Update: Bandt’s Rant – Dishonouring our Australian Flag

21 Jul 2022

The RAR National Association’s President, Michael von Berg’s open letter to Adam Bandt in response to the Greens leader refusing to stand with the Australian flag has drawn great support not only from veterans but also supporters of veterans such as Gina Reinhart AO.

Dear Michael,
Congratulations on your letter to Adam Bandt.
Your wise and powerful words should be read by every Australian.
Bandt’s actions are certainly lacking in respect for Australians, especially those who served and continue to serve under our flag, risking their lives in their patriotic endeavours.
Your final paragraph is indeed inspirational.
Thank you for your patriotism, dedication and strength. If only we had thousands more leaders like you, what a nation we would be.
All best,
Gina Rinehart


Many Australians may not be aware of Mrs Rinehart’s enduring support of our Australian servicemen and veterans and their families over many years, including The SAS Resources Trust (since it’s inception) and highlighting appreciation of our Forces service and sacrifice.

And Adam Bandt continues to ignore Mike von Berg’s demand for a public apology.

The photo of Gina Reinhart above draws my attention to the last verse of Dame Mary Gilmore‘s patriotic song ‘No foe shall gather our harvest or sit on our stockyard rail’

We are the sons of Australia,
Of the men who fashioned the land,
We are the sons of the women
Who walked with them, hand in hand;
And we swear by the dead who bore us,
By the heroes who blazed the trail,
No foe shall gather our harvest,
Or sit on our stockyard rail.