Analysis

Phil Gaetjens' stoush with Senator Rex Patrick is extraordinary, but politicisation claims have resonated for a reason

Doug Dingwall
By Doug Dingwall
Updated December 9 2021 - 11:32pm, first published 6:30pm
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Phil Gaetjens makes his end-of-year address to the public service on Wednesday. Picture: Keegan Carroll

Phil Gaetjens should be no stranger to bureaucrats by now. His end-of-year address to the public service on Wednesday was his third as secretary of the Prime Minister's Department, having finished a second full year in the federal bureaucracy's most senior and arguably high-profile job.

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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

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