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Defence force families take their message to Canberra.

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Minister for Defence Media Mail List -----------------------------------------------------------------------


Wednesday, 25 June 2008 081/2008

Education, housing and spouse employment are key themes at this year’s Defence Families Australia (DFA) Conference.

Bringing to Canberra Defence spouses from across the country, the 2008 conference entitled ‘Moving the Modern ADF Family’, will particularly focus on the pressures on ADF families as a result of the current high operational deployment.

Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP said he hoped the DFA conference would not only highlight the challenges that ADF partners and children face, but also discuss solutions that best serve the family, as well as the nation.

“The work our military does would not be possible without the love and understanding of their families. Retaining our servicemen and women also means supporting their families and children.

“This support can be seen in the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme which provides progressively higher home loan subsidies to permanent ADF members who serve beyond the critical departure points of 4, 8 and 12 years.

“Starting next week, the scheme represents a significant incentive for ADF members to remain serving and will assist them and their families in the current competitive housing market.

“Similarly the Rudd Labor Government has begun to respond to concerns regarding health care, by trialling a free health care model for ADF families in Singelton in NSW, Pilbara in WA, East Sale in Vic, Cairns in Qld and Katherine in the NT.

“In other areas too I remain committed to easing stress on our ADF families, and await with interest the conference’s resolutions on such issues as spouse employment, housing relocations, and education.

“I also welcome the five newest national delegates into DFA, and look forward over their two year term to hearing ideas from their particular states.

The new national DFA delegates are: Kym Mackay - Southern Qld; Penny Davison - Western Australia; Annaliese McCammon - Northern Territory; Trish Richards - Victoria and Tasmania; Brie McNab- Central NSW.

More information on DFA can be found at:

Media contacts: Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon): 02 6277 7620 or 0488 484 689 Nicole Quinn (DFA):

02 6266 2334 or 0410 626 103 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664