Ross Eastgate

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.…

The Sword of Damocles hangs over the heads of some SAS troopers

23 November 2020 1:29 pm

Central to the Special Air Service badge is a dagger, surmounted by wings. It was inspired by SAS founder Colonel…

War crimes? The buck stops at the top

19 November 2020 12:26 pm

MEMO: Foreign Minister Marise Payne, cc Defence Minister Linda Reynolds. Ministers, in a long life not always perfectly, although generally,…

Respect will never fade away

10 August 2020 7:16 pm

In the coming weeks, Australia will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. It seems only yesterday…

Sacrificial Lambies

12 March 2020 1:00 pm

The Federal Government’s National Commission for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention (NCDVSP) is exhibiting all the signs of an impending…

Who knows all there is to know about the spying game?

6 March 2020 2:31 pm

It should come as no surprise ASIO revealed last week it had uncovered a “sleeper agent” running a spy ring.…

Score-settling does not deal with veteran suicide

13 February 2020 6:00 pm

Ivan Coronel Hains died “suddenly” in Sydney on April 18, 1952, aged 61. A medical doctor, he had held senior…

Jim Molan heads back to the preselection trenches

2 October 2019 12:54 pm

Jim Molan’s military contemporaries regard him as one of the most skilled tacticians of his generation. More, he thinks strategically…

To our glorious dead, but don’t forget the living

25 April 2019 2:46 pm

In a different age when navy Fleet Air Arm pilots flew flimsy wood and canvas biplanes, workplace health and safety…

Recep Erdoğan’s war on history

21 March 2019 5:28 pm

The most touching, if not confronting, memorial at Anzac Cove is the sandstone plinth inscribed with words attributed to Kemal…

They still call New Zealand home

23 February 2019 6:09 pm

Our Kiwi cousins can be a wee but prishus at times. Take this week’s visit across the ditch by PM…

A plaintive twilight swansong

20 February 2019 2:01 pm

The retiring member for Lilley didn’t actually whistle The Red Flag during his parliamentary swansong, though there were dog whistles…

The Trump delusion syndrome sufferers’ Samson strategy

6 February 2019 7:20 am

Trump obsessives believe the current United States political imbroglio is all about a wall between that country and Mexico. Added…

Could the Katter crew organise horizontal refreshment in a brothel?

16 October 2018 12:00 pm

Back in 1996, recently retired Ipswich city councillor Paul Tully outed his then fellow councillor Pauline Hanson as a racist…