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Military reminded core business is to use 'lethal violence' to defend Australia's values and sovereignty - ABC News

Military reminded core business is to use 'lethal violence' to defend Australia's values and sovereignty - ABC News

Assistant Defence Minister Andrew Hastie has told military personnel their "core business" will always be the "application of lethal violence" and warned "mission clarity" is vital to their work.The blunt directive from the former Special Forces officer came as Morrison government figures also took aim at the Australian Defence Force (ADF) after scantily clad dancers helped to formally commission the Navy's newest ship, a move one senior MP dubbed a "shitshow".Mr Hastie, who was last year promoted to his frontbench role, outlined his vision for the defence force in a message to his West...

April 13, 2021
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Australians in Afghanistan tipped to leave with US troops by 20th anniversary of September 11 attacks - ABC News

Australians in Afghanistan tipped to leave with US troops by 20th anniversary of September 11 attacks - ABC News

Australia's remaining military personnel in Afghanistan are soon expected to leave alongside their NATO-led coalition colleagues, in coordination with a US decision to withdraw its forces before September 11 this year.The Biden Administration has discussed with allies its plans to formally end an almost 20-year military commitment to Afghanistan which began after the .There are roughly 7,000 NATO forces still in Afghanistan in addition to the remaining 2,500 US troops.And according to the Defence Department, "Australia currently contributes around 80 defence personnel in Afghanistan" as...

April 14, 2021
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Authorities investigate cause of crippling Federal Parliament IT disruption - ABC News

Authorities investigate cause of crippling Federal Parliament IT disruption - ABC News

Australia's cyber authorities are working to establish what has caused a crippling IT disruption at Federal Parliament that has left many of the building's occupants without access to email across the weekend.The government has so far stopped short of publicly describing the incident as an "attack" but has acknowledged it is impacting the Parliament's IT system.Sources inside government have told the ABC the attack on an external provider linked to the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) was not sophisticated.One person with knowledge of the investigation says a hacker "tried so...

March 28, 2021
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China suspected of cyber attack on Western Australia's Parliament during state election - ABC News

China suspected of cyber attack on Western Australia's Parliament during state election - ABC News

Western Australia's parliamentary email network was hit by suspected Chinese hackers earlier this month as part of a massive global cyber-attack involving Microsoft software. The ABC has confirmed the online strike, which was detected on March 4 in the middle of the state election campaign, prompted intervention from Australia's cyber security watchdog in Canberra."Please be advised that the Parliament mail server has been hit with a cyber-attack," WA politicians were warned at the time. "Consequently, the mail server will be down until further notice," a text message sent by the Department...

March 16, 2021
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Taiwanese MP calls for enhanced cooperation with Australia in face of Chinese aggression - ABC News

Taiwanese MP calls for enhanced cooperation with Australia in face of Chinese aggression - ABC News

A senior Taiwanese politician has called for greater security and economic cooperation with Australia as his nation tries to counter China's increasingly assertive military.Wang Ting-yu, the co-chair of Taiwan's Foreign Affairs and National Defence Committee, is pushing for closer ties with other democratic states to enhance regional security."We need to cooperate with democratic countries," the member of Taiwan's governing Democratic Progressive Party told the ABC."If we can have more close cooperation that means benefits mutually for economy, security and capability."Diplomatically...

December 29, 2020
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Historic change to Advance Australia Fair, Australia's national anthem, in the 'spirit of unity' - ABC News

Historic change to Advance Australia Fair, Australia's national anthem, in the 'spirit of unity' - ABC News

One hundred and forty-three years after it was first composed and performed, Advance Australia Fair is again being updated for what the Prime Minister says is in the "spirit of unity".From January 1, 2021 the second line of Australia's national anthem will change from, 'For we are young and free' to 'For we are one and free'.Governor-General David Hurley has agreed to the Commonwealth's recommendation to make an amendment to the anthem for the first time since 1984.In a statement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the change was being made for all Australians."During the past year we have...

December 31, 2020
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Alleged SAS war crimes in Afghanistan are 'disturbing and distressing', Prime Minister Scott Morrison says - ABC News

Alleged SAS war crimes in Afghanistan are 'disturbing and distressing', Prime Minister Scott Morrison says - ABC News

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says this week's report finding evidence that special forces murdered at least 39 Afghan civilians or prisoners was "disturbing" but has insisted war crime allegations must be dealt with by the Australian justice system.The Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF) has recommended 19 current and former personnel be prosecuted for war crimes, and compensation be paid to Afghan victims and families.In his first comments since the handing down of the long-awaited findings, Mr Morrison said the behaviour of a "small number" of soldiers was...

November 21, 2020
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Special investigator appointed to prosecute Australian soldiers accused of Afghanistan war crimes - ABC News

Special investigator appointed to prosecute Australian soldiers accused of Afghanistan war crimes - ABC News

A special investigator will be appointed to prosecute allegations of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan as the Government prepares to release a long-awaited report into the conduct of special forces during the conflict.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there were a "significant number" of incidents and issues to look into, and the investigation would be "inherently complex".And he warned the process would "[require] us to deal with honest and brutal truths where expectations and standards may not have been met"."Given the likely allegations of serious and possibly criminal misconduct,...

November 12, 2020
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Russia suspected of Cold War-style microwave attack on CIA agents in Australia - ABC News

Russia suspected of Cold War-style microwave attack on CIA agents in Australia - ABC News

Print contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelTwo agents from the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) fear they were attacked with a sophisticated microwave weapon while visiting Australia late last year, as part of a global campaign by Russia targeting US officials.The CIA officials reported hearing ringing in their ears and feeling nauseous and dizzy, symptoms consistent with "Havana syndrome", first suffered by American diplomats serving in Cuba.According to a report in , mobile phone data revealed agents from Moscow's Federal Security Service (FSB)...

October 21, 2020
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Murder and abduction claims have Rwandan Government accused of intimidating critics in Australia - ABC News

Murder and abduction claims have Rwandan Government accused of intimidating critics in Australia - ABC News

Print contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelMembers of Australia's Rwandan community fear relatives are being murdered in their former homeland, as the country's regime moves to intimidate and silence international critics. The ABC has also learned a Melbourne father has been trapped in Rwanda for more than a year after having his Australian passport confiscated by authorities during a visit to farewell his dying mother.The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) confirmed it was providing consular assistance to the Australian citizen who returned to...

October 17, 2020
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