The biggest game in town just got bigger

The appointment in April of the new Defence Support Services (DSS) panel of around 580 consultancy firms seems like a lot but its hard work spending $36 billion properly, so there may be method in the apparent madness, writes Jonathan Dutton for GOVERNMENT NEWS Everyone in Canberra knows that Defence is the biggest game in town, but few appreciate just how big. The Defence whitepaper in 2016 scoped out a significant rise in departmental expenditure in order to meet a broader range of threats in future. In fact, this year the Defence budget is set to be something over $36 billion, plus major capital projects. And the Turnbull Government has committed to meet the vaunted target for a national

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