Anthony Albanese declines to promise higher public service wages, but vows to task Treasury and Finance with weeding out waste and 'rorts'

Finn McHugh
Doug Dingwall
Updated May 16 2022 - 5:13am, first published May 15 2022 - 11:30am

Labor leader Anthony Albanese has declined to promise higher public servant wages but says his party would revitalise the federal bureaucracy while putting the Treasury and Finance department to work in weeding out "rorts" and waste.

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Finn McHugh

Finn McHugh

Federal Political Reporter

Finn McHugh has been federal political reporter for The Canberra Times since July 2021. He joined the Canberra Press Gallery in 2019 where he was executive producer of Sky News's AM Agenda, before joining NCA NewsWire as a federal political reporter. He has previously interned at the Kuwait Times.

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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