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Centre for Military and Veterans' Health
Timor-Leste Family Study
Because families deploy as well...
If you have received an invitation to participate in the
Timor-Leste Family Study, but have yet to accept,
we would really like to hear from you! We especially wish
to hear from ADF families who have not experienced a
Timor-Leste deployment -- your participation is just as vital.
To participate, please go to the webpage that is shown in your invitation.
ADF members - Help us invite your current or former partner(s) to
the study--to do this, just fill out your partner's details on your
Your participation and your partner's participation will contribute to a
broader understanding of the deployment experiences of families.
1800 708 335
A study under the Department of Veterans' Affairs Family Study Program
July 7, 2011
Subaru Forester turbo S Edition
Engine: 2.5-litre boxer engine 193kW, 347Nm of torque.
Test vehicle RRP: $50,990
Reviewer: SGT Andrew Hetherington
EVER wondered what it would be like to own an
all-wheel-drive, family-sized wagon that could give
a Holden SS Commodore or Ford XR8 a run for
their money in a dash to 100km/h?
Well you can if you choose to park a turbo Subaru
Forester S Edition in your shed.
The turbo edition sits at the top of the Subaru
Forester range. In comparison to the XT turbo variant
it's more powerful by 24kWs, faster to 100km/h by (a
claimed) 1.4 seconds and about $5000 more expensive.
Available only with a five-speed automatic, it has
remarkable acceleration in any gear because of the
steering column-mounted paddles.
Its 193kW, 2.5l, four-cylinder boxer pumps out
347Nm of torque between 2800-4800rpm, propelling
lucky occupants to 100km/h in a claimed 6.5 seconds.
The engine is such a cracker, owners will find
themselves transported to another dimension of driv-
ing, changing up and down gears using the world rally
championship-like paddles to exploit the acceleration
and torque, rivalling that of a WRX, which incidentally
has only two more kW and four Nm of torque less.
Sharp bends, flowing corners and roundabouts are
eaten up with ease and you'll have to look over your
shoulder into the back seat to remind yourself you have
Inside, the kit list is extensive, including digital
climate-controlled airconditioning, in-dash satellite
navigation with a seven-inch touch screen, metal sports
drivers pedals, six-speaker CD/DVD system with sub-
woofer, and bluetooth wireless phone connectivity.
Outside, apart from silver roof rails and an electric
sunroof, the S Edition gets 17-inch, 12-spoke STI alloy
wheels, a rear mounted spoiler, dual exhaust pipes and
self-levelling Xenon headlights, which turn night into
day.Safety also features highly with a five-star ANCAP
rating, providing six airbags, four-wheel disc brakes
anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic brakeforce
distribution, a rear-view reverse camera, symmetrical
all-wheel drive and vehicle dynamics control.
CRACKER: A turbo Subaru
Forester S Edition will make
a nice addition to your shed.
Photo: SGT Andrew Hetherington
The Winter War: The Russo-Finnish War of
Author: William R. Trotter
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd, 2002
Reviewer: Gregory Jarosch
WILLIAM Trotter has magnifi-
cently captured the frightful conflict
between two territorial neighbours
in 1939-40, a time when high stakes, brinkmanship
and cavalier demands for "mutually beneficial secu-
rity arrangements" was one-sided.
Enter mono-cultural Finland, population four mil-
lion, bordering a multicultural Soviet Union, popula-
tion 169 million. Add Soviet territorial expansion
objectives disguised as "mutual security and assistance
needs" in places like Poland, Estonia, Latvia and
Lithuania and then Finland, and you had all the ingre-
dients for a major "side show" conflict. The Soviets
were "on a roll" of sorts.
What followed was a see-saw conflict over three of
the severest winter months in the arctic region.
In the end, despite exacting 10 or more Soviet casu-
alties for every Finn casualty, territory was given up for
This is a harrowing tale of struggle with no League
of Nations' materiel support to at least hold one's
ground. A conflict which left the West (both axis and
allies) none the wiser in terms of how best to deal with
the Soviets on equal terms.
Cold, hard truths
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