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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, 7.30, Foreign Correspondent, AM and PM. He spent eight years reporting in the Middle East and can speak Arabic.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Defence spending keeps Canberra and US in step, with or without Trump

Foreign Minister Marise Payne wouldn't be drawn by her US counterpart on China, but Australia is still very much in step with the Americans when it comes to military spending. Just ask our former defence ministers.

The Ruby Princess cruise ship off the coast of Sydney (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

Cruising for a bruising: hundreds join Ruby Princess class action

More than 800 people have already registered interest in joining a class action over the Ruby Princess coronavirus debacle.

Governor-General David Hurley (Image: AAP/Tracey Nearmy)

Why are women under-represented in the Order of Australia awards?

An Order of Australia award is a career accelerant for many recipients. So why are so few women given the opportunity?

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Why is the Order of Australia ignoring Indigenous Australians?

The Council of the Order of Australia is meant to reflect the makeup of Australian culture. So why has it been years since there's been any Indigenous representation?

Cardinal George Pell (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

A guide to how (and when) the governor-general terminates an Order of Australia honour

The governor-general has enormous scope for stripping Order of Australia honours. So when should he? And perhaps more importantly, why hasn't he?

Professor Jenny Hocking has been successful in her bid to have dozens of letters between the Queen and Sir John Kerr before Gough Whitlam's dismissal released (Image: AAP/Peter Rae)

Palace letters show just how much the Queen knew about the Dismissal

More than 200 letters between former governor-general Sir John Kerr and Queen Elizabeth II, released today after a long legal fight, reveal just how much Buckingham Palace knew about Gough Whitlam's dismissal before it happened.

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Foreign ownership and cut corners: hotel quarantine debacle leaves security firms with big questions to answer

The disastrous handling of Melbourne's hotel quarantine effort has put security firms firmly in the spotlight.

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Inside the messy world of the security firms at the heart of Victoria's COVID-19 crisis

Daniel Andrews' government has been very aware of the security industry's dodgy behaviour for at least five years.

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Australian journalists are producing miracles amid industry collapse

Australian media are producing some of their biggest stories while mastheads continue to fold.

(Image: AAP/Paul Miller)

The honours system may evolve, but don't expect openness any time soon

Even the monarchists think the Australian honours system needs to be overhauled. But what are the chances politicians make the process more transparent and accountable to the public?