ASIO insists it's 'not' a charity as plans to centralise top vetting security clearances underway

Sarah Basford Canales
Updated May 23 2023 - 6:48pm, first published 6:40pm
ASIO director-general Mike Burgess. Picture by Gary Ramage
ASIO director-general Mike Burgess. Picture by Gary Ramage

One of Australia's top spies has flagged plans to centralise top security clearances will require shared resourcing, adding the domestic spy service is "not here as a charity".

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Sarah Basford Canales

Sarah Basford Canales

Politics and public sector reporter

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