From Green Army to national service

Australia scrapped conscription in 1972 but with a new generation of young under-employed with few prospects for work, perhaps it’s time to revisit the merits of national service.

A report released yesterday by the Foundation for Young Australians paints a pretty bleak time ahead for Australians aged under 24.

They will, it says, enter a jobs market where 30 per cent of youngsters are unemployed or underemployed -- part-time work is the new full-time.

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