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The summer break for public servants will involve preparing an early federal budget

Doug Dingwall
By Doug Dingwall
December 9 2021 - 6:30pm
'La dolce niente': Public service commissioner and former Australian ambassador to Italy, Peter Woolcott, endorses 'the sweetness of doing nothing' this Christmas break. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Senior public servants have told staff to use their summer breaks to recharge and embrace "the sweetness of doing nothing" during the annual public service Christmas shutdown.

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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