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Defence spending boost critical ahead of AUKUS, former ASIO boss Duncan Lewis warns

Sarah Basford Canales
By Sarah Basford Canales
Updated May 25 2022 - 9:23pm, first published 12:00pm
Former ASIO director-general of security Duncan Lewis at the National Press Club in 2017. Picture: AAP

Australia will need to accept a dramatic boost in defence spending over the coming years or be left red-faced at the soaring cost of safety in the region, a former top spy has warned.

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Sarah Basford Canales

Sarah Basford Canales

Canberra Times journalist

I'm a federal politics and public sector reporter with an interest in national security, integrity and regulation. Contact me with general tips and thoughts at sarah.basfordcanales@canberratimes.com.au or confidential tips to sbasfordcanales@protonmail.com.

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