Oakes is considered by many to be the greatest political news breaker in Australian journalism. Appointed Canberra Bureau Chief of The Sun News Pictorial at 25, his scoops have made and broken political and bureaucratic careers and altered the course of Australian governments. His crisp, fearless writing and vast contact base enabled him to break news in radio, television and newspapers. He is the only journalist to have pre-empted an entire federal budget and his history-changing revelations range from the 'Gair Affair' in 1974, the Kirribilli agreement of 1988 and the 2010 election leaks.
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Receiving award at 2014 Hall of Fame dinner (2:08)