Scott Morrison visits Townsville in khaki election amid defence and security tussle

Doug Dingwall
By Doug Dingwall
Updated April 26 2022 - 10:25am, first published 9:00am

Townsville is what local Liberal National Party member Phillip Thompson calls the "tip of the spear" when it comes to Australia's defence operations.


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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