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Auditor warns of ‘unsustainable’ grants bureaucracy

Australia’s auditor-general, Grant Hehir has listed the high cost of administering research grants among potential financial risks that could limit federal spending in other areas.

Other risks include a sharp increase in defaults on student loans, poorly managed departmental data systems, increased frequency of hacking attempts and outdated government computer equipment.

Hehir heads the Australian National Audit Office in Canberra, which published its annual overview of federal finances on 17 December.

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