Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Only one issue is galvanising Australia at the moment - Bob Carr. 

While it's understandable that people are fascinated by his diaries, perusing these for insights may not necessarily be the best way to prepare for the future. 

A Collins off Cockburn Sound - Defence Photo

That's why I attempted to link him to the new submarine in the Canberra Times. Degree of difficulty : 2. Degree of fun : 9. 

Sorry . . . 

Saturday, April 12, 2014


This column is about the submarine industry, not their utility. And it's a story of chaos and dysfunction.

The Collins program spends 40 percent of the Navy's maintenance budget on a weapon used by just 6 percent of the personnel.

As I suggested in the Canberra Times, it looks as if here we go again . . .

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Submarines. Let's sing along now:

"We're here, because we're here, because we're here."

But it appears as if the government's backing away from the commitment, as this special column in today's Canberra Times pointed out . . . 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


We're encouraged to want more - materially.

But when you look at the result of the latest WA election, it seems we want more spiritually, too.

(well, not all of us of course. Pat Campbell's clever take on the kingmaker)

There's nothing like a trip to Sweden to make you thing there should be something more to life than just raking it in, as this Canberra Times column suggests . . .

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


We don't know yet what happened, but too many people came to the conclusion that something smelt fishy. 

It doesn't look good. 

This column for the Canberra Times worked through the issues . . . 

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Australia's going to buy the F35, and guess what . . . we're going to buy a lot of them. 

Some who read this column mistook this 'fact' for an endorsement. Others thought I was being critical. Perhaps it was a problem with my tone. 

Nevertheless, there one is . . . 

Saturday, March 15, 2014


This column is just an amazing fact that hasn't been written about before and deserves a bigger audience.

It's not my research, of course. Distinguished Professor Robert O'Neill discovered how the ANZUS Treaty actually got started. He incorporated the details in a speech he presented to the Airpower Conference this week, where I heard it.

This is the way I reported it in the Canberra Times today . . .