Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Emmery
Christian Names: John Carl
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Albury
Service #: Not Known
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: Engineers
Commencement of service: 27 Apr 1991
Completion of service: Still Serving
Case Notes:




John EMMERY is an enigma.   He is somewhat of a mover and shaker in the world of Local Government in Albury, NSW as a leader in the Albury Ratepayers Association and one time candidate for election to Albury City Council.   He is a Train Guard, working for Transport NSW on the northern line when not back home in Albury dabbling his hand at one community project after another.

In his spare time, John EMMERY has found the time to serve as a member of the Army Reserve and he portrays himself as the real deal, a genuine been there, done that sort of bloke you would like to work with.

The trouble is, like so many wannabes, John Carl EMMERY has neither been there, or done anything that would entitle him to wear the medals he so loves to wear when not parading with his Reserve Unit.

Now, John EMMERY is a Reservist and has been one since 1991, about 24 years or so.   Nothing to be sneezed at, and he should be proud that he has served the Nation for such a long period.   For his service, he has been awarded:

Reserve Force Medal (RFM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

You see, throughout the 24 odd years of his service, John EMMERY has never deployed overseas, but why should that stop John EMMERY adding to his rack a few extra medals to go with the tall stories he has obviously told his current employers at Transport NSW.


The above photograph was taken of John EMMERY just after he received a significant customer service award from Transport NSW.   Here, John EMMERY can be seen wearing his entitled awards, but with a couple of interesting additions.   A source, who has significant knowledge in service medals, and who was present at the ceremony where the photograph was taken has been able to confirm the ‘extra’ medals being worn by EMMERY:

The first medal is:

International Force – East Timor Medal.   This medal was awarded to personnel deployed to East Timor as part of the The International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) which was a multinational non-United Nationspeacekeepingtaskforce, organised and led by Australiain accordance with United Nations resolutions to address the humanitarian and security crisis which took place in East Timorfrom 1999–2000 until the arrival of UN peacekeepers.


The fourth medal being worn is:

The United Nations Advanced Mission in Cambodia (UNAMIC) now, to be honest it took us sometime to identify this medal, simply because it only existed from October 1991 to March 1992 and was awarded for 90 days UN service with UNAMIC supervising the ceasefire and demining operations.   It was replaced with the more commonly known UNTAC medal which was a United Nations peacekeepingoperation in Cambodiain 1992–93.

Suffice to say, John EMMERY has absolutely no entitlement or right to wear either of these medals which are awarded for operation overseas service.

Now, if John Emmery was just a simple wannabe wearing medals he no right to, that would be bad enough, but as we have shown, he is a serving Australian soldier with 24 odd years of service in the Reserves and holds the rank of Corporal.

Perhaps by now, the reader will have identified that not only is John EMMERY wearing the medals incorrectly, he is missing one important (and essential) medal to make his lie somewhat believable.   He is not wearing the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) and the fact is that the medals for East Timor and Cambodia were only ever awarded with the AASM.   Wouldn’t you think a Corporal with 20 odd years’ experience would know that small fact?

Now, in accepting his award from Transport NSW, John EMMERY couldn’t help himself and had to make a speech, and we know he likes doing this.  With his chest emblazoned with fake medals away he went.   His story was recorded in the employee’s newsletter and definitely makes for a great read:


For us here at ANZMI, the comment which causes much concern is: 

…John’s passion stems from 38 years in the Army Reserve where he earned several medals from helping his team mates, bringing them home to safety.   The medals reflect his service to our country….’

What makes people say things like this and do people like John Emmery really expect us to swallow up this sort of garbage?

He has earned two medals and neither of these were awarded for bringing anyone, anywhere, in this fools case, they were awarded for turning up to his Reserve Unit to meet his obligation.  

Perhaps John EMMERY was the designated driver when out on the turps with his mates, perhaps that’s how he brings them home to safety?   One thing he is not is a decorated hero, he is simply a wannabe and a medal cheat.  

By wearing the INTERFET and Cambodia Medals, John EMMERY is committing offences against the Defence Act, namely:

Defence Act 1903

Defence Act 1903, where he is in breach of Part VII Sections 80A and 80B, which state there is a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine and six months imprisonment or both for:

80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
80B. Improper use of service decorations

John Carl EMMERY is a classic example of the person these offences were designed to accommodate and we at ANZMI sincerely hope that Police will take an interest in a public figure who should know better but is flaunting the law simply to feather his own sense of importance. 

We hope that the Commanding Officer of 22 ER sees this report and also takes appropriate action against John EMMERY for being a wannabe and a medals cheat.   While at it, perhaps Transport NSW might want to reconsider the award that he was presented when they realise he is a fraud.

Welcome to our website John Carl EMMERY.

Surname: Elliott
Christian Names: Colin Francis
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Dandenong
Service #: R95102
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Underwater Control
Commencement of service: 10 Oct 1965
Completion of service: 1972
Case Notes:



Colin Francis Elliott is a well known Australian comedian, and also a Vietnam veteran.

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The above photograph appears on the personal web page of Elliott. Here he can be seen wearing the following medals:

  1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75
  2. Vietnam Medal
  3. Australian Service Medal 1945-75
  4. Australian Defence Medal
  5. Republic of Vietnam Combat Medal
  6. Vietnam Service Commemorative
  7. Far East Strategic Reserve Commemorative
  8. United States Navy Unit Commendation

Elliott joined the Royal Australian Navy at the age of 16, commencing as a Junior Recruit at HMAS Leeuwin in West Australia. Before reaching his eighteenth birthday, he was serving in Vietnam onboard HMAS Hobart.

During this deployment, Hobart was attached to US Navy Forces, serving on what became known as the “Gun Line”, and heavily involved in the bombardment of Vietnamese based land targets, whilst coming under fire herself.

Seeing enemy action was not the only significant event of this deployment. After a fire broke out on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal, killing 143 sailors and injuring 161 more, Hobart assisted with rescue and medical support.

For her service with US Forces, Hobart was awarded the US Navy Unit Citation:

For Exceptionally Meritorious Service during the period 10th March to 20th September, 1967, while engaged in Combat Operations in direct support of Free World Objectives in South East Asia. As an element of Task Unit 70.8.9 HMAS HOBART provided Naval Gunfire Support for United States and Allied Forces ashore in the Republic of Vietnam, and as an element of Task Group 77.1 in the Gulf of Tonkin, supported Naval Operations against North Vietnamese logistics groups and lines of communications. Undeterred by frequent, vigorous, accurate enemy shore fire, HOBART was responsible for the destruction of numerous enemy installations, earning an enviable reputation as an Aggressive Eager and Dauntless Member of the US Seventh Fleet. The outstanding Team Work, Courage and Professionalism displayed by HOBART Officers and Men reflect Great Credit upon themselves and the Royal Australian Navy and were in keeping with the Highest Traditions of the Naval Service.

Elliott was later posted to HMAS Stuart and deployed to South East Asia as part of the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR), sailing from Sydney on 22 March 1969.

It was during this deployment Stuart was one of a number of Australian ships participating in a SEATO exercise with US Navy units in the South China Sea.

On 3 June 1969, USS Frank E. Evans sailed under the bow of HMAS Melbourne and was cut in two, with the loss of 74 lives. Elliott was part of the crew of a whaler from Stuart conducting searches for survivors in that pre-dawn tragedy.

By the age of 19, Elliott had not only been on active combat duty, but had also assisted in the response to two naval tragedies. These experiences would manifest in later life with depression and alcoholism, as detailed in his autobiography ‘In Between The Laughter’.

Elliott was appropriately recognised for his service, as is shown in the official medals he is wearing. Unfortunately, Elliott has seen fit to embellish his rack of medals by adding the Vietnam Service Commemorative and the FESR Commemorative medals.

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These medals are quite simply junk. They have never been officially awarded by any country and are more often simply purchase by the wearer to inflate both their medal rack and self-importance. Their wearing is simply an insult to the service of veterans.

Elliott, for whatever reason, has chosen to display this tin junk. Perhaps it is part of his comedy routine, in which case the joke has backfired and Elliott has earned a perpetual billing on the ANZMI site.

Surname: Duckworth
Christian Names: Aiden John
Country: Australia (ex NZ)
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Norseman (formerlyDunedin NZ)
Service #: (NZ) 43201 (Aust 265057)
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 12 Nov 80 (Aust)
Completion of service: 25 Mar 85 (Aust)
Case Notes:




Aiden John Duckworth is an expatriate New Zealander who now resides in  the famous gold mining town of Norseman, Western Australia.  He has found  infamy by way of a media release about his life which included details of his military service which is false.

Duckworth claims to have served with the NZ Army in Vietnam during the war as well as serving in Malaysia.  According to Duckworth:

"For twelve months I was in the Vietnamese Highlands sending communications back to Na Trang, the 2nd Special Service group Headquarters. It was guerrilla warfare and we lived and fought with the Highland people mainly Montagnards in the mountains ".  

"My job was at the base running communications"

"The NZ Army had trained morse radio  operators which others didn't, so we became a valuable commodity"

He is a liar.  He was never deployed to Vietnam during his service in the NZ Army.

His Australian service is also exaggerated, he says. After a year is Sydney he missed the Military life and joined the Australian Army where he stayed for the next  twelve years.

Duckworth joined the Australian Army Reserve on 12 Nov 1980 and was discharged on 11 Nov 1985 for "Non Efficient" service.  He claims  to have served in the Australian Army for twelve years when in fact he served part time in the Australian Army Reserve for five years before being discharged for not rendering  efficient service.

Soon after the media release we contacted Duckworth at the Kalgoolie Hotel where he was working,  and asked if he had served in Vietnam, he confirmed that he had, and said that the media release was accurate.

Some weeks later we  tracked him  to  Norseman, where he answered the Returned and Service League's Mobile phone.  Following the phone call he sent a copy of his NZ Army Discharge Certificate as proof of his NZ  Army Vietnam service

Although the Certificate is badly damaged the notations of the "VEITNAM GENERAL MEDAL"  (sic) and the "VEITNAM STAR" (sic) are quite clear. Notice that both medals are incorrectly spelled and both incorrectly named. The medals are:



We have discovered that Duckworth did serve in the New Zealand Army, but did not serve in Vietnam.  You will not find his name on the New Zealand (NZ) Government Nominal Roll of those who served in Vietnam. See here:

New Zealandcontributed more than 3,000 Military and Civilian personnel to the Vietnam war, 37 died on Active Service and 187 wounded.  Two civilians from the NZ Surgical Team also lost their lives. 

Duckworth also claims "I stayed for 10 years (In the NZ Army)  and went to Malaya and Vietnam with the ANZAC Task Force"

As well as not going to Vietnam, Duckworth did not go the Malaya. New Zealand's involvement in Malaya ended in 1960 when Duckworth was 9 or 10 years old.

Duckworth is the epitome of a wannabe, fraud and liar. Like many others of his ilk he does not understand the extent of the Veteran Community network in Australia and New Zealand.

Veterans and ex Servicemen from  Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields region of Western Australia were convinced Duckworth was a Vietnam Veteran.  He has fooled and scammed everyone in that area for years.

We contacted the Editor and the journalist from the Kalgoorlie Miner Newspaper, who wrote the article shown above, and they refused to accept that Duckworth could be a fraud, and said the article was accurate. Perhaps the newspaper is not interested in the truth and are happy with fiction instead of fact.  We understand that journalists report what they are told, but they must always be prepared to advise their readers that an article was inaccurate because the interviewee had lied.

As the newspaper is located almost next door to the Pub where Duckworth was working,  and considering the response from the newspaper, perhaps the journalist and Duckworth could well be more than journalist and interviewee.

Duckworth's entire time in the NZ Army was on NZ soil. Following his NZ Army service he migrated to Australia and joined the Australian Army Reserve where he served for five years spending  the whole time on Australian soil.

For years Duckworth has fooled the people in the Kalgoorlie region, including, his family, the RSL  other ex Service organisations, the Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper and perhaps the Freemasons Lodge where he is a leader.  Notice in the final paragraph of the newspaper article he says "I love it (meaning the Lodge) because of the camaraderie and the fellowship the opportunity to project yourself"

He has been deceitful to those who have counted him as a friend. 

Having enjoyed the false kudos of being a fake returned Veteran of the Vietnam War he can now enjoy the equal and opposite effect by being a proven liar, fraud and wannabe.

Welcome to the website NZ fraud Aiden John Duckworth.


Surname: Doyle
Christian Names: Harley Stewart
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Adelaide
Service #: R58376
Service: RAN
Branch: Stores Victualling
Commencement of service: 25 Sep 1961
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

Harley Stewart Doyle JP, is the State Vice-President of the Vietnam Veterans of Australia, South Australia Branch. This is an important and well-respected organisation for ensuring support to Vietnam Veterans in times of need, lobbying Government, and other forms of advocacy.

Doyle should be commended for his years of faithful service to fellow Veterans.

Doyle, however, should be condemned, for perpetuating dishonesty over many years by wearing medals he has not been awarded.


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The above photograph appeared in a number of syndicated publications throughout Australia, commemorating Vietnam Veterans Day in 2014. Here, Doyle can be seen wearing the following medals:

1. Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) 1945-75 (2 clasps) – only entitled to one clasp for this medal.
2. General Service Medal (GSM) 1962 (1 clasp) – no entitlement.
3. Vietnam Logistic Support Medal (VLSM) – entitled.
4. Australian Service Medal (ASM) 1945-75 (1 clasp) – no entitlement.
5. Australian Defence Medal (ADM) – entitled.
6. Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal (PJM) – no entitlement.

Doyle joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1961 from the Adelaide Police Barracks, where he was a Probationary Constable, swapping one uniform for another.


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Pre-1970 Navy personnel records are publicly available from the National Australian Archives (NAA). Those records, in the case of a sailor, took the form of a “Ratings Record Card”. This item followed them throughout their career, until 1970, when this information was transferred to an electronic record.


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On the rear of the card is recorded all postings of the member. This information was recorded meticulously by administrative staff to ensure that every day was accounted for in regard to where the sailor was at that time.

Doyle’s first sea posting was to HMAS Duchess.

On 24 February 1964, just two weeks after the Voyager disaster, the Australian Government accepted the British offer of a replacement ship.

Duchess arrived in Sydney on 19 April 1964 with a combined RN/RAN ship’s company and a week later sailed for Williamstown Naval Dockyard for a much needed refit. She was commissioned into the RAN as HMAS Duchess (I) at Williamstown on 8 May with Commander Ian Burnside, RAN, in command.

The RN component of the crew returned to the UK leaving the ship completely in RAN hands for the first time. Duchess remained at Williamstown undergoing refit until 20 November 1964 when she departed for her homeport of Sydney. She arrived two days later and immediately began work-up in preparation for her first deployment on 19 January 1965.

Doyle served on the Duchess from 08 May 64 to 03 Jan 65.

The Australian War Memorial (AWM) keeps copies of the Report of Proceedings (ROPs) for HMA Ships, from both World Wars, the Korean War, and up until the end of the Vietnam War. Those documents are available online on the AWM website for public perusal.

An inspection of the ROPs for Duchess over the period Doyle was posted there, shows that the ship was in Australia undergoing refits and sea-trials. Duchess did not leave Australia on operational deployment until 19 Jan 65, as the extract of DVA records below discloses. Doyle posted off the ship 12 days before this deployment.


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Doyle was next posted to HMAS Sydney from 04 Jan 65 to 04 Apr 65. During this period Sydney did not leave Australian waters.

Doyle returned to Sydney on 28 Mar 67, completing three trips to Vietnam, as shown on the Vietnam Service Certificate below. These were the only operational deployments undertaken by Sydney in that year, spending from June to December alongside in Australia, undergoing refit.


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From the information provided so far, it can be seen that the three deployments to Vietnam were the only warlike, or non-warlike, service by Doyle. This becomes very relevant when Doyle’s entitlement to the medals he is wearing is scrutinised.

AASM 1945-1975: In the photograph Doyle can be seen to have two clasps to this medal. As his only warlike operational service was onboard HMAS Sydney, the medal should only have one clasp, namely ‘VIETNAM’.

GSM 1962: The GSM is an Imperial (UK) Award, instituted in 1964 to replace the Naval General Service Medal 1915-62, and the General Service Medal 1918-62. As is with all General Service Medals, it is issued with clasps, which define the operational service for which the award was made.

The clasps most commonly awarded to Australians are ‘MALAY PENINSULA’, ‘BORNEO’ and ‘SOUTH VIETNAM’, the latter awarded exclusively to Australian troops.

There are a number of qualifying criteria for the award of this medal. Doyle did not see any relevant operational service in those areas between 1962 and 1966 and is therefore not entitled to that medal.

VLSM: In 1993, the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal was established to recognise those who had served in Vietnam during the time of the Vietnam War, for relatively short periods of time in support of Australian operations and who had not received any recognition for that service.

Doyle is entitled to the award of this medal for his deployments to Vietnam on HMAS Sydney.

ASM 1945-75: Doyle is also wearing this medal, to which is attached one clasp.

The ASM 1945-75 was approved in 1995, and may be awarded for service in, or in connection with, prescribed non-warlike operations during the period commencing on 3 September 1945 and ending on 16 September 1975.

For the time of Doyle’s service, the appropriate clasp would be ‘FESR’ for service with the Far East Strategic Reserve, between 02 July 1955 and 31 October 1971. However, Doyle did not see service in this area of operation. Doyle is not entitled to the medal or the clasp.

ADM: The ADM recognises ADF personnel who have efficiently completed either an initial enlistment period, or four years’ service, which ever is the lesser, and all of the relevant service was after 3 September 1945. Doyle is entitled to this medal.

PJM: In 2004, the Malaysian Government offered Australia the PJM medal to commemorate ADF personnel who served to uphold the sovereignty of Malaysia during the Malayan Emergency and the Indonesian Confrontation, between 31 August 1957 and 31 December 1966. The Australian government accepted the offer and has issued over 8,000 medals.

Once again, Doyle did not undertake qualifying service and is therefore not entitled to wear that medal.

Harley Stewart Doyle, you were appropriately awarded for your service in defence of our country, but chose to add a further three medals to your rack.

Harley Doyle was contacted by ANZMI. He was requested to provided an explanation as to his wearing of non awarded medals. He replied that in respect to the General Service Medal, he was on the HMAS Duchess when it sailed close to the qualifying area for the medal, so he thought that he would buy the medal and place it on his rack.

In respect to his purchasing and wearing the non-entitled second clasp on the Australian Active Service Medal, the non-entitled Australian Service Medal with one clasp and the non-entitled Pingjat Jasa Medal, he stated that it was "just something that he did at the time."

Harley Doyle, your actions have sullied all of your work with the VVAA and call into question your fitness to hold an executive position within that organisation and also fitness to remain as a Justice of the Peace. You are a Medals cheat and you should stand down immediately as the Vice President, South Australia State Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia.  You have no credibility.

You are now among good company on the ANZMI website.

Surname: Downey
Christian Names: Tom
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Goulburn
Service #: Unknown UK
Service: Unknown
Branch: UnKnown
Commencement of service: UnKnown
Completion of service: UnKnown
Case Notes:




We get some odd bods reported to us at Anzmi. Downey is a classic odd bod. He looks great all dressed up in his near perfect French Foreign Legion uniform with all his medals.

He attends Anzac Day and Remembrance Service days at Goulburn in his uniform. He tells anyone who is interested that he served in the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) UK for 20 years and the French Foreign Legion for 22 years.

Downey wears a lot of medals. Some are difficult to identify due to medals being hidden by others.

However we have identified that among his grand collection on display , he wears the following medals -;

General Service Cross. UK

Active Service Medal UK

Suez Canal Zone Medal UK

Suez Medal UK

British Forces Germany Medal UK

National Service Medal UK

Cold War Victory Medal UK

Hors De Combat UK.

QE2 Coronation commemorative Medal. UK.

The above nine medals are self purchased tin medals that just add colour to his shirt. They can be purchased from Medal Dealers in the United Kingdom for about 20 to 40 pounds sterling each.

He also wears the General Service Medal. 1918-1962. (GSM) UK

On his left side he also wears -;

The Cross for Military Valour. France.

Insignia for the Military wounded. France.

North Africa Security and Order Operations Commemorative Medal with clasps. France

They are all purchased tin or commemorative medals that can be ordered on the net.

We did not waste our time trying to verify his alleged military service. None of these medals have been officially awarded except possibly the GSM. If he had been awarded any other official medals he would be wearing them.

In any case, foreign medals, official or not, should be worn on the right side unless approval is given from the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat, Government House for official medals to be worn on the left.

Approval has not been given in this case.

We did however discover a photo (below) of two of his French Foreign Legion colleagues who he may have served with.

We have received reliable information that the French Foreign Legion uniform he wears is also suspect and does not conform with a genuine uniform.

Tom Downey has a problem with credibility. This colourful character will now adorn our site with his two colleagues for his indiscretions.

Surname: Dixon
Christian Names: Ian
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Junee
Service #: 2781804
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:


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The above photo of Dixon was taken at the Junee Vietnam Veterans Day service, and his campaign medals are proudly displayed, along with various Unit Citations.

Dixon was conscripted into the Australian Army, serving 372 days in Vietnam, as a member of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR). Just over eight weeks after the unit arriving in Vietnam its members would be involved in the Battle of Long Tan.

During this deployment 6 RAR saw considerable combat, with the Unit being awarded citations by the Governments of the United States and South Vietnam.

Justifiably, Dixon can be very proud to have served with such a Unit and also of the medals and citations awarded for that service.

Dixon, however, cannot be proud of the fact he has attached a commemorative, or as commonly known, a ‘tin medal’, to his Service medals. Doing such may impress those that do not know, however, you do not fool your fellow veterans, who would recognise you had no association with the 2/12 Infantry Battalion whatsoever.


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The Front Line Service Medal was issued by the 2/12 Infantry Battalion Association, based in Queensland, to identify those who took part in World War Two front line actions with the Infantry, differentiating them from other units. It was manufactured and sold by that Association as a funds raising exercise. They made a lot of money selling this tin trinket to gullible people, who had no association with the 2/12 Infantry Battalion whatsoever.

Defence Honours and Awards has this to say about such medals:

“A relatively recent phenomenon in the medal world is the appearance of a wide variety of non-official medals, generally referred to as ‘private commemoratives’ but also called ‘tinnies’. A non-official medal is any medal that is not listed in the Order of Wearing of Australian Honours and Awards, which was published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette Special No. S.101 of 4 April 2002.

 Medals not listed in the order of wear may be worn officially, on an unrestricted basis, only with the express permission of the Governor-General. As a general rule, such permission is extended only to official awards of foreign governments. It has never been extended to private commemorative medals. Those medals should not be worn at all, and certainly never on the left hand side and mounted with officially issued medals”.

Ian Dixon, your Vietnam service has earned you the medals that you can be proud to wear. However, your total lack of respect by adding a worthless commemorative 'tin' medal, has earned you the award of appearing on the ANZMI site.

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