Ex-RSL boss didn't follow up fund misuse

October 06, 2017

Don Rowe (pictured centre right) has admitted to misusing RSL money during his time as president.

The former national president of the RSL wishes he never received a car as a parting gift from the charity when he resigned, a public inquiry has heard.

Rear Admiral Ken Doolan was given the car as a gift for his service to the league upon his retirement in June 2016 but says it made him uncomfortable.

"I felt particularly uncomfortable and would have preferred my colleagues would have not done so," Mr Doolan told a public inquiry on Friday.

The car was paid for by RSL state branches across the country, the inquiry heard.

Mr Doolan was RSL national president when the-then NSW president Don Rowe resigned.

The public inquiry led by Patricia Bergin SC has entered its fourth week after it was set up by the state government when the misuse of the charity's funds became public.

Mr Rowe revealed to the inquiry two weeks ago he used the charity's cash to pay for his mortgage, family phone bills, flights, meals and accommodation at a Sydney hotel during his 11 years as president.

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