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David Hardaker — Reporter

David Hardaker

Reporter

David has an extensive career as a journalist and broadcaster, primarily at the ABC where he worked on flagship programs such as Four Corners, The 7.30 Report, Foreign Correspondent, AM and PM. He spent eight years reporting in the Middle East and can speak Arabic.

Two injured, one killed: the new Takata airbag threat that fell between the cracks

Two injured, one killed: the new Takata airbag threat that fell between the cracks

BMW and Australia’s vehicle safety regulators are set to be at the centre of a NSW coroner’s inquest into what appears to be Australia’s second Takata airbag fatality.

Confessions of a whistleblower: ‘Sometimes you just have to be able to live with yourself’

Confessions of a whistleblower: ‘Sometimes you just have to be able to live with yourself’

Following mounting concerns about the handling of faulty Takata airbags, an ACCC worker tells Inq how he tried to raise the alarm — and what happened next.

Confessions of a whistleblower: ‘I had no option … lives were going to be lost’

Confessions of a whistleblower: ‘I had no option … lives were going to be lost’

An ACCC worker turned to whistleblowing as an “absolute last resort”. The personal and professional fallout has been swift and brutal — and as he tells Inq, the experience is far from over.

The deadly Takata airbag: what did the ACCC know, and when did it know it?

The deadly Takata airbag: what did the ACCC know, and when did it know it?

In the latest twist in the Takata airbag saga, BMW has been forced to buy back cars with deadly airbags deemed too dangerous to drive. Inq draws on internal ACCC documents to reveal the inside story of Australia’s flawed Takata airbag recall — and how BMW was given special treatment by the authorities.

AAT set for shake-up following Inq investigation

AAT set for shake-up following Inq investigation

The government is set to address AAT appointments following Inq's revelations of partisan stacking.

PM defied his own expert panel during apology speech to child sex abuse survivors

PM defied his own expert panel during apology speech to child sex abuse survivors

Scott Morrison's use of the term "ritual sex abuse" — a term associated with the extremist QAnon conspiracy movement — appears to run counter to advice given to him by survivors and government-appointed experts.

Scott Morrison’s conspiracy-theorist friend claims he has the PM’s ear — and can influence what he says

Scott Morrison’s conspiracy-theorist friend claims he has the PM’s ear — and can influence what he says

A friend of Scott Morrison, who is also a promoter of the far-right QAnon conspiracy that contends a cabal of Satan-worshiping paedophiles rule the world, has made extensive claims online and to others about his influence over the PM.

Why did the government declare war on the AAT? To uphold 'community standards'

Why did the government declare war on the AAT? To uphold 'community standards'

The government justifies its reshaping of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal by claiming it brings it into line with 'community standards'. For some seeking the tribunal's judgement, the changes could mean life or death.

How Tony Abbott made sure the AAT would never come under scrutiny

How Tony Abbott made sure the AAT would never come under scrutiny

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal were once subject to review via a separate council... until the Abbott government gutted it.

How Liberal staffers, candidates and MPs arrived at the AAT

How Liberal staffers, candidates and MPs arrived at the AAT

With their mates at the top of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Liberal government was able to fill the ranks with former staffers, party faithfuls and failed candidates.