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The Chief Justice of the High Court has written to the Prime Minister, warning him that any move to cut the court's funding would significantly affect its ability to carry out its work.
Justice Robert French used the letter to ask that the court be exempt from the so-called efficiency dividend applied to other government agencies, and to reiterate the court's constitutional independence.
"(The High Court) is, as no doubt you well appreciate, not to be treated, for funding or for any other purposes, as analogous to an agency of the Executive Government," Justice French said in the letter.
"In particular, its funding should not be treated as an aspect of the deployment of funds within the executive branch of government."
The Federal Government is spending $4 billion on eight new surveillance planes described as "the world's most advanced maritime patrol aircraft".
The P-8 Poseidon aircraft will replace the P-3 Orions, which have been used for surveillance for more than 40 years.
The first of the new planes is expected to be delivered in 2017 and all eight should be fully operational by 2021.
They are armed with torpedoes and harpoon missiles, and can assist in search and rescue operations.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says they will have a key role in border protection.