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Suzette Halliwell is a member of a large and mostly silent army of parents with children serving in the defence force and she is as mad as hell.
Her son, 31, is single and lives well away from his tight-knit family who reside on Sydney's north shore.
Up until the last federal Budget in May, he was entitled to one flight home every year to visit his family.
Under government budget cuts and to help keep the budget in surplus the free flights were cancelled from July 1 for any single defence member over 21. It affects about 22,000 people and will save the government $15 million.
Ms Halliwell said the government was spending $1 billion in Afghanistan over four years to promote education and health, but was happy to take away $15 million worth of soldiers' travel that would undermine the health of Australian families.