School leavers could be called up to undertake compulsory 12 months of civil ...

Calls for school leavers to undertake 12 months compulsory civil service to tackle future disasters as country battles through bushfire crisis Mike Kelly, member for Eden-Monaro, made a bold suggestion to battle bushfires He wants school leavers to complete about 12 months compulsory civil service Firefighter numbers will need to double within next 20 years to cope with fires

By Kelsey Wilkie For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 00:40 GMT, 7 January 2020 | Updated: 00:40 GMT, 7 January 2020

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A Labor MP has called for school leavers to be forced to complete 12 months of civil service as the country faces ongoing destruction from bushfires.

Mike Kelly, member for Eden-Monaro, made his controversial remarks after visiting RFS stations and being 'struck by the ageing of the volunteers'. 

'The bottom line is we need younger people getting on board along with much higher numbers generally,' he wrote on Facebook. 

Mike Kelly, member for Eden-Monaro, has called for school leavers to be forced to complete 12 months of civil service as the country faces ongoing destruction from bushfires (Pictured: NSW Rural Fire Service volunteer shields her face during extremely gusty conditions)

Mike Kelly, member for Eden-Monaro, has called for school leavers to be forced to complete 12 months of civil service as the country faces ongoing destruction from bushfires (Pictured: NSW Rural Fire Service volunteer shields her face during extremely gusty conditions)

He suggested using the 'Gap Year' system from ADF experience and offer payment of individual HECS or VET fees for members

He suggested using the 'Gap Year' system from ADF experience and offer payment of individual HECS or VET fees for members

'To deal with the climate change we cannot prevent and that is already here we must immediately begin work on the framework we need for effective mega-crisis management.'

He suggested using the 'Gap Year' system from ADF experience and offer payment of individual HECS or VET fees for members. 

'If this doesn’t deliver the response required we may need to prepare for the idea of re-instituting a non-military National Service scheme.'

Under his idea, all

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