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Students take on Defence 2020 National Challenge.



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THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP Minister for Defence

www.defence.gov.au

Thursday, 4 December 2008 192/2008

STUDENTS TAKE ON DEFENCE 2020 NATIONAL PARTICIPATION CHALLENGE

What: The Australian Defence Force will sponsor the Defence 2020: National Participation Challenge - an activity where students debate the question, “Is the Australian Defence Force a Responsible Citizen?”

Minister for Defence, the Hon, Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Minister for Defence Science Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, and Vice Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General David Hurley AO, DSC (representing the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, AC, AFC), will be in attendance. Pic-Fac only.

When: Thursday, 4 December 2008; Media are invited to attend between 11:45am - 1:00pm.

The Minister for Defence will present certificates to students and answer questions from students during the event.

Where: National Museum of Australia, Canberra.

Background: Approximately 18 Year 9-11 students from across Australia, chosen on the basis of their Participation Tasks, will be attending the Defence 2020 National Participation Challenge, which has included a trip to Sydney to visit Defence establishments.

The 18 students will be part of a special role-play presentation to Ministers and ADF Chiefs in Canberra.

Come and see what student representatives from all over Australia think of the role of the Australian Defence Force, and in particular whether they believe that the ADF acts as a responsible citizen at home and overseas. What should be the role of the ADF in 2020? Hear what these students and ADF representatives have to say on this issue.

Note: due to timings for the Ministers to depart for the funeral of Lieutenant Fussell, there will not be an opportunity for assembled media to ask questions of Ministers during the event.

For more information, see: www.Defence2020.info

Media contacts: Christian Taubenschlag (Joel Fitzgibbon): 02 6277 7800 or 0438 595 567 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664