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  • Mika: Why Not a Gun Ban Like in Australia?

    10/05/2015 6:48:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 76 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    They really are coming for your guns . . . After the Charleston church shootings, President Obama praised Australia's draconian gun laws, which included a mandatory buy-back program, AKA confiscation. On today's Morning Joe, Mika wondered "why" we couldn't institute a similar gun ban in the United States, throwing in support for a database of all gun ownership for good measure. Joe Scarborough was actually obliged to explain to Mika that her gun ban was never going to happen because we have the Second Amendment here. That left Mika grimacing in regret [see the screengrab]. View the video here.
  • Redflex Tries To Win Back Shareholders (red light and speed cameras )

    10/05/2015 6:26:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    The Newspaper. ^ | 9/30/2015
    Redflex red light cameras and speed camera deployments have dropped by half as municipalities reject automated enforcement. Only a few years ago, Redflex Traffic Systems was at the top of its game. Stock analysts saw unlimited growth potential in the Australian firm that once operated more red light cameras and speed cameras in the United States than anyone else. Redflex was so confident about its bright future that it rebuffed Macquarie Bank's 2011 buyout offer at $2.75 a share. Today, Redflex trades at 24 cents per share, a top executive has been found guilty on federal corruption charges and the...
  • Federal Government to spend $1.3 billion on new Hawkei armoured vehicles for Army (Australia)

    10/04/2015 4:29:34 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    The Federal Government is set to announce it will spend $1.3 billion on new light armoured personnel carriers for the Army. The Hawkei vehicles will be manufactured by Thales Australia in Bendigo and will replace part of the Army's ageing Land Rover fleet. The Hawkeis are classed as "light protected mobility vehicles".
  • In Australia, seeds of Islamic radicalism sown early (barf alert)

    10/04/2015 5:44:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | Sun Oct 4, 2015 2:08am EDT | Morag MacKinnon
    The Australian government’s focus on national security and the war on terror to tackle Islamic extremism, rather than social cohesion and inclusion, has helped create an environment for radicalized Muslim youth to emerge in disproportionate numbers, experts say.Authorities in Australia are grappling with a rise in violence perpetrated by teenagers at home as well as battling to halt the flow of those who are attempting to travel to Syria to fight with Islamic extremists. The murder of a police accountant in Sydney on Friday by a boy of Iraqi-Kurdish descent is the latest in a spate of attacks linked to...
  • Obama Goes Beyond Mere Gun Control, Hints at Confiscation

    10/03/2015 6:58:46 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 144 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/03/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    When President Obama spoke in reaction to the heinous October 1 attack on Umpqua Community College, he went beyond his usual calls for more gun control and suggested instead that America consider following the path blazed by Australia and Great Britain. In the mid-1990s Australia and Great Britain both instituted what were virtually complete bans on firearm possession.Obama referenced the bans thus: We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings.  Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours.  So we know...
  • Dressed in all black, brandishing a gun and chanting 'Allah, Allah'....

    10/03/2015 3:23:48 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 4th October 2015 | Jenny Awford
    Chilling footage has emerged showing the final moments of a 'radicalised' 15-year-old after he stormed a police headquarters and shot an accountant at point-blank range in an 'act of terrorism'. Schoolboy Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad can been seen running down the street brandishing his gun in the air just seconds after killing father-of-two Curtis Cheng, 58. Dressed in a black robe, the lone gunman can be heard screaming at officers before having a shoot-out with three special constables guarding the station in Parramatta, Sydney. Multiple shots can be heard and the Channel Seven video then shows the Iranian-born youth, who...
  • Shooting In Gun-Free Australia Leaves ‘At Least Two Dead’

    10/03/2015 12:21:04 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Oct 2015 | Awr Hawkins
    On October 2–just one day after Obama suggested an Australian-like gun ban might be the way forward for America–a gunman opened fire outside a daycare by State Crime Command in Sydney, Australia. Fox News reports “at least two are dead.” Details are scant, but The Sydney Morning Herald reports that “the gunman, who one witnessed said was dressed in a black gown, opened fire on a police IT worker outside the State Crime Command, which houses some of the state’s top detectives, in Parramatta at 4.35pm on Friday.” Parramatta real estate agent Edwin Almeida heard shots and looked out the...
  • Australia’s 1996 Gun Confiscation Didn’t Work – And it Wouldn’t Work in America

    10/03/2015 11:46:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/03/2015 | by MARK ANTONIO WRIGHT
    Within hours of the gunfire falling silent on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Oregon Thursday, President Obama stepped up to a podium and declared that America should follow the path of our Anglosphere cousins to reduce gun violence. “We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings,” the president said. “Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.” “Australia” is Obama’s preferred euphemism for that most cherished of gun-control ideals:...
  • Gunman... 15yo radicalised youth who visited a mosque... police confirm ... act of terrorism'

    10/02/2015 7:05:15 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 3rd October 2015 | Leith Huffadine and Daniel Piotrowski
    The shooter at the centre of the Parramatta police HQ terror attack was a 15-year-old boy from Iran. The 'radicalised' youth gunned down police finance department employee and father-of-two Curtis Cheng at close range before being killed by a police officer. In a press conference with New South Wales premiere Mike Baird, Police commissioner Andrew Scipione confirmed the teens actions were 'politically motivated and therefore linked to terrorism'. En route to the killing the youth, originally from Iran, had visited Parramatta Mosque, The Daily Telegraph reported. Witnesses of the attack on Friday afternoon said after the killing, the teen paraded...
  • Civilian IT worker on his way home from work was shot outside police headquarters in Sydney(t)

    10/02/2015 11:08:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies ^ | 10/2/2015 | Daniel Piotrowski
    A lone gunman shot dead a civilian police IT expert at close range outside a force headquarters in a targeted attack today which has been described as a 'brutal' and 'callous murder'. The assailant, dressed all in black, fired a number of shots at special constables guarding the NSW Police station in Parramatta, Sydney, before he was gunned down and killed by one of the officers. Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the civilian employee was 'simply leaving work' when he was shot in the back of the head by the gunman who was wearing 'dark trousers and a flowing top'....
  • American anti-abortion activist Troy Newman detained at Melbourne Airport

    10/02/2015 8:39:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Controversial anti-abortion activist Troy Newman has been detained at Melbourne Airport after he travelled to Australia despite his visa being cancelled. Mr Newman, who has questioned why doctors who perform abortions were not sentenced to death, had previously been stopped in Denver in the US en route to Australia. He had his visa cancelled by the Department of Immigration on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton confirmed to Daily Mail Australia Mr Newman had been detained on Thursday morning. 'Despite having no visa to enter Australia Mr Newman-Mariotti boarded a flight and arrived in Melbourne,' she...
  • Multiple shots fired outside police HQ on Charles Street (Australia - "middle eastern" gunman)

    10/02/2015 1:12:43 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 2nd October 2015
    A LONE gunman has shot dead a police IT expert outside police HQ in Charles Street, Parramatta, before being gunned down by police. The shooter, believed to be of Middle Easter appearance, launched an attack from the street, peppering the front of the building. He shot a police IT worker before being gunned by special constables who guard the entrance. The Daily Telegraph understands a number of shots were fired in the attack in the street close to a childcare centre used by police force families. There is no confirmation it was a terrorist attack. Police had warning of the...
  • Two people shot dead and multiple casualties outside police headquarters in Sydney

    10/02/2015 12:43:04 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 2nd October 2015 | Daniel Piotrowski
    Two men have reportedly been shot dead outside a police headquarters in a Sydney suburb. Multiple shots were fired just 700m from the main station in Parramatta after two armed men allegedly stormed the headquarters, according to reports. Witnesses have reported seeing two bodies lying on the ground covered in white sheets. A NSW police spokeswoman said a major operation was underway and 'something's definitely going on out there'.
  • ...five siblings saved their mother's life by pinning down their shotgun-wielding father

    09/27/2015 11:05:32 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 28th September 2015 | Jenny Awford
    A 12-year-old boy has spoken about the moment he told first-response officers how he and his four siblings fought off their shotgun-wielding father and saved their mother's life. ..... The children have revealed how they elbowed an intoxicated Fields, grabbed his gun and pinned him down to stop him firing a third time after he stormed into their isolated Queensland home. Cameron, 12, recalled how he repeatedly ran up and down the drive of their Chambers Flat home, south of Brisbane, to check whether police had arrived after his 10-year-old sister called triple-0. 'I kept running up and down the...
  • Loss of Tony Abbott as prime minister is a time of sorrow (Brilliant piece explains what happened)

    09/27/2015 5:10:45 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | 28th September 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    NOW Tony Abbott is gone I can finally tell the truth about him. Folks, you made a big mistake with this bloke. No, no. The mistake wasn’t that you voted for him. In fact, you got one of the finest human beings to be Prime Minister. ..... And he did all this in the face of astonishing heckling and even vilification from our media class, and despite often feral opposition in the Senate. But your mistake was not to care about all that. Deeds didn’t count with you. Image was all. And so you told the pollsters you didn’t like...
  • Tony Abbott: my legacy the key to victory at next election (Australia's ex-PM speaks out)

    09/26/2015 4:40:22 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 26th September 2015 | Dennis Shanahan and Paul Kelly
    Tony Abbott has declared that it is “absolutely” in the national interest that this Coalition government and Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister be re-elected — and that his two-year leadership provided a “strong foundation” for electoral victory next year. ..... “Interestingly, just as nothing has changed on economic policy in the last fortnight, nothing’s changed on climate change policy in the last fortnight, nothing’s changed in respect of same-sex marriage in the last fortnight and nothing’s changed in respect of border protection in the last fortnight, and I don’t imagine anything will change in national security policy more broadly.” ........
  • Tony Abbott and me: Our former PM spills on life after the spill

    09/25/2015 5:35:31 PM PDT · by naturalman1975
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 26th September 2015
    At 3.15pm on the Monday before last, Tony Abbott was sitting in the Prime Ministerial Suite preparing to meet a group of girl guides .... “It was a conversation with Malcolm that had to be a little more than 30 seconds. Nevertheless (the girl guides) had to wait five or 10 minutes. “No doubt he went off to get on the phones and prepare his statement … and I went out into the courtyard and met with girl guides and school groups. “Whatever might have been going through my mind, the fact is you still have a job to do....
  • ‘MacGyver’ Star Not Proud of USA When It Comes to Guns

    09/20/2015 12:34:57 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 97 replies
    On September 17, the Bisbane Times published a video interview with Richard Dean Anderson—star of the hit 1980’s show MacGyver—in which Anderson talked about how he is not proud of the USA when it comes to the country’s gun culture. He also criticized the “despicable attitudes” he sees in the NRA. Anderson told the Bisbane Times, “[There is] too much injury and death happening, especially in the states, I’m not so proud of that aspect of my country.” Ironically, the day before this video interview was posted, Breitbart News reported that Panama plans to loosen gun restrictions because of the...
  • Burned at the stake for taking a stand (Australia's deposed conservative Prime Minister)

    09/18/2015 4:50:42 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 18th September 2015 | Simon Benson
    OF the five prime ministers we have had since the 2007 election, Australians have elected only two in their own right — Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott. They have voted out but one — Kevin Rudd, in favour of Tony Abbott. ..... But it is my view that, just like Kim Beazley was perhaps the best prime minister we never had, Tony Abbott was potentially the best prime minister we had but never knew it. ..... He espouses a set of values, principles and personal ethics that speak to community values that many of us could probably only aspire to....
  • Phonics, faith and coding for primary school kids (Australia's new 'conservative' school curriculum)

    09/18/2015 4:21:03 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 19th September 2015 | Natasha Bita
    Australia’s “Christian heritage’’ will be taught in schools in a slimmed-down national curriculum that focuses on phonics to ­improve children’s reading. ..... Indigenous issues have been cut from parts of the curriculum, and students will no longer be taught about Harmony Week, ­National Reconciliation Week, or NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week. Students will continue to learn about Australia Day, Anzac Day and National Sorry Day. The Year 6 study of the contribution of “individua­ls and groups” to Australian society will no longer ­include a reference to indigenous people or migrants, and will be confined to the...
  • Abbott’s last plea: Don’t destroy the party I love (Australia's former conservative Prime Minister)

    09/18/2015 3:59:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 18th September 2015 | Piers Akerman
    FROM the loneliness of political exile, Tony Abbott is urging conservative members of the Liberal Party not to walk away from the party he led into government two years ago. Aware of the tsunami of anger created by his ousting among party stalwarts, the former prime minister is telling friends that the Liberal Party will always be a better organisation with good people working within it than against it from the outside. ..... It is noteworthy that it took Malcolm Turnbull and his accomplice Julie Bishop two years to achieve what Labor could not do — remove Tony Abbott from...
  • Coup de (dis)grâce (on the overthrow of Australia's conservative Prime Minister)

    09/17/2015 1:52:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    The Spectator (Australia) ^ | 19th September 2015
    The knifing of Tony Abbott will go down as one of the most destructive and arrogant acts of political bastardry this nation has yet seen. In many ways, it surpasses Labor’s two similarly bloody coups, so forensically explored in Sarah Ferguson’s superb Killing Season documentary, for the simple reason that Mr Turnbull’s treachery was done despite the knowledge that the electorate genuinely deplore such brutality. If there was, indeed, one clear lesson to come from the Rudd/Gillard danse macabre, it is that the voters prefer to do the knifings in the sanctity of the ballot box, and have little time...
  • Turnbull’s biggest threat is Liberal anger at the treachery (Australia's new Prime Minister)

    09/16/2015 2:51:06 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies ^ | 17th September 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s biggest problem isn’t Bill Shorten. No, knocking off that soiled Labor leader should be a cinch. Far more dangerous to Turnbull are the Liberals disgusted by the treachery and deceit that went into assassinating former leader Tony Abbott. There is almost a revulsion among influential MPs, not just with Turnbull but his deputy, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop. There is even anger with Scott Morrison, until now a hero of conservatives and about to become Turnbull’s treasurer. For some this is now a moral question. They know they should be loyal to their party. They know...
  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s hand forced as Tony Abbott’s Cabinet ministers stay put

    09/15/2015 4:29:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies ^ | 16th September 2015 | Ellen Whinnett
    NONE of Tony Abbott’s Cabinet ministers has accepted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s invitation to resign, leading to the likelihood he will have to blast them out at week’s end. All the ministers remained in their portfolios on Tuesday, including Treasurer Joe Hockey, who is set to be dumped to make way for Social Services Minister Scott Morrison. Kevin Andrews, a long-time Abbott loyalist, publicly pleaded his case to remain as ­Defence Minister, saying he would “definitely’’ serve under Mr Turnbull. Mr Andrews, a staunch conservative who has clashed with Mr Turnbull over his progressive views, told 3AW he stood as...
  • Australian jets drop first bombs on Islamic State targets in Syria

    09/15/2015 4:15:44 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies ^ | 16th September 2015
    DEFENCE Minister Kevin Andrews says Australian aircraft have dropped bombs on ISIS targets in Syria for the first time. Mr Andrews confirmed the mission, that occurred two days ago, this morning. “An Australian hornet fighter aircraft destroyed a Daesh armoured personnel carrier with a precision guided missile,” Mr Andrews said. “This is part of our logical extension in the fight against Daesh to operate not just over northern Iraq but also to operate over eastern Syria in order to degrade and destroy the Daesh forces.”
  • New Prime Minister of Australia - Inadvertent Propagandist of Islam

    09/15/2015 8:10:37 AM PDT · by se99tp · 50 replies
    "I mean Islam is an ancient religion of great scholarship" - said Mr. Malcolm Turnbull. He argued on the eyes of millions television viewers that " It is important for us that we promote and encourage Islam" (...) Mr. Turnbull statements seem to be misinformed and confusing which promote and communicate, at best, incomplete view of complex political reality. Because Islam has never been perceived by its proponents in Eastern world, as Christianity is being seen in Western civilization.
  • How it all went wrong for Australian PM Tony Abbott

    09/14/2015 11:22:16 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies ^ | 14 September 2015 | Wendy Frew
    It is being described as "front stabbing" - a brutal attack on his leader by Malcolm Turnbull, who has long coveted the job of prime minister of Australia.
  • New Prime Minister of Australia (Malcolm Turnbull) being sworn in now.

    09/14/2015 8:31:12 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    APAC | 15th September 2015
    Watching the ceremony now.
  • Malcolm Turnbull stole the prime ministership he could not have won (Australia)

    09/14/2015 3:09:10 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | 15th September 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    MALCOLM Turnbull has replaced Tony Abbott as Prime Minister because the Liberals let his bull weaken their nerve and bury their judgment. Here’s Turnbull’s challenge in a nutshell: he stole the prime ministership he could not have won in an election. He stole it by boasting of superior communication skills he does not have. He will now campaign on successes by Abbott he could not have achieved himself. And he will now be the leader of a party he cannot unite. What have the Liberals done? Many of their members will be distraught and disgusted. Whether Turnbull wins the next...
  • Tony Abbott has been replaced as Australian Prime Minister by Malcolm Turnbull - live

    09/14/2015 4:48:06 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 85 replies
    14th September 2015
    Just announced live on Australian TV.
  • Malcolm Turnbull has met with the Prime Minister to request leadership ballot (Australia)

    09/13/2015 11:22:44 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies ^ | 14th September 2015
    MALCOLM Turnbull has confirmed he will challenge for the Liberal Party leadership. Mr Turnbull met with Prime Minister Tony Abbott this afternoon.
  • Jonah Goldberg and the Anti-Trumpians – Part 2 (another great Nolte article!)

    09/13/2015 6:24:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 99 replies ^ | 9/12/15 | John Nolte
    On the digital pages of National Review, Jonah Goldberg responded at length to the many criticism/rebuttals he received in response to a G-File published last week where he sank his teeth into Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and his supporters. Like everything Jonah writes, you should read the whole thing. This is a good debate; healthy for the Party and the movement. Unlike many who share his point of view, Goldberg is engaging in a spirited, not mean-spirited, discussion. One party Goldberg responds to is yours truly. Goldberg takes “particular exception” to what I wrote here… To his credit, Goldberg doesn’t...
  • Florida Jew Arrested for Posing as Online Jihadist, Encouraging Terrorism

    09/13/2015 5:03:29 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 18 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 11, 2015 | TOI Staff
    Florida Jew arrested for posing as online jihadist, encouraging terrorism Joshua Ryne Goldberg faces 20 years in jail; same man reported to have posted foul, hoax blog on Times of Israel in April The FBI arrested a 20-year-old American Jewish man for posing as an Islamic State extremist, calling for terrorist attacks, claiming to be planning attacks in Australia and the United States, and providing information on bomb construction to a second party. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the same man, who it named as Florida resident Joshua Ryne Goldberg, also posed as a respected Australian lawyer in April...
  • Daily Kos Founder’s Breitbart Attack Backfires Big Time

    09/13/2015 1:47:22 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    youngcons ^ | september 12, 2015 | Andrew Mark Miller
    Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the terrible ultra liberal “news” sites Daily Kos and Vox, took to Twitter on Saturday morning to criticize Breitbart for employing Joshua Ryne Goldberg who was arrested for allegedly plotting to commit a terrorist attack on Friday’s anniversary of 9/11. -snip Only one problem Goldberg didn’t actually write for Breitbart.  Not only that, he was a contributor for many left wing sites including the Daily Kos, Moulitsas’ own site.
  • Florida Muslim involved in Garland jihad attack arrested for 9/11 plot

    09/10/2015 6:46:29 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9-10-2015 | Robert Spencer
    It is safe to say that “Joshua Ryne Goldberg” is a convert to Islam. How did he get the idea that his new religion called for mass murder of those who don’t believe in it? Why are the peaceful aspects of Islam that are so obvious to John Kerry and David Cameron and the U.S. Catholic bishops so hard for people like Joshua Ryne Goldberg to find, while the violent passages that Kerry and Cameron and the bishops are sure do not exist call out so insistently to young men like Goldberg?
  • Man who claimed to be Australian-based jihadist exposed as online troll

    09/12/2015 9:37:01 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 11 Sept 2015 | REBEKAH CAVANAGH
    A MAN who claimed to be an Australian-based jihadist terrorist and encouraged attacks on local Jews has been exposed as an online troll who is in fact a young Jewish-American. The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force swooped on Joshua Ryne Goldberg’s Florida home, where the 20-year-old lived with his parents, early Thursday, US time, after a joint investigation with the Australian Federal Police into his online activities supporting Islamic State. Mr Goldberg, under the persona “Australi Witness”, had ... boasted about inspiring the May 3 attacks on the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, Texas, where two mujahideen were...
  • [Australian girl talks about] RefugeeCrisis: What The Media Is Hiding, Help SyrianRefugees Go Home

    09/11/2015 3:23:26 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 38 replies
    Syrian Girl, as she’s known, explains the migrant crisis into Europe and the way the media is handling it like no one else I’ve heard, and I highly recommend it to you. It’s very good analysis with the slight exception that she’s somewhat pro-Palestinian, so you’ll have to ignore a couple of brief comments she makes in the video. But otherwise it seems she’s right on the money, especially with respect to Obama and Turkey. Watch:
  • Unhappy Australia Joins Study of Tiger Attack Helicopter Upgrade

    09/11/2015 6:09:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN online ^ | September 10, 2015 | Peter Ricketts and Chris Pocock
    Australia has joined France, Germany and Spain in planning a mid-life upgrade (MLU) for the Tiger ARH (attack and reconnaissance helicopter) made by Airbus Helicopters. The MLU could save the Tiger helicopter in Australia, where the defense department has not been happy with its serviceability and support. It has said that the army’s 22 Tigers could be replaced if their performance does not meet requirements by the time of its Combat Assurance Program in 2019. The MLU is planned to be available from that year, with the modified helicopters designated the Tiger Mk3. Europe’s Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (French...
  • Three $150k robots replaced 60 welders: how Cox Industries keeps making mowers in Queensland

    09/09/2015 11:37:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 49 replies
    BRW ^ | 09 September 2015 | Michael Bailey
    Ride-on lawn mower manufacturer Cox Industries might only employ 60 people today from 160 a decade ago, and has suffered three break-even years because it hasn’t rained enough, but co-owner Ken McColl says the Australian economy still can’t afford businesses like his to disappear. “We have 400 separate suppliers, almost all of them local small businesses,” McColl tells BRW from Cox’s 20,000 sqm factory headquarters at Acacia Ridge, Queensland. “From the makers of a specialist washer, to the electricians and plumbers and maintenance people here at the factory. I’m not even counting our bank, insurer or sandwich shop around the...
  • Migrant crisis: Australia ups refugee intake and plans Syria strikes

    09/09/2015 5:37:57 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/09/15
    Australia will also expand its role fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) to include its Syrian strongholds. Australia will also expand its role fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) to include its Syrian strongholds.
  • David Cameron reveals Islamic State plot to kill the Queen, royals

    09/07/2015 7:00:29 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 68 replies ^ | 8th September 2015
    BRITISH forces launched a drone strike in Syria to kill three Islamic State terrorists who had plotted to kill the Queen and other members of the royal family by detonating a huge bomb at the country’s VJ Day celebration, Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed. “There was a terrorist directing murder on our streets and no other means to stop them,” Mr Cameron said about the lethal Aug. 21 drone attack — the first UK military action in the Syrian civil war. Two of the cutthroats were Britons, he said, who had helped hatch the twisted scheme to assassinate Queen...
  • Canada and Australia feel the squeeze in wake of Chinese economic slowdown

    09/05/2015 1:12:58 PM PDT · by Lorianne
    Guardian UK ^ | 04 September 2015 | Heather Stewart, Calla Wahlquist
    In the mining town of Port Hedland, 1,500km north of Perth, modest prefabricated homes called fibro shacks, which were changing hands for more than A$1m four years ago, are now failing to find a buyer at a third of the price. Apartment blocks hurriedly tacked together by developers at the peak of the country’s boom stand empty, because their promised supply of “fly-in-fly-out” mineworkers has dried up, along with the jobs they were brought in to do. In 2011, the iron ore-rich Pilbara region of north-west Australia was on the frontier of a 21st century gold rush, this time with...
  • Former Australian Naval officer reunited with cap after swapping with US Navy man 53 years ago

    09/04/2015 4:52:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 4th September 2015 | Jane Ryan
    After more than 50 years, a former Australian Naval petty officer has been reunited with a cap he swapped one night on shore leave in the Philippines. The cap has travelled to Hobart from the United States where it was discovered languishing in a Massachusetts basement. Roger Dewar is 73 now, but in 1964 he was a young petty officer serving in the Asia Pacific on the HMAS Quiberon. On shore leave in the Philippines one night he met and fell in with a group of American Navy men, one of whom was an electrician's mate named Ray Silvia. At...
  • India keen to test-drive Australia’s Bushmaster PMVs

    09/04/2015 1:49:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 | Amanda Hodge
    Australia will send technical details to India as early as next week on the indigenous Bushmaster armoured protection vehicle — or protected mobility vehicle — after the country’s most senior defence officials expressed interest in using them to police India’s restive borders. A defence procurement contract for the Australian-made armoured vehicle, which has an unblemished record of no casualties in a decade of use in the ­Afghan battle theatre, would be a significant export for Australia as it builds its trade and defence relationship with India. Defence Minister Kevin Andrews, at the end of a three-day visit to India, said...
  • The Top 10 Global Warming Lies of the Left

    09/03/2015 9:04:50 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 3, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    The Heartland Institute published “Top 10 Global Warming Lies” to answer the reporting of the Left on the effects of global warming. Specifically, the report was designed as a response to the Environmental Defense Fund’s most recent fundraising effort, “10 Global Warming Effects That May Shock You.” global warming lies heartland institute 1. EDF claimed global warming cause 100,000 bat deaths in Australia ~ However, the fact is that global warming activists love wind power, which actually kills up to a million bats each year. ~ Also, there was no evidence that global warming caused the death of bats, as...
  • The terrifying shark video that left Karl Stefanovic speechless [Australia 'Today' show host]

    09/03/2015 7:38:31 AM PDT · by ETL · 17 replies
    9NEWS ^ | August 31, 2015
    It’s not often Karl Stefanovic is left speechless, but video of a monster 4.5m [nearly 15ft] shark leaping out of the water was enough for him to take a moment of silent awe on-air before saying he would "never go back in the water". Stefanovic introduced the segment looking at new technology that has allowed cameramen for the Discovery Channel to get closer than ever while filming great whites. Their new underwater vessels include a mobile cage called the W.A.S.P (Water Armour Shark Protection) that enables divers to walk along the ocean floor while filming sharks, although being that close...
  • How did our cool weather get logged by NOAA as hot?

    09/02/2015 2:01:29 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 23 replies ^ | 2nd September 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    There is something very odd about the NOAA claim of a very hot July, thanks to global warming: July was the hottest month on Earth since records began... Take the NOAA map above. Check Australia, said to have had average or above-average temperatures over much of the continent, apart from the much-warmer-than-average bits around Sydney and parts of Western Australia. Liberal MP Craig Kelly is curious: HOW DOES THE COLDEST MONTH IN 20 YEARS BECOME THE HOTTEST MONTH “EVER’’ ? July in Melbourne was widely reported as the ”Coldest July in 20 years” It also was reported at the start...
  • Australian 'Great Escape' hero Paul Royle dies aged 101

    09/02/2015 10:21:52 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28th August 2015 | Frank Coletta
    'Paul Royle, the last remaining Australian to take part in the 1944 Great Escape, has died aged 101. The former RAF Flight Lieutenant passed away in Perth on Sunday. His death leaves just one survivor from the iconic breakout on 24 March, 1944, ex RAF Squadron Leader Dick Churchill, from Devon in the UK. The pair were part of an audacious escape effort from the notorious Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp in Sagan, some 160 kilometres east of Berlin.'
  • Terror in the skies: The midair hijacking drama of TAA Flight 408 (historical - 1960)

    09/01/2015 4:29:58 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 ^ | 1st September 2015
    ALEX Hildebrandt looked like any other passenger when he walked calmly onto the Trans-Australia Airlines passenger jet bound for Brisbane. It was the last flight out of Sydney and the Russian immigrant, along with his 42 fellow passengers, had just passed through airport security that is nothing like we know today. Which could go some way to explaining why Hildebrandt, then 22, had managed to pack a sawn-off shotgun in his carry-on luggage, as well as all the tools needed to make a bomb. By the time the plane touched down in Brisbane that night, July 19, 1960, Australia —...
  • Snow falls on Western Australia's Bluff Knoll for second time in weeks

    09/01/2015 3:40:46 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1 Sept 2015 | By Gian De Poloni
    Snow has fallen in Western Australia's Stirling Ranges, including Bluff Knoll, for the second time in a matter of weeks, after a chilly night in the Great Southern. ... Last month, enough snow fell on Bluff Knoll for hikers to build mini-snowmen. ....