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    This article is from "Australian Morning Mail" I will "paste" the full article as it is worth reading............



    My Australia: Farewell old friend




    My Australia: Fairwell old friend

    Jennifer Oriel writing in The Australian brings to light all that personifies the ADF of 2017. MM has a large ex-digger following and the reality of Ms Oriel’s article will have them reaching for the brandy bottle, or more so the barf bag. Better still is the baseball bat for the next elections—out with the lot of them—take no prisoners at the ballot box!

    Given Australia rates below countries like Vietnam, Brazil and Thailand in military strength, one might expect the Defence Minister to make vast improvements in combat readiness her sole priority. It takes a long bow to contend that breast jobs and transgender surgery have a direct relationship to military prowess. Yet last week the minister, Marise Payne, justified Defence spending more than $1 million in taxpayer funds on cosmetic surgery for troops. All that remains is to ditch ‘Advance Australia Fair’ for ‘I Feel Pretty’.

    Source: News Corp




    Ignorant broadcaster ABC is guilty of soft treason



    There is no point in maintaining the fiction that Australia is ready for war. Yet the Prime Minister made the fiction official when he promised war with North Korea if fat boy Kim fires at America. Kim Jong-un is determined to prove that his nuke is bigger than Trump’s, but seems doomed to premature articulation. The only thing worse than North Korea’s missile porn is the possibility that Kim will acquire nuclear power and make the West pay. We had better hope his losing streak lasts because Australia’s military preparedness underwhelms and soft treason is rising through the ranks.

    Australia shares more than fiery rhetoric with North Korea. We are neck and neck on global rankings for military capability. On this year’s Global Firepower ranking, Australia is listed 22 and North Korea 23 for military strength. America leads the world but China is rapidly gaining.

    Given Australia rates below countries like Vietnam, Brazil and Thailand in military strength, one might expect the Defence Minister to make vast improvements in combat readiness her sole priority. It takes a long bow to contend that breast jobs and transgender surgery have a direct relationship to military prowess. Yet last week the minister, Marise Payne, justified Defence spending more than $1 million in taxpayer funds on cosmetic surgery for troops. All that remains is to ditch Advance Australia Fair for I Feel Pretty.

    When Defence isn’t funding nips and tucks for troops, it’s busy banning boys from jobs. The Australian Army banned male recruits in a majority of positions advertised in early August. The Daily Telegraph revealed that 35 of 50 jobs were available only to women. Australian Defence Force recruiters were told that if they did not follow the women-only directive, they would be “re-posted”.

    Malcolm Turnbull and Payne are enthusiastic architects of *diver*sity policy in the military. The trickle-down effect seems clear. Last year Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell *addressed a Defence Force conference on recruitment. He said: “The number one priority I have with respect to recruitment is increasing our diversity, with a focus on women and indigenous Australians.” He emphasised that his “goal of increasing diversity in the army” was urgent and exhorted members to “examine your *‘energy levels’ for this task and see that they are aligned with mine”. Campbell used a shopping study to propose varied approaches to *recruiting women and men for the army. Apparently, men and women shop differently and Campbell said: “We can reasonably extrapolate these ‘sales’ issues to our ‘sales’ of army careers.” Once again, I Feel Pretty.

    If Australia was the world’s num*ber one military power, the transformation of Defence from a patriotic military to progressivist civil service might seem less problematic. But I suspect the transformation would not occur under a government determined to make its military supreme. President Donald Trump is already seeking to restore US military might by *advancing beyond Obama’s queer programs and habitual Islamist appeasement.

    Perhaps only one activity is more corrosive to the modern military than systemic social *engineering. It is soft treason. The latest attacks on Western forces is friendly fire aimed at our elite troops. In Australia and Britain, special forces soldiers are *accused of war crimes and the left’s political-media class is producing prime propaganda for our enemies.

    In 2008, human rights lawyer Phil Shiner accused the British military of war crimes, alleging soldiers mutilated and killed innocent civilians in Iraq. The tax*payer-funded BBC repeated the allegations. A subsequent multi-million-pound inquiry concluded what many Britons had suspected; the allegations were baseless.

    As it turned out, the human rights lawyer who smeared allied troops as war criminals had been the vice-president of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. In a revelatory article for the Daily Mail, Dominic Lawson wrote that Shiner: “Enjoyed the acclaim … from newspapers such as The Guardian, and the awards from like-minded lawyers: he was named solicitor of the year by the Law Society … in 2014, even as some of the evidence about Shiner’s methods began to emerge, the Law Society Gazette wrote … ‘In Defence of Phil Shiner’.” The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal *described Shiner’s cam*paign of war crimes allegations against British troops as “deliberate lies, reckless speculations and ingrained hostility towards the UK”. London’s The Telegraph *reports that a legal associate of Shiner’s, Leigh Day, is now involved “in claims alleging members of the elite regiment executed unarmed civilians”.

    Australia, too, is enduring a protracted period of war crimes *allegations directed at our elite troops. The most publicised case involving former SAS commander Andrew Hastie was timed with the Liberal Party’s public endorsement of his candidacy for the federal seat of Canning. Despite the left media’s best efforts to discredit him, Hastie won the by-election. And after a two-year investigation, the soldier directly accused of wrongdoing was cleared by the Australian Federal Police.

    In July, the ABC chose to publish damning allegations about our elite forces. ABC staff introduced the material thus: “Hundreds of pages of secret defence force documents leaked to the ABC give an unprecedented insight into the clandestine operations of Australia’s elite special forces in Afghanistan, including incidents of troops killing unarmed men and children.” There are two pertinent questions. Does anyone at the ABC understand the meaning of non-state actor, jihadism and asymmetric warfare? Has Defence launched an official investigation into the leaks, given their potential to damage the reputations of Australian troops and compromise *operations security?

    The SAS is being placed under intense scrutiny over operations against Islamist terrorists. It is difficult to avoid observing that under Marise Payne’s Defence leadership, a culture of complaint has developed that undermines military cohesion, *violates the principle of merit and punishes soldiers for courage under fire. Along with the numerous problems plaguing Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne’s submarine program, the Liberals’ traditional role in fortifying national defence appears to be fatally compromised. It should concern any prime minister, but especially one willing to go to war with a paranoid dictator hot for nuclear holocaust.



    Leftist media saturates the news. Fight back. Send articles to your friends, politicians, local media, and facebook.




    http://morningmail.org/australia-fai...nd/#more-70082

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    Re: My Australia: Fairwell old friend

    Further reading on this subject as follows....................................



    Defence inquiry probing claims SAS member killed Afghan businessman and planted gun on body
    By the National Reporting Team's Dan Oakes and Sam Clark
    Updated 27 Jul 2017, 11:18am


    For full article goto.............. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-2...lanted/8745782



    It's not 'un-Australian' to investigate the actions of special forces in Afghanistan
    By the National Reporting Team's Dan Oakes
    Updated 26 Oct 2017, 3:53pm



    The release of celebrated investigative reporter Chris Masters' latest book, a history of Australian special forces in Afghanistan, has sparked intense debate within Defence circles over the past week.

    That debate has spilled over on to the pages of newspapers, as a result of Masters' decision to include some material about Australia's most decorated soldier, Victoria Cross winner Ben Roberts-Smith.

    In the book, No Front Line, Masters draws attention to discrepancies between accounts of an incident in Afghanistan in 2006, in which Corporal Roberts-Smith and a fellow SAS member, the late Matthew Locke, hunted down and killed an Afghan who they suspected of being a spotter for Taliban.



    Full article @ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-2...nistan/9085648

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    Further to the above.......reference is made to Chris Masters book on the subject........................it was broadcast on ABC Radio in Australia a day or two ago......it is time well spent listening to the interview!!


    The war of hearts and minds: Australia's Special Forces in Afghanistan


    Broadcast background.

    Veteran journalist Chris Masters has won many awards for his work.

    His ABC TV report ‘The Moonlight State’ led to a game-changing Royal Commission.

    His latest investigation delves into the intense and often secret world of Australia’s Special Forces.

    Chris spent ten years investigating the operations of the SAS and Commandos in Afghanistan.

    They were at the forefront of the war for thirteen years.

    Getting permission from the Defence Department was one of the hardest things he’s ever done, but Chris was eventually given unprecedented access.

    He joined the elite fighting forces inside the "Green Zone", a farming region inside the Uruzgan province riven with tribal conflict and danger from the Taliban.

    He says Afghanistan began a new kind of soldiering, requiring a philosophy of 'courageous restraint'.

    Further information

    No Front Line: Australia's Special Forces at War in Afghanistan is published by Allen & Unwin



    The broadcast is at the link. http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs...s-2017/9086554

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    Finally; to finish off................I think this poem by Rudyard Kipling defines everything clearly.





    Rudyard Kipling


    ***********


    Tommy









    Tommy

    I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
    The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
    The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
    I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
    O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
    But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
    The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
    O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.

    I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
    They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
    They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
    But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
    For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
    But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
    The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
    O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.

    Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
    Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
    An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
    Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
    Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
    But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
    The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
    O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.

    We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
    But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
    An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
    Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
    While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
    But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
    There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
    O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.

    You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
    We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
    Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
    The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
    For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
    But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
    An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
    An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!




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