Navy surface fleet review finds $20 billion blowout to Hunter-class build

Karen Barlow
February 19 2024 - 10:30pm

The Albanese government is to reveal a $20 billion blowout to the controversial Turnbull government-commissioned $45 billion Hunter-class frigate program while announcing extra, more lethal warships sooner to counter threats posed by China.

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Karen Barlow

Karen Barlow

Chief Political Correspondent

Karen Barlow is ACM's Chief Political Correspondent. Working in the federal press gallery, she investigates and writes about federal politics and government. She has an interest in integrity, leadership and social equity. She has covered two Olympics and been to Antarctica twice. Contact her on

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