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Defence Force manoeuvres : Comments

By Paul Monk, published 3/5/2006

Australia’s defence forces have begun adapting to the realities of modern warfare.

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Does this mean that we will stop equipping our armed forces with second hand US equipment? Buying second hand 65 tonne tanks for the army does not seem to make a lot of sense unless they are going into action in a country where bridges will take a 65 tonne load.
Buying helicopters with forty year old air frames does not seem like a good idea and yet that is what the government did.
Posted by Peace, Friday, 12 May 2006 7:03:47 PM
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MMM. are you sure?

Defence Minister Nelson - "A Lone Soldier".

In the latest round of ministerial debarcles, Australia's first soldier casualty of the Iraq war appears to have been left behind in a contractors mortuary in Kuwait.

A wooden box which was quiet different from the original casket draped in the Australian Flag, arrived in Sale in Victoria.

The Minister of Defence questioned the reasons for using a private contractor in these circumstances when family had to be eventually told of the grave error.

Mr Brendan Nelson should have been aware of the processes of his department and the transit of soldiers whom die overseas.

As the minister, Mr Brendan Nelson should be aware of all facets of his portfolio and especially aware since arrangements had been made with the family to take possession of their love one through such extreme circumstances as the War in Iraq.

I am sure Australian's would have seen Mr Brendan Nelson face in the pictures and film footage if the rightful casket and body had of been returned to his wife and children.

This is a disaster on behalf of Mr Brendan Nelson's PR team.

Our Australian Defence departments and Government needs to stop skimping on its soldiers and the very people that are upholding their leadership directives.

Private Jake Kovco should never have been left alone. Our Government processes left him alone in a foreign land.

Sincere sympathy must go to Shelley Kovco and family for having felt to have lost Jake twice.

His memory will always be tinged with disatisfaction that many Australian are experiencing with their Australian Government.

Our Government ministers are failing to take responsibility for all facets of their jobs they have undertaken on behalf of the Australian people.

They have sold Private Jake Kovco short of what he deserved even in death.

This Government is not discrimatory.
Posted by Suebdootwo, Friday, 26 May 2006 1:05:23 AM
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