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Public Sector Informant: Will the 'rivers of gold' stop flowing for consultants after this election?

Doug Dingwall
By Doug Dingwall
Updated March 17 2022 - 10:14am, first published February 28 2022 - 1:00pm
Labor public service spokeswoman Katy Gallagher. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

It was Paul Keating who said that when the government changes, so does the country. Equally, looking back over decisions following 1996, 2007 and 2013, it could be said that a change of government also changes the public service. Both the Coalition and Labor have put their stamp on the bureaucracy after winning power, whether through major downsizing, staffing growth or caps, and restraints on bargaining.


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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