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  • Defence chooses to repair rather than replace grounded helicopters (Australia)

    10/17/2017 3:56:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | October 16, 2017 | RORY CALLINAN
    Defence looks set to plough hundreds of millions of dollars into sustaining and upgrading one of its most trouble-prone helicopter models despite the aircraft being grounded over potential safety issues and never seeing a war zone. The attack and reconnaissance Tiger helicopters, which cost about $1.5 billion and more than $800 million to sustain, are supposed to continue to operate into the 2020s. And to maintain operations to 2020, the aircraft needs a mid-life upgrade worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Due to the helicopter’s ongoing problems, such as running seven years late in reaching final operating capability, Defence was...
  • Plan to buy used fighter jets from Australia far from straightforward, experts say (Canada)

    10/16/2017 7:00:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    CBC News ^ | Oct 16, 2017 | Murray Brewster
    Canada's plan to shop for used Australian fighter jets rather than buy new Boeing Super Hornets may backfire, according to defence experts, because the U.S. government will ultimately have a say on whether a deal proceeds. Even though the FA-18 Hornets are nearly three decades old, require regular corrosion maintenance and are nearing obsolescence, their proposed resale would still require Washington's approval because they are advanced warplanes, originally manufactured in the U.S., a former Royal Australian Air Force officer told CBC News. "I imagine all of it is going for a fair bargain price," said Peter Layton, a fellow at...
  • Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey nominates for AFLW draft

    10/15/2017 2:16:34 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 42 replies
    Brisbane Times ^ | October 13, 2017 | Eamonn Tiernan
    Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey has nominated for the AFLW draft but just five days out teams still don't know if they can pick her. The AFL is deliberating whether the 190-centimetre, 100-kilogram ruck is eligible to enter the second AFLW draft after it confirmed Mouncey's nomination on Friday. Mouncey has expressed her desire to become the first elite transgender footballer in the country after starring for the Ainslie Tricolours in the AFL Canberra women's competition this season. The AFL confirmed a decision on whether the 27-year-old was eligible would be announced before the draft on Wednesday. "The AFL is determining...
  • It's Official, Canada Pens Formal Letter Of Interest For Surplus Aussie F/A-18 Hornets

    10/14/2017 4:40:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 13, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    One of the strangest sagas in defense procurement over the last decade has been Canada's meandering road to a new fighter aircraft to replace, or even augment, the country's relatively small fleet of aging CF-18 Hornets. We have talked in great depth about this issue, and although the Super Hornet is clearly the right jet for Canada, a recent trade spat has made it politically unsavory for the Trudeau Administration to order even a handful of the strike fighters as a interim measure before selecting a fighter to replace the entire CF-18 fleet sometime in the future. In the meantime,...
  • Hillary Clinton calls Trump the most dangerous president in U.S. history

    10/11/2017 7:34:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Mashable ^ | October 10, 2017 | Nicole Gallucci
    Hillary Clinton just wrote a 469 page book about her experiences in life, the 2016 election, and her thoughts about Donald Trump ... but she still has much more to say. Clinton stopped by the Australia Broadcasting Corp.’s Four Corners to give the world another extremely blunt warning about the 70-year-old businessman who's currently sitting in the Oval Office. In a clip from the interview, Clinton tells host Sarah Ferguson she believes Trump is the most dangerous president in U.S. history and that the whole world should be concerned. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) When asked if Clinton thought Trump is the most dangerous...
  • Aussie Revolution: Mounting High Level Attacks Against Renewable Energy

    10/10/2017 10:27:37 AM PDT · by catnipman · 4 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 10/9/2017 | Eric Worrall
    Leading Australian Politicians and economists are piling in against renewable political favouritism, comparing renewables to the Bernie Madoff and Enron scandals. Tony Abbott has doubled down on his scepticism of climate change science, reigniting a decade-old debate in a major speech in London after the Turnbull government moved yesterday to rule out proceeding with a clean ­energy target proposed by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel. The former prime minister has labelled the likely backdown on a CET [clean energy target"] “belated” gesture and warned that the Coalition is courting a “political death wish” if it fails to put cost of living...
  • When making a sandwich is a crime against feminism (Australia)

    10/08/2017 3:44:50 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 76 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | 10/7/2017 | Miranda Devine
    WHEN young Sydney mother Maddie asked her closed Facebook group of 26,186 mothers for some tasty alternatives to sandwiches for her husband’s lunches, she wasn’t expecting the backlash. ... You would think she’d asked for a hemlock recipe, judging by the torrent of scolding which erupted. She was nothing but a “slave” and a “1950s housewife”. She was “weird” and no one in their right mind or a “pink fit” would do something so demeaning as make their husband lunch. Let alone snacks. “Your husband is a grown up and you’re not his mother”, wrote one member of the North...
  • Australian Gun Culture 27: Tail End Gun Amnesty, 2017

    10/06/2017 7:42:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 29 Septrember, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    I arrived in Australian on 1 July, 2017, the first day of the gun amnesty in Australia. I will be returning to the United States on 26 September at the tail end of the three month amnesty.This amnesty is completely different from the mandatory confiscation/turn-in that happened in 1996. In 1996 people were paid to turn in firearms. Some types of guns were effectively outlawed for nearly everyone. Perhaps the strictest firearms regulatory scheme in Western Civilization was implemented on the wave of emotion promoted by the media and John Howard.In 2017, some sanity is returning to firearms regulation...
  • Will our new submarines be billion dollar coffins? (Australia)

    10/04/2017 9:14:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | October 5, 2017 | ROGER BRADBURY
    Here’s a thought experiment: what if, suddenly, all the world’s submarines could no longer submerge? There they would be, on the surface of the ocean, slow, unwieldy, with no effective protection against attack. They’d be sitting ducks. Fanciful? Perhaps not. With a high probability, something very like this awaits the world’s submarines within the next couple of decades. Submarines are classic stealth predators. They have only one big trick — their invisibility — and they rely on it utterly to mount a successful attack. In that respect, they are no different from sabre-tooth tigers or trapdoor spiders. And like such...
  • Australian official: ‘Look at the template of our laws and challenge the NRA’

    10/04/2017 12:53:15 PM PDT · by PROCON · 56 replies ^ | Oct. 4, 2017 | Brian Seay
    While authorities investigate and Americans seek answers in the wake of Sunday’s massacre in Las Vegas, Australia is offering to help the U.S. reshape its gun laws. Following a mass shooting in Port Arthur in 1996 that left 35 people dead, Australian officials enacted major gun control legislation. Now officials are offering to help America do the same, according to a cable news station based in Singapore. “What we can offer is our experience,” said Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, talking about her country’s gun buyback program and subsequent ban on semi-automatic and automatic weapons. “But at the end of...
  • US approves sale of 3,900 SDB IIs for Australia F-35s

    10/03/2017 8:40:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM ^ | October 04, 2017 | GREG WALDRON
    The US State Department has approved the sale of 3,900 Raytheon GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bombs Increment II (SDB II) weapons to Australia for use with its Lockheed Martin F-35As. The $815 million Foreign Military Sale package includes the 3,900 weapons, test equipment, training equipment, and other support, says the Defense Security Cooperation Agency on its web site. "The proposed sale of SDB II supports and complements the ongoing sale of the F-35A to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)," says the DSCA. "This capability will strengthen combined operations, particularly air to ground strike missions in all-weather conditions, and increase interoperability...
  • Australia to fit warships with anti-missile defence systems

    10/02/2017 8:31:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3 October 2017 | Colin Packham
    SYDNEY, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday nine war ships set for construction in 2020 will be fitted with long-range ­anti-missile defence systems to counter the threat of rogue nations. Australia's proposed frigates will use Aegis combat systems, produced by Lockheed Martin, in conjunction with SAAB Australia technology, Turnbull said. Tensions in the region have spiked considerably in recent months as North Korea conducted a series of tests of its medium- and long-range ballistic missiles, some of which flew over Japan, as well as its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3. Pyongyang, which ultimately...
  • Report: Middle East Refugees to Begin Arriving to U.S. from Australia

    10/01/2017 10:58:55 AM PDT · by davikkm · 79 replies
    breitbart ^ | JOHN BINDER
    The first group of 1,250 mostly male Middle Eastern refugees is expected to soon arrive in the United States from Australia. The transfer of refugees comes after President Trump failed to shutter an Obama-era deal that could bring tens of thousands of the refugees’ family members to the U.S. in years to come. President Barack Obama signed the Australian-U.S. refugee deal during his last months in office — promising to take 1,250 Middle Eastern refugees off Australia’s hands. The refugees are being held in detention centers on Manus Island and Nauru Island. Despite Trump’s original statement calling the deal “a...
  • Australian Gun Culture Part 26: Guns Confiscated for Self-Defense

    10/01/2017 4:37:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 28 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    David Dunstan, a farmer in Victoria, about 10 miles outside the Australian town of Albury, found himself confronting a teen armed with a knife and a large club at 3 a.m. on the 14th of September, 2017. He slammed shut the door, and called for his wife to get the key to the gun cupboard.He retrieved an unloaded .22 rifle, and used it to convince the thug that he should get in a car and drive to the police station. The offender is in jail without bail.  He is suspected of invading another house just hours previously.From A...
  • Australian Gun Culture Part 25: Knives in Australia, A Changed Viewpoint

    09/29/2017 6:01:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    When I came to Australia, I had read of the weapons laws regarding the carry of knives. I had read that knives could only be carried if you had a “good reason” to do so.I knew how much the “good reason” limitation had been abused in the United States to stop people from exercising their Second Amendment rights.States like New Jersey, New York, and California are notorious for the abuse of that limitation. I was apprehensive about carrying a pocket knife in Australia.On arrival, I wrote: As I talked to the manager, I mentioned that I understood it was...

    09/28/2017 8:03:23 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    INTIMACY THE SUBSTANCE AND KEY TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD Here are The Keys to The Kingdom ,Seek me first in all you do ! Not just the big things but in every matter of the heart . Now if you do this , the other keys will reveal themselves to you . SUBSTANCE DESCRIBES THE UNDERSTANDING AND VISION of My Spirit for I AM in and through all creation , the very "Matter" of Eternity and it is when you step into agreement and oneness with Me alone that Heaven and Earth join AS ONE within you and we...
  • Europe's biggest shipbuilder reveals plans for major Australian navy project

    09/28/2017 4:01:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2017-09-28
    CANBERRA, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Europe's largest shipbuilder has promised to list itself on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) if given a 27 billion U.S. dollar navy frigate contract. Italy's Fincantieri on Thursday released the details of its bid for the 27.4 billion U.S. dollar Future Frigates project which will see nine new vessels built for the Australian Navy, the first of which will be launched in the late 2020s. Fincantieri is one of three international companies bidding for the contract alongside Spain's Navantia and the Britain's BAE Systems, all of which are proposing different designs. A bid by Western...
  • Australia sitting ducks without new subs

    09/27/2017 11:16:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 28, 2017 | ROSIE LEWIS
    Australia would have no way of stopping an intrusion by a major power if the government did not invest in modified off-the-shelf submarines, a defence expert warned as debate over the nation’s submarine capability reignites. An independent report released yesterday into the $50 billion future submarine project — Defence’s largest acquisition — called for the urgent purchase of six new off-the-shelf submarines on top of the 12 Shortfin Barra­cudas selected by the Turnbull government last year. The report from consulting firm Insight Economics, Australia’s Future Submarine: Getting This Key Capability Right, drew a fierce rebuke from Defence Minister Marise Payne...
  • 52 Muslim Migrants Set To Arrive In U.S. From Australian Refugee Camps

    09/27/2017 9:53:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    OAN ^ | September 27, 2017
    The first group of Muslim refugees is set to arrive in the U.S. from resettlement camps in Australia. The first party to arrive in the states includes 52 people who are already in-transit from Australia to Los Angeles. In return, Australia will accept central American refugees from a camp in Costa Rica. Under an Obama-era deal over 1,200 Muslim migrants from Afghanistan, Iran, and Sri Lanka will arrive in the U.S. ... the resettlement deal is unfair to the U.S. as central American migrants do not pose a threat of radical Islamic terror to Australia.
  • Man caught clinging to speeding train

    09/27/2017 7:34:17 AM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 20 replies
    The Extract ^ | 9.24.17 | Editor
    A Facebook user recently uploaded footage of an individual catching a dangerous ride by clinging to the rear windshield wiper of a speeding train in Perth, Australia.