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Author Chalmers, Rob.

Title Inside the Canberra Press Gallery : life in the wedding cake of Old Parliament House / Rob Chalmers ; edited by Sam Vincent and John Wanna.

Imprint Acton, A.C.T. : ANU E Press, 2011.

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Description 1 online resource (xii, 246 pages).
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Series ANZSOG series
ANZSOG (Series)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-242).
Contents Youth -- A Journo in Sydney -- Inside the Canberra Press Gallery -- Menzies: The giant of Australian politics -- Ming's Men -- Parliament Disgraced by its Members -- Booze, Sex and God -- Evatt, Splits and Garters -- Out on the Hustings: Getting in the votes -- Press Secretaries: Before spin doctors -- The Prime Minister Disappears -- The Influence Seekers -- The Coalition Starts to Slide -- Labor Out of the Wilderness -- Darkness Descends on Whitlam -- A New Home -- New House, New Rules -- Epilogue: Changing the game.
Note Print version record.
Summary Before television, radio, and later the internet came to dominate the coverage of Australian politics, the Canberra Press Gallery existed in a world far removed from today's 24-hour news cycle, spin doctors and carefully scripted sound bites. This historical memoir of a career reporting from The Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House offers a rare insider's perspective on both how the gallery once operated and its place in the Australian body politic. Using some of the biggest political developments of the past fifty years as a backdrop, Inside the Canberra Press Gallery - Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House sheds light on the inner workings of an institution critical to the health of our parliamentary democracy. Rob Chalmers (1929-2011) entered the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery in 1951 as a twenty-one-year-old reporter for the now-defunct Sydney Daily Mirror and would retire from political commentary 60 years later - an unprecedented career span in Australian political history. No parliamentary figure - politician, bureaucrat or journalist - can match Chalmers' experience, from his first Question Time on 7 March 1951 until, desperately ill, he reluctantly retired from editing the iconic newsletter Inside Canberra sixty years, four months and eighteen days later. As well as being considered a shrewd political analyst, Chalmers was a much-loved member of the gallery and a past president of the National Press Club. Rob Chalmers used to boast that he had outlasted 11 prime ministers; and a 12th, Julia Gillard described him as 'one of the greats' of Australian political journalism upon his passing. Rob Chalmers is survived by his wife Gloria and two children from a previous marriage, Susan and Rob jnr.
Subject Chalmers, Rob.
Australia. Parliament -- Reporters and reporting.
Parliament House (Canberra, A.C.T.)
Australia. Parliament. (OCoLC)fst00530350
Parliament House (Canberra, A.C.T.) (OCoLC)fst01770998
Government and the press -- Australia.
Journalism -- Political aspects -- Australia.
Press and politics -- Australia.
Central government.
Media studies.
Politics and government.
Society and culture: general.
Society and social sciences Society and social sciences.
TV and society.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Editors, Journalists, Publishers.
Government and the press. (OCoLC)fst00945183
Journalism -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst00984078
Press and politics. (OCoLC)fst01075866
Reporters and reporting. (OCoLC)fst01094906
Australia. (OCoLC)fst01204543
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Vincent, Sam.
Wanna, John.
Australian National University. E Press.
Other Form: Print version: Chalmers, Rob, 1929-2011. Inside the Canberra press gallery. Acton, A.C.T. : ANU E Press, 2011 9781921862366 (OCoLC)749886216
ISBN 9781921862373 (electronic bk.)
1921862378 (electronic bk.)
9781921862366
192186236X
Standard No. AU@ 000049069514
GBVCP 1008657018

 
    
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