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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

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Not happy with the National Party’s “white-shoe brigade”: Rob Oakeshott (above), independent federal member for Lyne, New South Wales.

Not happy with the National Party’s “white-shoe brigade”: Rob Oakeshott (above), independent federal member for Lyne, New South Wales.



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.

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National Affairs

The fabulous fiftieth NSW parliament, and other minority governments

10 September 2010

Every Australian state and territory has experienced a minority government over the past twenty years. Peter Browne surveys a surprisingly strong field

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Kate Carnell, who governed the ACT from 1998 with the support of independent Michael Moore; Peter Beattie, who relied on independent Peter Wellington for support in Queensland in 1998; and Jeff Kennett, brought down in 1999 by a Labor–independent charter in Victoria. AAP/Tim Cole.

Kate Carnell, who governed the ACT from 1998 with the support of independent Michael Moore; Peter Beattie, who relied on independent Peter Wellington for support in Queensland in 1998; and Jeff Kennett, brought down in 1999 by a Labor–independent charter in Victoria. AAP/Tim Cole.