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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.

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.

Defence knew of sex ring for years

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David Wroe An army reservist who was allegedly a key member of the ''Jedi Council'' internet sex ring was sacked by defence contractor Thales in 2010 - yet was not suspended by Defence until more than two years...

Soldier died while 'giving it his all'

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David Wroe, Daniel Hurst The Australian special forces soldier killed in Afghanistan on Saturday has been named as Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird.

PM weighs up new poll date

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Michael Gordon and Mark Kenny Kevin Rudd has dumped Julia Gillard's proposed September 14 election date and is weighing up whether to go earlier or delay the poll to maximise his chances of rebuilding public confidence in the...

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"The officers destroy your body, mind, heart and spirit …"

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Anne Davies Found guilty of fraud, Troy Bremer spent years in a brutal Beijing jail - just one of a growing number of Australians caught up in the Chinese prison system.

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...

Fears over prisoners 'justified' as Afghan officials face charges

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David Wroe Afghan officials are set to be charged with mistreating prisoners at a detention facility to which Australia had previously transferred suspected insurgents, Defence Minister Stephen Smith has said.

Desert secrets

Spies in the Never-Never: An aerial view of Pine Gap, the joint US-Australian listening and tracking base at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs.

It is a piece of America. At least that's the vibe in the large cafeteria at the top-secret Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap near Alice Springs.

US drone strikes guided from outback

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Philip Dorling Central Australia's Pine Gap spy base played a key role in the United States' controversial drone strikes involving the ''targeted killing'' of al-Qaeda and Taliban chiefs, Fairfax Media can reveal.

UN doubts refugee safety in Papua New Guinea

Refugees on Manus Island.

Bianca Hall, David Wroe The record number of boats coming to Australia shows no signs of easing, with more than 1000 asylum seekers arriving since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his new plan to stop them.

US shares raw intelligence on Australians with Israel

Philip Dorling The US shares intelligence without sifting it to remove details about its citizens.

Out there and at them

Julkie Bishop

Sworn in on Wednesday, Julie Bishop says she wants to be the best foreign minister Australians could ask for. Can she do it? Daniel Flitton speaks to the first woman to have the job.

Soldier dies in Afghanistan

Diggers in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan,

Daniel Hurst An Australian soldier has died during a battle with insurgents in Afghanistan, bringing the Australian Defence Force toll to 40.

Mission stands despite death

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Daniel Hurst Political and military leaders vow to hold firm in Afghanistan after 40th Australian killed.

ADF fails to shake its demons

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison

David Wroe Defence is reeling from another internet sex scandal in which at least 17 male army officers circulated footage of members having sex, tagged with demeaning commentary about the women.

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.