Operations leader Emma Campbell says cut is due to ending of a temporary budget supplement and an internal efficiency dividend

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The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) must find $25m in savings this year as the government flags possible cuts to crucial scientific research and a dramatic reduction in outsourcing to expensive consultants to meet the target.

The new savings target – which represents about 16% of the division’s operating budget – is largely due to an overspend by the division. The federal greens have warned the cuts “couldn’t possibly come at a worse time” given Antarctic sea ice reached the lowest level on record earlier this year.

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