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Defence Minister Peter Dutton says the government is investing in defence at a “record level”.

“This government of course is investing at a record level when it comes to defence because we mean what we say when we say that we’re going to have the backs of our Australian Defence Force personnel,” Mr Dutton said.

“That we’re going to support them with the equipment and the kit that they need, and that we’re going to invest … to keep this country safe,” he said.

He said currently it is a “very uncertain time” in the Indo-Pacific.

“Now for our country is not … for a time of weakness but for a time of strength.”