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What is a 'Fifth Generation Fighter' and does the JSF qualify as one?

Department of Defence

Budget Estimates Hearing – 2 & 3 June 2014

Question on Notice No. 26 - Joint Strike Fighter – 4th / 5th Generation Comparison

Senator Ludlam asked on 2 June 2014, Hansard page 112:

 

Senator LUDLAM: I do not expect you to have this information at the table, but could you take on notice for us—whoever feels most qualified to provide it—the various criteria by which jets are judged to be either fourth or fifth generation? In addition, can you tell us which of those criteria the JSF meets and which it does not?

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Lightening of Joint Strike Fighter not predicted to compromise it's protection from lightning

Department of Defence

Budget Estimates Hearing – 2 & 3 June 2014

Question on Notice No. 25 - Joint Strike Fighter – Lightning protection

Senator Ludlam asked on 2 June 2014, Hansard page 111:

 

Senator LUDLAM: Something that was available publicly was that the aircraft could not fly within 40 kilometres of an electrical storm, and we are proposing to base a substantial number of them in Darwin. Has that been solved.

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War Powers laws introduced into the Parliament

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (12:11):  I move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to defence to provide for parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Defence Force, and for related purposes. Defence Legislation Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2014.

I would add that this is the 29th year that this bill will have been on the Notice Paper.

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Lest We Forget Nuclear Veterans

Between 1952 and 1963, approximately 16,000 Australian civilians and serviceman were exposed to nuclear fallout when British nuclear weapons were tested at the Montebello Islands in Western Australia, Maralinga and Emu fields in South Australia, and over the Christmas and Malden Islands.

"Today Australians mark the sacrifice, suffering and deaths of our servicemen and women in all wars, but unfortunately some of our veterans have been forgotten," said Australian Greens spokesperson on nuclear policy, Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Greens call for medical care for Australia’s Nuclear Veterans

The Australian Greens have called for hundreds of Australian soldiers who were exposed to radiation from British nuclear bomb testing in the 1950s and ‘60s to automatically receive Veterans' Gold Card health care.

"Between 1952 and 1963, more than 16,000 Australian civilians and serviceman were exposed to nuclear fallout when British nuclear weapons were tested at the Montebello Islands in Western Australia, Maralinga and Emu fields in South Australia, and over the Christmas and Malden Islands," spokesperson Assisting on Defence, Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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Talisman Sabre must halt bombing as civilians enter training area

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says the US bombing of the Great Barrier Reef has sparked two peace protestors to enter the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area today to disrupt the Talisman Sabre training exercises.

"The training exercise must cease immediately to protect the lives of the two activists - Greg Rolles and Graham Dunstan. I understand these people entered the site to express their opposition to the military exercises including the dropping of four unarmed bombs on the fragile Great Barrier Reef by US forces last week," said Senator Ludlam.

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British Government fails test on Australian nuclear victims, but fight continues

Efforts to secure Act Of Grace payments for the victims of British nuclear testing will be stepped up after the British Government's disappointing response, Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"I call on Foreign Minister Bob Carr to raise this proposal directly with his UK counterparts.

"Because of difficulties victims of the British nuclear testing were facing in the courts, I wrote to British Foreign Secretary William Hague twice making the case for ex gratia payments to Australians exposed to British nuclear testing in the 1950s and ‘60s.

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