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Environment and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek calls for constructive criticism, sense of urgency in letter to public servants

Doug Dingwall
Karen Barlow
By Doug Dingwall, and Karen Barlow
Updated June 3 2022 - 7:13am, first published 1:30am
Environment and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek was sworn in at Government House this week. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

New Environment and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek has called on public servants to give her bad news directly, challenge her with constructive criticism, but to be "all in" after government decisions, saying their work was too important to be done "half-heartedly".

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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 doug.dingwall@canberratimes.com.au

Karen Barlow

Karen Barlow

Chief Political Correspondent

Karen Barlow is ACM's Chief Political Correspondent. Working in the federal press gallery, she investigates and writes about federal politics and government. She has an interest in integrity, leadership and social equity. She has covered two Olympics and been to Antarctica twice. Contact her on karen.barlow@canberratimes.com.au