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RSL Victoria head stood down after internal investigation

He completed 22 years of military service with the Royal Australian Engineer Corps, with deployments to Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands. He received the Conspicuous Service Medal in the 2006 Australia Day Awards for his dedication to military duty.

Mr Twidale declined to comment when contacted by The Age on Sunday.

Glen Ferrarotto, who is on the state’s executive board, said the investigation into Mr Twidale’s behaviour was based on an “internal complaint”.

“I can say that the CEO has not acted illegally in any way, it’s an internal complaint,” he told 3AW News.

Hundreds of people, including John Murphy, wishing to pay their respects were locked out of the Shrine and the ANZAC Day Dawn Service this year.

Hundreds of people, including John Murphy, wishing to pay their respects were locked out of the Shrine and the ANZAC Day Dawn Service this year.Credit:Chris Hopkins

RSL Victoria and the Shrine of Remembrance were under fire on Anzac Day this year after the dawn service was capped at 1400 people, leaving dozens of spectators, including veterans, gathered behind a high wire fence, erected in line with the state’s COVID-19 public event requirements.

At the time, Mr Twidale said he could understand the frustration from veterans but with Victoria not being in lockdown and celebrations able to go ahead, it was a “great day”.

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