On Saturday, 15 July, RSL Victoria held its 108th Annual State Conference. I am writing today to acknowledge and apologise for a comment I made during the conference while discussing the new Strategic Plan.

While attempting to make a point about the compliance burden on volunteers and Sub-Branch committees regarding the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) and Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) annual reporting, I made a comment that had a xenophobic connotation.

On reflection, my comment was not professional, inappropriate and made in poor taste. Although I intended no offence, I am sorry to say that my comment was offensive. For this, I apologise and will seek to speak with more care in the future.