Laurie Oakes has been writing about politics, power and politicians for over forty years. Time and time again he has broken the biggest stories because of what he knows and who he knows – and his unique ability to get people to tell him what is going on, or will go on.
The articles in this collection range from the Australia of the era of ‘Black Jack’ John McEwen, John Gorton, Billy McMahon and Gough Whitlam right through to the rise and fall of Kevin Rudd and the era of Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott.
And they all have the trademark Laurie Oakes qualities of perception, clarity and great judgement.
Power Plays: Laurie Oakes is the most influential political journalist in Australia – if he says something has happened, the rest of the media (especially the Canberra Press Gallery) believe him and report it as news. He is respected by both political insiders and the wider public. He has worked in Canberra as a political reporter for 39 years and reported on 19 federal elections. He regularly finds the big story way ahead of everyone else.
Currently the national political editor for the Nine Network he is the man who interviews all the big names. From 1987 to December 2007 he wrote a weekly column for the Bulletin and since its demise he has been writing a column for the Saturday Daily Telegraph in Sydney and the Herald Sun in Melbourne.
Power Plays is a selection of 150 of the very best and most timeless of Laurie Oakes’ columns.
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.
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