For all of you types thinking of relocating down under - EXPERIENCED soldiers are eligible for bonuses of up to $40,000 if they agree to sign onfor three more years' service,under a $193million retention scheme announced by Defence Minister Brendan Nelson yesterday. The bonuses are aimed at keeping experienced officers and non-commissioned officers in the army as the land force grows to about 30,000 men and women over the next decade. Under the scheme, selected corporals, sergeants, captains and majors will be offered one-year retention bonuses of $10,000 in 2007 and 2008 in two separate rounds. This could be followed by completion bonus payments of $30,000 for those who agree to three extra years of service. In full http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21452424-31477,00.html and $1bn defence spending boost http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21460102-31477,00.html I don't understand why is Australia not following the UK's example and actually cutting defence spending? Do they know more about War fighting than New Labour?