The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, today welcomed the introduction of the Defence Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 into the House of Representatives.
This Bill fulfills the Gillard Labor Government’s 2010 election commitment to introduce legislation to give the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) more control and responsibility over the Cadets
“I welcome the introduction of this Bill. It fulfills an important 2010 Labor election commitment. This measure will provide greater consistency and certainty for all Cadets and Cadet staff,” Senator Feeney said.
“Specifically, this Bill will reduce duplicated effort across Cadet programs and facilitate the establishment of a common and concerted youth engagement and development strategy within Defence,” Senator Feeney said.
“I’m looking forward to this Bill having bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and Senate,” Senator Feeney said.
The Defence Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 amends the Defence Act 1903, the Naval Defence Act 1910 and theAir Force Act 1923.
It provides the CDF in addition to the Minister for Defence, with the authority to issue directions to the Service Chiefs in relation to the administration of their respective Cadet schemes.
The Australian Defence Force Cadets is a community-based youth development organisation focused on Defence traditions and values. TheAustralian Defence Force Cadets comprises theAustralian Navy Cadets,Australian Army Cadets andAustralian Air Force Cadets.
There are approximately 22,000Australian Defence Force Cadets and about 2,500 Cadet staff in some 500 Cadet units and headquarters acrossAustralia.
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