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  • Have our politicians been hoodwinked over submarine tender process? (French ships for Australia)

    06/21/2017 10:36:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 22, 2017 | ROBERT GOTTLIEBSEN
    The first signs are emerging that the French in the Australian submarine tender process hoodwinked Australian government politicians, including the Prime Minister. Just what knowledge defence officials had of the French government’s real intentions is likely to become a major issue. Last night before a Senate Committee we saw the French winning bidder DCNS back tracking on the clear promises both it and our government politicians had made — that 90 per cent of the work would take place in Australia. Before I set out the latest Senate revelations I want to go back to the time of the tender....
  • Australian faith in US alliance stronger under Trump’s presidency

    06/20/2017 8:26:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The New Daily ^ | June 21, 2017 | Alana Mitchelson
    Despite Donald Trump’s controversial tenure as US President, including an investigation for an impeachable offence, Australia’s faith in its alliance with US has risen dramatically since the property magnate took office. Some 65 per cent of Australians believe in our close relationship with the US under President Trump, up from the 51 per cent who supported the alliance during the 2016 presidential election campaign that Hillary Clinton was widely tipped to win, according to a Lowy Institute poll. As many as 77 per cent of Australians believe the alliance with the United States is either “very” or “fairly” important for...
  • Australia Suspends Syria Air Strikes Over Russia, U.S. Tensions

    06/20/2017 5:33:34 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 06/20/17 | Rob Taylor
    Operations are ceased as a ‘precautionary measure’ says American ally’s defense ministry Australia has suspended air operations in Syria amid escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow after Russia threatened to track American and coalition aircraft in the war-torn country as targets. “As a precautionary measure, Australian Defense Force strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased,” a statement from the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. The American ally’s decision to back out of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria comes hours after the U.S. shifted some of its own flight patterns in the country to minimize risks, following Russia’s warning on Monday that...
  • U.S. Surveillance State Leads to Gun Arrests in Australia

    06/19/2017 6:51:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 June, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Australia has no Second Amendment, no Fourth Amendment, no Fifth Amendment, no First Amendment.  There is strong tradition and law that searches shall require warrants, and that people will not be forced to testify against themselves. There are only a few rights actually protected by the Australian Constitution, and they are weakly protected. In the following story, the information that lead to the searches and arrests came from the United States.  It wasn't about people purchasing anything illegal. It was about solvent traps. From More than 80 illegally imported guns have been seized during raids across the country...
  • Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull Mocks Trump In Press Winter Ball Speech In Canberra

    06/16/2017 5:24:05 PM PDT · by mbrfl · 18 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 15, 2017 | Ryan Northover
    Audio has surfaced of Malcolm Turnbull mocking Donald Trump at a recent press gala.
  • Ancient bird like 'a kangaroo-sized flying turkey'

    06/15/2017 4:46:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 06/14/2017
    P. gallinacea simply buried its eggs in warm sand or soil, just as some living megapodes in Indonesia and the Pacific still do. ... Some of the older specimens were first collected in the late 1800s; the newer ones came from the remarkable Thylacoleo caverns of Western Australia... These birds all lived in the Pleistocene - a time period that covers 11,700 years ago to 2.5 million years ago. That means they would have existed alongside some of the iconic megafauna - such as the giant marsupials - that disappeared shortly after modern humans first entered the Australian continent. Although...
  • U.S.-Australia Refugee Resettlement Deal Is Underway

    06/13/2017 3:42:13 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 16 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | June 2017 | Nayla Rush
    Summary: The deal to resettle Australia's unwanted refugees in the United States, made between the outgoing Obama administration and Malcolm Turnbull's government over six months ago, is being carried out by the Trump administration. The process is well underway for refugees being detained at Australia's offshore detention centers on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and on Nauru. There are currently a total of some 1,250 asylum seekers (mainly men from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan) detained on the islands.
  • Men storm NSW cinema shouting Allahu Akbar

    06/13/2017 7:17:19 AM PDT · by libsdelendaest · 12 replies ^ | June 13, 2017 | Perry Duffin
    NSW Police are investigating after a group of men reportedly screaming "Allahu Akbar" entered a western Sydney cinema leaving customers rattled. Officers were called to the Hoyts Blacktown at Westpoint shopping centre about 8pm on Sunday night after reports of a disturbance
  • 35mm across the whole ADF? (new CIWS for Australia)

    06/07/2017 9:26:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Australian Defence Magazine ^ | 01 March, 2017 | Julian Kerr | Sydney
    A proposal to introduce a multi-role 35mm gun system into the RAN could broaden capabilities and provide potential commonality with the ground-based air defence requirement being sought under Project Land 19 Phase 7B. Julian Kerr | Sydney This would, however, require a major change to the status quo, and the acceptance by Navy of the benefits to be derived from a sophisticated gun system in a calibre with which it is not familiar in the Australian environment. Current RAN smaller-calibre weaponry is a mixed bag; 30mm cannon on the Huon class minehunters, 25mm cannon on the Canberra class Landing Helicopter...
  • James Clapper: Watergate 'pales' in comparison to Trump/Russia scandal

    06/07/2017 1:06:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/07/2017 | by Pete Kasperowicz
    Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told an audience in Australia Wednesday that in his view, the Russia scandal facing the Trump administration is far worse than the Watergate scandal that President Nixon faced. "I think [if] you compare the two, that Watergate pales really in my view compared to what we're confronting now," Clapper said. According to a transcript of his remarks, Clapper said he called then-President-elect Trump when Trump dismissed the intelligence community's assessment that Russia tried to meddle in the 2016 election. Clapper said Trump called intelligence officials "Nazis" in an apparent attempt to attack anyone...
  • Turnbull government rejected US advice to prefer Japanese subs (over French ones)

    06/06/2017 9:35:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 5, 2017 | CAMERON STEWART
    Washington was rebuffed by the Australian government when it tried to convey strategic concerns about the $150 billion new submarine project, a former senior Pentagon official has revealed. Washington was “not able to have a serious alliance discussion” with the Turnbull government about the Americans’ preference for Japan to build the navy’s new submarines to strengthen Australia-US-Japan ties in the face of a rising China. In the first public comments by a senior Pentagon official at the time, Amy Searight has revealed hidden tensions between the Obama administration and the Australian government last year over the submarine project, which was...
  • Australian Politics Is Open to Foreign Cash, and China Has Much to Gain

    06/06/2017 2:58:10 AM PDT · by blueplum · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06 June 2017 | DAMIEN CAVE and JACQUELINE WILLIAMS
    SYDNEY, Australia — As the United States investigates Russia’s efforts to sway last year’s presidential election, Australia is engaged in a heated debate over how vulnerable its own political system is to foreign influence — and whether China is already meddling in it. {snip} The question of Chinese interference is a sensitive one for Australia, an American ally that has embraced Beijing as its largest trade partner and welcomed Chinese investors and immigrants in large numbers. The political establishment here has generally been reluctant to tackle the issue. But the nation is now asking how a multicultural society should police...
  • Hostage-taker in Australia had been acquitted of terror plot

    06/06/2017 2:39:06 AM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | 06 June 2017 4:48am ET | Rod McGuirk, Associated Press
    A gunman who killed a man and took a woman hostage before dying in a police shootout had been acquitted of plotting a terror attack at a Sydney army base years earlier, police said Tuesday. Three police officers were wounded. {snip} The gunman, Yacqub Khayre, 29, was one of two men acquitted by a jury in 2010 of plotting a suicide attack in Sydney. Three people were convicted of conspiracy in that plot, which police thwarted before it could be executed. Khayre, a Somali refugee, has an extensive and violent criminal record. He was sentenced in 2012 to 5 ?...
  • And Now Jihad in Australia…

    06/05/2017 6:23:05 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 5 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 5 June 17 | Christopher Holton
    We can now add Melbourne, Australia to the long list of Western cities victimized by jihad during the Muslim “holy” month of Ramadan. Late yesterday afternoon, Yacqub Khayre, 29, an Australian citizen of Somali descent–who came to Australia as a child refugee at the age of 4–killed one innocent victim and took another hostage before being killed by police in a shootout and siege that lasted some 2 hours.
  • Dramatic moment armed cop points his gun at ISIS-inspired killer (3 police shot, gunman dead)

    06/05/2017 4:49:52 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 5th June 2017 | Josh Hanrahan
    A gunman who took a woman hostage and is suspected of killing another man called up a TV newsroom during the siege to claim: 'This is for IS, this is for al-Qaeda'. 'Severe gunfire' rang out inside 'The Buckingham' serviced apartments on Bay Street, in the affluent east Melbourne suburb of Brighton, shortly after 6pm on Monday. The hostage situation came to an end when the gunman stepped out of a hotel room and fired on officers, injuring three, before himself being killed in the exchange. But moments before police shot the man dead, he called Channel 7's newsroom to...
  • Mattis says U.S. committed to Asia-Pacific as allies seek clear policy

    06/03/2017 12:08:27 AM PDT · by blueplum
    Business Insider ^ | 02 June 2017 2:49am | Idress Ida
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday the United States remains committed to its Asia-Pacific allies, as he headed to the region's premier defense and security forum. Mattis said that in a speech on Saturday to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore he would talk about the "international order" needed for a peaceful Asia, a reference to countering North Korea's nuclear and missile program. "At the Shangri-la dialogue I will emphasize (that) the United States stands with our Asia-Pacific allies and partners," Mattis told reporters on the way to the regional security forum.
  • Are Australians being misled over the real cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

    06/01/2017 5:27:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 1, 2017 | ROBERT GOTTLIEBSEN
    One of the world top independent defence experts has conduced an incredibly exhaustive examination of the real cost of the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) to those countries that are buying it. The expert, Paris-based Giovanni de Briganti, of Defence-Aerospace, estimates that the average unit cost of Lockheed Martin JSF in the ninth low-rate initial production run is $US206.3 million. The Australian parliament has been told by Defence Minister Marise Payne and Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne that the cost of our Joint Strike Fighters will be in the vicinity of $US90 million. Such a huge variation means that either Giovanni...
  • Australian convict pirates in Japan: evidence of 1830 voyage unearthed

    05/31/2017 9:56:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 27 May 2017 | Joshua Robertson
    Fresh translations of samurai accounts of ‘barbarian’ ship arriving at the height of Japan’s feudal isolation corroborate a story long dismissed as fantasy An amateur historian has unearthed compelling evidence that the first Australian maritime foray into Japanese waters was by convict pirates on an audacious escape from Tasmania almost two centuries ago. Fresh translations of samurai accounts of a “barbarian” ship in 1830 give startling corroboration to a story modern scholars had long dismissed as convict fantasy: that a ragtag crew of criminals encountered a forbidden Japan at the height of its feudal isolation. The brig Cyprus was hijacked...
  • Passengers Stop Man Trying to Storm Cockpit of Malaysian Airliner in Australia

    05/31/2017 1:44:23 PM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    NBCNews ^ | May 31, 2017 | Alex Johnson and Becky Bratu
    A screaming man tried to storm the cockpit of a Malaysia Airlines jet shortly after takeoff Wednesday night in Australia, but passengers tackled him before he could reach the pilots, authorities and witnesses told NBC News. Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, Australia's second-busiest airport, was closed for hours overnight as armed tactical officers swept Malaysia Airlines Flight MH128, which had been bound for Kuala Lumpur, as well as the airport, officials said.
  • Anti-submarine future frigates to be armed with SM-2 missiles to blunt far-distant attacks

    05/30/2017 10:27:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 17, 2017 | JULIAN KERR
    Although the nine future frigates are to be optimised for anti-submarine warfare, confirmation that their armament will include SM-2 missiles means they will also be providing a valuable contribution to the Royal Australian Navy’s task group protection. The SM-2, along with the CEAFAR2 S/X/L band active phased- array radar systems under development by Canberra-based CEA, has been directed by the government to be essential rather than desirable for the $35 billion SEA 5000 Phase 1 purchasing that is expected to begin replacing the RAN’s eight Anzac-Class frigates from about 2027. Equipping the ships of the Future Frigate program with the...