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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...
  • Perth Mint considers staff 'bra ban' to boost security

    06/20/2017 6:44:34 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 29 replies
    Perth Mint is considering banning female staff from wearing underwire bras as part of a new security boost to deter theft. It comes several months after a contract worker allegedly stole a $50,000 gold bar from the refinery, which is home to a number of high value precious metal products.
  • Anzac Cove memorial honouring Australians removed to make way for Islamist inscription

    06/20/2017 3:39:02 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies ^ | 18th June 2017
    A RENOVATION of a revered Anzac Cove memorial honouring fallen Australian soldiers has sparked controversy after the Turkish Government suggested it may be replaced by an Islamic interpretation of the role Diggers played in the Gallipoli invasion. Familiar words attributed to Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk — likening Australia’s dead “Johnnies” to Ottoman “Mehmets” and welcoming them to rest in his country’s soil — have been removed, according to The Guardian. The renovation of the 1985 monument has heightened suspicions that the refurbished memorial could reflect a growing Islamist interpretation by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration of Australia’s...
  • Australia: Taxpayer-funded study urges “sensitivity” to Muslim migrants who beat their wives

    06/20/2017 12:11:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | June 18, 2017 12:42 PM | Robert Spencer
    “A taxpayer funded study has made the audacious claim that Australians need to show ‘cultural sensitivity’ towards migrant men who physically abuse their wife and children….The study refers to some refugees claiming that these rights ‘contravene the cultural values, norms and mores’ of their ethnic groups…Yet the study has faced strong resistance in the shape of federal Minister for Women Michaelia Cash who has stated Australia is categorically against family violence.” This problem may not be solved now, but it will have to be faced eventually, not just in Australia but in all non-Muslim countries: are Muslims allowed to break...
  • 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.
  • Trump moves to accept hundreds of refugees from Iran under Obama deal(from Australia)

    06/12/2017 11:07:46 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 12, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    President Trump is preparing to accept hundreds of refugees from Iran and other terrorist-connected countries, taking them from camps being maintained by Australia under a deal his predecessor struck, without putting them through the long vetting that usually takes place, according to a new report being released Monday. Some of the refugees have tried to cleanse their social media presence to try to delete red flags that could cost them their chance to come to the U.S., the Center for Immigration Studies report concludes. A staggering 88 percent of the refugees have some level of mental illness or disorder, according...
  • Global market for natural gas has finally arrived

    06/11/2017 3:04:30 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 7, 2017 | Russell Gold, Alison Sider
    One day in March, the Rioja Knutsen tanker, filled with liquefied natural gas, was travelling from the US to Portugal. Suddenly, Mexico’s power company lobbed in a higher bid for its cargo. At the Bahamas, the ship abruptly made a starboard turn and headed south. How natural gas is bought and sold in the world’s scattered regional markets for the fuel is changing rapidly. Ships such as the Rioja Knutsen are stitching those regions together and a single global market is emerging. This is already how nearly every other hydrocarbon, from crude oil to obscure petrochemicals, is sold. As gas...
  • Saudi Arabia footballers ignore minute's silence for London attack victims

    06/09/2017 8:57:45 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9 June 2017 | Michael Safi
    Saudi Arabia’s national football team have been criticised for failing to observe a minute’s silence held before Thursday’s match against Australia in Adelaide. The [Australian] Socceroos lined up in the centre of the pitch before the World Cup qualifier and held the brief silence as a tribute to the two Australians killed in the terrorist attack in London at the weekend. As they did so, the Saudi Arabia team continued jogging, passing the ball between each other and taking their positions on the field.
  • Antifa goons attack conservative columnist, get a beating (Oz)

    06/09/2017 6:36:14 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies ^ | John Sexton
    Andrew Bolt is a conservative columnist for Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper. Yesterday he was giving a speech at a restaurant in Melbourne for a book release party. As he approached the front door, masked men associated with an Antifa group threw a mixture of what appears to be paint and glitter in his face. As you can see in the clip below, Bolt was not amused and made the goons pay a price: VIDEO This clip gives a good breakdown of what happened including another angle on the fight. As you can see, there are three men involved, two who...
  • Saudi Arabia soccer team fail to line up for a minute's silence for the London Bridge terror victims

    06/08/2017 5:40:41 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 37 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 8th June 2017 | Hannah Moore
    The Saudi Arabian soccer team failed to line up for a minute's silence for the London terror victims on Thursday night. Fans were left outraged at the display ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Australia in Adelaide. Pictures show the Australian team lined up at the halfway mark, with the Saudi players appearing to ignore the gesture as they get in formation to start the game. It is also claimed Saudi players on the bench refused to stand for the minute's silence.
  • 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...
  • Aussie Pundit Andrew Bolt 1, Antifa 0

    06/07/2017 12:13:23 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/7/2017 | Jim Treacher
    I don’t like political violence, no matter who’s doing it. The one exception is when you’re acting in self-defense.* Then I’m happy to watch you defend yourself.James Law, Controversial columnist and TV personality Andrew Bolt has “clobbered” a group of masked protesters who set upon him in Melbourne yesterday. On his TV program last night, Bolt explained how he was about to launch a book on US President Donald Trump at a restaurant in Carlton, in the city’s inner north, when a woman asked to take a selfie with him. Before they could take the photo, two masked protesters...
  • 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 nurse, 28, who was knifed to death as she ran to help others is named fourth [tr]

    06/06/2017 6:42:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 6, 2017 | Richard Spillett Anthony Joseph, Peter Allen, and Josh Hanra
    An Australian nurse has been named as the fourth victim of the London Bridge terror massacre. Kirsty Boden, 28, from Loxton, in South Australia, was attacked by the knife-wielding terrorists while coming to the aid of other injured people. Her family have paid tribute to her, saying: 'As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life.
  • 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 ?...
  • Melbourne siege being treated as terrorism (Victoria, Australia)

    06/05/2017 5:06:26 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Sky News Australia ^ | 6th June 2017
    Long-time criminal Yacqub Khayre is the terrorist behind the deadly Brighton siege that claimed the life of an innocent apartment clerk. The Somalian-born man, 29, had served jail time over a violent burglary in 2012 and was on parole at the time of Monday's siege, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said. Mr Ashton said he had been on parole since being released from prison last November and 'there was nothing wrong with his parole until yesterday.' Khayre also spent 16 months on remand before being acquitted of the 2009 Holsworthy army barracks terror plot in Sydney. He lived in the Melbourne...
  • 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...
  • Brighton hostage drama: police investigate terror link to deadly siege (Australia)

    06/05/2017 4:34:05 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies ^ | 5th June 2017
    POLICE are investigating possible terror links to a siege in which police gunned down one man and another found dead in Melbourne’s southeast. Police shot dead a gunman, a second man was found dead in the foyer of an apartment building in Brighton and three cops were injured in the bloody hostage drama. A male caller to the Channel 7 newsroom in Melbourne said: “This is for IS.” A Victoria Police statement read: “Police are investigating whether the incident is terrorism related.” The reason behind the incident remains unclear. The hostage-taker, who held a woman for hours in Brighton, was...