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Australian military budget drained by contractors: think tank

Harley Dennett
By Harley Dennett
Updated May 26 2021 - 2:07am, first published May 25 2021 - 2:00pm
The Australian Army hosted a robotics challenge last month. Picture: Department of Defence

Too much of Defence's $122 million a day budget is being wasted on contractors, leaving insufficient funds for essential wartime acquisitions, a new report highlights.

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Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett

Senior Political Reporter

I'm the federal politics bureau chief for the Canberra Times, via a career that's taken me from rural Victoria to Washington DC. Telling the stories of my local LGBTI community brought me to journalism, where I've covered seven federal budgets, four national elections, Defence, public service and international governance.

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