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How Australia will spend its $700 million military upgrade

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Australia is set to upgrade its military bases and expand war games with the US.

The nation will spend over $700-million Aussie dollars on four installations in the countries north.

In an announcement that comes amid increasing tensions with China, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia must expand its military assets in the Northern Territory to be able respond to unspecified tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Our objective is a free and open Indo-Pacific, to ensure a peaceful region, one that, at the same time, Australia is in a position to always protect its interests,”

– sCOTT morrison

Upgrades include lengthening an airstrip in the Northern Territory and new training facilities.

Australian Army soldier Private Dennis Lee stands with soldiers from the Iraqi Army while providing force protection at the Taji Military Complex, Iraq. || Image: VOA

Prime Minister Scott Morrison hopes to strengthen ties with the US.

More than 2,000 U.S. Marines are already in Australia’s north as part of annual joint training activities.

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Trump officially nominates J.D. Vance to be his Presidential running mate

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Former President Donald Trump has officially nominated J.D. Vance as his running mate for the upcoming presidential election, cementing Vance’s role in the Republican ticket.

J.D. Vance, once a vocal critic of his policies, has been selected by the former President to be his running mate in the upcoming presidential election.

Ticker’s Ahron Young discusses all the latest. #featured #trending

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Esports officially recognised by Olympic officials as they aim to “keep up with digital age”

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Saudi Arabia will host the first official Olympic Esports Games in 2025, in a bid to “keep up with digital age”.

The decision comes amidst growing global interest in esports and the influence and cultural impact of gaming in the digital era.

The event aims to showcase top esports talent and foster international unity through competitive gaming on a global stage.

Emily Leaney discusses all the latest.

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Political left gains ground in France and UK amid rising geopolitical tensions

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France and the UK have seen unexpected political shifts to the left, challenging predictions of a populist right surge.

2024 is the year of the election, and amid uncertainty of the election results, global tensions are rising between each nation.

In the backdrop of economic uncertainties and geopolitical rivalries, each nation’s electoral outcomes could significantly influence global stability and cooperation efforts.

Professor Tim Harcourt from UTS and The Airport Economist joins to discuss. #featured #trending #global view

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