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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.

Women in uniform: is our scandalised military finally heading in the right direction?

Top of the class: Then governor-general Quentin Bryce hands the 2012 Queen's medal to Briony Morgan at Royal Military College, Duntroon.

Kathyrn Spurling The Defence Force must open all units, including combat roles, to women and dispel those men who behave badly.

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

Foreign minister Julie Bishop

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.

Rape suspects may be suspended by ADF while allegations assessed

Len Roberts-Smith QC.

David Wroe THE Defence Force may be asked to suspend or reassign alleged rapists and serious abusers in its ranks while their cases can be fully investigated under the federal government's new military abuse...

Gillard rallies 'frontline troops' for election

Julia Gillard

Jessica Wright Prime Minister Julia Gillard rallies Labor election candidates, telling them they're the frontline troops who will take the government's message to the Australian people.

Defence worried about defections

David Hurley

David Wroe Defence Force Chief David Hurley says the military's personnel is pared to the bone.

Zygier 'close to spilling on Israel'

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Philip Dorling Australian security officials suspect that Ben Zygier, the spy who died in secret in an Israeli prison cell in 2010, may have been about to disclose information about Israeli intelligence operations,...

Spies, lies and intrigue: life and death of Prisoner X

Ben Zygier

Ruth Pollard It is a dark underworld of kidnapping and forged passports, of straw companies and assassinations.

No help from home as official account changes

Bob Carr.

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...

Jewish group breaks silence on Zygier

Ben Zygier

Philip Dorling Australia's leading Jewish community organisation has broken a week-long silence on the case of the death of Australian-Israel dual national Ben Zygier.

Officials broke rules on Zygier as case was flicked to ASIO

David Wroe, Tom Allard Two of Australia's highest ranking foreign affairs officials knew of the jailing of Melbourne man Ben Zygier - dubbed ''Prisoner X'' - in Israel but left his consular care in the hands of spy agency...

Convincing win for Coalition in WA

WA Premier Colin Barnett has said the stong relationship between the mining industry and the state will save his state, but not the country.

Labor challenger Mark McGowan concedes defeat in the West Australian election.

Gillard's leadership set to remain in spotlight

As federal Labor MPs pack their suitcases to return to Canberra this week they could well bring further leadership speculation with them.

Federal woes hurt Labor in the west

Katharine Murphy Labor's political woes federally affected efforts by WA Labor leader Mark McGowan to defeat Premier Colin Barnett , senior ministers say.

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.