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The Defence department's contractors are now costing almost $2 billion a year

Harley Dennett
By Harley Dennett
October 27 2021 - 6:30pm
Senator Penny Wong pressed Defence officials on its growing external workforce. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

Defence officials have waved away a 27 per cent jump in the number of external contractors the department retained in just one year.

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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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