Oakes in 2014
Born 14 August 1943 Occupation Retired Journalist and Author Years active 1969-2017
Laurie Oakes (born 14 August 1943 in Newcastle, New South Wales) is a retired Australian journalist. He worked in the Canberra Press Gallery from 1969 to 2017, covering the Parliament of Australia and federal elections for print, radio, and television.
Oakes was born in
Newcastle, New South Wales, the son of Wes and Hazel Oakes. His father worked for BHP as an accountant. When Oakes was six years old, his father was transferred to Cockatoo Island, a small island off the coast of Derby, Western Australia, where there was an iron ore mine. He began his schooling at a one-teacher school with only 20-30 children. Oakes later moved back to New South Wales and attended  Lithgow High School.  He graduated in 1964 from the  University of Sydney while working part-time with the Sydney .
At the age of 25 he was the Melbourne
s Canberra Bureau Chief and while working for that paper he began providing political commentaries for the TV program, Sun' . In 1978 he began Willesee at Seven The Laurie Oakes Report, a televised political journal. In 1979 he joined Network Ten and worked there for five years. He has since written about politics for in The Age Melbourne and the in Sunday Telegraph Sydney. He commentated for several radio stations. 
In 1980 he obtained a draft copy of the Australian federal budget, before it was delivered in Parliament.
In 1997, Oakes used leaked documents to report on abuse of parliamentary travel expenses, which ended the careers of three ministers, several other politicians and some of their staff.
More recently he used leaked documents showing the  Rudd Government ignored warnings from four key departments about its Fuelwatch scheme. 
Oakes has been a weekly contributor to various
Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL) owned media outlets, including the former Channel 9 television program, . He has also been a regular reporter for Sunday . Nine News He wrote a weekly column for  magazine until it ceased publication in January, 2008. Oakes now writes for news.com.au publications. The Bulletin 
He announced his retirement date as 18 August 2017.
In a 2004 interview, Oakes said: "My personal politics are pretty much in the middle, I would think. I've voted both ways at various times. I don't know if perceptions about my politics influence whether people will be interviewed. [Paul]
Keating used to boycott the program every now and again; not because he thought I was a Liberal but because he thought I wouldn't toe the line. Paul believed in rewards and punishment." 
Oakes has been nicknamed the "Sphere of Influence" by
In 1998 Oakes won the
Walkley Award for journalistic leadership, and again in 2001 for television news reporting. He claimed the  Gold Walkley in 2010 for his reporting of Labor leaks during the federal election campaign. In 2010, Oakes won the  Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year award. 
In 2011, Oakes was inducted into the
Logie Hall of Fame. 
He delivered the 2011
Andrew Olle Media Lecture. 
Oakes, Laurie; Solomon, David, 1938- (1973). . Melbourne Cheshire. The Making of an Australian Prime Minister ISBN . 978-0-7015-1711-3 CS1 maint: ref=harv ( link)
Oakes, Laurie (1973). . Angus & Robertson. Whitlam PM : a biography ISBN . 978-0-207-13015-1 CS1 maint: ref=harv ( link)
Oakes, Laurie; Solomon, David, 1938- (1974). . Cheshire. Grab for power : election 74 ISBN . 978-0-7015-2046-5 CS1 maint: ref=harv ( link)
Oakes, Laurie (1976). . Richmond, Vic. Drummond. Crash through or crash : the unmaking of a Prime Minister ISBN . 978-0-909081-07-2 CS1 maint: ref=harv ( link)
Oakes, Laurie (1984). . Dove Communications. How will I vote? : your guide to politics and government in Australia ISBN . 978-0-85924-353-7 CS1 maint: ref=harv ( link)
Oakes, Laurie (2008). . Hachette Australia. Power plays : the real stories of Australian politics ISBN . 978-0-7336-2365-3 CS1 maint: ref=harv ( link)
Oakes, Laurie (2010). (1st ed.). Hachette Australia. On the record : politics, politicians and power ISBN . 978-0-7336-2700-2 CS1 maint: ref=harv ( link) Oakes, Laurie (2013). . Sydney, N.S.W. Hachette Australia. Remarkable times : Australian politics 2010-13 : what really happened ISBN . 978-0-7336-3197-9 CS1 maint: ref=harv ( link)
Laurie Oakes reflects on 50 years of Australian political journalism, In the Black, 1 March 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
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"2010-2013: A unique time in politics". 702 ABC Sydney. Archived from the original on 7 January 2016 . Retrieved 2013.
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"Laurie Oakes wins the Gold Walkley". The Spy Report. Media Spy. 10 December 2010. Archived from the original on 14 December 2010 . Retrieved 2010.
Publisher, Master. "Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year honour roll - Melbourne Press Club". www.melbournepressclub.com . Retrieved 2018.
Meade, Amanda (18 April 2011). ". 'Chuffed' Oakes to be inducted into the Logies hall of Fame" The Australian . Retrieved 2011.
Nic Christensen (12 August 2011). "Laurie Oakes to present Andrew Olle lecture". The Australian.