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Rob Oakeshott: Why I became an independent

Terry Lane

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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Winners and losers: Victorian premier Daniel Andrews (centre) in the Melbourne western suburb of Footscray earlier this month announcing the West Gate Tunnel project. Andi Yu/AAP Image

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