Misspelled mugs buried in concrete

CANBERRA, Australia, May 22 (UPI) -- Australian officials told a Senate hearing 198 mugs misspelling the U.S. president's name were broken and used in concrete "mafia style."

Pakistan inks defense MOU with Australia

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 8 (UPI) -- Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding for bilateral cooperation with the Australian ministry of defense, the government announced Tuesday.

Australia boosts army equipment spend

CANBERRA, Australia, May 13 (UPI) -- Australia will boost spending on its 1,550 troops in Afghanistan by an extra $437 million up to the end of 2011, the defense ministry said.

Australia recruits cybersecurity experts

CANBERRA, Australia, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The Ministry of Defense will recruit 130 cybersecurity experts within five years on top of the 51 who work at its new operations center.

Australia commits to Asian security

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Australian government is committed to tackling the broad security challenges presented by the multiple threats in Central Asia, s defense minister said.

Australia set to buy upgraded Howitzers

CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Australia's Defense Department has approved a $455 million artillery replacement project to include four batteries of 35 M777A2 155mm lightweight towed Howitzer field guns.

Australia explores home sub technology

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Australia has moved a step closer to building a dozen submarines in the country's most expensive ever defense procurement project at nearly $17 billion.

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.

Tests question 'microwave safe' claims

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Certain products that advertise being "microwave safe" allegedly release the chemical bisphenol A when exposed to heat, test results indicate.
John Faulkner

John Philip Faulkner (born 12 April 1954) is an Australian politician. First a minister from 1993 in the Keating Labor government, Faulkner has been the federal Minister for Defence since June 2009.

He has been a Labor member of the Australian Senate since 1989, representing the state of New South Wales. Following a period serving on various Senate Committees and as Deputy Whip, he was appointed a Minister of the Crown in the Keating Labor government, which he remained until the 1996 election. Following several years in opposition as a Shadow Minister he was appointed in 2007 as Vice-President of the Executive Council and Special Minister of State in the Rudd Government. Within Labor circles, Faulkner's elder statesman status is virtually unrivalled by any presently active politician.

He announced in July 2010 that he would return to the backbench after the 2010 election.

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