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Ryan Harder charged with arson, assaulting police officers over Old Parliament House fire

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By Blake Foden
Updated February 2 2022 - 11:19am, first published 2:25am
Ryan Harder leaves court on Wednesday after being granted bail. Picture: Blake Foden

A "sovereign citizen" has been charged with arson and other offences over the fire that damaged Old Parliament House after he allegedly confessed to his mobile phone that he had pushed two police officers down the historic building's portico stairs.

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Blake Foden

Canberra Times court reporter

As a journalist, I've covered everything from a royal tour and a terror attack to international sport. After stints in New Zealand, the UK and the Canary Islands, I returned to Australia in 2018. These days, I cover the ACT and Queanbeyan courts.

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