You left out irakunji jellyfish, allegedly now down as far as Fraser Island [near Brisbane].
We had some Canadian relatives staying last week. Had to warn them about the little tiny blue-ringed octopus which lives in the rock pools where they wanted to swim. They are flying back to Wainwright now - 60 degC difference in temperatures. Guess we scared them away!
BTW, there was a picture in the local paper of a local girl who found a blue-ringed crawling up her leg yesterday ... [mercifully unbitten].
On 24 February 1969 he was appointed to the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam. In May that year he was commanding the 212th Company of the 1st Mobile Strike Force Battalion when it was attacked by a strong North Vietnamese force. His company was isolated and, surrounded on three sides, Payne's Vietnamese troops began to fall back. Payne, by now wounded in the hands and arms and under heavy fire, covered the withdrawal before organising his troops into a defensive perimeter. He then spent three hours scouring the scene of the day’s fight for isolated and wounded soldiers, all the while evading enemy troops, who kept up harassing fire. He found some 40 wounded men, brought some in himself and organised for the rescue of the others, leading the party back to base through enemy-dominated terrain. Years later, asked whether he was afraid, Payne replied, "My God yes, yes, I was.” Payne’s actions that night earned him the Victoria Cross.
During his fifth tour of Afghanistan, on 11 June 2010 Roberts-Smith was involved in an operation to hunt for a senior Taliban commander in the Kandahar province. Here he took part in an assault against an enemy fortification, exposing his own position in order to draw fire away from members of his patrol who were pinned down. Fighting at close range, he stormed two enemy machine-gun posts and silenced them. For this action Roberts-Smith was awarded a Victoria Cross. His citation in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette noted that 'his selfless actions in circumstances of great peril served to enable his patrol to break into the enemy's defences and to regain the initiative ... resulting in a tactical victory'.
Donaldson was returning to base in the Oruzgan province, in a joint US, Australian, and Afghan convoy when the group was ambushed. In heavy fighting, he moved from cover to cover to engage the enemy with anti-armour weapons as well as his own rifle, several times drawing the enemy's fire away from the wounded. He also rescued a wounded interpreter. His actions were described as being of the "highest accord and in keeping with the finest traditions of ... the Australian Defence Force". In 2010 he was appointed the National Australia Day Council's Young Australian of the Year.