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Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Brave old world: taxpayers shell out for return to protectionism

Taxpayers will be hit up for another business slush fund under the latest round of industry policy as the parties compete to breathe life into local manufacturing.

Former minister for agriculture Bridget McKenzie, who was involved in the 'sports rorts' scandal (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Is the public being served? Auditor reveals a grim picture of widespread bureaucratic failure

When put together, the ANAO's last five years of audits reveal massive failures across the public service.

(Image: AP/Susan Walsh)

Australia isn’t the only country worried about a US-China war

China's rise has fuelled a regional arms race that will leave none of us safer.

Scott Morrison speaks during the launch of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Does Australia’s big defence spending actually make any sense?

We've reached our goal: defence spending is at 2% of the GDP. But don't celebrate yet — it's a pretty dopey target.

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Warrior Morrison unveils… um… no increase in defence spending

The media is excited about Scott Morrison's planned increase in defence spending — except that it's nothing more than what we already committed to years ago

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Everybody’s (presumably) getting a helicopter! (And other news you may have missed)

The government goes all-in on defence spending, and Qantas eyes off a regional monopoly. Catch up with the news that slipped through the cracks.

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Morrison’s military response to bushfires sparks constitutional concerns

The legislation allowing Morrison to deploy troops for disaster relief was rushed through without much interrogation — but how constitutionally valid is it?

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It’s time to revisit Pine Gap

A new book by national security journalist Brian Toohey reminds us that while the secretive Pine Gap is on Australian soil, it's the US calling the shots — and ministers are expected to fall in line.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets with U.S. Marines at Robertson Barracks in Darwin (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Why is the NT so attractive for US defence?

The US military has long had a presence in the Top End. And from the looks of things, its only going to get bigger.

Former minister for the defence industry Christopher Pyne. (Image: AAP/David Mariuz)

Pyne to help E&Y catch up in the race for military cash

Defence offers a lucrative source of revenue for the big four consulting firms, and a rich tradition of former officials helping companies take advantage.

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