Current Operations

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been working with Emergency Management Australia to assist with firefighting efforts in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia since November 8. Defence established liaison officers in the State Disaster Coordination Centres (SDCC) in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. READ THE FULL EXTENT […]

On 19 June 2018 the Senate referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee a range of matters relating to the ADF use of Mefloquine and Tafenoquine for inquiry and report by 17 September 2018.  The full terms of reference are to inquire with particular reference to: (a) the current and past policies […]

Culture of ‘illegal violence’ and drug abuse alleged in leaked Defence report The explosive confidential report commissioned by Defence contains allegations members of Australia’s elite special forces may have used “unsanctioned and illegal application of violence on operations”, facilitated by weak leadership and a perceived lack of accountability. According to Fairfax Media, the report says […]

In a letter to the PM in January 2016, the RARA National President Michael von Berg MC OAM endorsed the RCB’s claim for warlike service. ” ….it is our contention that the facts surrounding the reasons for the RCB deployment has been a subterfuge to overcome the Labor Government’s dilemma to apply its electoral mandate to […]

The most comprehensive picture of the incidence of suicide among defence personnel will be released on Wednesday, but mental health advocates are already calling for funding for better research. By Jackson Gothe-Snape 29 NOV 2016 The first-ever comprehensive statistics on the incidence of suicide among former defence force personnel will be published this week, following […]

With less than a week to go until Census night on 9 August, you should have received your online access codes but what if you don’t have internet access? Included in the letter detailing your access codes, is a number to call to request a paper copy of the Census be sent to you. Sounds […]

AUSTRALIA’S top soldier has voiced the anger of his troops at the assassination of three Diggers by a rogue Afghan soldier, branding it “murder” at a time when the men were defenceless. Chief of the Army Lieutenant General David Morrison spoke out as bereaved family members joined military top brass, representatives and members of the […]

TOWNSVILLE based soldiers are now training and mentoring the Afghan National Army’s 4th Brigade, 205 Hero Corps after a recent Transfer of Authority ceremony in Tarin Kot. A mentoring task force based on the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, have replaced approximately 730 Brisbane-based personnel from 8th/9th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (8/9 RAR), who have […]

by: Ian McPhedran  From:Herald Sun June 21, 201212:00AM It is essential for the community to know the true “cost” of going to war, argues Ian McPhedran. Source: The Daily Telegraph THE Gillard Government and our military top brass want Australians to believe that our casualties in Afghanistan all die quiet, dignified deaths surrounded by their mates. The truth […]

by: Greg Sheridan, Foreign editor From:The Australian July 04, 201212:00AM THE death of the 33rd Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan – and the 16th member of the special forces – shows the inadequacy, poor structure and imbalance of the Defence Force. The special forces are not just the tip of the spear of the Australian […]