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DFAT boss Frances Adamson departing Canberra to become South Australian governor

Harley Dennett
By Harley Dennett
Updated May 19 2021 - 1:27am, first published 1:21am
Frances Adamson will leaves the Australian Public Service after a 36-year career. Picture: Linda Roche

Frances Adamson will step down as departmental secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade to become governor of South Australia in October.

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Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett

Senior Political Reporter

I'm the federal politics bureau chief for the Canberra Times, via a career that's taken me from rural Victoria to Washington DC. Telling the stories of my local LGBTI community brought me to political journalism, where I've covered seven federal budgets, four national elections in two countries, Defence, public service and international governance.