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How would you feel about mandatory military service?

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One former Australian prime minister thinks it’s a good idea and believes it could help bridge the gap between the government and citizens.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has unveiled a bold new plan for Australian school-levers.

He wants to see these citizens spend a “significant period of time” giving back to their country, through methods which may include military service.

Speaking to the Institute of Public Affairs, the former PM says this move could help improve the “two-way street” between the Australian Government and the general public.

Mandatory military service isn’t unheard of – in South Korea men between the ages of 18 to 35 are expected to serve.

Recently we even saw South Korean pop sensations BTS announce they will be stepping away from the limelight until 2025 so they can all serve their country.

Austria, Cambodia, Norway, Israel and Finland also have a similar schemes.

One can only assume such a mandatory conscription programme would be hard to sell down under.

Military service is just one part of Abbott’s plan – what else has he suggested?

The former PM says there’s a lot of talk about what the government has to do for the people and not much discussion of how the general public can give back.

His bold plan could see school-leavers above the age of 18 spending six to 12 months in service.

Aside from being involved in the military, it could also include working in aged-care homes, Indigenous communities, or the Australian Peace Corps in the South Pacific.

He says there’s all sorts of things which people could do, and it’s all about chipping in.

Will this plan ever go ahead? Probably not so there’s nothing to worry about at this stage.

Australia’s last incident of compulsory military training was back in 1972 during the Vietnam War.

And it’s important to note despite this suggestion, the former PM has not himself ever served in the country’s armed forces.

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Daylight reveals full extent of destruction in Turkey

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A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has shaken the country

 
Daylight is revealing the full scale of destruction following a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in central Turkey.

The massive quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres, near heavily populated areas.

The death toll has now surpassed 100 and authorities warn this number will only rise.

As snow fell, residents were forced to find shelter on the streets.

The tremor was so significant it was felt felt in Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria.

The governor of Turkey’s southeastern province has taken to Twitter, saying his region has a number of destroyed buildings – urging people to move to safe locations.

This footage shows a survivor being pulled from the rubble. #trending #featured

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Beyoncé reins supreme at 65th Grammy Awards

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Beyoncé has broken the record for most wins ever

 
Beyoncé has reminded us all once again why she truly is the Queen Bee – breaking the record for the most Grammy Award wins of all time.

Trying not to be emotional, the singer thanked her family, including her late uncle Jonny.

Jonny helped make her stage outfits before she rose to fame while also introducing her to much of the sonic influences we hear on Renaissance.

Know as “music’s biggest night”, the Grammys are the industry’s most prestigious awards.

Adele, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Shania Twain and Stevie Wonder were just some of the stars in attendance.

Speaking of Harry, he won best pop album for Harry’s House.

Dressed in a white tux, Styles received his award with a kiss from Jennifer Lopez. #trending #featured

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TikTok could be banned in the United States

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TikTok in the firing line after Chinese balloon was shot down

 
China has hit back at the U.S. after officials shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina.

Washington says it was being used to monitor strategic sites.

But Beijing rejects this – claiming the balloon was a civilian airship used to monitor the weather.

The incident is just the latest in a long line of diplomatic disputes between the two countries.

Now, TikTok could be banned in the U.S. in the wake of the incident.

Republicans are now pushing for Washington to distance itself from the Beijing-based app. #trending #featured

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