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Cabinet documents 2000: Records reveal a public service still ready to be frank and fearless

Doug Dingwall
Sarah Basford Canales
By Doug Dingwall, and Sarah Basford Canales
December 31 2020 - 1:01pm
Former deputy prime minister John Anderson recalls a fearless and frank public service during the Howard government's second term. Picture: Karleen Minney

It would bode poorly for Coalition ministers if they hadn't brought their government departments under control by the year 2000, according to former deputy prime minister John Anderson.

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Doug Dingwall

Doug Dingwall

Public Service Editor

Doug Dingwall is The Canberra Times' Public Service Editor. He writes about government and federal politics, and edits The Public Sector Informant. He has an interest in integrity and industrial relations. Previously he worked at The Examiner in Launceston, where he won a Tasmanian Human Rights Award in 2016 for his reporting. Contact him on doug.dingwall@canberratimes.com.au

Sarah Basford Canales

Sarah Basford Canales

Canberra Times journalist

I'm a federal politics and public sector reporter with an interest in national security, integrity and regulation. Contact me with general tips and thoughts at sarah.basfordcanales@canberratimes.com.au or confidential tips to sbasfordcanales@protonmail.com.

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