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Stephen Smith tours Afghanistan

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New Defence Minister Stephen Smith takes his first tour of Afghanistan, announcing he will ask the Australian government for more police trainers.

TWU members forced to join super fund that paid fees to top officials, royal commission told

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Anna Patty The Transport Workers Union forced its members to join the industry superannuation fund, which paid its directors, including senior union officials, $200,000 in fees each year, the royal commission...

Alleged sex offenders still in defence forces, Four Corners investigation reports

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Alexandra Back Perpetrators of rape and sexual assault at the Australian Defence Force Academy over the past 20 years are still serving military officers or working for the department, an ABC Four Corners...

Julie Bishop speech to declare Australia's full support of US

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Peter Hartcher Australia will declare exuberant confidence in the future of US power and commit to continue intensifying the alliance in new realms including space.

Rare public holiday line-up could mean a 10 day break

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James Robertson This month offers us an opportunity for work-avoidance on a scale not seen in more than a decade.

Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies scholarship: Christine Ernst wins $65,000 coveted prize

Michaela Whitbourn She has worked for a High Court judge, rubbed shoulders with Kevin Rudd at the UN and published articles on human rights law.

Fears of slump if Holden leaves

Holden may be following Ford out of the door.

Mark Kenny, Peter Martin The possible withdrawal of car maker Holden could trigger a recession in southern states, it is feared.

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Soldiers sacked over Jedi Council sex scandal

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David Wroe The army has sacked six soldiers at the centre of the notorious "Jedi Council", whose members swapped grossly demeaning emails and videos about women they had slept with.

No help from home as official account changes

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David Wroe NINE days ago, the office of the Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, sent written questions to the minister's department seeking advice for a TV interview Carr would record the following evening on the...

Army adapted training after scathing Diggers report

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David Wroe Defence Minister backs Army commanders after Diggers's attitude is compared to 'Roman gladiators'.

Victims of military abuse divided

Defence minister Stephen Smith in his ministerial suite at Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 8 March 2012.  Photo: Andrew Meares

David Wroe Opinions differ on whether Defence Minister Stephen Smith has failed victims of abuse.

Maybe it's time to make a clean break

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David Wroe ''What does Afghanistan show,'' Stephen Smith asked on Tuesday. ''Easiest thing in the world to get in, hardest thing in the world to get out.

Marching home: after decade of war, end is in sight

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David Wroe After a decade of war in Afghanistan and 39 combat deaths, the end is firmly in sight for Australian troops with the planned closure of their main base by the end of the year.

Bali Process pledge against 'vile trade'

Bob Carr

Michael Bachelard People smuggling and human trafficking will be 'more thoroughly criminalised' across the Asia Pacific region as Australia struggles to deal with the latest influx of asylum seekers.

New white paper will aim at placating China

A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet air-to-air refuels from a United States Air Force tanker aircraft.

Tony Wright Australia's new defence strategy, to be unveiled on Friday, is expected to maintain funding at historically low levels while seeking to repair damage to the relationship with China that followed the...

Funding to be kept at record low

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Tony Wright Australia's new defence strategy, to be unveiled today, is expected to maintain historically low funding.

Strategy to win hearts and minds cautiously received

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Deborah Snow and David Wroe Defence white papers only come along every few years and Friday's - just the second since 2000 - was pitched carefully to a domestic as well as an international audience.

Troops 'humiliated' Afghan detainees

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Deborah Snow, David Wroe Afghan detainees captured by the Australian Defence Force and held at a US military prison near Bagram complained to Australian government officials that they were forced to accept humiliatingly...

Most claims for wrongful dismissal unsuccessful

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Natasha Wallace More than three-quarters of arbitrated unfair dismissal claims ultimately fail, indicating employers are perhaps not doing it so tough under workplace laws.

Afghan detainees 'humiliated in jail'

A US captain silhouetted as he looks on during a media tour of Bagram prison, north of Kabul.

Deborah Snow and David Wroe Afghan detainees captured by Australian soldiers and held at a US military prison near Bagram complained to Australian government officials that they were forced to accept humiliatingly public...