ROB OAKESHOTT, once described as the National Party’s “great bright hope,” resigned from the NSW National Party – and from the front bench of the state opposition – in 2002. Eight years later, he's in federal parliament as the independent member for Port Macquarie, and is now part of the group of independents who will decide which party forms the next federal government. In this interview with Terry Lane, first broadcast on ABC Radio National’s The National Interest on 17 March 2002, he discusses why he joined the Nationals, and why he left.
Rob Oakeshott: Why I became an independent
25 August 2010
In this interview with Terry Lane, first broadcast on ABC Radio National’s The National Interest in 2002, Rob Oakeshott discusses why he joined the Nationals, and why he left
Terry Lane is a Melbourne writer and broadcaster.
National Affairs Beating the Senate at its own game Peter Brent 29 September 2016 Short of constitutional change, there’s one way to sort out a dysfunctional Senate – and we got a glimpse during the hung parliament National Affairs Labor’s narrow escape in Melbourne Ports, and a preference problem for the Coalition Tim Colebatch 16 September 2016 New figures reveal that Labor came perilously close to being knocked out in a key electorate in the second-last count, reports Tim Colebatch. Meanwhile, small party… Podcasts For better or worse Peter Clarke 18 December 2015 In the wake of the Ian Macfarlane affair, Peter Clarke talks to Brian Costar about Barnaby Joyce, Malcolm Turnbull and the balancing act that keeps the Coalition afloat National Affairs Is the party over? Graeme Orr 7 October 2016 With the parties under growing pressure to reform political finance, the only real obstacle is a lack of will