I know, I know, it's old news, but I really can't be bothered to write any blogs on the weekends.
But $10 billion to spend on getting people to join the army? Well, guess it's a sign of where the government's priorities are. I think it breaks down to about $4 million per service person/position they're hoping to create or whatever. Just think if that money could be spent on universities! Or hospitals. Or scientific things.
And I hate it how people go, "Ohhh! UNPATRIOTIC! UNAUSTRALIAN! SWINES! You'll be soooooo sorry when the foreign hordes invade Australia to steal your hard-earned bananas and rape your cats because YOU, yes YOU, do not deserve to be protected or Australian," when people say that maybe the money could have been spent more wisely.
The main reason people don't want to join the army these days is because they don't want to get blow into a million $(#*&*$&*!@ bits. And we've seen what's happened in conflicts before. And what happens in conflicts now - like massacres of civilians in Iraq. Or in Viet Nam. And what happened to returned service men after the Viet Nam war. Plus wars these days seem so confusing - which is the "right" or "wrong" side? Or is it a case of "wrong" and "more wrong"??
Yes, the army can do and does some good things - especially with helping out following natural disasters, providing peace-keeping forces, etc. But getting blown up or abducted and beheaded or involved in an illegal war or two? No thanks...