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Your car, Minister…(click to view full) In democracies, the politicians vote to determine what the armed forces will get. But how many of them really understand life on the other side of the fence? Quite a few, once upon a time. Now, not so many. Australia’s situation is typical: “About 30 years ago, approximately 40% of federal parliamentarians had served in the ADF in some form. When the ADFPP began in 2001, that figure was no more than 5%.” So they decided to do something very clever to bridge the divide. The Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program (ADFPP) gives Senators and Members of Parliament a taste of what it is like to serve in the ADF, as well as providing an exchange program for the attachment of ADF members to Members’ and Senators’ offices. The program offers Parliamentarians a number of ADF attachment options each year, programmed during the Autumn and Winter recesses. Eighteen different attachment options are programmed for 2006, including deployments on board Navy ships both around Australia and overseas, fast jet aircrew training at RAAF Williamtown, patrol and training activities with the 51st Far North Queensland Regiment and joining Security Detachment troops for their preparations before they […]

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