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Old 01-09-2019, 02:56 AM
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And as long as you're not being a dickhead with your firearms, there's plenty of people in the WA countryside who wouldn't bother checking if your restricted category firearm is licenced or not. In some areas it's pretty much "don't ask, don't tell" if you behave yourself.
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:22 AM
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WA Police crackdown on firearm theft sees gun owners charged with failing to secure weapons

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Old 01-09-2019, 05:20 AM
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If you're going to have something you shouldn't have, it's easy enough to conceal - two safes, one for the police with the stuff you're allowed, and the second tucked away out of sight with everything else.
NEVER leave anything laying about unsecured.
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If you're going to have something you shouldn't have, it's easy enough to conceal - two safes, one for the police with the stuff you're allowed, and the second tucked away out of sight with everything else.
NEVER leave anything laying about unsecured.
Been there have the tshirt - or more properly my grandfather was the one with the tshirt and with several weapons that he wasnt supposed to have that were safely hidden away from any prying eyes and continue to remain being that way after he died.
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Old 01-10-2019, 12:19 AM
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A few more instances like this and we're getting close to the level of damage needed....
https://www.pilbaranews.com.au/?busi...YxMgygrD2UfLjU
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Hmm, an example of synchronicity perhaps?

Today I was reading some newspaper archives from the 1940s & 1950s regarding the HMAS Sydney II (1930s light cruiser) and Sydney III (1940s light aircraft carrier).
Sydney III was the victim of sabotage on at least two occasions and I think a third as well (although I'm trying to find more details).

One act was during servicing at Garden Island (ironically Fleet Base East, which is in the city of... Sydney) in which the cables to a surface to air radar were cut. It was believed to be an attempt to delay Sydney getting back to the Korean War (the sabotage didn't delay her by even a modest amount).
At the time (and during WW2) civilian dockworkers were employed in large numbers to maintain and service naval vessels. You all know the "warm & fuzzy" feelings I have for Australian dock workers but it could have easily been a member of the RAN. Regardless of military or civilian background, the investigation pointed out that it was someone with legitimate access to the naval docks and believed it was someone with knowedge of radar systems.

The other act was during sea trails in England in 1948 after Sydney III had been completed to Australia requirements. Four large bolts were found in a crankcase. The bolts caused all the cogs in the crank housing to shear off their teeth. The subsequent investigation concluded that it was a deliberate act as the bolts could not have come loose from within the crankcase.

So... what we have is two examples of sabotage on a naval vessel during the Cold War period when security against Communism was quite high and in one instance during a period of war against Communist foes when I'm assuming security would have been even higher.
Basically I'm throwing this up here to illustrate how sabotage of the kind Leg is talking about can be effectively carried out (in the case of Sydney III the sabotage wasn't effective enough to prevent her rapid return to service but the fact that it was able to be done at all is the important point here).
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Old 01-10-2019, 05:49 AM
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With the much different racial mix in Australia now, it's even easier for potential hostiles to get themselves into sensitive positions and wreak havoc. In some places, the number of people who's families came from SE Asia exceeds those from the rest of the world. Given Australia is fighting Indonesia in T2K....
Saboteurs don't need to be members of an enemy military either as history has already shown. In WWII, the Communists in Australia still actively worked against Australia and the US through sabotage, theft and simply refusing to work or "go slow" campaigns, even though the USSR were allies. There is evidence that they preferred to lose to the Japanese if it would trigger a workers revolution!
As we've seen in recent years there's still a strong, if small, communist/socialist movement in the country. It would only take a few of them in key positions to cause similar havoc as occurred in the 40's.
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