The 2009 series of the DEFENCE 2020 – Are Australia’s Peacekeepers responsible Citizens? – concluded with the National Youth Challenge in Canberra on 16th September 2009. Twenty-three students (national winners of the Participation Task competition) spent two days in Canberra visiting the Australian Federal Police training village, the Australian War Memorial, the Peacekeepers Memorial site on Anzac Parade, Squadron 34 to view the Prime Minister’s jet and the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).
At the National Challenge which was held at ADFA, the students showcased their winning entries, role-played a peacekeeping scenario, presented a video of their experiences in Canberra and were addressed by the Hon Greg Combet MP, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materials and Science and Lieutenant General David Hurley, Vice Chief of the Defence Force.
The National Challenge was a fantastic conclusion to an exciting program that educated young people about defence issues and encouraged them to think about what sort of Defence Force they would like Australia to have in the future.
Defence 2020 will be back in 2010 with a new theme, new resources and a national program that will be rolled out in all states and territories between May and July.
The team at Ryebuck Media wish to sincerely thank all of the teachers, students and ADF personnel who have supported Defence 2020 in 2009. Special thanks to Group Captain Ken Given who continues to be an enthusiastic and dedicated project manager.