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Defence 2020 Youth Challenges showcasing talent.

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THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

Friday, 5 September 2008 123/2008


Over the next two months, hundreds of young students across Australia will be studying Defence issues and responsible citizenship as part of the Defence 2020 Youth Challenge program.

Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, said Defence 2020 aims to raise awareness of the values of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) amongst senior school students and to encourage discussion about Defence issues through such subjects as history, economics, geography, politics and citizenship.

“The Youth Challenge Forums is the key event that will allow participants to analyse, discuss and report on a range of serious issues that face the Navy, Army and Air Force,” Mr Snowdon said.

“Defence 2020 seeks to create a better understanding of the Defence culture, the variety of roles ADF members are able to take on, and of the contribution the organisation makes both nationally and internationally."

The program includes a series of 15 regional Youth Challenges that will be rolled out in all states and territories and will involve some 300 schools and hundreds of students

“The first Challenge is on in Albury today, followed by Adelaide, Port Pirie, Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra over the next few weeks. A national Forum will be held in Canberra at the beginning of December.”

“I am really looking forward to seeing the results of students’ discussions,” Mr Snowdon said.

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Further Information: Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon): 02 6277 7620 or 0488 484 689 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664