Ross Eastgate

From Istanbul, with confusion

20 June 2022 1:00 pm

Few cities stir the adventurer’s soul as Istanbul – that vast, sprawling mass straddling Europe and Asia which acts as…

Facebook: hate speech or idiom?

13 June 2022 2:00 pm

In the annals of political skulduggery, there have been fewer brutal acts than the assassination of Julius Caesar on the…

Albanese snubs CHOGM summit

11 June 2022 4:00 am

Prime Minister Anthony ‘My Government’ Albanese’s enthusiasm to strut the world diplomatic stage has already begun waning.  He’s announced that…

A South Australian perspective

27 March 2022 12:00 pm

Inserted appropriately between Australia’s buttock states – Western Australia and Victoria – lies that curious social phenomenon of South Australia.…

A policeman's lot is not a happy one

17 March 2022 2:00 pm

When constabulary duty’s to be done, to be done, a policeman’s lot is not a happy one… On October 25,…

Where are the strategists and tacticians?

12 March 2022 11:00 am

There’s nothing like the whiff of distant grapeshot to energise Australia’s plethora of armchair military strategists. Military professionals, on the…

People in glass houses...

4 January 2022 4:00 pm

Every family has one, the curmudgeonly old relative who broods annoyingly in the background – except for special family occasions…

Ambassador Kennedy – an alternate view

24 December 2021 4:00 am

William Shakespeare captured literature’s most famous feud – the Capulets vs the Montagues – with the immortal line, ‘What’s in…

Covid-free and painfully satirical

12 December 2021 2:00 pm

In 1951, British futurist Arthur C Clarke wrote a short story envisaging a journey into space which evolved into the…

Last drinks for the Canberra bubble

5 December 2021 4:00 am

It’s ironic that a federal minister should again promote alcoholic abstinence as a cure for whatever allegedly ails (or should…

Please accept my resignation from the Church with immediate effect

18 November 2021 5:30 pm

Dear Sir/Madam/Whomever it may concern, I write as, until now, a life-long communicant of the Church of England, or whatever…

Don’t forget Labor’s still loathsome

4 November 2021 12:54 pm

Prussian soldier strategist Carl von Clausewitz is best remembered for his statement, “War is the continuation of political intercourse with…

I don’t like Pauline Hanson – but don’t like her being censored

3 October 2021 12:34 pm

I hold no brief for P Hanson who is a vacuous, shallow opportunist. Neither do I know Jessica Rowe who,…

Time for ADF chief Angus Campbell to go before he’s pushed

27 September 2021 12:02 pm

Defence Minister Peter Dutton has never shirked from hard decisions, and for the first time in some years a minister…

Finally, some sense on subs

16 September 2021 1:09 pm

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has long signalled he was open to ending a ban on nuclear power in Australia. He…

ANZUS, Afghanistan – and where’s Billy Hughes or John Monash when you need them?

1 September 2021 1:15 pm

The last Australians to stand up to bullying by the United States were World War I General John Monash and…

Can we get our money back on ADF chief Angus Campbell?

30 August 2021 11:31 am

In signals intelligence the term “look through” describes the tactic of penetrating deliberate noise and interference to reveal the real…

Scott Morrison and our Afghan allies: as shameful as Whitlam with South Vietnam

23 August 2021 1:00 pm

On August 18, 1971 then prime minister William McMahon announced the final withdrawal of Australian combat troops from Vietnam. It…

Our Afghanistan shame

11 July 2021 1:26 pm

There are multiple historic examples why the nation known variously as Afghanistan has been termed “the graveyard of empires”. This…

A Reader’s Digest manifesto for our new woke military?

5 July 2021 3:12 pm

ITEM: The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, Saturday, July 3 2021: The Australian Defence Force has turned to some of the world’s…

Curious… The woker it gets, the greater the ADF’s PR problems

8 June 2021 1:01 pm

As the inimitable Sir Humphrey Appleby once opined, “Minister, two basic rules of government: Never look into anything you don’t…

The challenge of Anzac Day, 2021

25 April 2021 4:00 am

The extended ADF community has possibly never been so divided against itself as it is right now. The ADF’s current…

Why do our black lives matter warriors ignore the deaths on our doorstep, in PNG?

23 April 2021 11:03 am

Just to Australia’s north across a contiguous border, tens of thousands of Papua New Guineans are at constant risk from…

Jim Molan determined to win the fight of his life

12 April 2021 11:32 am

There are times when a battle needs to be fought and mates need to stand up and be counted. Many…

Neither age nor bureaucracy will condemn them: Anzac marches must be on

9 March 2021 1:41 pm

Barring further acts of political cowardice, Australians will commemorate Anzac Day 2021 as they have done for almost 106 years.…