I just read the story in the Herald about the 160 defense personnel who are unable to make it back for the funerals of the three serivcemen killed in the chopper crash. Apparently it is proving dificult to change flights from Turkey to get them all back in time.
My question. With some supplementaries.
Why are so many servicemen (and women I presume) travelling to Galipoli?
Are they funding themselves or is it funded by the military?
If it is funded, do they normally have such a large presence?
I do have issues with the military in this country, based mainly around the fact that they used a VC recipient for publicity and successive governments have neglected them and bought armoured personnel carriers that are useless, boats that make people ill and are unsafe and we have an airforce that seems to strugle getting past Brisbane without a breakdown. However I would not want anybody to think I am showing any disrespect to the personnel of our armed forces. Because none is intended.
Just wondering why such a large group has gone.
General Debate 25 July 2014
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