Budget 2021: Govt embraces public servants after contractor growth

Doug Dingwall
By Doug Dingwall
May 12 2021 - 6:30pm
Melissa Donnelly. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

Finance Minister Simon Birmingham says the government has accepted it is more "efficient and effective" to use ongoing public service staff as it begins to expand the number of jobs in the bureaucracy.


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

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