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Parade visits highlight commitment of Port Pirie's Cadets.



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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence Liberal Senator for Tasmania

24 Oct 2000 PARLSEC 301/00

PARADE VISITS HIGHLIGHT

COMMITMENT OF PORT PIRIE’S CADETS Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Senator Eric Abetz visited parades of 14 Flight Air Training Corps (14 FLT AIRTC) and 414 Regional Cadet Unit Army Cadet Corps (414 RCU), two of the Australian Service Cadet Scheme units based in Port Pirie.

Senator Abetz who was visiting the units at the invitation of the local federal member Mr Barry Wakelin MP, reviewed and addressed both parades, toured each groups facilities and met with the Officers and Instructors of both cadet units.

"The commitment of these young people to developing these skills and to Australia is highlighted by their willingness to serve in both the Air Training Corps and the Army Cadet Corps and undertake the rigorous training and discipline provided by units like these, " Senator Abetz said.

The Coalition government is committed to supporting the Australian Services Cadet Scheme. Such support includes the creation and recent first awarding of the Australian Cadet Forces Medal and the commissioning of a review of the ASCS entitled

Cadets: The Future that will determine how to further strengthen the ASCS in the future.

"It is important that not only the Government, but also the local community support young people in such endeavours. It is great to see such dedicated staff willing to give up their own spare time to provide leadership and guidance to these cadets," Senator Abetz said.

These two units make up some of the over 2,200 officers and instructors of cadets serving with the Australian Services Cadet Scheme, together with over 25,000 cadets in 427 units around Australia.

ENDS Media Contact: Andrew Joyce, Tel: 0407 100 521.

Ends: Contact: Senator Eric Abetz 0418 136 208

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