Senator Jacqui Lambie Wants Young People Conscripted To Emergency Services When They Turn 18
Emergency services put their bodies and minds on the line everyday to ensure the community stays safe.
While nearly all of these services are run and filled by professionals, some rely on the generosity of volunteers to help boost their numbers.
However Senator Jacqui Lambie wants to change that and introduce a conscription service for new adults for the emergency services.
She's said: "It seems that today's generation don't really want to volunteer themselves and commit to certain things. They want to show up to a rally once a year and apparently that's giving back," Senator Lambie said.
"That bothers me. It bothers me that kids today wouldn't know a bloody sandbag, let alone a spade.
"And maybe it's about time we looked at something like a national emergency service, where our kids don't go to war but we're going to need people to clean up."
She wants to set up a Senate Enquiry to see if this type of system is possible, which she hopes will help combat climate change.
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Senator Lambie said the NSW State Emergency Service, the NSW Rural Fire Service, the Victorian Country Fire Authority, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are all looking to recruit new members and this could be a way to ensure numbers stay buoyant.
You'd think this would be a good thing, however One Nation leader Pauline Hanson isn't happy.
Speaking on The Today Show, Ms Hanson said: "Don't head down this path. It all sounds good but you just can't go out and send people to do these volunteer jobs."
"It wasn't a sense of charity towards young people fuelling the firebrand senator's reluctance to embrace the idea of compulsory national service.
"A lot of these kids can't even turn up for a job application or turn up to get a job. It's going to be very hard to get them to do it because they know their rights. They're all taught about their rights at school. What about their rights?"
There are a bunch of countries that have conscripted military service, including Armenia, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Israel, Russia, Singapore and many others.
However there are several countries that also have a civilian, unarmed or non-combatant service option, giving newly turned 18 year olds the chance to help out in the community rather than serve in the military.
They're allowed to work in hospitals, youth organisations, nursing homes, rescue services, emergency medical services, and care of the disabled.
Featured Image Credit: Illawong Brigade/NSW Rural Fire Service