#BeeAnAngel Day is here, and we’re spending the day celebrating Australia’s littlest livestock – honeybees! Join the movement and show your support for Australia’s beekeepers through our Hive Aid initiative. Australian beekeepers have recently experienced devastating bushfires coupled by years of intense drought. Over 50,000 hives were burnt in the bushfires, and remaining bees have struggled to survive […]

Media coverage and public discussion of alleged breaches of the laws of war by Australian special forces is heavily focused on individual personalities. Little attention has been paid to longstanding collective, structural and cultural drivers, or to decisions made over decades by the chain-of-command up to cabinet level. The ADF is the disciplined defence force […]

TOMORROW (18th August) is Vietnam Veterans’ Day and the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, a day when Australians are encouraged to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who served during the Vietnam War. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester paid his respects to all those who served in the Vietnam War, […]

 MEMO: Foreign Minister Marise Payne, cc Defence Minister Linda Reynolds. Nervous time for top brass READ Ross Eastgate’s Opinion Powered by WPeMatico

Arising from the Tribunal’s decision and findings we took the following actions: Applied to the Federal Court to seek extension to the 28 days in which to make application for our case. Wrote to Minister Chester to approve hazardous Service. After detailed analysis of various factors including legal jurisdiction and financial we decided to withdraw from any […]

Dear Editor Each year on 18 August, Vietnam Veterans’ Day and the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, Australians pause to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who served during the Vietnam War. The first Australian troops from the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam arrived in 1962 and over the course of […]

The Defence Force has asked an independent expert to examine cultural and leadership failings involving Australia’s special forces ahead of a war crimes report on dozens of alleged murders of prisoners and civilians by the elite units in Afghanistan. The study will look at the ethical standards and command culture of the secretive Special Air […]

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has warned the nation needs to prepare itself for the findings of an upcoming report on dozens of alleged war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan, saying it will make for “uncomfortable” reading. Senator Reynolds said the inquiry led by NSW Supreme Court judge, Major General Paul Brereton, would soon […]

The 2020 Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Service, to remember those who died and who served in the Vietnam War, will be conducted on the 18th August at the National Vietnam Memorial, Anzac Parade, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. The program has been reduced in format and the number of invitees due to the impact of […]

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recommended the Queen posthumously award World War II hero Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean a Victoria Cross. Key points: An expert panel recommended Teddy Sheean receive a Victoria Cross for World War II valour He was a seaman on board HMAS Armidale when it was attacked by the Japanese in 1942 He […]