Retiring Laurie Oakes rates our leaders
Retiring Nine News journalist Laurie Oakes sat down with Melbourne Radio's Neil Mitchell for a fascinating, extensive interview about the past and future for Australian politics.
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Laurie's thought about the following leaders…
He’s a brilliant man. And I think he’s got the makings of a good Prime Minister, but he’s not a natural politician.
Bill Shorten has surprised me. He certainly dances rings around Malcolm Turnbull when it comes to political maneuvers , and he’s showing a bit of guts.
Tony Abbott I like a lot, you know. If you were going to pick a politician to have a feed or a beer with you’d pick Tony Abbott. He’s got ideas, but he changes them like he his changes his socks. He doesn’t stick to anything. He doesn’t really have an ideology.
I think if Julia had not become the Prime Minister in the way she did – if she waited a few years and learned more – I think she could’ve been a very, very good Prime Minister. She was a very good Deputy Prime Minister.
He’s a wonk. He wants to do good. He’s a policy person. But he’s not a good people person.
Our best Prime Minister?
He couldn’t split Bob Hawke and John Howard.
Our worst Prime Minister?
Dear old Billy McMahon. He was appalling.