About David Murtagh

David Murtagh is a Sydney-born Canberra journalist and podcaster. For almost 15 years he worked in the Australian Public Service as a speechwriter and policy officer in the resources and energy portfolios, as well as further stints at the ACCC and Department of Agriculture.

He holds a Masters in Public Policy and a Masters in National Security, both from the ANU.

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Freight train derails on Bethungra Spiral
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A freight train derailed at around 4 am this morning (15 January) as it travelled through the Bethungra Rail Spiral between Junee and Cootamundra. According to Fire and Rescue NSW, 10 carriages of the 1400-metre long goods train derailed near the Olympic Highway south of Cootamundra. NSW RFS and NSW Police were on the scene at dawn assessing the contents...
Nationals pick Nichole Overall to replace John Barilaro in Monaro
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Queanbeyan historian, journalist and former real estate agent Nichole Overall has been preselected to run for the Nationals in the recently vacated seat of Monaro. Her announcement comes just days after her husband, Tim Overall, announced he would step down after 13 years as mayor of the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council. The vacancy in Monaro followed former deputy premier John Barilaro...
Member for Monaro, Deputy Premier John Barilaro resigns, quits parliament
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UPDATED 10:30 am: There's been further chaos in the NSW State Government as Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro announced this morning that he will quit politics. "I just don’t have the energy anymore," Mr Barilaro told a snap press conference. Public life had taken a considerable toll, he said, making particular note of the defamation case the...
Man dead after shooting at Murrumbateman
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NSW Police are reporting that a man was shot dead in Murrumbateman on Monday night. Emergency services were called to a home on Murrumbateman Road, Murrumbateman, at about 10:00 pm on Monday (9 August) following reports a man had been shot. "On arrival, officers from the Hume Police District found a 52-year-old man suffering a fatal gunshot wound," police said...
UPDATED: NSW and ACT declared red zones by Victoria
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UPDATED 4:40 pm: NSW and the ACT have been declared red zones under Victoria's travel permit system by Victoria's Acting Chief Health Officer. From 11:59 pm tonight (11 July), the Victorian border is effectively closed to NSW and the ACT – except for Victorian residents returning on a red zone permit for 14 days of quarantine, and for people with exemptions, exceptions...
Man arrested after fatal stabbing in Cooma
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A man has been arrested after two men were stabbed, one fatally, in the state’s south today. At about 4:00 am (15 February), emergency services were contacted after reports of the incident. The men reportedly drove to Cooma Hospital for treatment, where one died after suffering stab wounds to his torso. He is yet to be formally identified. A second...
Update: Search for missing snorkeler on South Coast enters day three
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UPDATED 27 January, 10:00 am: The search for a 39-year-old man who went missing while snorkelling on the NSW South Coast on Monday (25 January) afternoon is entering its third day. Cheryl McCarthy, director of Surf Life Saving NSW, Far South Coast Branch, said her team "won't stop looking" despite a southerly wind and low water visibility hampering Wednesday's search....
Woman drowns on South Coast beach
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A woman has died after being pulled from the water at a beach on the state’s south coast yesterday. Just before 4.30 pm on Sunday (17 January), emergency services were called to Congo Beach, south of Moruya after reports a woman and boy were stuck in a rip. Police have been told a nearby surfer assisted the woman and boy...
Police investigating animal cruelty incident at Royalla
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**WARNING: The image in this story may be distressing to some readers ** Police attached to the Monaro Crime Prevention Unit are investigating a serious animal cruelty incident that occurred in the early hours of Sunday, 13 December. According to reports from NSW Police, an unknown vehicle or vehicles deliberately ran down seven kangaroos and a wombat along Valley and...
Woman dies two days after collision near Batemans Bay
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NSW Police have confirmed that a woman has died two days after being critically injured in a car accident south of Batemans Bay. At about 9:15 am on Sunday (13 December), emergency services were called to the Princes Highway south of Batemans Bay following reports of a crash. Witnesses told police a Mazda hatchback travelling south and a Toyota Landcruiser...
Police seize assets worth more than $500,000 from Nomads bikie boss
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Assets worth more than $500,000 have been seized from the national president of the Nomads Outlaw Motorcycle Gang under new unexplained wealth laws. It's the first time the law has been used. In August, following a joint operation, ACT Policing and NSW Police arrested the 32-year-old man, who is now facing court interstate on firearm and criminal group related offences. Last...
Magpies are evil, rotten, malevolent, dead-eyed bastards. Fact check: true
Opinion
Nature is wonderful. The scent of flowers, whales breaching in crystal clear waters, rolling hills, fields of canola and a sunrise or sunset can all lift the soul. They are glorious. These moments make life worth living. But magpies are bastards. Magpies are proof of a vengeful God. Like wasps. And vegan bacon. There's no reason for their being. And...
John Barilaro to lose licence for driving offences in ministerial car
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Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro will lose his driver's licence after allegedly committing a number of speeding and mobile phone offences in his ministerial car days before he announced he would be taking leave to help deal with mental health issues. The Daily Telegraph broke the story earlier this evening (8 October). A spokeswoman for Mr Barilaro told the...
Renters get protection, public gatherings limited to two under tough new COVID-19 restrictions
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a suite of new measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a moratorium on rental evictions for the next six months and tighter restrictions on public gatherings. Speaking at his second COVID-19 press conference for the day, Mr Morrison said public gatherings would be restricted to two people, which would be enforced by...
Charges upgraded to murder following December assault in Queanbeyan
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A 50-year-old man charged in December with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, custody of a knife in a public place and manslaughter has had the charges upgraded to murder. Just before 9.30 am on Boxing Day 2019, emergency services responded to reports of an assault on Trinculo Place, under the Queens Bridge. Officers from Monaro Police District attended the scene...
New Year’s resolutions: the first steps to a better future you
Opinion
New Year, new you, right? Yes, it's that time year again when we promise that our future selves will be better than the selves that brought us here. But New Year's resolutions are tough. That's what makes them worthwhile. So you might need some help to find and keep your new you. Whether it's stopping smoking, drinking less, exercising more...
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