Labor Senator accused of “freelancing” over RAAF VIP jet comments

Freshman Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching has been accused by her colleagues of “freelancing” according to the ABC after she criticised Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on social media for the ordering an Airbus KC-30A equipped with a VIP interior for the RAAF. Senator Kitching took to Twitter on Saturday accusing the Prime Minister of spending $250 million on a “private … [Read more...]

BAE Systems to upgrade JORN

UPDATED 1415 5/3/18 WITH BAE SYSTEMS COMMENTS BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a contract valued at $1.2 billion to upgrade and support Australia’s high frequency over the horizon (OTHR) Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN). The 10-year Project AIR 2025 Phase 6 contract award was announced on March 5 by Defence Minister, Senator Marise Payne and Minister for … [Read more...]

USN Adm Harry Harris to fill vacant US Ambassador slot

The Commander of US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, has been appointed by US President Donald Trump to full the vacant US Ambassador to Australia position. The vacant role of Ambassador has been temporarily filled by US Chargé d’Affairs James Carouso since previous Ambassador John Berry returned to the US in September 2016. A White House statement treads, “Admiral … [Read more...]

Defence & Thales to negotiate munitions factories future

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced on February 6 that Defence will enter into negotiations with Thales Australia, trading as Australian Munitions, for the continued management and operation of Australia’s munition factories in Benalla and Mulwala. Minister Pyne said the Turnbull Government recognises the importance of the Defence- owned munitions … [Read more...]