Monday, 25 May 2009

Released on behalf of Minister for Defence, Science and Personnel

High school students across Australia will now have the opportunity to engage in a debate about the future of Australia's Defence Force, through Defence 2020.

Speaking at the launch of the Defence 2020 educational resource pack in Canberra, the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon Warren Snowdon MP said the educational program aims to inform students about the roles and responsibilities of the ADF, especially in peace operations.

"Titled Defence 2020: Is the Australian Defence Force a Responsible Citizen? this resource pack gives teachers the tools to encourage our young people to think about the ADF's role in national, regional and global security," Mr Snowdon said.

"Some 3000 schools will have access to this resource, and I believe it's important for our young people, our future leaders, to be involved in dialogue about our defence force and its many roles.

"Unless they grow up in a Defence family, or have some connection to the forces, these students may never think about, understand or engage in the vigorous debate all Australians should have about Defence."

"This is an educational tool that will inform students about the Australian Defence Force and in their Citzenship classes, Social Studies, or in Politics, the Defence 2020 program will ask them to think about our rights and responsibilities as global citizens.

"Defence issues are important to contemporary Australia and our shared future, and I am pleased young Australians are being given this opportunity to learn about the ADF," Mr Snowdon concluded.

For more details about the program, visit

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