Federal budget reboots decentralisation plan in bid to get more public servants to regions

Doug Dingwall
Updated March 29 2022 - 8:10pm, first published 7:30pm

The Coalition government would expand the federal public service if re-elected, as its budget reveals plans to grow staffing in defence and national security agencies amid warnings of threats to international stability.

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Doug Dingwall

Doug Dingwall

Parliamentary bureau chief

Doug Dingwall is The Canberra Times' parliamentary bureau chief. He writes about government and federal politics, and has an interest in integrity, industrial relations and foreign affairs. Previously he worked at The Examiner in Launceston, where he won a Tasmanian Human Rights Award for his reporting. Contact him on

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