David Donovan is the creator and managing editor of Independent Australia.
Donovan, 42, has many years experience in the media and was formerly the media director and, later, vice chair of the Australian Republican Movement.
Donovan was raised on cattle properties in Central Queensland and suffered a severe motor-bike accident on holidays from boarding school at his family's remote cattle property at the age of 16. Though perilously close to death, he managed to ride home almost 20 kilometres on a damaged motorbike to enable his rescue by the Flying Doctor Service.
He made a full recovery and, after school, went on to study law and accountancy, later spending several years in London working in finance for several major investment banks including UBS, NatWest Global Markets, Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital and Mizuho. Donovan also spent some time living with his wife, Belinda, in Athens, Greece. Over the years, Donovan also maintained an interest in agriculture, primarily as an owner, and sometimes manager, of one of Australia's most successful avocado orchards – Donovan Avocados – until 2008.
Since starting Independent Australia in June 2010, he has turned it into one of Australia's most popular independent online news and opinion websites, giving it a strong focus on investigative journalism and breaking numerous important national stories.
David has degrees in business (accountancy) and arts (journalism), and was only a few units away from completing a law degree before dropping out in disgust after his family lost a court case natural justice suggested they should have won. Partially as a result, he became committed to reforming Australia's nepotistic and corrupt legal and political systems. He says his greatest influence was his late father, from whom he learnt to love democracy from a very early age.
A top cricketer in his day, David played representative and district cricket in Australia and England. These days he lives in Surfers Paradise with his lovely wife, beautiful son, and adorable kitten, cat and cavoodle. In his spare time, of which he has little, he enjoys reading fantasy and science fiction novels and walking on the nearby beach. He is also an accomplished poet.
David Donovan is the brother of former South Australian Liberal Party state candidate Matthew Donovan. His other brother, Lachlan Donovan, is a director of Avocados Australia.
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Articles written by David Donovan (123)
- 3 December 2013 | Christopher Pyne’s triple backflip over the Coalition's credibility gap
- 19 November 2013 | Party at the Parliament: 29 November: POSTPONED
- 15 November 2013 | Bullied and bugged APN journo reveals identity
- 13 November 2013 | Tony Abbott and his ragtag bunch
- 28 October 2013 | Independent Australia is back
- 4 October 2013 | Mundine's racist tweet is beyond the pale
- 3 October 2013 | Abbott's broken Indigenous promise and the Credlin omission
- 28 September 2013 | Keith Dunstan and his place in the Australian sun
- 23 September 2013 | Tony Abbott's broken Indigenous promise and News Corp Breaking Bad
- 10 September 2013 | What Abbott has in store for Australia
- 9 September 2013 | Tony Abbott and our new Murdochracy
- 6 September 2013 | EXCLUSIVE: Peter Slipper on Tony Abbott, Mal Brough and the MSM
- 5 September 2013 | Roger Corbett, the ABC and commercial TV fail Australian democracy
- 30 July 2013 | EXCLUSIVE: Ettridge action against Abbott continues — in Canberra
- 19 July 2013 | Jacksonville 54: Thomson success met with #MSMfail
- 11 July 2013 | Craig Thomson speaks to IA (Part 2): Media, misogyny and malice
- 8 July 2013 | Tony Abbott's #Battlerorts scandal goes mainstream
- 25 June 2013 | NSW Education Department covers up teacher’s alleged 18-year child sex abuse spree
- 23 June 2013 | Big money versus good government
- 19 June 2013 | The Mal Brough trough and the James Ashby money tree
- 9 June 2013 | Political cartels and the Independent answer
- 3 June 2013 | Project republic and the bee-sting clause
- 31 May 2013 | IA stands for what is right — not left or right
- 15 May 2013 | Writing on the sky: an IA night at Jimmy Watson’s
- 15 May 2013 | Swan dive: marked down Sales blows the budget
- 3 May 2013 | Rob Oakeshott speaks to IA
- 24 April 2013 | Tony Abbott and the "slit your throat" staffer scandal
- 20 April 2013 | The Dead Cat Revival
- 12 April 2013 | Losing the unloseable election
- 21 March 2013 | Murdoch's marks all over Labor leadership spill
- 17 March 2013 | Unfairfax and the tame toothless tiger
- 12 March 2013 | Tony Abbott and human decency
- 5 March 2013 | Free market ideology
- 2 March 2013 | Ashbygate in depth: Mal Brough's dry gully
- 15 February 2013 | The end of newspapers — and the rise of the online magazine
- 8 February 2013 | The sad story of Steve 'scoop' Lewis
- 5 February 2013 | Who do we want to be?
- 31 January 2013 | Jacksonville 38: The odd and illegal arrest of Craig Thomson
- 31 January 2013 | Not an eight month election campaign
- 28 January 2013 | Tony Abbott's "mini campaign" upstaged by Big Wet
- 16 January 2013 | The Guardian to help fill a yawning gap
- 31 December 2012 | IA COMPETITION: Win a New MacBook Air and help IA GROW
- 29 November 2012 | Groundhog Day: Opposition smears and media misinforms
- 7 November 2012 | Looking towards Rome and awaiting Caesar
- 22 October 2012 | The echo chamber: journalists interviewing other journalists
- 10 October 2012 | Ashbygate 2: Get Slipper
- 25 September 2012 | Why the carbon price has not caused inflation
- 13 September 2012 | Tony Abbott: university bigot and bully — and still one today
- 11 September 2012 | Keeping the Doctor Away (Part 3)
- 6 September 2012 | Gina Rinehart and the ascent of madness
- 28 August 2012 | Open thread #1: A bit of old bull
- 26 August 2012 | Beyond left and right
- 17 August 2012 | Ashbygate 1: How Ashby met Slipper
- 3 August 2012 | Monster European factory trawler steams towards Tasmania — and controversy
- 26 July 2012 | Keeping the Doctor Away (Part 2)
- 13 July 2012 | Sodastream take on Coca Cola's bottling
- 6 July 2012 | Keeping the doctor away
- 3 July 2012 | Why you are a slave
- 24 June 2012 | The voice of an Independent Australia
- 11 June 2012 | An Australian Republic: the core reasons
- 5 June 2012 | Thomson truth clouded by News Corp slant and smear
- 1 June 2012 | Judas rising
- 9 May 2012 | The Federal budget media circus
- 2 May 2012 | The conspiracy of silence about Grahame 'Kicker' Morris
- 1 May 2012 | Prominent Liberal says Gillard should be kicked to death
- 25 April 2012 | Climate change denial is as easy as ABC
- 14 April 2012 | OMG! WTF?
- 2 April 2012 | Protecting the fragile soul of humanity
- 26 March 2012 | New ABC QandA story preview
- 12 March 2012 | ABC Adventures in autocracy research and report
- 12 March 2012 | ABC adventures in autocracy
- 2 March 2012 | The case for an Australian Republic
- 27 February 2012 | BBC asks wrong Australian for pro royalist propaganda
- 22 February 2012 | The death of journalism and the victory of PR
- 2 February 2012 | Our vaguely discriminatory colonial Constitution
- 30 January 2012 | Why there is a good chance your boss is a psychopath
- 27 January 2012 | Confirmation Gillard and Abbott were never threatened by Indigenous activists
- 24 January 2012 | Royals bill Australians for their own gifts
- 15 January 2012 | A woman's work
- 31 December 2011 | TOP IA STORY OF 2011: Fukushima meltdown - Caldicott says Japan may become uninhabitable - media silent
- 27 December 2011 | British Foreign Office soft diplomacy and Australian republicanism
- 22 December 2011 | The Government run Australian property market Ponzi scheme
- 14 December 2011 | Telstra horror story
- 3 November 2011 | A News Corporation without an ethical framework
- 29 October 2011 | Tokenistic royal succession changes fail equality test
- 28 October 2011 | The Australian, ideology and gross misrepresentation
- 4 September 2011 | On Father's Day - for the fathers who have gone away
- 13 July 2011 | The Queen is the Australian Head of State, not the Governor General
- 24 June 2011 | Independent Australia turns one today
- 1 June 2011 | The modest cost of an Australian Republic
- 28 April 2011 | Banning the Chaser and bringing on a Republic
- 26 April 2011 | Analysing Newspoll: Australian republicanism not in decline
- 20 April 2011 | The myth of the Republican elites
- 1 April 2011 | Independent Australia - new look, new team, stunning growth
- 30 March 2011 | The Government run Australian property market Ponzi scheme
- 28 March 2011 | How will the NSW election result affect Australia and the parties?
- 24 March 2011 | Help Hugh Lunn save the Australian language
- 20 March 2011 | How cigarette companies keep politicians hooked on tobacco
- 9 March 2011 | Julia Gillard, Prince William and the Republic
- 9 February 2011 | The republic debate is about more than just the royals and the HOS
- 10 December 2010 | Assange, Wikileaks, and the cable up the sleeve
- 24 November 2010 | Our flawed Australian democracy
- 18 November 2010 | Getting the balance right in royal reporting
- 15 November 2010 | Australia's last brick of nationhood
- 11 November 2010 | The Aboriginal stockmen's struggle for equal pay
- 14 September 2010 | The dissembling of Flint, an apology
- 30 August 2010 | Southern Pacific Poms
- 23 August 2010 | Abbott's election referendum
- 18 August 2010 | Liberals go quietly monarchist under Abbott
- 12 August 2010 | Hypocritical Libs caught in dirty tricks campaign
- 28 July 2010 | The small price of a republic
- 26 July 2010 | The bitter struggle between Turnbull and Minchin
- 13 July 2010 | Lessons from Mawson for the federal election
- 9 July 2010 | Prince William's visit makes Australians second-class citizens
- 7 July 2010 | Royal costs - $1.8M royal tour, $350k royal coach
- 6 July 2010 | Is Australia becoming a less tolerant nation?
- 1 July 2010 | Strange powers
- 30 June 2010 | Southern style democracy
- 28 June 2010 | Charles on charge
- 25 June 2010 | Australian identity, literature and an Australian republic
- 25 June 2010 | Towards a true democracy
- 24 June 2010 | An accountant’s view: the nonsense on the mining tax
- 24 June 2010 | Don't cry for big tobacco