Inside Story

Current affairs & culture from Australia and beyond

104 words

Podcasts

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

Right:

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.

Stream or download the audio here (20 mins 05 secs)

Show Comments

Read next

3150 words

Essays & Reportage

The accidental prime minister

23 December 2015

Circumstances propelled the gregarious John Gorton into the top job, writes Norman Abjorensen in this extract from his new book. But the party termites quickly got to work

Right:

Devoid of pretensions: John Gorton speaks with troops of the 1st Australian Task Force during a visit to South Vietnam in June 1968. Australian War Memorial

Devoid of pretensions: John Gorton speaks with troops of the 1st Australian Task Force during a visit to South Vietnam in June 1968. Australian War Memorial