Big defence spending still on track


By Marcus Hellyer*

The Australian government has released its mid-year budget update in the form of the portfolio additional estimates statements. If you’re looking for screaming headline material in the defence portfolio’s PAES you may be disappointed. But the fact that there’s been little change since the portfolio budget statements were released in October, several months later than normal due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is in itself newsworthy.

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