F-35 soaring costs trouble Australia

SURRY HILLS, Australia, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to be bought for the Royal Australian Air Force will cost about $90 million apiece.

Australia looks for defense buildup

CANBERRA, Australia, June 16 (UPI) -- Australia's recently released Defense White Paper outlines the country's defense strategy for a generation and promises many opportunities for military hardware procurement.

Rudd announces cabinet reshuffle

CANBERRA, Australia, June 6 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, after 18 months in power, announced his first cabinet reshuffle Saturday.

Australian defense minister quits

CANBERRA, Australia, June 4 (UPI) -- Australian Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon resigned Thursday, becoming the first casualty in Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's Cabinet.

Australian DM slams own department

CANBERRA, Australia, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Australian Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon says his government department has covered up mistakes due in part to "incompetence."

Woman backs Aussie solder pay claims

CANBERRA, Australia, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The wife of an Australian soldier has backed claims that another soldier was docked an entire paycheck due to a dispute about overpayment.

Aussie forces accused of mistreatment

SYDNEY, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Australia's defense minister is backing his country's military against charges it mistreated Taliban captives in Afghanistan.

Australia offers home to Iraq employees

CANBERRA, Australia, April 9 (UPI) -- The Australian government says it has decided not to leave Iraqi employees behind when the country brings its combat forces home later this year.

Australia winemaker dies in blast

CANBERRA, Australia, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- An explosion ripped through an Australian winery Thursday, killing a well-known winemaker and his cousin.

Australian Prime Minister Rudd visits Iraq

BAGHDAD, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a surprise visit to his country's troops stationed in Iraq.