How a case of mistaken identity began a man's long journey through bureaucratic hell

Doug Dingwall
Updated July 24 2019 - 5:42pm, first published 12:00pm

He was stopped at an airport without explanation, held back from finding work and denied credit cards - all on a misunderstanding that has haunted him for six years.

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Doug Dingwall

Doug Dingwall

Parliamentary bureau chief

Doug Dingwall is The Canberra Times' parliamentary bureau chief. He writes about government and federal politics, and has an interest in integrity, industrial relations and foreign affairs. Previously he worked at The Examiner in Launceston, where he won a Tasmanian Human Rights Award for his reporting. Contact him on

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