Mark Baker

Mark Baker

Mark Baker is a former Managing Editor (National) of Fairfax Metro Media, Senior Editor of The Age and Editor of The Canberra Times. He spent more than 13 years as a staff correspondent in Asia, covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is a former Political Editor and Canberra Bureau Chief of The Age.

The evolution of Abbott

Mark Baker It's just shy of 7 o'clock on a crisp winter's morning in Geelong. Tony Abbott is on his way to rescue the Great Ocean Road from the ravages of man and nature - or at least to rescue the seat of...

PNG shuns boat claims

Asylum seekers at Lombrum Naval Base, Manus Island.

Mark Baker Nation denies the two central elements of PM's tough new asylum-seeker policy.

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Locked away without hope

Illustration: Matt Davidson.

Mark Baker He has been in flight or in detention for almost seven years. His wife and the two children he has not seen since they were infants have turned their back on him and he has no family or friends here.

AIDS epidemic in PNG contained

An AIDS public awareness campaign dominates the roof of Goroka's central market.

Mark Baker Here is a good news story from Papua New Guinea: Australia's nearest neighbour has dodged the bullet of what the World Health Organisation feared could become an AIDS pandemic as deadly as those...

Hollow promises: an enduring tragedy


Mark Baker Two young Aboriginal men share a terrible bond: the fate of each has become a shameful landmark.

Doubling of indigenous in prisons alarms leaders


Mark Baker Aboriginal leaders have warned of a crisis in the justice system with an explosion in the black prison population, a spike in the number of juveniles being detained and continuing high numbers of...

Taken for a ride?


Mark Baker He is the soldier who was the embodiment of all we admire in the Anzac legend: tough, stoic, fearless and selfless. His life exemplified the finest qualities of mateship and heroism.

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Taken for a ride?

Simpson and his Donkey

Mark Baker He is the soldier who was the embodiment of all we admire in the Anzac legend: tough, stoic, fearless and selfless. His life exemplified the finest qualities of mateship and heroism.

Inquiry finds flaws in legend of Simpson

John Simpson Kirkpatrick

Mark Baker An official inquiry has punctured the most popular legend of the Gallipoli campaign by declaring Simpson - the man with the donkey - was not exceptionally brave.

An affair to remember

Barry Holloway

Mark Baker More than any other Australian, Barry Holloway was instrumental in the making of modern Papua New Guinea, a country he loved and made his own.

A delicate shift among the ghosts of war

Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mark Baker Brendan Nelson respects the old guard at the Australian War Memorial, but sees the need for a new relevance.

Nelson faces battle with veterans

Former politician Brendan Nelson, has been appointed as director of the War Memorial.

Mark Baker The new director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, has set himself on a potential collision course with veterans groups by rekindling a fierce debate about adding peacekeepers to the...

Police extend AWU slush fund inquiry

Ralph Blewitt.

Mark Baker Detectives expand their investigation into the purchase of a Fitzroy house with union money.

Anger and frustration as Rebecca is forced to surrender her child

Mother and child

Mark Baker IT IS more than three months since Rebecca's child was taken from her and the pain is still raw and the decision still impossible for the grieving young mother to fully comprehend.

Letter contradicts PM

Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Mark Baker JULIA GILLARD enabled the incorporation of a union slush fund from which her then boyfriend later stole hundreds of thousands of dollars by formally denying to authorities that it was a trade union...

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Gillard's evasion keeps issue alive

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Mark Baker The Prime Minister might have devoutly wished her marathon media conference and intensive parliamentary grilling would be the last word on the AWU slush fund scandal, but her responses on two key...

Intrigue builds over AWU files for slush-fund case

Harry Nowicki.

Mark Baker Federal Court officials find several missing files at the centre of the Australian Workers Union slush-fund scandal - but confirm that others have disappeared.

Union fraudster offers evidence for immunity


Mark Baker Man at the centre of slush fund scandal to assist a fresh police investigation.

Keating blasts cosy ties with US

Mark Baker Former prime minister accuses federal government of eroding Australia's foreign policy influence.

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Files on Gillard's union fund links missing


Mark Baker Files detailing Julia Gillard's involvement in helping establish a union slush fund from which her former boyfriend stole hundreds of thousands of dollars have disappeared.