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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2084


Mr BRAITHWAITE —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That this House-

(1) notes with alarm, the Labor Government's proposal to transfer Army Cadet units from the present school base to community units,

(2) recognises that the $11m per year currently spent on School Army Cadets is the best value for money the Australian taxpayer receives, and that participation in Cadet units is a necessary part of a youth's education,

(3) believes that such a transfer will decimate the current number of Cadet units and halve the number of young men and women who participate in the program , and

(4) urges the Government to reverse this decision and allow the Army Cadets to continue to function under the supervision of those highly skilled school teachers and staff who have the interest in developing the character and quality of younger Australians.