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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UPDATE: Can you help identify this man?
UPDATED 4:00 pm: ACT Policing has thanked the Canberra community after they were able to confirm the identity of the man in hospital. His family has been notified of his whereabouts. ACT Policing is urgently seeking the public’s assistance to identify a man who is currently in hospital but is unable to provide any information about himself. The man was...
Police seek witnesses to pedestrian hit and run at Dunlop
ACT Policing is calling for witnesses and dash-cam footage in relation to a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian in Dunlop on Sunday (14 March). At about 3:45 pm, a blue Volkswagen Golf collided with a pedestrian on Kerrigan Street before driving away from the scene. The pedestrian was transported to hospital and treated for minor injuries. Police believe...
Police seize 43 kg of cannabis and cash after raids in Palmerston and Yarralumla
ACT Policing has seized more than $100,000 in cash and around 43 kilograms of cannabis after executing search warrants earlier this week. On Wednesday morning (3 March), detectives from the Criminal Investigations team searched a home in Palmerston and located several vacuum-sealed bags containing more than $100,000 in cash. Police suspect the cash to be the proceeds of crime. A...
Police seek witnesses to Horse Park Drive collision
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses and dash-cam footage of a motor vehicle collision in Ngunnawal last Wednesday (10 February). The accident occurred at about 12:20 pm between a red Yamaha motorcycle and a white Ford Ranger utility at the intersection of Horse Park Drive and Arrabri Street, Ngunnawal. The motorcycle rider was treated at the scene by ACT Ambulance Service...
Did you witness the road rage incident at Palmerston?
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses and dash-cam footage of a road rage incident that occurred in Palmerston on Friday morning (27 November). The incident began at about 9:55 am when two vehicles – a black Lexus and a red Holden – were travelling southbound on Gungahlin Drive. The vehicles subsequently stopped at the intersection of Kosciuszko Avenue and The Valley...
Father and son to face court over alleged nail gun attack
Two men - a 49-year-old and his 20-year-old son - will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning over an alleged nail gun attack in Taylor. Police will allege that about 11:00 pm on Saturday (21 November), the two men armed themselves with nail guns and left their residence on McCredie Street to confront a group of people who were...
Cocaine, cash and firearms seized in early morning raid
ACT Policing’s Taskforce Nemesis has seized drugs, cash and firearms during an early morning search of a Ngunnawal residence yesterday (19 November). According to police, they entered the home at about 5:30 am and seized more than 300 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, cash as well as two firearms and ammunition. Investigations are continuing and police expect charges to be...
Three to face court over property thefts in Gungahlin
A 33-year-old man, a 36-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man are expected to face court this morning (21 October) in relation to a series of property thefts in Gungahlin. Police allege that yesterday afternoon, the group was spotted by members of the public stealing packages from the front of residences in Casey, Nicholls and Taylor. At the time, the group...
Aggravated burglary in Bonner: do you know this man?
ACT Policing has released new images of a man wanted in connection to an aggravated burglary in Bonner in July. At about 5:00 pm on Thursday, 16 July 2020, ACT Policing was called to an incident in Essie Coffey Street in Bonner. It was reported that a man entered the residence at around 4:55 pm before threatening and making demands...
Canberra’s most expensive parmy is an offer you can’t refuse
If you want to hook a new sale, a discount is the place to start. This week, the George Harcourt Inn is taking the opposite approach – but it’s all for a great cause. Tonight (Monday, 25 November) and Thursday, the George Harcourt Inn at Gold Creek, along with its sister establishment, Casey Jones at Casey, is proudly boasting Canberra’s...