Daily Archives: September 30, 2015

Smoke and terrors

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The day after Malcolm Turnbull took over as Prime Minister, defence minister (at the time) Kevin Andrews proudly announced that the Australian air force had for the first time “engaged a target” (if you don’t speak militarese, that means killed someone or blown something up) in Syria.

The news came too late for Tony Abbott. Just as he had been a year earlier in Iraq, Tony had been very keen to deploy troops to Syria. In fact, when Abbott announced that the US had asked for Australian support, Fairfax media reported that a source from the very leaky Liberal Party had told them Abbott had actually contacted Barack Obama and asked him to request Australian involvement in Syria.

Whether that report was true or not (I’m cynical enough to believe it possible), another war wasn’t enough to rescue Abbott from declining public and party confidence. But it’s worth remembering that…

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Cold War Overseas – How Suharto Won Power

How Suharto Won Power On October 1, 1965, Major-General Suharto made the decisive moves that allowed him 18 months later to displace President Sukarno and take supreme power in Indonesia. But the events of October 1 –the capturing and killing … Continue reading

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Did you know that when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain gave the Spanish Jews 3 months to leave or be killed, most of them were rescued by the Ottoman fleet and taken to Izmir and elsewhere to live … Continue reading

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G17 forum: ‘Avoiding the Black Hole – Can Queensland Transition away from Coal and Gas ?’

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The October meeting of the 17 Group will take place onWednesday the 7th of October at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. The speaker will be award-winning energy expert and author Trevor Berrill. The topic … Continue reading