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MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon. Fran Bailey, MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence

PARLSEC 94/03 Monday, 17 November 2003

27,000 ADF CADETS GET CONNECTED

From today, more than 27,000 Navy, Army and Air Force cadets from across Australia will learn how to build their own CadetNet unit website in an initiative which will revolutionise cadet communication, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence, Fran Bailey, has announced tonight.

The enhanced CadetNet capability and the roll-out of the web builder training has been launched at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.

Ms Bailey said the initiative is part of the Government’s Cadet Enhancement Program which is reinvigorating the Australian Defence Force Cadets.

“CadetNet is more that just computer infrastructure, it is a portal integrating Navy, Army and Air Force cadet websites and connecting over 460 cadet units throughout Australia.

“This latest enhancement to CadetNet means around 27,000 cadets, aged between 12 and 18, will have their own email address and be able to participate in on-line learning and on-line discussions,” she said.

CadetNet web builder training will be progressively rolled-out over the next few weeks. Cadets and staff from around Australia will learn how to post information, create photo galleries, and design their own unique CadetNet pages.

Ms Bailey said CadetNet is an innovative way to connect the many young ADF Cadets who live in remote locations throughout Australia.

“Thanks to this latest development, each unit’s official website will help to break down the barrier of distance and make CadetNet a one-stop-shop for cadet information and collaboration,” Ms Bailey said.

“Navy, Army and Air Force cadets will be able to share ideas, learn from each other, celebrate achievements and contribute to the direction of the Australian Defence Force Cadet organisation.

“CadetNet is part of enlivening the cadets and letting young people know what great fun and adventurous experiences they can have.”

There are 465 cadet units across Australia, including areas like Bathurst Island and Wadeye where many cadets are from Indigenous communities. One-quarter of all cadets are females.

This important development program provides youth with enriching activities and teaches them the value of teamwork, friendship, self discipline, respect and a spirit of adventure.

The Australian Government has allocated $38-million to ADF Cadets for the 2003-04 financial year.

Media contacts: Peter Shaw (Ms Bailey) (02) 6277 4433 or 0407 100521

Raveena Carroll (Defence) (02) 6265 1263 or 0405 310176