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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES MINISTER ASSISTING THE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE

MEDIA RELEASE

Tuesday, February 3, 2004 MINASSIST 03/04

THE GLOBAL BALLOT BOX

The demands of military operations around the world won’t prevent Queensland members of the Australian Defence Force from casting their vote in the upcoming State election, Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, Mal Brough said today.

“More than 400 Queenslanders are currently deployed on operations from Baghdad to East Timor to the Solomon Islands,” Mr Brough said.

“Even though they are thousands of kilometres away from the Sunshine State, it is important that our service men and women get the opportunity to participate in the election process.

“The ADF has advised all units of the upcoming election and is working with the Queensland State Electoral Commission to ensure personnel receive accurate information about voting from abroad.

“Fortunately existing logistic arrangements mean that deployed personnel have good access to mail services and will be able to lodge a postal vote.”

The delivery of mail to operational areas involves multiple parties including Australia Post, civilian contractors, the Australian Defence Force Joint Logistics Command and Royal Australian Air Force aircraft.

Currently, the ADF has approximately 2000 personnel deployed on more than 10 operations that include border protection, United Nations operations, coalition operations and third country deployments.

Media contact: Peter Gandolfi on 0419 155 447