and events, as well as some “unionish” and his torture seemed issue rather than the individual. historical police stories from less torturous. Comforting as it may be to know around Australia. As I returned home in a taxi, the that more than 99 per cent of What is happening in driver commented on my scar and police officers are association workplaces, and in the industrial asked what had happened. One members, we need to keep your and health-and-safety areas, thing led to another and I found needs to the fore. It is important provides the link to the myself again discussing unionism. that you continue to let your association’s core role, that of Safely at home, I reflected on delegate and any of the committee working to improve the wages and the morning as I iced my knee. It members know your thoughts. conditions of all members. struck me that I am proud to be a I often discuss union issues in The Last Shift and the Transfer police officer and have enjoyed my my day-to-day interactions with List provide information on who is journey so far. I am also proud to members. Whether we agree or moving where and who has just be a unionist, particularly with the not, the discussion helps to gone. Letters from the members Police Association. inform. If an issue has reached a are not always many but certainly Its credibility extends well point at which you are discussing welcome, and a few debates have beyond the policing industry. I it in the lunch room, or at home, taken place. have no hesitation in talking with consider letting your local Let us know what you feel about people about the association. delegate or any committee the journal. Is it hitting the mark? Even people who dislike – or even member know. If it is important to Is there something you would like hate – unions talk in different you, it is likely important to to see added or dropped? terms about police unionism and someone else. I have been amazed over the the association in particular. years by the number of interstate Politicians from all sides seem to and overseas people who contact recognize that police should be me about articles I have written represented by a union which is for the journal. Politicians from not politically aligned. all sides, at both state and federal Our good fortune in SA is that levels, read the journal. I have the membership, and the mix of been bemused to see it in doctors’ elected committee officials, waiting rooms but resisted the committee and delegates, has temptation to ask how it came to been well served by President be there. Peter Alexander and, in recent Committee members (from left) Trevor Milne, Jim Tappin, Association assistant secretary Mark Carroll and David Reynolds with association Allan Cannon and David Reynolds. deputy president Trevor Haskell. treasurer Mick Standing. 25 Committee meeting in Police Journal June 2007 journal.pasa.asn.au Parliament House Association committee members moved out of the HG Henderson Boardroom and into Parliament House to conduct the second half of one of their fortnightly meetings early last month. A dinner with ministers and other MPs followed. This was a little piece of association history; and, while I was sorry Peter Alexander was Trevor Haskell presents Emergency Services Minister Mick Standing with MLC Russell Wortley. away on PFA business, I was Carmel Zollo with a Police Association scarf. pleased to chair the meeting. The association was grateful to Labor MLC Russell Wortly, who accommodated the meeting and hosted the dinner. Politicians from both houses and all sides greeted us and acknowledged our presence as we held our meeting and, later, walked through the building’s historic halls. This reinforced again the thoughts expressed above. Industrial Relations Minister Michael Wright with Trevor Haskell, flanked by association vice-president 8 committee member Rick Day. Bernadette Zimmermann and Russell Wortley, addresses the 5 10 dinner in the Parliament House Balcony Room. 2 3 6 9 12 4 7 11 1 14 13 16 17 15 1. Russell Wortley, 2. Trevor Haskell, 3. Police Minister Paul Holloway, 4. Jim Tappin, 5. Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, 6. Mark Carroll, 7. association secretary Andy Dunn, 8. assistant secretary Tom Scheffler, 9. Allan Cannon, 10. Rick Day, 11. Mick Standing, 12. Trevor Milne, 13 Carmel Zollo, 14. David Reynolds, 15. Bernadette Zimmermann, 16. Senator Dana Wortley, 17. committee member Liz McGregor.