Navy team detonates suspected World War II bomb discovered in Darwin Harbour

A team of navy divers has detonated a suspected World War II “dummy bomb” that’s believed to have been sitting on Darwin Harbour’s seabed for up to 80 years. Key points: The suspected ordnance was discovered last week by commercial divers The “dummy bomb” was successfully destroyed by plastic explosives “Significant tidal streams” caused challenges … Read more

Australia Played Role in NASA Asteroid Defense Test

NASA successfully crashed its DART spacecraft into a faraway asteroid Monday, in a test of the world’s first planetary defense system. The experiment, designed to avert a potentially catastrophic meteorite collision with Earth, was supported by Australia’s national science agency. The aim was to crash the spacecraft directly into the moonlet hard enough to shift … Read more

SA Premier says Australian government has ‘reassured’ him nuclear submarines will be built in Adelaide

South Australia’s Premier says the federal government has “reassured” him that Australia’s fleet of nuclear-powered submarines will be built in Adelaide. Key points: The federal government has previously said Australia’s new submarines would be built in Adelaide A report said building them in the US could see them delivered quicker South Australia’s Premier says he … Read more

Complex dive operation underway to remove suspected World War II bomb from Darwin Harbour

A specialist dive team has begun a complex operation to remove a suspected unexploded bomb that could have sat on the sea floor of Darwin Harbor for up to 80 years. Key points: Divers have been unable to locate the weapon despite an exclusion zone being declared Authorities suspect it is a bomb dating back … Read more

Biden says U.S. forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion

US President Joe Biden pictured in London on September 18, 2022. Biden said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that US forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, his most explicit statement so far on the issue. Brendan Smialowski | afp | Getty Images US President Joe Biden said in an … Read more

Space boom with Square Kilometre Array Telescope signals new identity for WA’s Midwest

One of the world’s biggest science experiments based deep in WA’s outback could unlock a new identity for the state’s Midwest. Key points: The Murchison region of WA is expected to become a hub for space exploration Construction will soon begin on the Square Kilometer Array Telescope, 350km east of Geraldton The Wajarri Yamaji group … Read more

‘Continues To Collect Trophies’ From Russia

Ukraine’s army is similar to the video game character Mario, according to Ukrainian authorities. The Ukrainian Ground Forces are “just like” Nintendo’s mascot because they continue “to collect trophies,” Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense said in a post on Twitter. A video included in the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s post showed Ukrainian forces encountering what appeared to … Read more

Military analysts call for greater focus on sealing the vehicle-killing Tanami Road

A dusty desert track connecting outback communities and cattle stations may feel a world away from a future military conflict. But the Tanami Road may one day prove important from a defense perspective, and analysts say it’s vital Australia’s leaders see it that way. The 1,000-kilometer dirt road connects Alice Springs to Halls Creek in … Read more

New generation of outback Queenslanders excited for future of Australia’s toughest industries

Tales of dangerously overworked staff and under-resourced facilities have plagued the health sector these past few years. But first-year nursing student Tyeena Pang says the dismal headlines she sees on the news are not a deterrent to starting out in the industry. “If anything, the challenges the health industry is facing only fuel my desire … Read more

Chief of Navy details Beijing’s ‘unusual’ South China Sea behaviour as Australia prepares for more spy ships off Darwin coast

Australian warships are being “routinely” shadowed by Chinese military vessels in contested South China Sea waters, in behavior the new Chief of Navy describes as “unusual”. Key points: Australia’s Chief of Navy says Chinese military vessels are regularly shadowing Australian warships But Vice Admiral Mark Hammond says interactions with the People’s Liberation Army remain professional … Read more