From the days of Gough Whitlam, John Gorton, Billy McMahon and John McEwen, through the drama and radical change of the Hawke, Keating and Howard governments, to the dramatic fall of Kevin Rudd and the battle between Julia Guillard and Tony Abbott, ON THE RECORD is essential reading for all those who follow politics.
ON THE RECORD is a collection of the very best of Laurie Oakes' reporting over more than forty years. He is a legend in the Canberra press gallery for breaking the big stories, and asking the difficult questions. Some of the decisive points of the 2010 election campaign are classic examples of this...
Some issues haven't changed - a Liberal Party report into the 1983 federal election loss that concluded the Fraser government was too often seen to be 'inconsistent, too pragmatic and, finally, too expedient' would ring true today. Others have had a different course: over 25,000 Vietnamese boat people were calmly and peacefully accepted in the late 1970s, with bipartisan support.
Laurie Oakes is one of the most influential political journalists in Australia. For many years he has been the national political editor for the Nine Network, reporting and presenting daily stories and also doing the feature interview for the Sunday programme when it was on air. From 1987 to 2007 he wrote a weekly column for the Bulletin magazine and since that closed he has been writing a column for the Saturday Daily Telegraph in Sydney and the Herald Sun in Melbourne.