DOZING under an apple tree in his Lincolnshire garden during summer in 1666, Isaac Newton was jolted awake when a falling apple struck his head. Momentarily losing his composure, Newton said to no one in particular, “I think I’ll discover gravity!” Thus was born...
Opinion: Missile strike a stark strategic reminder
RUSSIA’S Kerch bridge linking it with what most regard as unlawfully occupied Crimea was allegorical of the strengths and weaknesses of Australia’s strategic defences. The air-sea gap providing physical separation for continental Australia from southeast Asia and the...
Opinion: No Place in Defence Review for Politics
The appointment of former Labor defence minister Stephen Smith and former CDF Angus Houston to conduct of a strategic review of the Australian Defence Force does not inspire confidence among those Australians with recent memories of senior defence...
Opinion: Herbert MP will discover opposition is a long and tough slog
Up here we are pretty chuffed the Member for Herbert, Phillip Thompson, a returned veteran in the old definition of that word, is the Opposition’s assistant spokesman for defence. He knows the region is not a given for either side of politics, has worked hard to...
Opinion – Russia ready to kill those who oppose it
There’s one thing Russia’s rulers can’t tolerate. It is those who challenge their self-assumed total authority. If there’s one thing history has demonstrated about Russia’s behaviour it is that they will ruthlessly eliminate those who do. READ...
Opinion: Where are the strategists and tacticians?
There’s nothing like the whiff of distant grapeshot to energise Australia’s plethora of armchair military strategists. Military professionals, on the other hand, spend an inordinate time pondering where strategy ends and tactics begin. Australia, in its short history,...
Opinion – Far North Queensland the place to berth nuclear subs
With a small fleet, far north Queensland makes far better sense in terms situating the boats closest to where they will be deployed. READ MORE
Opinion: Will he?, Won’t he? Has he?
Russia’s criminal despot pushes the world to the brink, playing an unpredictable, dangerous game. Plenty of questions as Stalin’s successor wages war
Opinion – Casualties in conflict a fact of life that must be accepted
Occasionally politicians need to be reminded war comes at a human cost WARNING. This column contains language and descriptions which some people might find offensive. READ MORE
Opinion: Road to Leadership Often a Difficult Path
ANNOUNCING the SAS will from now be commanded by a full colonel delivered an unintended insult to every serving Australian lieutenant colonel. Read More