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  • Winning is bringing all your men home alive (according to a Victoria Cross recipient)

    02/25/2012 3:28:07 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 25th February 2012 | Ian McPhedran
    AUSTRALIA'S latest Victoria Cross winner, Ben Roberts-Smith, and his four comrades were outgunned and outnumbered by four to one when they went after a Taliban chief last year. The special-forces patrol flew into the village of Tizak in northern Kandahar to kill the chief. What it didn't know, due to an intelligence failure, was that 10 other Taliban commanders and their bodyguards were also there. A simple mission became a 13-hour fight to the death. ..... The well-inked man mountain, who stands almost 200cm tall with the buff body of a centre-half forward, has revealed he and his four...
  • Victoria Cross winner Ben Roberts-Smith: A doting dad, deadly warrior

    02/25/2012 2:44:41 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 24th February 2012
    AT work, Australia's latest Victoria Cross winner Ben Roberts-Smith is a lethal warrior, an elite, super fit and highly skilled killing machine. ..... Speaking to Channel 7's Sunday Night program, the SAS corporal confirmed for the first time he and his four special forces comrades were victims of an intelligence failure, outgunned and outnumbered four to one when they went after an Afghan Taliban insurgent chief on June 11, 2010, a mission that led him to being awarded his VC medal. The tattooed man-mountain, almost 2m tall with the body of a rugby forward, said he and his comrades on...
  • Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton returns to court for fourth Azaria inquest ("the dingo's got my baby")

    02/23/2012 5:04:32 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies ^ | 24th February 2012
    LINDY Chamberlain-Creighton and her ex-husband Michael Chamberlain have entered the Darwin Magistrates Court where the fourth inquest into the death of their daughter Azaria will get under way. On a warm cloudy day neither parent spoke to the waiting media as they walked into the courthouse. Coroner Elizabeth Morris is to conduct the fourth inquest into the death of nine-week-old Azaria, who disappeared from her parents' tent at Uluru (Ayers Rock) in August 1980. Mrs Chamberlain-Creighton has sought the latest inquest in a bid to have the cause of death of Azaria changed from "unknown" to reflect that a dingo...
  • Australian woman turns tables on Nigerian scammers

    02/23/2012 12:25:09 PM PST · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/23/12 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Her "job" was to provide access to an Australian bank account opened in her name where the Nigerians could then transfer money they had received from a phony car sales website. Cochrane-Ramsey was told she could keep eight percent of the transfers. But, then she decided to steal from the thieves themselves. According to the Courier-Mail, she received two payments, totaling $33,350, but spent most of it on herself
  • Police confess legal shortcut a threat to thousands of criminal cases

    02/22/2012 3:38:29 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 23rd February 2012 | Keith Moor
    THREE-QUARTERS of Victoria Police officers have confessed to illegally preparing affidavits used to get search and other warrants. An investigation by the force has identified almost 3000 pending criminal cases in Magistrates' courts which could be affected by the affidavit bungle and faulty affidavits will also be an issue in 299 upcoming Supreme and County Court cases. Hundreds of convicted criminals are also likely to try to get their convictions overturned by arguing evidence obtained from dodgy affidavits was wrongly used against them. "There are certainly cases we will be losing and there are others where we will lose some...
  • Independents warn all bets are off if Kevin Rudd wins in 2012

    02/22/2012 12:00:59 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 23rd February 2012 | Steve Lewis
    VOTERS could be heading to the polls for an early election if Kevin Rudd becomes prime minister again with the Independent MPs warning they would have to reconsider their deal with Labor. Tony Windsor - whose support, along with Rob Oakeshott's, delivered power to Labor - last night insisted "all bets are off" if Julia Gillard was ousted in a leadership contest. "If there is a change, there is no agreement. If there is a change, there can't be an assumption that the current arrangements will hold," the NSW cross-bench MP said. He warned a change in leadership was only...
  • Nine Network cameraman hit by PM's convoy (Australian PM having a bad day)

    02/22/2012 11:57:42 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 23rd February 2012
    A TELEVISION cameraman was struck by a car in Julia Gillard's convoy as they drove to a retirement village in Adelaide to visit her parents last night. A Nine Network cameraman suffered injuries to his right leg when the second vehicle in the convoy, driven by officers from the Australian Federal Police, hit him about 9pm. Ms Gillard was inside the first vehicle as it left the Commonwealth Bank building on King William St, Adelaide, after a series of meetings during the day, and was en route to the Pasadena retirement village.
  • (Julia) Gillard will call leadership ballot on Monday

    02/22/2012 2:15:46 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 1+ views ^ | 22nd February 2012 | Malcolm Farr
    JULIA Gillard will call a leadership ballot for Monday following the dramatic resignation of Kevin Rudd. The Prime Minister will announce the ballot tomorrow, just as Kevin Rudd flies out of Washington. Ms Gillard says Mr Rudd did not contact her before he resigned as foreign affairs minister. His letter of resignation arrived late this afternoon, just as he was holding his Washington press conference.
  • RUDD QUITS: I can't serve without Gillard's support' (Australia's Foreign Minister resigns)

    02/21/2012 11:01:48 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies ^ | 22nd February 2012 | Malcolm Farr
    KEVIN Rudd has resigned as foreign minister. Mr Rudd called an extraordinary media conference in Washington DC just after 1am local time, just hours after Cabinet minister Greg Combet declared "enough is enough" today as he and other top supporters of Julia Gillard called for an end to the ongoing leadership speculation. The frustration within the ministry has made it more likely the Prime Minister will act when Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, who is currently in Washington, returns to Australia on Sunday morning.
  • $200m refit to give fighter jets growl (Australia)

    02/21/2012 8:01:31 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 2+ views
    The Advertiser, Australia ^ | February 22, 2012 | Ian McPhedran
    $200m refit to give fighter jets growl THE Federal Government will spend more than $200 million to transform six air force fighter jets into hi-tech electronic warfare planes. The RAAF purchased 24 Boeing Super Hornet fighters under a $6 billion deal with the US Navy to fill the gap between the retirement of the F-111 fighter bomber and the expected delivery of the first batch of 14 Joint Strike Fighter stealth jets later this decade. Defence Minister Stephen Smith will announce the decision to upgrade the jet fighters early next month to EA-18G models known as "Growlers" to plug an...
  • US offers Australia nuclear subs: report

    02/21/2012 7:53:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 2+ views
    US offers Australia nuclear subs: report The United States has signalled that it is willing to lease or sell a nuclear-powered submarine to Australia, as the local Defence Department searches for a replacement for its Collins class vessels, according to The Australian Financial Review. US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, told the newspaper Washington viewed Australia’s submarine program as crucial to security in the Asia-Pacific region. While Defence Minister Stephen Smith has previously ruled out the purchase of a nuclear sub, Coalition leader Tony Abbott would be expected to consider the option if he becomes prime minister, the AFR said....
  • Julia Gillard or Kevin Rudd must call election

    02/20/2012 6:29:34 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 21st February 2012 | Herald Sun
    HOW much longer must Australians wait for the Labor party to bring an end to the disunity that has destroyed it as a government, is the burning question. The repeated assurances from Prime Minister Julia Gillard that she is supported strongly by her colleagues and she is getting on with her job, just as former prime minister Kevin Rudd is getting on with his job are to treat the nation with contempt. Neither Ms Gillard nor Mr Rudd is prepared to challenge the other while the ugly power struggle that has so dominated the Government is now obvious to all....
  • Darwin, 1942: Remembering Australia's 'Pearl Harbor'

    02/19/2012 1:55:11 PM PST · by the scotsman · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19th February 2012 | Duncan Kennedy
    'It's 70 years since Japanese bombers swooped on Darwin, in northern Australia, sinking Allied ships in the harbour and killing hundreds of people. For years the attack was rarely mentioned, but now the story is finally being told. If 7 December 1941 is "a date that will live in infamy" for the United States, then 19 February 1942 is surely one that will join it in the annals of shame for Australia. That was the day, just 10 weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, when the same carrier-based Japanese force turned its attention to the small northern town of...
  • USS Peary memorial marks enduring military ties (70th anniversary of first attack on Australia)

    02/18/2012 3:31:52 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) ^ | 14th February 2012 | Carolyn Herbert
    Northern Territory Chief Minister Paul Henderson says a commemorative plaque to be placed in Darwin Harbour acknowledges the ongoing military ties between Australia and the United States. The plaque will be lowered to the seabed near the wreck of the USS Peary. It is in memory of more than 90 US servicemen killed on the ship during the first wave of Japanese bombing of Darwin on February 19, 1942. Mr Henderson says, 70 years on, links between the Top End and the US remain strong. "The plaque is a commemoration and a testament to the enduring friendship between the people...
  • Print Email Facebook Twitter More Bombing of Darwin: 70 years on

    02/17/2012 5:25:52 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    On February 19, 1942, shortly before 10:00am, Japanese forces launched air raids on Darwin, the first on Australian soil. More than 260 enemy planes, including land-based bombers and planes flying off aircraft carriers in the Timor Sea, attacked US and Australian shipping, the town's harbour, military and civil aerodromes and the local hospital. The attacks, which came in two waves, were part of Japan's efforts to damage Australia's morale, hinder Darwin's use as a military base, and ultimately secure neighbouring Timor. At least 243 people were killed in the attack, and up to 400 people were injured. Twenty military aircraft...
  • British tourist bitten 'down under' by deadly Aussie snake while answering call of nature

    02/16/2012 2:27:39 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies ^ | 16th February 2012
    A BRITISH tourist is lucky to be alive after a painful and embarrassing encounter with one of the deadliest snakes in Australia, while answering the call of nature outside. As Jackson Scott crouched in the dark at a remote Tasmanian farm, a highly venomous tiger snake bit his testicle, The Sun reported today. "I went into the garden at four in the morning after a night in the pub to save flushing the toilet, because water is precious in the outback," said Jackson, 29, from Glasgow in Scotland. "Just as I finished ... it bit me." In a panic, he...
  • WALKOUT: Nationals storm out after leader ejected (Australian conservative party leaves Parliament)

    02/15/2012 9:42:01 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies ^ | 16th February 2012 | Malcolm Farr
    ALL 11 National Party MPs today stormed out of the House of Representatives in protest against the ejection of party leader Warren Truss. It was the most obvious sign of growing Opposition resentment towards Speaker Peter Slipper, a Liberal who turned independent to get the job with Labor backing. “There are two laws in here,” said one walk-out MP in a comment aimed at Speaker Slipper. The Nationals’ backbenchers walked out first and were soon followed by the party’s two remaining frontbenchers, Luke Hartsuyker and John Cobb. Mr Slipper had thrown out fellow Queenslander Mr Truss for an hour over...
  • Islamic Society accuses ASIO of harassment

    02/15/2012 9:42:43 AM PST · by bayouranger · 11 replies ^ | 15FEB12 | Tony Nicholls
    The Islamic Society of Victoria is preparing to take legal action against ASIO for what it says is constant harassment and bullying. Members of the Preston Mosque in Melbourne's north claim intelligence operatives are approaching worshippers on a daily basis, offering them jobs and demanding personal information. The secretary of the Islamic Society of Victoria, Baha Yehia, believes sermons are being monitored and he wants the harassment to stop. "We will go to Canberra if we have to. We will go to Canberra and we will complain directly to the Prime Minister," he said. The Islamic group has sought the...
  • Does your national leader lie? (on Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard)

    02/14/2012 1:33:44 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 15th February 2012 | Andrew Bolt
    THE question we now face: Is the Prime Minister of Australia a liar? Her Four Corners disaster on Monday night is part of a pattern. Julia Gillard deceives and, I suspect, lies. And what's killing her is that she does it so badly. Here are my seven deadliest examples. The first: Just a "part-time" typist The Socialist Forum was a radical group that helped to bring former members of the Communist Party into the Labor Party. In 2007, asked about her involvement, Gillard said "many a long year ago" - mostly when "I was a university student" - she'd merely...
  • Push for one funding model for all schools (Australia - de facto school vouchers)

    02/14/2012 1:18:41 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | 15th February 2012 | Justine Ferrari
    SCHOOLS will receive a standard payment per student across the public and private sectors under a proposal for the biggest shake-up of education funding since the Whitlam era. The overhaul, recommended by the Gonski review into school funding, will for the first time see funding based on the costs of educating students to an agreed standard. This standard payment, called a School Resource Standard, would then be supplemented by loading for indigenous students, those in remote communities or students with disabilities or special needs. The Australian understands the report, by an independent panel chaired by businessman David Gonski and to...