David Oldfield (politician)
David Ernest Oldfield (born 25 June 1958) is an Australian talkback radio host and former politician. In the 1990s he was involved in municipal politics, representing the Liberal Party on Manly Council. He was later a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, initially representing Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party, then his breakaway One Nation NSW.
He grew up in Manly, a beachside suburb of Sydney. In 1996 Oldfield was employed as a staff member by federal Liberal MP Tony Abbott. While there, Oldfield secretly founded the right wing One Nation Party in concert with independent MP Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge. He and Ettridge, known as "the two Davids," were seen as the brains behind Hanson's populist policies.
In her autobiography, Pauline Hanson describes a two-week affair she states she had with David Oldfield. Oldfield initially denied the affair but later failed a lie detector test and subsequently apologised for his deception.
Oldfield won a seat in the New South Wales Legislative Council at the March 1999 state election, but he was expelled from One Nation by Hanson in 2000 and founded a separate party, One Nation NSW. In 2004 he left that party and sat as an Independent. In August 2006 he announced that he would not contest the March 2007 election.
In 2006 he was a contestant on Australia's Celebrity Survivor.
Oldfield commenced as a talkback radio host with Sydney radio station 2GB in November 2007. In 2009, Oldfield became the highest rating radio presenter in Sydney with 25.2% of the overnight audience.
In 2010, Oldfield was fired by 2GB.
In May 2010, he began hosting the afternoon shift as a relief presenter on 2UE. After three days, Oldfield was suspended by the station for making inflammatory remarks with respect to asylum seekers. In his on-air comments, Oldfield suggested an immigration policy whereby:
- "We’ll turn on the electric fences, we’ll stop them from coming, and the ones that are here: we’ll make sure they can’t escape, and if they do try it, they’ll be fried."
In December 2010, Oldfield replaced Steve Liebmann as the host of the Mornings program on 2UE.
In April 2012, Oldfield moved from the Mornings program to present Nights on 2UE.
Oldfield is married to Lisa Oldfield, a former co-host of Channel 9's daytime television program, The Catch-Up. In August 2010 the couple had their first child, Henry (Harry). In July 2012, the Oldfield family welcomed another baby boy, Albert (Bertie).
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- Davies, Rebecca (19 October 2010). "David, Lisa Oldfield welcome first child". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 June 2011.