Talkback radio and Australian politics since the summer of 1967

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This article explores the intersections between Australian party politics and commercial talkback radio from 1967 to 1983. It considers the eagerness of individual politicians such as John Gorton and R.W. Askin to exploit the possibilities of ‘dial-in’ radio, addresses how political parties came to view the usefulness (and the dangers) of talkback radio, and assesses the political interventions of Brian White, Ormsby Wilkins and John Laws. In doing so, the article traces the radio industry’s campaign against the ban on pre-election comment, the evolution of the Fairness Code for Broadcasters, and the relationship between media monitoring and talkback radio.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-107
Number of pages12
JournalMedia international Australia incorporating culture and policy
Issue number122
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • talkback radio
  • commercial radio

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