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  • The most touching 'haka' you will ever see: Kiwi soldiers wounded in battle...

    09/15/2014 7:34:19 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 16th September 2014 | Emily Crane
    They may have lost the match but the New Zealand wheelchair rugby side certainly won over the crowd with their boisterous haka performance at the Invictus Games. The Kiwi players aggressively thumped the sides of their wheelchairs for the traditional dance as their British opponents watched on ahead of the rugby match on Saturday in London. It was the first haka of the Invictus Games - an inaugural military Paralympics event for men and women wounded in combat. New Zealand Victoria Cross winner Willie Apiata led the team of soldiers in the dramatic haka.
  • Extent of Antarctic sea ice reaches record levels, scientists say

    09/15/2014 5:47:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 9/15/2014 | Jane Ryan and Sam Ikin
    Scientists say the extent of Antarctic sea ice cover is at its highest level since records began. Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometres covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent. Jan Lieser from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) said the discovery was made two days ago. "This is an area covered by sea ice which we've never seen from space before," he said.
  • Combat readiness a tribute to John Howard

    09/14/2014 8:30:22 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | 15th September 2014
    Tony Abbott has decided to deploy a powerful, state-of-the-art Australian military force to the Middle East. The troops will make a material difference. This is not remotely tokenism, though of course it has powerful political significance. In the Super Hornets, the special forces and the Wedgetail AEWAC combat control aircraft, Australia is sending ultra-high-end war-fighting capabilities. In addition, there will be air-to-air refuellers, and Australian personnel in the joint coalition headquarters. The giant Australian C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft, and its smaller sibling, the C 130 Hercules, are already there too. ..... That Abbott was able to make this deployment at...
  • Prime Minister Tony Abbott promises to send military to Gulf (in response to US request)

    09/14/2014 1:23:04 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies ^ | 14th September 2014
    PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has promised to send Australian military forces to the Persian Gulf to assist in attacks on the Islamic State. He told media in a press conference in Darwin today that he had decided to prepare and deploy an armed force to the UAE to assist the United States in its military action against the Islamic State’s forces in Iraq and Syria. He warned “should this extend into combat operations, it could go on for some time” Mr Abbott said his reaction to the latest video showing the execution of British aid worker David Haines was: “Shock,...
  • Terror alert: Welfare cuts for suspected jihad supporters (Australia)

    09/12/2014 8:15:25 PM PDT · by Simmy2.5 · 8 replies ^ | September 13, 2014 8:33AM | by: Mark Dunn
    WELFARE payments will be stripped from people within Australia suspected of supporting terrorism under a crackdown on funding for Islamic State fighters in Iraq and other terror groups. And the Federal Government may also be considering forcibly relocating terrorism suspects away from fellow extremists.
  • Lone-wolf threat: Terror level increased, security stepped up (Australia)

    09/12/2014 7:13:33 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | 13th September 2014
    FEARS of “lone wolf’’ terror ­attacks on Australian soil, motiv­ated and informed by social-media sites, have driven the rise in the nationa­l-security alert level to high, immediately sparking tighter security at major public events and government buildings. Tony Abbott’s announcement yesterday that he had accepted ASIO’s advice to raise the terror alert prompted state governments to step up the police presence at last night’s football finals in Melbourne and Sydney and begin tightening security at airports, ports, railway and bus stations. The increase in the alert from medium to high is the first change in 11 years and means an...
  • Fury of gay community after two heterosexual men marry in New Zealand...

    09/12/2014 5:40:09 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 57 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 12th September 2014 | Heather McNab
    Two heterosexual men have tied the knot on Friday morning under New Zealand's liberal marriage laws. Marrying not for love, but for Rugby World Cup Tickets, the two men from Dunedin in the South Island of New Zealand officially said 'I do' in front of 60 family and friends. The ceremony was live broadcast by Edge Radio, who's 'I Love You, Man' competition was launched earlier this year in a bid to find two straight men willing to wed for the sought after tickets. 'It's official folks, Travis and Matt have just said 'I do'! Congrats to the happy couple!,'...
  • [Australian] Police apologise for leaving plastic explosive in suitcase at Sydney airport

    09/11/2014 10:50:16 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11 Sept 2014 | Paul Farrell
    A suitcase containing plastic explosive was accidentally left at Sydney airport for three weeks by the Australian federal police in a serious training blunder. The AFP released a statement on Thursday apologising for mistakenly leaving a training device at the airport – containing 230g of plastic explosive ....
  • Tony Abbott raises Australia’s terror threat to high

    09/11/2014 9:15:24 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies ^ | September 12, 2014 2:05PM
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has raised the public alert of a terror threat in Australia to high, “Our security agencies have raised the alert level based on an accummulation of indicators,” he said in a press conference today. The terror level has been set at medium on the National Terrorism Public Alert System since the system was introduced in 2003. The four levels include: • low — terrorist attack is not expected • medium — terrorist attack could occur • high — terrorist attack is likely • extreme — terrorist attack is imminent or has occurred. The move is expected...
  • Australia raises terror alert level to 'high'

    09/11/2014 9:13:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 4:56 AM EDT, Fri September 12, 2014
  • Swedes launch desperate bid for Oz submarine project

    09/11/2014 1:16:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Australian Financial Review ^ | 9/11/2014 | John Kerin
    Sweden has emerged from a bitter submarine technology row with Germany to mount a last-ditch effort to outbid Japan and Germany for the contract to build AustraliaÂ’s new submarines. The chief executive of Swedish defence giant Saab, Hakan Bushke, weighed into a heated Australian political row after Prime Minister Tony Abbott all but broke an election promise to assemble AustraliaÂ’s new submarines in Adelaide. Mr AbbottÂ’s insistence the decision will be based on value for money and regional policy rather than jobs in Adelaide suggests 10 submarines will be built in Japan for about $20 billion, though the government has...
  • US wants Aussie SAS troops: report

    09/10/2014 6:24:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 33 replies ^ | 11th September 2014
    THE United States is pushing for Australia to contribute special forces soldiers to help an international coalition defeat Islamic State extremists in Iraq. CITING senior government sources, The West Australian reports that Washington wants Australia to send Special Air Service Regiment troops and Commandos.
  • Keeping us from harm (Australia still hasn't raised terror threat level several hours into 9/11)

    09/10/2014 3:53:24 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | September 11, 2014 12:00AM
    IF Australia is to raise the terror threat level from medium to high, it should do it quickly. Waiting for further evidence that jihadists might strike on Australian soil may be to invite disaster. Not only law-abiding Australians would be concerned at the implications of an increased level of alertness, so too any extremists plotting a domestic attack. The Herald Sun has reported on the participation of Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf in beheadings and executions in the Middle East. Sharrouf fled to Syria on his brother’s passport after being jailed for terrorist activities in Australia. He was part of a...
  • Brother of Australian suicide bomber arrested in police raids (about to raise threat level to high)

    09/10/2014 5:31:57 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    SBS ^ | 10 Sep 2014 - 12:05 PM
    Australian Federal Police confirmed they've carried out a raid at an Islamic centre south of Brisbane. Two Queensland men have been arrested and will face terrorism charges relating to preparing to send fighters to join the conflict in Syria. One has been identified as 31-year-old Omar Succarieh, the brother of Australia's first suicide bomber to die in Syria, Ahmed Succarieh. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Queensland Police conducted a series of raids in Logan and the southern suburbs of Brisbane this morning, with 180 officers involved. The raids follow a year-long counter-terrorism investigation. Police said they seized two cross-bows,...
  • ASIO set to raise terror warning to its highest level yet (Australia)

    09/09/2014 1:50:09 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 10 2014
    AUSTRALIA’s terrorism threat level is poised to rise from ­medium to high for the first time, after ASIO warned the government it had become increasingly concerned about the chances of an attack on home soil. The Australian has been told the Abbott government is privately bracing for formal advice from ASIO director-general David Irvine that the threat alert level be raised to the second highest level. Mr Irvine told the ABC last night the terror threat had been building in Australia over the past year and he had an “elevated level of concern’’. He revealed he was aware of people...
  • Home-built submarines deemed too expensive, too risky (Australia)

    09/08/2014 10:02:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    BUILDING a new fleet of submarines in Australia would be too risky and too expensive, the Abbott government has concluded. Instead, the government is considering buying “off-the-shelf” options from Japan and Germany, with Japan’s Soryu- class boat the frontrunner. As well as the risk and cost of building the submarines on home soil, such a project would require big infrastructure spending, whereas Japan has an established production line. Defence sources have told The Australian it would cost between $50 billion and $80bn to design and build the submarines in Australia. This compares with previous estimates that the submarines were likely...
  • Hate for sale as Muslim flag adopted by jihadists goes to auction at Sydney mosque

    09/08/2014 9:17:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | September 08, 2014 | Miles Godfrey and Leigh van den Broeke
    Flag bearing IS symbol auctioned at Sydney mosque •Boy, 15, posts pictures online and says he’ll fight Assad •Fred Nile calls for ban on flag throughout Australia ... PREMIER Mike Baird said the Islamic State flag could be banned across NSW. His stance follows footage of one of the flags, which is linked to the barbaric terrorist organisation, being auctioned in front of families and young children in Sydney. “That is something we will consider and work with community groups about but we can’t have the position where you are seeing any activity that is promoting terrorism, supporting terrorism,” Mr...
  • Australia Nears Deal to Buy Up to 10 Japanese Submarines

    09/08/2014 7:23:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 8, 2014 | ROB TAYLOR
    CANBERRA, Australia—Australia is close to buying up to 10 submarines from Japan for as much as 20 billion Australian dollars (US$18.7 billion) in a move that would turn the north Asian country into a weapons exporter for the first time since World War II. The deal, which senior defense officials said they expect to be signed this year, risks stoking regional tensions since it positions Tokyo as a major guarantor of Australia's security at a time when relations between China and some of its neighbors, including Japan, are strained. A purchase of Japanese submarines also sits uncomfortably next to the...
  • Azaria Chamberlain’s half-sister Zahra training to be a dingo handler

    09/07/2014 4:06:32 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 30 replies
    Courier-Mail (Brisbane) ^ | 6th September 2014
    A DINGO took the sister she never knew but Zahra Chamberlain, 18, says she loves the native dogs and wants to protect them. The half-sister of Azaria Chamberlain – the nine-week-old baby snatched from her tent at Uluru in 1980 – has become a passionate dingo advocate and is training to be a dingo handler. The Year 12 student has been flying to Queensland from her home in Lake Macquarie, NSW, to support a dingo sanctuary. Now she has spoken for the first time about her love of the species that father Michael and his first wife Lindy fought 32...
  • School bans ‘unsupervised cartwheels’ on playground

    09/06/2014 1:12:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies ^ | September 4, 2014 | Victor Skinner
    QUEENSLAND, Australia – Students and parents at Peregian Springs State School are flipping out after officials banned unsupervised playground cartwheels and handstands to prevent injuries. nocartwheelTwo children at the school have been injured recently – one broke a wrist, the other was kicked in the head – while performing “cheerleader type stunts,” prompting principal Gwen Sands to issue a ban on Monday in the school’s newsletter, reports. “All students have been advised that under no circumstances are they allowed to perform cart wheels, handstands or any other type of gymnastic move at school unless they are properly supervised by...
  • Kids ruined but don’t mention the ‘I’ word

    09/06/2014 5:03:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | September 01, 2014 | Tim Blair
    A FEW years ago I became involved in a little online dispute with left-wing Brisbane feminist Kim Jameson. It all began when Kim criticised visiting Somalian author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a victim of female genital mutilation who subsequently abandoned her Muslim faith. “Her view on Islam,” wrote Kim, “is too much coloured by her own experience”. Well, yes. Having your genitals destroyed by some maniac with a knife might tend to have that effect. Jameson then considered the overall subject of Islamic girl-cutting: “I believe the best step that can be taken to work against it is...
  • RAAF to join US-led Coalition in air strikes against jihadists (RAAF = Royal Australian Air Force)

    09/05/2014 7:02:06 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 6th September 2014 | SAMANTHA MAIDEN
    AUSTRALIA will join a US-led Coalition to help bomb jihadists in Iraq amid warnings the rise of Islamic State and returning foreign fighters represents a direct domestic security threat at home. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister David Johnston have confirmed overnight that military assistance for air strikes is likely to be offered when a formal request is made in coming weeks. But the deployment is likely to occur only after a United Nations security council hosted by the US President Barack Obama in the week of September 22 in New York. RAAF F-18 superhornets based in Queensland are...
  • School bans ‘unsupervised cartwheels’ on playground

    09/04/2014 4:53:57 PM PDT · by mykroar · 18 replies ^ | 9/4/2014 | Victor Skinner
    QUEENSLAND, Australia – Students and parents at Peregian Springs State School are flipping out after officials banned unsupervised playground cartwheels and handstands to prevent injuries. Two children at the school have been injured recently – one broke a wrist, the other was kicked in the head – while performing “cheerleader type stunts,” prompting principal Gwen Sands to issue a ban on Monday in the school’s newsletter, reports. “All students have been advised that under no circumstances are they allowed to perform cart wheels, handstands or any other type of gymnastic move at school unless they are properly supervised by...
  • Tony Abbott has arrived as a true leader

    09/03/2014 2:42:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 4th September 2014 | Andrew Bolt
    THE best thing about Tony Abbott’s first year as Prime Minister has been — thank God — he isn’t Labor. But that’s no longer the main reason he’s looking hard to beat, after months of trailing in the polls. Abbott has now become what long seemed impossible. A year after his election win he looks like a real Prime Minister and not just because he’s just got all his big promises through Parliament. Sure, it may seem a backhander to praise Abbott most for at least not giving us another year of government like Labor’s previous six. But that’s not...
  • Clive Palmer's Tirade Cannot Be Ignored

    09/03/2014 12:30:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Clive Palmer, an Australian legislator and mining magnate, delivered a scathing harangue in a TV program on Monday, referring to the Chinese government as "b**tards," who "shoot their own people" and want to usurp control of Australia. He called Chinese resources companies "mongrels," which send workers to destroy the wage system and take over Australian ports and plunder minerals for free. This is the most vicious attack by one of the Australian elite in recent months. Not long ago, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Tony Abbott also made bitter remarks against China without any reason, which was quite...
  • New Zealand haka mesmerises USA’s NBA stars at Basketball World Cup

    09/03/2014 5:34:01 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 45 replies ^ | 3rd September 2014 | Cameron Tomarchio
    'THE look on their faces was priceless. America’s NBA superstars paused from their warm-ups to stand and face their New Zealand opponents as they performed the haka at the Basketball World Cup overnight. And judging by their reactions, the USA team had never seen anything like it. Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose was stunned. Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose appeared dazed. James Harden, the Houston Rockets star who recently ridiculously claimed he’s the best player in the game, looked lost. And Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth “The Manimal” Faried’s little “What on Earth is going on?” glance from left to right...
  • Partner Killed Designer Stuart Rattle but Pretended he Was Still Alive: Documents

    09/01/2014 11:46:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | SEPTEMBER 02, 2014 | Rachel Baxendale
    THE partner of celebrated Melbourne interior designer Stuart Rattle hit him over the head with a saucepan before strangling him to death with a nylon dog lead, court documents reveal. Michael O’Neill then went to elaborate lengths over the following days to pretend his companion of 16 years was still alive. O’Neill, 48, today pleaded guilty to murder and arson, admitting to killing Mr Rattle, 53, before setting fire to their South Yarra apartment five days later in an attempt to conceal the crime. A case summary and record of interview released by the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court show O’Neill maintained...
  • Australia to be NATO partner, 200 troops may return to Afghanistan

    09/01/2014 2:14:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | 2nd September 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    AUSTRALIA will enter a historic partnership with NATO at the group’s summit in Wales this week, giving the Australian Defence Force greater access to the planning and decision-making of the world’s most powerful military alliance. US President Barack Obama will officially name Australia an enhanced partner of the organisation, recognising the nation’s contribution to NATO operations, particularly Afghanistan, over the past decade. The Australian can also reveal the Abbott government is considering increasing Australia’s long-term presence in Afghanistan with the potential deployment of 200 special forces troops amid worldwide concern about the collapse of security in Iraq after the withdrawal...
  • ISIS rebels shoot at RAAF C-130 Hercules with Australians on board

    09/01/2014 1:50:47 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 25 replies ^ | 1st September 2014
    AN AUSTRALIAN C-130 Hercules transport aircraft came under fire from Islamic militants during a humanitarian mission over Iraq. News Corp Australia can reveal the aircraft was lucky not to be hit when fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacked it — as it swooped in low to drop aid packages to civilians in the town of Amirli in northern Iraq — with heavy machine guns and small arms last weekend. The drop took place at night so the rebels would have been firing by noise rather than sight as the darkened planes flew below 300 metres...
  • Australia to fly guns and ammunition into Iraq

    08/31/2014 1:07:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AP via Stars and Stripes ^ | August 31, 2014 | Rod McGuirk
    CANBERRA, Australia -- An Australian military aircraft will soon fly guns and ammunition to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil to help Kurds fight Islamic State militants as part of a U.S.-led multination mission, Australia's prime minister said on Sunday. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his government would join the United States, Britain, Canada, France and Italy in delivering rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and assault rifle ammunition at the request of the U.S. and Iraqi governments. "While we understandably shrink from reaching out to these conflicts, the truth is that these conflicts reach out to us," Abbott told reporters. "None of...
  • U.S. planes strike militants near Iraq's Amerli, airdrop aid

    08/31/2014 12:41:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:29pm IST | Raheem Salman and Matt Spetalnick
    (Reuters) - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said. President Barack Obama authorized the new military action, broadening U.S. operations in Iraq amid an international outcry over the threat to Amerli's mostly ethnic Turkmen population. U.S. aircraft delivered over a hundred bundles of emergency supplies and more aid was dropped from British, French and Australian planes, officials said, signaling headway in Obama’s efforts to draw allies into the fight against Islamic State. Iraqi...
  • SAS troops, Hornets in frame for Iraq mission (Australia)

    08/29/2014 8:37:07 PM PDT · by Dundee · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | AUGUST 30, 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    THE Abbott government is considering deploying SAS soldiers, F18 Super Hornet jet fighters and sophisticated airborne early- warning and control aircraft as part of a military contribution to US-led efforts in Iraq. In 2003... Australian SAS forces were among the first allied troops to go into Iraq. They were tasked with the role of suppressing Scud missile fire from Iraq into Israel. They did not discover any Scud missiles but captured the Al Asad air base in western Iraq and a trove of ­Soviet MiG aircraft. They also disrupted Saddam Hussein’s control and command apparatus. The SAS is regarded as...
  • Who Should Be Called To Account In Rotherham? ( Labour Party / Moslems in UK )

    08/29/2014 12:03:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Sky News ^ | 29 August 2014
    Rotherham's council leader has stepped down but there are calls for other heads to roll over the devastating abuse scandal. Many people are asking why no-one in a position of responsibility has been held accountable in the wake of the Rotherham sex abuse scandal. A devastating report revealed at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited over 16 years - between 1997 and 2013 - with girls as young as 11 repeatedly raped by large numbers of men. The inquiry found Rotherham council knew as far back as 2005 of sexual exploitation on a wide scale - mostly by Asian men...
  • "My Muslim Religion Has Problems That Need Fixing"

    08/29/2014 12:08:54 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies ^ | August 29, 2014 | Breitbart London
    As the threat from Islamic State grows, one Australian Muslim has written that his religion has problems with extremism, which all Muslims need to confront.
  • Pentagon: Arms flow to Kurds increases; 7 nations join effort

    08/26/2014 8:20:40 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — The international effort to help Iraqis fight Islamic militants is heating up, with seven additional countries agreeing to provide arms to the Kurdish peshmerga forces. Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy and the U.K. have committed to giving weapons and equipment to the embattled Kurds, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The announcement comes about two weeks after Hagel set up a working group to find ways to accelerate arms deliveries to the Kurds. The Defense Department said the materiel is “urgently needed” as the Kurds take on the militant group known as the Islamic State, which has taken over...
  • Australia a ‘likely ally’ for broader US assault on Islamic State: report

    08/27/2014 2:44:28 AM PDT · by Dundee · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | AUGUST 27, 2014
    THE United States has begun to mobilise a broad coalition of allies behind potential American military action in Syria, with Australia likely to be enlisted, say US officials. The US is also moving towards expanded air strikes in northern Iraq, the New York Times reports, quoting administration officials. The officials said Barack Obama is broadening his campaign against militants fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria... ...countries likely to be enlisted included Australia, Britain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, officials said. The officials, who asked not to be named, told the New York...
  • Australia unveils measures to tackle rise of foreign fighters

    08/25/2014 6:12:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/25/2014 | Jane Wardell
    Australia unveiled counter-terrorism measures on Tuesday to prevent young people from becoming radicalized and going to fight in overseas conflicts such as Iraq and Syria, where scores of Australians have joined militant jihadist groups. Along with the United States, Australia is leading a push for the United Nations to adopt international standards to deal with growing numbers of foreign fighters in Middle East conflicts and the threat they could pose when they return to their home countries. Security analysts have put the number of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria, traveling from scores of countries around the world, in the...
  • RAAF jets and Army SAS ready to wage war on ISIS in Iraq

    08/25/2014 5:08:21 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies ^ | 26th August 2014
    RAAF fighter jets could be deployed in a possible operation against Islamic militants in northern Iraq. The plan is part of a wider set of contingency options being drawn up by the Defence Department’s militry planners in Canberra and inside American units in the US. News Corp Australia has been told that the contributions in support of a US-led mission could include; A SQUADRON of RAAF Super Hornet fighters SPECIAL-forces troops AN EXPANDED humanitarian mission
  • RAAF may join US air strikes on Islamic State

    08/24/2014 6:27:19 PM PDT · by Dundee · 10 replies
    The Australian ^ | AUGUST 25, 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    THE Abbott government is ­actively considering an extended military role for Australia in Iraq, and is encouraging the US to ­increase its military involvement there and possibly in Syria. Reports yesterday indicate the US is considering air strikes in Syria against Islamic State, and The Australian understands ­Australia could join the US in air strikes. ...these remarks make it clear that the government is ­encouraging the US to become more active militarily in Iraq and reassuring the Americans that we will be there beside them. The three main military ­options for Australian involvement are renewed humanitarian air drops, deployment of...
  • Australia’s Worrisome Fiscal Drift

    08/24/2014 6:53:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | August 24, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m in Australia for Consilium, an annual conference which is hosted by the Centre for Independent Studies.I spoke on fiscal policy and pontificated on the need for nations to restrain government spending.That’s an important message (at least in my humble option), but I thought it was more interesting to learn more about the tax and spending policies of Australia’s current government, which is led by the supposedly right-of-Center Liberal Party (Aussies still use “liberal” in the European sense of classical liberalism).Unfortunately, I learned that the Australian Liberals (like British Tories) need some remedial work on fiscal policy.Prime Minister Abbott and his...
  • Historic photos capture the biggest prisoner escape attempt during WWII...

    08/22/2014 6:14:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 43 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 23rd August 2014 | Emily Crane
    In the dead of the night 70 years ago, more than 1,000 Japanese men stormed the barbed wire perimeter fences of Cowra prisoner of war camp in central NSW. Armed with improvised weapons including baseball bats and sharpened kitchen knives, hundreds of Japanese prisoners overcame machine gun posts in what would become the biggest POW escape of World War II. The mass breakout at the detention camp on August 5, 1944 resulted in a 10-day manhunt as Australian soldiers and police searched for hundreds of armed escapees roaming the Cowra countryside, 300km west of Sydney. A total of 359 Japanese...
  • Not just a story of bad white policeman shooting down innocent black man

    08/19/2014 2:17:25 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies ^ | 20th August 2014 | Andrew Bolt
    The shooting by police of an unarmed man is always serious. The exploitation of that shooting by race-baiters and the professionally aggrieved says something even more serious about racial divisions in the US. And the fact that dealing with the violence then requires the replacement of a white police chief by a black suggests the real grievance is not that there is racism but that the wrong “race” rules. The almost non-reported other side of the (alleged) story of the shooting in Ferguson of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson:
  • 70 years ago, the day Coke fell from the sky in Colonel Light Gardens (US 'bombs' Australia - WW2)

    08/19/2014 1:42:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Mitcham and Hills Messenger ^ | 19th August 2014 | Duane Schultz
    MARLENE Cahill well remembers the day the war came to Colonel Light Gardens. The then-six-year-old was there when the US Air Force “bombed” her quiet street on August 22, 1944. Mrs Cahill was inside her grandfather’s 98 West Parkway house at 8am when she heard an almighty bang on the roof. So of course she poked her head out the window to check the commotion, as six year olds do. But instead of flames and rubble she was drenched in Coca-Cola. The street had just been accidentally carpet bombed with bottles of bourbon, eggs, clothes and blankets from a Liberator...
  • Islam in Australia: Living and dying for the flag of Allah

    08/18/2014 5:35:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (AU) ^ | 8/19/2014 | Geoff Chambers
    Wissam Haddad, the head of the al-Risalah Islamic Centre in Sydney’s southwest, yesterday told The Daily Telegraph he followed the “flag of Allah” rather than the flag of Australia. The flag, called the Shahada, is the same as the one used by Islamic State terrorists who have been spreading death and terror across the Middle East. “I’m not comfortable personally holding the (Australian) flag because this flag does not represent me as a Muslim. My flag is the flag of Allah. That’s my flag. “For me to have the Shahada flag, as it’s called, that’s a flag that I stand...
  • Last drinks in Lakemba: Tim Blair takes a look inside Sydney’s Muslim Land

    08/17/2014 1:57:41 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 18th August 2014 | Tim Blair
    THE Lakemba Hotel is one of the last Anglo holdouts in Sydney’s otherwise Middle-Eastern south-western suburb. Frankly, the old joint — it opened in 1928 — isn’t putting up much resistance. Most nights the bar is closed by 8.30pm or so, because by then what few customers it attracts are insufficient to cover running costs. ..... Lakemba may be only 30 minutes from the centre of Sydney, yet it is remarkably distinct from the rest of the city. You can walk the length of crowded Haldon St and not hear a single phrase in English. On this main shopping strip...
  • Australia won’t rule out sending troops to Iraq

    08/12/2014 11:41:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 13, 2014 2:26 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s prime minister has held open the possibility of sending a combat force to Iraq in addition to military transport aircraft to airlift humanitarian aid to refugees trapped by insurgents in northern mountains, though the defense minister played down the prospect. Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters in London after meeting with British officials on the Iraq crisis on Tuesday that his government would not rule out taking military action in Iraq. […] The suggestion that Australian combat troops could return to Iraq was widely attacked by the government’s political opponents. Abbott was a minister in a previous conservative government...
  • New agreement for thousands of US troops to train in Australia

    08/11/2014 2:36:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 23 replies ^ | 12th August 2014 | Ian McPhedran
    AUSTRALIA and the United States will sign a landmark agreement in Sydney today to allow American forces greater access to Australian bases and facilities. The annual AUSMIN talks will include a signing ceremony for a new Force Posture Agreement that will see 2500 US Marines and dozens of US war planes and warships exercising and replenishing at Australian ranges and bases in the Northern Territory and at HMAS Stirling near Perth. The talks will also open the way for Australia to become part of America’s global ballistic missile shield and will focus on the rising tide of Islamic militancy in...
  • Navy patrol boat HMAS Bundaberg catches fire (Australia)

    08/11/2014 1:26:40 AM PDT · by Dundee · 13 replies ^ | AUGUST 11, 2014
    A MASSIVE fire has broken out in a shed in Brisbane where a Navy patrol boat was undergoing a refit. Defence officials confirmed the HMAS Bundaberg caught on fire just before noon. Smoke billowed from the shed and could be seen for miles. Fire crews were called to Barku Court in Hemmant around 11.45am... “The main difficulties we are facing is accessing the fire because its very hot in very, very confined spaces,"... “We’re fighting a fire in an aluminium vessel which is difficult to get into and ships, by their nature, are well sealed. Emergency crews were advised of...
  • Where the US goes in the Middle East, we will follow

    08/10/2014 1:53:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | 11th August 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    IF the US sends troops into Iraq — very unlikely at the moment but by no means inconceivable — Australian troops are overwhelmingly likely to go with them. If Barack Obama sustains airstrikes against the Islamic State extremists who are butchering and terrifying the population of northern Iraq, and decides he needs something like a coalition of the willing to share the burden and spread political ownership of the intervention, then Australian planes are overwhelmingly likely to fly as part of the action. ..... The Prime Minister virtually made this commitment when he saw Obama in the White House in...
  • We’ll fight radical Islam for 100 years, says ex-army head Peter Leahy

    08/09/2014 4:44:22 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies
    The Australian ^ | 9th August 2014
    AUSTRALIA needs to prepare for an increasingly savage, 100-year war against radical Islam that will be fought on home soil as well as foreign lands, the former head of the army, Peter Leahy, has warned. Professor Leahy, a leading defence and strategic analyst, told The Weekend Australian the country was ill-prepared for the high cost of fighting a war that would be paid in “blood and treasure” and would require pre-emptive as well as reactive action. “Australia is involved in the early stages of a war which is likely to last for the rest of the century,” he said. “We...