Mr. Barnett has slammed the figure as outrageous. (Aussie ABC News)
/d/ and /ð/ are made at different places, we don’t drop any one of them when pronouncing, like the news anchor, do we?
Yes, certainly. The /d/ assimilates and is no more in all of these:
As evidence, consider those few words with a “ndth” sequence in them: none of them have an audible /d/: