NEWCASTLE New South Wales

Students from Newcastle attended the Defence 2020 National Youth Challenge. Enthusiasm filled the room as students took to the challenge of assessing what it takes for the ADF to be a responsible citizen. The Hon Greg Combet, Member for Charlton, was in attendance and he engaged the students with his thoughtful and insightful responses to the questions he was asked. The students came up with some wonderful responses to the situations presented to them, and in doing so, had a great deal of fun.


Minister for Defence Media Mail List

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Greg Combet, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, has praised the work of around 80 senior secondary school students attending the Defence 2020 Youth Challenge Forum in Newcastle today.

Mr Combet was the special guest of the event, which asked students to deliberate on the question, ‘Is the Australian Defence Force a responsible citizen?’

“This is an important issue to be discussed by young Australians, particularly as the Navy, Army and Air Force are such vital members of the Australian community in so many different locations across the country,” Mr Combet said.

“I have been impressed by the dynamic nature of the students’ involvement in the discussion and workshops and also want to congratulate the input of those members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) who attended the Forum. They were able to provide valuable on-the-spot advice from their own personal experiences,” he said.

Schools attending the Newcastle event included All Saints College, St Joseph’s Campus; Belmont High School; Callaghan College; Hunter School of Performing Arts; Hunter Valley Grammar School; Toomaree High School; and Tuggerah Lakes College Berkeley Vale and Tumbi Umbi.

“The challenge for the ADF over coming years is to maintain and build upon its high degree of acceptance and visibility amongst the wider community,” Mr Combet said.

“To that end, there is a requirement for the organisation to inform and educate school students and so demystify the workings of the Services; improve its interaction with Governments; and cement the role of the Navy, Army and Air Force in the hearts and minds of mainstream Australians.

“The Defence 2020 program illustrates how the ADF shares the values and principles that underpin our community,” he concluded.

Media contacts:
Rod Hilton (Greg Combet): 02 6277 4771 or 0458 276 619
Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664




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Participant Evaluation

Rating Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor
Number 34 31 6 0 0
% 48 44 8 1 0
Student (56) 29 (48%) 22 (39%) 5 (9%%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
Teacher (8) 3 (55%) 5 (62%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
Defence Rep (7) 2 (57%) 4 (57%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)





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