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Parliamentarians on ‘the Front’ with the Australian Defence Force

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Senator The Hon. David Feeney Parliamentary Secretary for Defence

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence - Parliamentarians on ‘the Front’ with the Australian Defence Force 8 February 2012

Senator David Feeney, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin, today launched the 2012 Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program (ADFPP).

ADFPP is a Defence initiative that gives all Australian Senators and Members of Parliament the opportunity to experience first hand what it is like to serve in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

“The ADFPP is a unique opportunity for parliamentarians to improve their understanding of defence capabilities, personnel and management issues,” Senator Feeney said.

“Be it on the front line with the crew of an ANZAC frigate intercepting smugglers in the Gulf of Aden, in the trenches with Army’s latest recruits at Kapooka, or on the flight deck of a giant C 17 Globemaster transport aircraft, all parliamentarians can see first hand the important work of all three services.”

“It’s a great opportunity to meet the men and women who so ably serve.”

Since the program began in 2001, a total of 122 parliamentarians have participated. Parliamentarians are offered a number of ADF attachment options each calendar year, undertaken primarily during the autumn and winter parliamentary recess periods.

The attachments range from five to ten days. Parliamentarians often work in uniform beside the men and women of the ADF.

Nineteen attachment options are on offer this year. The Middle East Gulf Region and Afghanistan operational options are again at the forefront of the program.

Other options within the three services in Australia include attachment options to:

• Navy’s Fleet Base West with a focus on the Collins submarine; • Exercise HAMEL at Shoalwater Bay to experience Army’s training to fight and operate in a modern, complex battlespace; and • Air Force’s largest base at Amberley with its F/A-18 Hornets, C-17 Globemasters and the new KC-30A multi role tanker aircraft.

Media contact:

Adam Carr (Senator Feeney) 0412 423 311 Defence Media Operations: 02 6127 1999

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