David Oldfield (politician)

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David Ernest Oldfield (born 25 June 1958) is a talkback radio host and former politician.

He was born in Manly, a beachside suburb of Sydney. In the 1990s he was involved in municipal politics, elected three times as an Independent councillor on Manly Council. He was formerly a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council.

Political career[edit]

In 1996 Oldfield was employed as a staff member by federal Liberal MP Tony Abbott.[1] 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.

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. During his time in Parliament, Oldfield was responsible for introducing legislation allowing police to confiscate cigarettes and fake IDs from children.

Media career[edit]

In 2006 he was a contestant on Australia's Celebrity Survivor finishing in the final three.

Oldfield commenced as a talkback radio host with Sydney radio station 2GB in November 2007.[2] In 2009, Oldfield became the highest rating radio presenter in Sydney with 32.5% of the overnight audience.

In 2010, Oldfield was fired by 2GB, despite his unprecedented ratings.

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."[3]

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.

In December, Oldfield left 2UE as the highest rating Mon-Fri presenter by a factor of 2-1 http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/david-oldfield-quits-sydney-radio-station-2ue-20130104-2c87o.html

Oldfield regulalrly writes socio-political articles on his blog - www.davidoldfield.com and for conservative publication The Spectator

Personal life[edit]

Oldfield is married to Lisa Oldfield, a former co-host of Channel 9's daytime television program, The Catch-Up and social media commentator on The Today Show. In August 2010 the couple had their first child, Henry (Harry) In July 2012, the Oldfield family welcomed another baby boy, Albert (Bertie).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr Lonely Hearts: Cruising With David Oldfield". Sydney Morning Herald. 11 July 1998. Archived from the original on 18 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Overnight with David Oldfield". 2GB. Retrieved 28 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "David Oldfield suspended by 2UE". The Spy Report (Media Spy). 7 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Davies, Rebecca (19 October 2010). "David, Lisa Oldfield welcome first child". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 

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