Troops to get their beer
STAFF WRITERS | December 17th, 2010
Australia's troop beer crisis is over.
After the NT News broke the news that our diggers serving in Afghanistan had to pay $5 a beer on Christmas day, CUB (the makers of VB) decided to get on the phone to Defence, to arrange a shipment of beer to the troops.
While it's yet to be finalised, it looks like public pressure - including hundreds of comments from the NT News audience - will help get the beer onto the plane, and over to the 1550 troops serving in Afghanistan in time for Christmas.
One Darwin soldier complained this worked out to be $120 per carton of beer.
Defence pointed out it provided accommodation, food and welfare service to deployed troops "at no cost".
These comments outraged NT News readers.
"How can I buy a round of drinks for the diggers. I would be happy to contribute to a 'beer fund' Its embarrassing that they protect our country, and then have to pay for a beer!" one reader said.
"Soon they will charge for every extra bullet they use in gunfights," another reader said.
"Very, Very Non-Australian!!! I bet the politicians don't pay for 2 beers at their Xmas parties," said another reader.Troops to get their beer | News | NT News | Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia | ntnews.com.au
Too bloody right! Can't believe the Govt were going to stoop to charging them for their one lil bit of Xmas cheer...while doing something kind of paltry like I dunno....risking their lives on behalf of their country?
(and 5 bucks a can? wtf who was getting the extra profit from that I wonder)