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Federal election puts Defence supercomputer centre on hold

The Department of Defence’s plans to appoint a contractor to build a $68-million high-performance computing centre in South Australia have been deferred until after the federal election on 18 May.

The government is in caretaker mode, which means no major policy decisions can be made, or major contracts signed, that will bind an incoming government.

Defence was in the final stages of procuring a contractor to build the computing centre and allocating subcontracts for the work when the election was called on 11 April. The purpose-built centre will be housed at the Defence Science and Technology Group’s research and manufacturing laboratories at Edinburgh in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. 

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