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Public servants running as election candidates face an awkward but important balancing act

Doug Dingwall
By Doug Dingwall
Updated April 8 2022 - 8:20am, first published April 4 2022 - 7:30pm
Voters line up to cast their ballots at Old Parliament House during the 2019 federal election. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

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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

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