PENSION INCREASES TO HIT BANK ACCOUNTS FROM TODAY

Australians on a pension will today be waking up to see a boost in their bank accounts, thanks to the largest pension indexation increase in more than 12 years and the largest increase to allowances in three decades.

Those receiving a pension will receive the full payment boost in the first normal pension pay cycle following the formal indexation to rates on September 20.

For most, including those on the Service Pension, that first boosted payment will occur today – while some have been receiving their updated payments over the past fortnight on the day of their specific pension payment.

The full fortnightly increase will be hitting most pensioners’ accounts from today.

The Service Pension, Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment have risen by $38.90 a fortnight for singles and $58.80 a fortnight for couples in the latest indexation round.

The maximum rate of pension has increased to $1026.50 a fortnight for singles and $773.80 for each member of a pensioner couple or $1547.60 per couple (including Pension Supplement and Energy Supplement).

The pension paid to war widow(er)s has risen by $39.60 to $1044.30 per fortnight. Additionally, Disability Compensation Payments will increase by $59.90 per fortnight for the Special Rate, $33.20 for the Extreme Disablement Adjustment rate, and $21.30 for the 100% General Rate of Disability Compensation Payment.

The new pension rates for veterans are available on the DVA website and the full list of rates can be found on the Department of Social Services website.

 

Ukraine regains more territory from Russia

Oct 5, 2022 Ukrainian forces have liberated a key village in the southern region of Kherson, forcing another Russian military retreat. The defence ministry in Kyiv posted a video showing troops raising a Ukrainian flag above Davydiv Brid, amid reports of several other nearby villages being recaptured. Russian forces have already been forced to retreat in Ukraine’s north-east. They are now being pushed back in the south as well.

 

Dear Mum

Watch this video and see if you recognise any of the blokes

Made by Film Australia 1975. Directed by Don Harley. Sponsored by the Department of Defence, this recruiting film presents with some humour the thoughts of one of a group of young soldiers who is writing a letter home. With so many suggestions of what to include, contributed by his mates (“Don’t forget the football”… “Tell her how brave you are!”), he doesn’t get beyond writing “Dear Mum.”

 

Lockheed AC 130 GUNSHIP

The Lockheed AC-130 gunship is a heavily armed, long-endurance, ground-attack variant of the C-130 Hercules transport, fixed-wing aircraft. It carries a wide array of ground-attack weapons that are integrated with sophisticated sensors, navigation, and fire-control systems. Unlike other modern military fixed-wing aircraft, the AC-130 relies on visual targeting. Because its large profile and low operating altitudes around 7,000 feet (2,100 m) make it an easy target, its close air support missions are usually flown at night.

Australian Army weapon replacements

By Matthew Moss

The Australian Army selects SIG Sauer P320 XC Pro to replace the Browning Hi Power.

The Australian Department of Defence has announced that under its Lethality System Project LAND 159 project a raft of new small arms have been selected for the Australian Defence Force’s dismounted combatants. The news was announced at the end of last month with Head Land Systems, Major General Andrew Bottrell announcing the selections and saying that “this is a bold step into modern weaponry to quickly improve Australia’s defence preparedness.” Bottrell said early engagement with the industry had proven very successful.

The new weapon systems will be provided through Australia-based primary contractor NIOA. NIOA will use a range of sub-contractors to supply new sniper rifles, pistols, shotguns, personal defence weapons and fighting knives.

The big news is that the venerable Browning HiPower, known as the Self-Loading Pistol 9mm Mk3 in Australian service, will be replaced by the SIG Sauer P320 XCarry Pro. The XCarry Pro was selected as the platform for the Sidearm Weapon System and will be complemented with reflex sights, and a white light illuminator. The XCarry was previously selected by the Danish military back in the summer of 2018.

 

The optic is not specifically named in the Defence Department’s announcement but from the officially released photographs, it appears it will be a SIG Optics Romeo 2. It appears that the Australian Defence Force will become the first major conventional army to field red dot sights on their fleet of sidearms. The light will likely be SIG’s 580 lumens and 13,000 candela FOXTROT2.

 

The P320 XCarry Pro isn’t the only weapon from SIG Sauer that Australia has selected through LAND 159. The SIG Sauer MCX, in .300 Blackout calibre has also been selected as the Australian Defence Force’s new Personal Defence Weapon System. It’ll provide “dismounted combatants with a light, modular, and compact weapon system that can be rapidly optimised for specialised roles.”

The Benelli M3A1 has been selected as the platform for the Combat Shotgun System requirement. The Australian Department of Defence’s announcement said “operable in semi-automatic or pump-action mode, it is complemented with a red dot sight and white light illuminator.”

A pair of new long-range weapon systems have also been selected. The Accuracy International AX-SR – selected as the platform for the Long Range Sniper Capability while the M107A1 rifle, manufactured by Barrett Firearms Anti-Material Sniper Capability requirement.

The value of the contract awarded to NIOA for Lethality Systems project LAND 159 Tranche 1 was not revealed but it comes as part of a broader $500 million plus commitment to provide Australia’s military with new enhanced lethality weapon systems. NIOA’s CEO Robert Noia said in a statement that “the battlefield capability increase that these next-generation weapons provide is a game-changer for our warfighters. NIOA is proud of its role in this project. Protecting our national security means teamwork at every level – Government, Defence and industry.”

Following on from this first wave of weapon system selection the Australian Defence Force’s Lethality System Program Office will be selecting new ‘Close Combatant Assault Rifle, Machine Guns, Direct Fire Support Weapons and Grenades’ as part of Tranche 2 expected in 2024/25 and in 2026/27 tranche 3 will see enhanced munitions and emergent weapon systems explored.

 

I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later!

I don’t have to go to school or work.

I get an allowance every month.

I have my own pad.

I don’t have a curfew.

I have a driver’s license and my own car.

I don’t have acne.

The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant.

Life is great. I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way much faster now.

Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers.

I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row. I decided to stop calling the bathroom “John” and renamed it the “Jim”. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

When I was a child, I thought “nap time” was a punishment. Now it feels like a small vacation.

The biggest lie I tell myself is… ” I don’t have to write that down, I’ll remember it”.

I don’t have grey hair… I have “wisdom highlights”! I’m just very wise.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would’ve put them on my knees.

Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven’t met yet.

Why do I have to press one for English when you’re just going to transfer me to someone I can’t understand anyway?

Of course, I talk to myself. Sometimes I need expert advice.

At my age “Getting Lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I came In there for.

I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can’t remember their names.

Now, I’m wondering… did I steal this from you, or did you steal it from me?

 

By Alex Antic

Australia! You have been warned.

Net zero makes about as much sense as setting yourself on fire … and the Europeans are only just coming to terms with this inconvenient truth.

After shutting down their coal-fired power plants (and becoming totally reliant on Russian gas), Europe is now teetering on the verge of shutdown and blackouts.

Due to high energy prices:

  1. Steel blast furnaces across Europe are shutting down.
  2. European fertiliser production is massively down.
  3. People across central Europe are chopping down centuries-old trees in forests to heat their homes and cook their food.
  4. Pubs and restaurants across Europe are using candles to reduce their energy consumption.
  5. The Swiss government is threatening prison for those who use too much gas and have asked people to shower together to reduce energy consumption.
  6. Sales of electric heaters in Germany have increased ten-fold as people fret about how they will heat their homes over winter.
  7. All public buildings, shopping centres, cinemas, theatres, rail stations and airports in Spain must limit heating to a peak of 19C and air conditioning to a low of 27C.
  8. British pubs are facing increases in energy bills of around 500 per cent – which could lead to 20-pound (~$35AUD) pints at the bar.
  9. France is shutting down public swimming pools due to surging heating costs.
  10. Aluminium smelters are closing right across the continent, including in France and Slovakia.

How could anyone looking at all this think it’s a good idea for Australia to go down the very same path?

Aussie power prices have tripled over the past year or so.

We’ve posted record manufacturing job losses.

It makes you wonder where all this madness will end.

But thankfully there is a glimmer of light, from the continent that is at the current epicentre of the global energy crisis.

Congratulations to the proud nation of Italy for electing an anti-woke crusader – Giorgia Meloni – as their new Prime Minister.

Meloni wants to address the energy crisis by increasing the supply of fossil fuels and nuclear power, and she won’t be bullied into submission.

Australia must follow suit.

We need new coal-fired power plants.

We must legalise nuclear power.

Let’s throw all our energy into boosting our defence, revitalising our manufacturing industries, and bringing jobs back to Australia.