Veterans have every right to be cynical

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Mark Dreyfus valiantly endorses Labor’s Orwellian mantra of the Coalition’s “do nothing nine years in office,” accusing the now Opposition of cronyism in office.

Announcing the Administrative Appeals Tribunal would be disbanded and replaced, Dreyfuss declared last week, “By appointing 85 former Liberal MPs (and cronies) the former government fatally compromised the AAT, undermined its independence and eroded the quality and efficiency of its decision making.”

Dreyfuss’s solution is to sack the coalition’s cronies and replace them with Labor cronies with a new structure and name.

Veterans who have struggled with AAT reviews of their disability claims have a perfect expectation to be cynical.

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Hi All,

I have held off as long as I could with this Update in the hope that I could give you a date for the reconvening of the Federal Court but alas we still have no news on that front.

We continue with our research that continues to highlight “mysteries” with the introduction and administration of the DFRDB scheme. Many of you have been with us for some years now and I thank you for your support as at the end of the day the government will only react to facts we can present and the number of supporters we have.

May you be blessed with a Happy Xmas, a healthy 2023 and of course resolution of our court case.

Regards Jim


Federal Court Hearing
Justice Perry has still not yet handed down her decision and we have no indication of when
she will do so.

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Season’s Greetings
On behalf of our Committee, I wish you and you families a Merry Christmas and a safe and
Happy New Year.

Jim Hislop OAM

How Ukraine’s 1st Tank Brigade Fought A Russian Force Ten Times Its Size—And Won

The 1st Tank Brigade, arguably Ukraine’s best tank formation, didn’t just survive the brutal bombardment that preceded Russia’s wider invasion of Ukraine starting the early morning of Feb. 24.

The 1st Tank Brigade’s six-week defence of the city of Chernihiv, near the border with Belarus just 60 miles north of Kyiv, already was the stuff of legend when analysts Mykhaylo Zabrodskyi, Jack Watling, Oleksandr Danylyuk and Nick Reynolds revealed incredible new details in a study for the Royal United Services Institute in London.

Russian commanders apparently assumed the 1st Tank Brigade would be an easy target on day one of the wider war. In the early morning hours of Feb. 24, Russian missiles and artillery struck the permanent garrisons of most of the Ukrainian army’s 20 or so active brigades.

But these brigades, including the 1st Tank Brigade, had dispersed. The Russian bombardment mostly destroyed empty buildings.

The 1st Tank Brigade’s 2,000 troopers and roughly 100 T-64B and T-64BM tanks—some of the best tanks in the Ukrainian inventory—lay in wait in the fields and forests surrounding Chernihiv.

The Russian 41st Combined Arms Army barrelled south from its staging areas around the Belarus-Russia border, quickly arriving at Chernihiv. On paper, the 41st CAA with its 20,000 troops and hundreds of T-72 tanks vastly outmatched the 1st Tank Brigade.

In reality, the 1st Tank Brigade held key advantages, Zabrodskyi, Watling, Danylyuk and Reynolds explained.

“Modernized T-64s are equipped with digital radios, new internal communication and navigation systems, sighting systems with thermal imaging cameras, modified dynamic protection and other necessary options,” the analysts wrote. “The T-64BM ‘Bulat’ weapon system also includes the Ukrainian-made TAKO-621 tank missile system, enabling engagement of armoured vehicles, fortifications, helicopters and other targets at a distance of up to [5,500 yards] using Kombat guided missiles.”

But it was the autoloader in the three-person T-64—and the Ukrainian army’s superior training, of course—that made the most difference in the chaotic early fights around Chernihiv. “The first days of fighting saw numerous meeting engagements in forests at around [110-to-220-yard] range, where restricted movement limited the Russian ability to bring their mass to bear against a specific tactical situation,” Zabrodskyi, Watling, Danylyuk and Reynolds wrote.

“Better crew training combined with short-ranged engagements where their armament was competitive, and the faster autoloader on the T-64, allowed Ukrainian tank crews to achieve significant damage against surprised Russian units.”

The 1st Tank Brigade bled the 41st CAA for several days until Russian commanders decided simply to bypass Chernihiv. Kyiv was the Russians’ main prize. As Russian battalions rolled past, the 1st Tank Brigade “found itself encircled.”

The brigade still possessed many, if not most, of its tanks. But it was hurting for infantry. And as the Russians would learn—or relearn—in coming weeks and months, tanks without adequate infantry support are vulnerable to the enemy’s own infantry and their anti-tank missiles.

There was a territorial brigade in Chernihiv, however. The territorials—lightly-armed local volunteers—screened the 1st Tank Brigade’s T-64s as the brigade adopted an all-around defence of the city.

For six weeks the brigade and its supporting territorials held out. Critically, the Russian battalions rolling past Chernihiv never fully cut off the city. “Communication with the 1st Tank Brigade was maintained along a small supply road running northwards on the left bank of the Dnipro [River] that the Russians failed to sever, despite having an overwhelming force presence,” the RUSI analysts wrote. “This speaks to the poor situational awareness and lack of active patrolling by Russian units.”

Having bypassed Chernihiv, the Russian army tried—and failed—to capture Kyiv and bring the war to a swift end. Two Ukrainian army artillery brigades, entrenched in and around the capital city, pummelled the attacking Russian battalions while Ukrainian special forces raided the Russians’ supply lines.

In late March, the Kremlin ordered its battered forces around Kyiv to retreat. That’s when the 1st Tank Brigade, still holding out in Chernihiv, attacked. On March 31, the brigade liberated the M01 highway connecting Chernihiv to Kyiv.

The siege was over. The Ukrainians had won.

The 1st Tank Brigade was badly damaged in its six-week defence of Chernihiv. While the Ukrainian army never has released precise casualty figures, it’s saying that the brigade after this spring’s battles spent several months resting, refitting and recruiting new troopers.

Today the brigade is back in action—in the east. Ten months ago, it fought a legendary defensive campaign. Today … it’s on the attack.

Real vulnerability from foreign missiles

Those who believe the role of Chinese, Korean and Russian long-range missiles is to parade endlessly past waxen faced dictators clapping like marionettes would be severely mistaken.

The old maxim applies, “if you have it and display it, you intend to use it.”.

Those missiles, depending on the data source, have ranges between 1000 and 1500km, with terminal velocities up to Mach 10, meaning they could travel, allowing for vagaries, 10,000km per hour.

Or around 250km in 90 seconds.

Proposals to acquire batteries of Naval Strike Missiles (NSM) mounted on Bushmaster chassis are a clever political ploy to demonstrate Australian preparedness to protect its northern approaches from foreign incursion.

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Merry Christmas to you and your families

Even though Julie & I are away cruising around New Zealand for Christmas & New Year, we wanted to leave you with a very special wish and message by way of a Christmas song by a very talented young 18yr old Lucy Thomas. We hope that you all have a marvellous Christmas that brings you joy and happiness. We look forward to returning in the New Year and sharing 2023 with you all.

Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV)

Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV) is a 7-tonne 4 x 4 vehicle designed by Thales Australia to meet AustralianDefenceForce’s (ADF’s) LAND 121 – Protected Mobility Vehicle (Light) requirement to replace some of its Land Rover Perentie variants. The vehicle is designed in partnership with Plasan, Boeing, PAC Group and many Australian SMEs.


How to fight desertification and reverse climate change

Take the time and spend 20 minutes watching this informative TED talk.

Desertification of the world’s grasslands, Allan Savory suggests, is the immediate cause of poverty, social breakdown, violence, cultural genocide — and a significant contribution to climate change. In the 1960s, while working in Africa on the interrelated problems of increasing poverty and disappearing wildlife, Savory made a significant breakthrough in understanding the degradation and desertification of grassland ecosystems. After decades of study and collaboration, thousands of managers of land, livestock and wildlife on five continents today follow the methodology he calls “Holistic Management.”