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Simon Crean: Junkyard Dog, New Teeth And Negotiation Joke

In an interview with Neil Mitchell on Melbourne radio station 3AW, Opposition Leader Simon Crean has been asked about his image as a “snarling junkyard dog” and whether he has had his teeth fixed.

The Federal Opposition Leader has also told a joke…

Extract of Opposition Leader Simon Crean’s interview with 3AW’s Neil Mitchell.

CreanMITCHELL: OK, I know that you need to go. Image – your wife Carole is quoted as saying ‘that the snarling junkyard dog is only part of your image’. Is this your theme song? Bad, bad Leroy Brown, baddest man in the whole darn town. Badder that an old King Kong, meaner than a junkyard dog. Is there a bit of junkyard dog about you? [Read more…]


Neil Mitchell Editorial On The 1988 Victorian State Election

This is Neil Mitchell’s editorial on the 1988 Victorian state election.

Mitchell joined Melbourne radio station 3AW in 1987. In 1988, he hosted the drive-time show. He moved to mornings in 1990. Prior to radio, Mitchell had a career in print journalism. He was editor of the Herald from 1985 until 1987. [Read more…]


Murray Nichol, Radio Journalist, Comments On The Liberal Party Leadership

In this audio clip, Murray Nichol, a radio journalist on Melbourne radio station 3AW, commented on the Liberal Party leadership.

Nichol points out that speculation was growing about Howard’s ability to win the next election and on the possibility of Andrew Peacock seeking to regain the position he lost in 1985.

Bob Hawke called an early election in July 1987, defeating Howard. Peacock successfully challenged Howard for the leadership in May 1989.

  • Listen to Murray Nichol (1m)

A Year After His Defeat, Malcolm Fraser Talks To Peter Couchman

This is a recording of Peter Couchman’s interview with former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser in 1984.

The date of the interview is unknown but I estimate it to be around one year after Fraser’s defeat in the 1983 Federal Election.

For filing purposes, I have dated it March 5, 1984, the anniversary of the election defeat.

The interview was conducted on Melbourne radio station 3AW.

  • Listen to Fraser’s interview (16m)

John Howard Comments On The 1983 Election Defeat And His Leadership Ambitions

The day after the Coalition’s defeat in the 1983 federal election, the outgoing Treasurer, John Howard, commented on his leadership ambitions in the Liberal Party.

Howard was 43 years old. He had entered parliament in 1974 and served as a minister throughout the seven years of the Fraser government, notably as Treasurer between 1977-83. His rivalry with Andrew Peacock was well-established in 1983, although the full scale of the competition was not yet evident. [Read more…]


Derryn Hinch Suspended By 3AW After Breaking Election Blackout

Two days before the 1980 federal election, broadcaster Derryn Hinch was suspended by Melbourne radio station 3AW for breaking the blackout on electronic election coverage.

For many years, radio and television stations were banned from covering federal politics in the final two days from midnight on the Wednesday prior to election day. Political party advertisements were also banned. The ban did not apply to newspapers.

Hinch had consistently opposed the blackout. On October 16, 1980, with the ban in effect, he went on air at 8.30am, having earlier declared that he would break the blackout.

The broadcast had a 7-second delay. Management was happy to milk the occasion with little risk to the station’s licence.

In those days, Hinch had a daily segment called “What the papers say” in which he summarised the main stories from the daily newspapers. It was in this segment that he intended to break the electronic blackout by reading from the newspapers which were not affected by the ban.

  • Listen to the broadcast as it happened (5m)

3AW took Hinch off air but he returned the following week.

Some years later, the electonic blackout was repealed. Political advertisements remain banned in the final two days of an election campaign but there are no longer any restrictions on news and current affairs coverage of the final days of an election campaign.

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This picture was taken by Rennie Ellis in 1979. It shows Hinch with Playboy Playmate Allyson Best at the Hilton Hotel. It has nothing to do with the election blackout and is gratuitously reproduced here, probably in breach of copyright:

Derryn Hinch