February 6, 2001 |
In a crackdown on bullying and beatings within the ranks, Australia's military stopped work to give soldiers and sailors a talk on respect and being nice. About 50,000 Australian military personnel around the country and on warships attended a two-hour lecture warning against intimidation and harassment. The move comes after an inquiry into brutality in the military, including beatings and humiliation. Eleven soldiers are facing charges.
November 24, 1992 |
The Labor government, after months of debate, Monday scrapped a ban on homosexuals joining the Australian armed forces, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Paul Keating said. A late-night Cabinet meeting settled the issue. It had pitted Defense Minister Robert Ray against Atty. Gen. Michael Duffy, who has been pushing for the move on human rights grounds. Ray had argued that homosexuals could threaten cohesion and morale in the military.
July 3, 1990
Rockwell International's Defense Electronics division in Anaheim is negotiating with the Royal Australian Air Force for a contract to upgrade that country's fleet of F-111C fighter aircraft. John A. McLuckey, president of the Anaheim unit, said Monday that the company hopes to negotiate a contract worth more than $150 million by mid-August. Under a contract, Rockwell would probably modernize the avionics systems in Australia's 24 F-111C fighters.
March 16, 1989
Troops from Britain, Australia, Canada and the United States launched an 18-day military exercise designed to test battlefield procedures they could use as a coordinated force in any future war. About 5,000 troops from the four nations assembled on the central California coast and nearby Ft. Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, where they will engage in both daytime and nighttime joint maneuvers, including helicopter landings on the Australian Navy amphibious ship Tobruk and the U.S. Navy's Ft.
July 29, 1988
U.S. Ambassador to Australia William Lane presented a check for $4.4 million to Australian and New Zealand veterans of the Vietnam War who suffered from the effects of Agent Orange, saying the settlement was due to the "American constitutional democratic process." The pay-out is a share of the $13-million settlement handed down recently by the U.S. Supreme Court against manufacturers of the defoliant.
March 11, 1988 |
Two Australian air force aerobatic jets collided in midair Thursday but the pilots of both planes suffered only minor injuries, a Defense Department spokesmen said. One pilot landed his aircraft safely but the second was forced to eject.