Thursday, 27 March 2008

Defence chiefs unhappy with work experience plan

Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon is trying to convince the Defence Force that it is safe - and vital for recruitment - to allow students onto bases for work experience.

Mr Fitzgibbon says he wants to give secondary school and university students exposure to life in the Defence Force to help stave off its looming personnel shortage.

He says he is disappointed Defence officials are opposing the move, but is determined the program will go ahead.

"I think many of these issues are cultural but I also acknowledge that there are also issues which go to safety and security within the Australian Defence Force," he said.

"I know other industries face similar challenges and I'm sure they can be overcome. In fact I'm determined they will be overcome."

Quote: Sounds like Joel Fitzgibbon is trying to convince students for a life on the front line? Especially when one takes into account the seemingly endless illegal and degrading wars in Iraq and Afghanistan! War is the root of domestic violence and the wars being waged in the Middle East are 'resource' wars not 'defence' wars. How much 'oil' are your kids worth?

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