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AMC make a splash on Australian maritime capability with US partnership

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The Australian Maritime College (AMC) has been given a $3 million research grant by the US Department of Defense to help improve Australia’s naval capabilities.

This grant will allow the AMC to study the physics of cavitation to understand how this affects the performance of naval vessels. Cavitation is a process where air bubbles form in the water flowing over a surface, and then collapse.

Professor Paul Brandner, Manager of the Cavitation Research Laboratory at AMC, talks to Brian Carlton about the research the AMC will undertake with this grant.

Image: Research fellow Luka Barbaca with Cavitation Research Laboratory Research Leader, Professor Paul Brandner conduction an experiment in the cavitation tunnel (Photo: Scott Gelston / Australian Maritime College).

Bittersweet moment as HMAS Melbourne sails into Skeleton Bay

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The HMAS Melbourne sailed into Skeleton Bay at Binalong Bay this morning on its farewell tour before the ship is retired.

However it was a bittersweet moment for dive operator and long-time advocate Peter Paulsen, who campaigned vigorously to have the HMAS Darwin sunk in Skeleton Bay as a dive wreck.

The State Government turned down the offer of HMAS Darwin.

Peter calls Brian Carlton this morning to discuss the HMAS Melbourne in Skeleton Bay.

Can we defend our own country? Calls to test our abilities

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With international tension between several major players growing, there are calls to test Australia's ability to defend our country.

A new report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASSPI) released today calls for just that. Report author Dr John Coyne says that it has been a while that defence has been looked at seriously in Australia, and that we need to invest in defence in northern Australia to make sure we are adequately protected.

Dr Coyne, Head of Strategic Policing and Law Enforcement and head of the North and Australia's Security for ASPI, speaks to Brian Carlton about the report and defence issues we may potentially face. 

Image: By Robert Frola - Flickr, GFDL,

China should initiate North Korean regime change


The world is on edge waiting to see if North Korea will initiate a nuclear war, but our best bet at avoiding one could be with China.

Retired Major General Jim Molan speaks to Brian Carlton about the options that China may have to quietly ‘remove’ Kim Jong-Un.

“It seems to be in everyone’s interest that President Kim was changed, preferably internally….,” says Mr Molan. 

Defence bid win for Penguin business


A North-West company are in final negotiations for a defence contract worth over $8 million.

The three-year contract will see Penguin Composites develop bonnets and other parts for Hawkei military vehicles, and will create about 15 jobs.

Penguin Composites Engineer Piers Findlay talks to Brian Carlton about the successful win for the business.

By Michał Derela (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Defence contract just the beginning for Penguin Composites

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North-West manufacturers Penguin Composites have been awarded an $8 million defence contract.

The three-year contract will see the company build bonnets and other parts for Australian Army Hawkei defence vehicles.

Brian Carlton talks to the CEO of Penguin Composites, John van der Woude, who suggests that this may be just the beginning for the manufacturing company.  

By Michał Derela (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

If we can make it work, it’ll be in Braddon, says Thales Australia

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Tasmania's defence industry is booming, with several major businesses across the state picking up lucrative contracts, particularly on the North-West Coast.
Last week, Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne was in Devonportto witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the AMC and Thales Australia. Thales will investigate establishing a trial and testing facility forsubmarine and surface ship sonar systems in Tasmania.
Vice President of Strategy for Thales Australia, Gary Dawson, joins Brian Carlton this morning to talk about Thales Australia's plans for Tasmania. Mr Dawson says that Tasmania is the perfect place to make this kind of testing facility work.

Image: By Jean-Michel Roche -, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Lambie labels banning of soldier death symbol ‘disgusting’


Veteran and former Senator, Jacqui Lambie, has labelled the banning of a ‘symbols of death’ for soldiers as ‘disgusting’.

The announcement was made last week by Australia’s new Head of Defence Lt Gen Campbell, who stated that the symbols are at odds with the army’s values.

Jacqui joins Brian Carlton for their weekly chat, and says that there are far more important issues facing veterans and soldiers than worrying about a symbol.

They also discuss ANZAC Day, the banking royal commission, and take guesses at the name of the new addition to the royal family.

Tasmania has the capability for defence domain, says new defence advocate


Tasmania presents enormous capabilities for the state, federal and even international defence domain, according to the State Government’s newly appointed Defence Advocate.

Retired Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore was announced last week as Tasmania’s first ever Defence Advocate.  

Brian Carlton has long discussed how Tasmania did not have an advocate in Parliament to lobby for the state in this capacity. He speaks to Rear Admiral Gilmore about some of the aspects of defence that Tasmania could be a part of.

The ‘hypotheticals’ are happening now – why is 28 days fuel reserve enough?

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News broke this morning that the Federal Government is negotiating with the Trump administration to buy emergency oil supplies.

Australia currently only has enough petrol and crude oil to last 28 days in the case of an emergency, which is well below the 90 days which we are supposed to have.

Dr Paul Barnes is the head of the Risk and Rresilience Program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a body that informs the government on policy. Dr Barnes joins Brian Carlton this morning to discuss our current fuel status, and what might happen in the event of an emergency.

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