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Britain's BAE Systems wins contract to build Australian warships

Britain's BAE Systems wins contract to build Australian warships

Nine Hunter class frigates to be built in Adelaide in $35bn deal hailed by both countriesThe British defence company BAE Systems has won the $35bn (£20bn) contract to build Australia’s fleet of new
South China Sea: UK could send aircraft carrier to back Australian vessels

South China Sea: UK could send aircraft carrier to back Australian vessels

Australian and British ministers hold talks amid rising tension over Beijing’s militarisation in disputed watersAustralia and the UK are discussing plans for the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen
Australian military help rescue survivors of Solomon Islands attack which killed young girl

Australian military help rescue survivors of Solomon Islands attack which killed young girl

Defence force personnel transport injured to hospital after unprovoked assault which killed seven-year-old Australian defence force personnel stationed in the Solomon Islands have helped rescue the
Labor pledges mandatory reporting of veterans' health and social outcomes

Labor pledges mandatory reporting of veterans' health and social outcomes

In a ‘covenant’ with defence personnel, Labor will commit ‘to look after those who have sacrificed for our nation’Labor has promised to introduce mandatory reporting of health and social outcomes of
Mystery solved: Australia's first submarine sunk in 1914 by open valve

Mystery solved: Australia's first submarine sunk in 1914 by open valve

Experts unsure if human error or mechanical failure caused AE1 to sink off Papua New Guinea during first world warInvestigators believe they have solved the 104-year-old mystery of what sank
Coalition defends lobbying rules and denies 'corporate takeover' of democracy

Coalition defends lobbying rules and denies 'corporate takeover' of democracy

Mathias Cormann says lobbying regime ‘properly enforced’ and there is a robust framework to combat corruptionThe Australian government has insisted there has been “no corporate takeover of our
Australian navy joins in rescue of Abhilash Tomy adrift in Indian Ocean

Australian navy joins in rescue of Abhilash Tomy adrift in Indian Ocean

Navy ship and air force plane part of international effort to rescue badly injured solo sailorThe Australian navy has joined an international mission to rescue an Indian sailor who seriously injured
Auditor-general says suppression order left him unable to say whether arms deal was cost-effective

Auditor-general says suppression order left him unable to say whether arms deal was cost-effective

Grant Hehir tells inquiry non-publication order meant he was unable to advise whether Thales contract was worth itThe unprecedented decision to suppress an auditor-general’s criticism of a $1.3bn arms
Coalition suppressed auditor's finding that $1.3bn Thales arms deal could have cost half with US

Coalition suppressed auditor's finding that $1.3bn Thales arms deal could have cost half with US

French group asked attorney general to use extraordinary powers to black out sections of report that criticised the dealThe Coalition suppressed the auditor general’s finding that Australia could have
Virgin Australia announces US-style plan to honour veterans on every flight

Virgin Australia announces US-style plan to honour veterans on every flight

Airline joins News Corp campaign, but critic says veterans are being overused for corporate brandingWill Australians travelling on Virgin Australia flights soon be rising in their seats to applaud
Virgin Australia has second thoughts on acknowledging veterans

Virgin Australia has second thoughts on acknowledging veterans

Company says it will consult veterans’ groups after plan for priority boarding and public recognition gets a dusty receptionVirgin Airlines has backed-tracked on its plan to give Australian veterans a
Australian women of the first world war – in pictures

Australian women of the first world war – in pictures

Ancestry and the Australian War Memorial have collaborated on a collection of photographs of women who joined the war effort Continue reading...
French submarine boss summoned to Canberra for crisis talks

French submarine boss summoned to Canberra for crisis talks

‘Legitimate policy differences’ and ‘personality clashes’ said to be stalling negotiations with Naval Group, tasked with building Australia’s $50bn new fleet The Australian government has summoned the
First two F-35A fighter jets to arrive in Australia amid warning on cost

First two F-35A fighter jets to arrive in Australia amid warning on cost

Auditor general’s report warns of a shortage of spare parts and that the $17bn budgeted for 72 strike fighters may climb furtherAustralia will take delivery of its first two F-35A Joint Strike
'Catastrophic systemic failure' led to death of soldier in live-fire exercise

'Catastrophic systemic failure' led to death of soldier in live-fire exercise

Private Jason Challis was accidentally shot in the head in an urban warfare exercise in the Northern TerritoryThe death of an inexperienced 25-year-old soldier during a live-fire training exercise
'Known hugger': Scott Buchholz told colleagues he may have misread the situation

'Known hugger': Scott Buchholz told colleagues he may have misread the situation

Sources say Queensland MP told them he hugged the RAAF officer who filed the complaintThe under-fire Liberal minister Scott Buchholz gave a female air force officer what he described to colleagues as
No guarantee Australian weapons aren't used in Yemen conflict, government says

No guarantee Australian weapons aren't used in Yemen conflict, government says

Defence department face grilling over export of 500 taxpayer-subsidised remote weapons systems to Saudi ArabiaThe Australian defence department can’t guarantee that Canberra-made remote weapons
Aid groups urge Australia to do more for Yemen after Saudi arms export revelations

Aid groups urge Australia to do more for Yemen after Saudi arms export revelations

Canberra criticised for not increasing aid after local company received $36m for Saudi exportsAid groups have slammed Australia’s “bizarre” decision not to increase its $23m aid contribution to
Boeing unveils Australian-developed unmanned jet

Boeing unveils Australian-developed unmanned jet

Australia is investing $40m in the drone because of its ‘enormous capability for exports’ Boeing has unveiled an unmanned, fighter-like jet developed in Australia and designed to fly alongside crewed
Bupa’s Australian defence force contract under scrutiny amid nursing home scares

Bupa’s Australian defence force contract under scrutiny amid nursing home scares

Healthcare company dismisses concerns after damning reports of poor performance Concerns are growing that Bupa might not be up to the job of providing quality healthcare to serving Australian defence