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Australia to spend $270b building larger military to prepare poorer, More dangerous World

Australia will build a larger and more aggressive military focused on its immediate backyard, including new long-range missiles, signalling a major shift in the nation’s defence strategy.
Key points:

    Mr Morrison committed $270 billion to defence spending over the next 10 years
    The ADF is expected to grow by 800 people over that time
    Mr Morrison argued the Indo-Pacific was the “epicentre” of rising strategic competition

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled a greater focus on the Indo-Pacific region, warning Australia needs to prepare for a post-COVID-19 world that is “poorer, more dangerous and more disorderly”.

Mr Morrison also announced a commitment to spend $270 billion over the next decade on defence capabilities, including more potent strike weapons, cyber capabilities and a high-tech underwater surveillance system.

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