BAGS PACKED: Todd Hackett will leave for Iraq this week as part of Australia?s commitment of the conflict in the Middle East.
BAGS PACKED: Todd Hackett will leave for Iraq this week as part of Australia?s commitment of the conflict in the Middle East.

Iraq mission for local lads

BY ADRIAN MILLER

AS the weekend approaches, two Grafton mothers will probably be feeling just a bit nervous and anxious.

That is because their sons will be on their way to Iraq as members of Australia's latest troop deployment to the troubled area.

Former Grafton residents Todd Hackett and Martin MacDonald, both members of the 5/7 Royal Australian Regiment, are due to fly to Kuwait this week before heading to Iraq a few days later.

Todd's mum, Christine Hackett, said as her son's departure drew closer, she was trying to remain positive.

"Well, we're trying not to think about it too much," she said.

"While he's here with us and we're enjoying his company, it's probably much easier not to (think about him leaving), but when the time comes and he leaves on Tuesday, it'll probably be much different then."

Mrs Hackett said while it was tough to see her son go to Iraq, she supported the decision.

"All mums are mums and while we might be worried, that is their chosen field and you have to accept it and you've got to support them all the way," she said.

Martin's mum, Wendy, said news of her son's deployment had been difficult to take.

"As a mum you've got to realise your kids grow up and they take on their own responsibilities and Martin ... really loves what he is doing, it's something he's al- ways wanted to do," she said.



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