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Former Australian Government spends billions over budget on bungled defence plan

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The former Australian government has been accused of “flushing money down the toilet” after it was revealed its defence projects have blown out by billions

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles has taken aim at the former coalition.

He said their defence management was “one of the worst in Australian history” and a “complete mess.”

He continued saying they “flushed money down the toilet” and did not manage the budget effectively.

Richard Marles, Minister for Defence in Australia

Bungled defence management

It has been revealed that 28 defence projects are running behind schedule by a cumulative 97 years. Including projects like the offshore patrol vessels and the battlefield command system.

Hunter Class frigates

In addition, defence projects are currently at least $6.5 billion dollars over budget, and this hasn’t factored in the controversial nuclear sub deal yet.

It’s no secret that Australia has been ramping up its defence spending in recent years, but the recent figures show the former government was not able to manage this increased expenditure effectively.

To prevent this in future, the current coalition is promising to implement strict trigger warnings on struggling projects.

They have also planned to do an overhaul of the entire defence portfolio.

This comes at a time when the Government is under immense pressure to rebuild the country economically, but faces an uphill battle after the pandemic, and the crunch of inflation.

So the question remains, will this impact Australia’s defence capability at a time when geopolitical tensions are at an all time high?

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Google’s AI-powered search engine goes wild

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Google’s AI-powered search engine has been suggesting unconventional combinations, leaving users bewildered and even concerned at the results.

Users have taken to social media platforms to express their astonishment and amusement at the unusual search results.

Dr Karen Sutherland from UniSC joins to discuss. #featured #trending

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Tim Cook eyes a worthy successor to the Apple empire

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As Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tenure at the company enters its later years, speculation swirls regarding who will succeed the tech giant’s iconic leader.

On this episode of Ahron & Mike Live – Canva makes a break for Broadway, AI has been likened to a ‘demigod’, astronomers develop new tech to counter asteroids and has Apple found its next successor? #featured

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Netflix CEO is confident AI will not replace writers

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Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos reassured writers that artificial intelligence won’t replace them or jeopardize their jobs.

While acknowledging AI’s role in content recommendation and production efficiency, Sarandos emphasised the importance of human creativity in crafting compelling narratives.

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss.

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