Australia will boost defence spending by one billion Australian dollars ($716.80m) in the government’s latest attempt to help the country’s coronavirus-hit economy.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the money will be used to upgrade military facilities and offer additional paid employment to some 27,000 reservists.

Many of the facilities earmarked for improvement are in areas ravaged by fire earlier this year.

Australia could slip into recession for the first time in 30 years because of the pandemic. 



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