Vale 3795566 John Douglas McIntosh – RAInf

20 Nov 1948 – 4 Aug 2022

Sadly, I have been advised that John passed away on the 4th of August in Newcastle NSW. He served in Vietnam with 1 Australian Reinforcement Unit 01 Oct 69 – 27 Jan 70 and HQ, 1 ALSG 28 Jan 70 – 1 Oct 1970. John was a great man who will be sadly missed.


The only thing so-called “climate scientists” can get right, is getting it wrong.

After years of doomsday predictions about the Great Barrier Reef dying, new data from the Australian Institute of Marine Science shows that the opposite is true.

In its latest “state of the reef report”, AIMS said the Great Barrier Reef has registered “the highest levels of coral cover yet recorded in the Northern and Central regions over the past 36 years of monitoring”.

In the southern region, “regional coral cover declined slightly” – but it was due to ongoing outbreaks of the parasitic crown-of-thorns starfish.

Which means; “the trends of coral cover are highly variable across the Reef, with most reefs having between 10% and 50% hard coral cover.”

These results come a year after the Institute of Marine Science’s last report, which said “coral cover has increased significantly to a record high value of 28 per cent with no serious coral bleaching found at all”.

Brilliant news.

We’d like our money back please!

We want the $1 billion the Morrison government gave environmental organisations that claim to protect the Reef.

We want the $444 million that Malcolm Turnbull gave to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation after just 11 days of consideration with no tender.

We want the $1.2 billion Labor Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek promised the Reef after saying “climate change is the biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef. That’s why Labor has committed $1.2 billion towards the Reef.”

We’d also like our money back for all the other environmental causes grounded in “science” that has proven to be completely wrong!

Remember Tim Flannery’s famous line: “there will be permanent drought” and “the rain that comes won’t fill our dams”?

Well, this year, we’ve had record rainfall and our dams have overflowed and caused floods after the government listened to Flannery and built desalination plants instead of dams.

This year, we’ve had record snowfalls at Perisher even though we were told that “Australia’s ski slopes could become snow-free by 2050” eleven years ago.

We know that the Pacific and Indian Ocean islands are NOT sinking after a recent analysis of over 600 coral reef islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans found that 80 percent of islands either remained stable or increased in area.

And we also know Professor Peter Ridd – the bloke who was sacked by James Cook University for questioning the claim that climate change is killing the reef – was right all along and should be reinstated.

Australians are NOT buying it anymore.

To borrow the words of Walter Starck, a marine biologist who has spent much of his career studying coral reef and marine fishery ecosystems, there has been an “abandonment of basic research in favour of finding, promoting and investigating environmental ‘threats’.”

“Academics are basically office workers. Vanishingly few have the extended experience of a given reef over the seasons and years needed to recognize the degree of natural variability involved.

“There is now a whole generation of researchers who see every fluctuation of nature as evidence of some ‘impact’ caused by humans.”


The Reef Is Strong, So Stop The Scare Campaign

Written by Peter Ridd


The latest data on the coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef, produced by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, should be a cause for celebration. Church bells should be ringing and children given a day off school. AIMS says two of the three main regions of the reef are at record-breaking high levels. The other region is at record-equalling levels (once uncertainty margins are taken into account).

AIMS, which has been releasing data on the reef every year since 1985, does not give the aggregate of coral cover for the entire reef; it stopped doing that in 2017. So I have done it for AIMS, and the reef as a whole is at record high levels. This result is proof many science institutions have been misleading the public about the state of the reef. They claimed we had four devastating and unprecedented bleaching events since 2016. So much bleaching, death and destruction supposedly has never happened before and is because of climate change – and now we have record high coral cover.

Imagine if we were now at record low levels instead. The institutions would be screaming for emissions cuts and proclaiming the end of the world. AIMS now meekly says “these gains can be lost quickly with another large-scale disturbance that causes extensive mortality”. Talk about a bunch of killjoys. Or maybe AIMS means like one of the last four bleaching events that clearly had little effect.

The gross misrepresentation of the state of the reef is not a victimless crime. Schoolchildren around the world have been indoctrinated to believe the reef is almost finished. The reputation of the Queensland tourist industry’s premier attraction has been smashed in world media. And there are now many pointless but expensive regulations affecting north Queensland farmers including reductions in the use of fertilisers. All because the reef is supposedly in a dire predicament.

AIMS should be congratulated for its work across many decades. I estimate in these surveys it has towed a diver behind a small boat a distance equivalent to around the world. This work has paid off as it demonstrates that the reef cycles through periods of high and low coral cover. This is natural. It demonstrates that we should be more optimistic about the fate of the reef than we were when pioneering scientists discovered huge plagues of coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish in the 1960s. We knew almost nothing about the reef in those genuinely scary days.

The data also shows that cyclones are the main contributor to temporary coral loss and that bleaching events are comparatively minor. The biggest mortality event was Cyclone Hamish which, in 2009, tracked down the southern and central reefs, and the waves it generated destroyed up to 75 per cent of coral in its path. Hamish was devastating mostly because of its path. And despite what is often stated, cyclones have not got worse in the past century.

Old frail people easily can be killed by diseases such as flu that more robust people will easily survive. This is also true for ecosystems. If the reef were on its last legs because of climate change and pollution, it would not recover as strongly from stresses. The decades of AIMS data have shown the reef is strong, resilient and fabulous. We must never take any risks with its future but neither should any institution use scandalous claims of its supposed imminent demise for political purposes.

It is time for politicians to ask hard questions about the quality-assurance processes in some of our institutions. I have no doubt that any political party that asked for additional quality assurance of reef science, based on the latest data, would be maligned in much of the media. But the average voter would not think this denialism; it is prudence and common sense.

By definition, record high coral cover does not happen every year. It is a golden opportunity to start the necessary political process of making all of our reef science institutions trustworthy again.


Funeral Arrangements: Colin Dennis Cochrane – RNZE

A Commemoration of Col’s life will be held at Beerwah Cemetery 300 Roy’s Road, BEERWAH on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 12:30pm.

On completion of the service, you’re invited to join Col’s family at Cliff & Kaylene House 6 Hibiscus Avenue, Beerburrum for food and drinks to celebrate Colin’s life.


As a man, I used to think I was pretty much just a regular person, but I was born white, into a two-parent, two-gender household which now,  whether I like it or not, makes me “Privileged”, a racist and responsible for slavery.

I am fiscal and moral, which by today’s standards, makes me a fascist because I plan, budget and support myself.

I went to School, worked my way “up the ladder”, and have always held a job. But I now find out that I am not here because I earned it, but because I was “advantaged”.

I am heterosexual, which according to “gay” folks, now makes me homophobic.

I am not a Muslim, which now labels me as an infidel.

I am older than 60, making me a useless person who doesn’t understand Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

I think and I reason, and I doubt much of what the “mainstream” media tells me, which makes me a “Right-wing conspiracy nut”.

I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive Australian culture, making me a xenophobe.

I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individual’s merits, which today makes me an anti-socialist.

I believe our system guarantees freedom of effort – not freedom of outcome or subsidies which must make me a borderline sociopath.

I believe in the defence and protection of Australia for and by all citizens, now making me a militant.

I am proud of our flag, what it stands for and the many who died to let it fly, so I stand during our National Anthem – so I must be a racist.

Please help me come to terms with the new me because I’m just not sure who I am anymore.

If all this nonsense wasn’t enough to deal with, now I don’t even know which restroom to use… and I have to go more FREQUENTLY!







Hi Ray

Any chance you could promote the attached invitation via your Veteranweb Network?

Cheers Stephen

Padre Stephen Holmes


Australian Army 1973-76

Formerly Delta Coy, 6 RAR

Overseas Service: Malaysia

RAAF: 1997-2014 PAF & Reserve (Chaplain)

CLICK LINK below to read invitation


Memorial Service Colin Laurence (Col) Parkin – RAA

A memorial service for the late Col Parkin will be held on Saturday 13 August at 2.00pm at Mudjimba RSL Sub Branch, 43 Cottonwood St, Mudjimba, Qld., August 2022 at Mudjimba RSL Sub Branch, 43 Cottonwood St, Mudjimba, Qld.

Kind regards

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer