Aussies are Dying as Federal Government Say no to Defence Forces

THE Federal Government has been accused of delaying a high-priority project costing just $7.5 million to improve protection for Diggers in Afghanistan.
Despite Labor’s Budget pledge to spend $1.1 billion to upgrade body armour and weapons for frontline troops, the Herald Sun can reveal a research project called “soldier survivability” that was commissioned by the Army has been put on hold because there is no financing.

Families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan urged Prime Minister Julia Gillard to act now.
Jennifer Ward, the mother of Pte Benjamin Ranaudo who was killed by a roadside bomb last year, said it was a disgrace politicians were spending millions on election campaigns.

“She (the PM) would have my vote if she spent the extra $7.5 million they need. The more improvements they have, the fewer boys we are going to have coming home the wrong way,” she said.

The father of Victorian soldier Pte Gregory Sher, killed in a rocket attack in Afghanistan in 2009, said it was remarkable the Government found billions to spend on a pink-batt home insulation program and inflated schoolground renovations but not for soldier safety.

“It’s something that is paramount and extremely important, and shouldn’t be put on the backburner because of politics,” Felix Sher said.

Click here to read the full story in the “Herald Sun”

As far as I’m concerned this is disgusting behaviour by our Federal Government. It seems it’s alright to waste Billions of Dollars on the BER program, pink bats, etc. but the Government can’t look after our Men and Women that are fighting overseas. There has been so much waste of money, and Julia announced the other day $400 Million for old cluckers, this seems more important to her than our own Defence Personal, who are only asking for $7.5 Million, it beggers belief. Protecting our Soldiers should be a number one priority.

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6 Responses to Aussies are Dying as Federal Government Say no to Defence Forces

  1. Sue says:

    OMG, that is disgusting. I feel so sorry for the Family’s and Friends of those Diggers that have lost their lives in war. What is wrong with this Govt. that they can’t find $7.5 Million for our Diggers? PAY UP NOW and fix this mess.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Sue,
      I bet if the Government had a Brother or Sister, Daughter or Son deployed, the Defence Forces would get the money that they need for the armour.

  2. malc50 says:

    Hi magsx2, Labour lost the Federal seat of Herbert by a slim margin in the last election, due in part to postal votes from Townsville-based soldiers serving overseas favouring the sitting Liberal Member of Parliament. It would be poetic justice if Labour once again lost the marginal seat of Herbert (and thus lost Government) because of the Defence Force vote. At last count, Townsville (Garbutt RAAF Base, Lavarack Barracks and Ross Island (home of the 10th Force Support Battalion) is home to over 6000 ADF personnel, with accommodation being built for another brigade moving here from Sydney.

  3. magsx2 says:

    Hi malc50,
    In my family as well as my Husband’s family we have a long list of people who are and did serve in the Australian Defence Force, they all say the same thing, that the Liberals are better at handling the Defence side of Australia than Labor. My Husband is ex-navy, and he also can tell you some story’s of both side of politics as far as the Forces go.
    I know that a lot are not happy with the way things are going at the moment. So I wouldn’t be surprised if Labor goes down over the running of the Forces. There was a lot of talk in Townsville not that long ago from the Forces about this article:-
    You may have seen the article before, as I did post it in my other blog. But there are a lot of things happening behind the scene that people just don’t know about.

  4. malc50 says:

    Hi magsx2, Your article was about housing boat people in Defence Force Accommodation in Darwin. It’s a wonder they haven’t looked at Scherger Air Force Base east of Weipa. It has a handful of caretakers, underground supplies of fuel and weaponry, and accommodation for several hundred should the base be required for an exercise or an emergency. (It would of course compromise National Security to use this asset to accommodate asylum seekers, but would make use of vacant accommodation!)

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi malc50,
      No they would never use that base for the reasons you have already gave, it is also vital to Australia’s Defence. I think this is a big problem with bringing Asylum seekers onto the mainland before there is somewhere to put them. They are promised a place to live when they come to the mainland, and at the moment the Government are using Motels, and anything else they can get their hands on. We should have somewhere to put them first, then bring them over. I suppose it’s the old saying, build the infrastructure, then bring the people. But I don’t agree for one minute that anybody should be basically thrown out of their homes to accommodate other people.

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