Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts during an address to media at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Sydney, Sunday, July 30, 2017 following yesterdays counter terror raids. Four men have been arrested after the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism team conducted raids throughout Sydney suburbs. (AAP Image/Sam Mooy) NO ARCHIVING
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts during an address to media at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Sydney, Sunday, July 30, 2017 following yesterdays counter terror raids. Four men have been arrested after the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism team conducted raids throughout Sydney suburbs. (AAP Image/Sam Mooy) NO ARCHIVING

Spies turn back on agencies over pay

AUSTRALIA'S war on terrorism is being compromised because crack spies are deserting our intelligence agencies.

International Cyber Policy Centre director Fergus Hanson said vetting delays and lower wages were driving intelligence workers to private security firms or major tech giants such as Google, the Daily Telegraph reports.

And while private companies are poaching our top people, some of our best and brightest are also being turned off applying in the first place because of "unacceptably long" vetting times.

"Fixing this broken system should be the number one priority of government right now and there should be heads on the chopping block if it is not resolved soon," Mr Hanson said.

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