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2013 Federal Election Analysis: Kerry O’Brien

This is the video of ABC presenter Kerry O’Brien discussing the 2013 federal election at the Wheeler Centre on September 17.

O’Brien is the host of the ABC’s Four Corners. For many years he was the host of The 7.30 Report and Lateline. His journalistic experience dates from the Whitlam era. In the late 1970s, he was Gough Whitlam’s press secretary.

O’Brien is interviewed by Sally Warhaft.

  • Watch Kerry O’Brien (62m)

What Happened When Howard Found Out Latham Had Also Been Invited Onto The 7.30 Report

This is what Kerry O’Brien told viewers tonight about Prime Minister John Howard’s reaction to finding out that Opposition Leader Mark Latham had been invited to appear on the same edition of The 7.30 Report. [Read more…]


Abbott On Action Against Hanson: “I Was Acting Entirely On My Own”

This is the audio and transcript of Tony Abbott’s interview with Kerry O’Brien on The 7.30 Report on August 27, 2003.

It took place one week after Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge were found guilty of electoral fraud and sentenced to three years in jail.

Hanson and Ettridge were accused of falsely claiming that 500 members of a support movement were members of “Pauline Hanson’s One Nation”, enabling it to be registered as a political party and to claim electoral funding.

In August 2003, Tony Abbott was a cabinet minister in John Howard’s government. He was Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service. [Read more…]


Kim Beazley On Labor Values

In the course of a Centenary of Federation interview with the ABC’s Kerry O’Brien, Opposition Leader Kim Beazley has discussed Labor values.

Beazley commented on the 100-year history of the ALP and what the party stands for today.

Today is the anniversary of the opening of the first Commonwealth parliament in Melbourne’s Exhibition Building.

Transcript of Kim Beazley interview with 7.30 Report host Kerry O’Brien.

Kim Beazley, Leader of the OppositionKERRY O’BRIEN: To address some of those observations in Fran Kelly’s story, I spoke late today with Labor leader Kim Beazley in Melbourne.

Kim Beazley, Labor has travelled a long way in 100 years, a long way from its sometimes radical working-class roots, hasn’t it?

KIM BEAZLEY: Yeah, we’ve changed.

I would argue that though some of the policies have altered quite dramatically over the years, the fundamental egalitarian values remain.

They always remain relevant.

They just have different meaning at different points in our history. [Read more…]


1993 Federal Election: Final Day Video

The 1993 Federal election ended with uncertainty about the outcome.

Most commentators were pessimistic about Labor’s chances in the election. They foresaw an end to Paul Keating’s prime ministership and an unlosable election for John Hewson.

This video is an episode of the ABC’s Lateline on Thursday, March 11, 1993. Compered by Kerry O’Brien, it reviews the campaign and features a discussion between Sydney Morning Herald columnist Alan Ramsey, ANOP pollster Rod Cameron and social researcher Hugh Mackay.

The following videos are all from Friday, March 12, 1993. They show the emerging doubt as opinion polls began to show a comeback for the ALP.

The election eventually resulted in an ALP victory. Its primary vote increased 5.49% to 44.92%. Its two-party-preferred vote increased 1.54% to 51.44%. Keating improved his majority in the House of Representatives with a net gain of 2 seats, defeating the Coalition by 80 seats to 67, with 2 independents.

  • Channel 10 Melbourne News – 5pm:

  • Channel 9 Melbourne News – 6pm:

  • Alan Sunderland – SBS Dateline:

  • An embarrassing attempt at satire – not sure what channel this was on:

  • Clarke & Dawe on Channel 9’s A Current Affair:

  • The 7.30 Report: Paul Lyneham sums up and assorted commentators opine: