Eoin Cameron

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Eoin Cameron
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Stirling
In office
13 March 1993 – 3 October 1998
Preceded by Ron Edwards
Succeeded by Jann McFarlane
Personal details
Born (1951-01-04)4 January 1951
Mount Gambier, South Australia
Died 23 June 2016(2016-06-23) (aged 65)
Albany, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Occupation Radio announcer

Eoin Harrap Cameron (4 January 1951 – 23 June 2016) was an Australian radio personality in Perth, Western Australia and member of the Australian House of Representatives. Until August 2015 he presented the ABC's Perth local station 720 ABC Perth breakfast show,[1] regularly receiving top ratings for the most popular breakfast radio show. In August 2015 he took extended leave while recovering from surgery as a result of a 2013 car accident.[2] In January 2016 he announced that he was retiring, but would return to the studio "temporarily ... to say a proper goodbye to listeners".[3] His last day at the ABC was 11 March.[4]

Radio personality[edit]

Cameron started his first job in radio at age 18, at the Albany radio station 6VA in 1969. Since then he has worked in many Perth radio stations including 1080 6IX, 94.5 and 6PR, as well as Melbourne station 3DB.[5] His last 14 years, until his retirement, were as breakfast presenter for 720 ABC Perth, where he consistently topped the ratings for that time slot.[4] He was described by colleague Geoff Hutchison as having a "delicious need to delight and offend in equal measure", and known for regularly ignoring political correctness.[6]

He has made minor television appearances in The Grant and Cameron show and The Entertainers, both on Channel 9.[7]


In 1993, Cameron stood for the seat of Stirling in the federal election, winning the seat for the Liberal Party but immediately went into opposition with leader John Hewson losing the election. He held the seat in the 1996 election that brought John Howard to power, before losing to Labor's Jann McFarlane in the 1998 election.[7]


Cameron wrote a number of books including:

Personal life[edit]

Cameron was born in Mount Gambier, South Australia, the second of ten children.[8][9] He left school at 14[9] and did a variety of jobs including farm labourer and roustabout.[8][10] His family moved to Western Australia when he was 16.[9]

Cameron was married, and had three children.[7]

Cameron had bipolar disorder, which he attributed to having been raped by the headmaster while at a Catholic boarding school.[9][11][12][13]

In 2013 he was involved in a car crash and suffered serious back injuries, requiring multiple operations over the next two years. Ongoing problems as a result of the injuries forced his retirement in 2016.[2][4]

On 24 June 2016, it was announced that Cameron had died overnight from a suspected heart attack, while visiting family in Albany, Western Australia.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Eoin Cameron". 720 ABC biography. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Linda Parri (15 November 2015). "Breakfast radio king Eoin Cameron may be forced to retire with back problems". PerthNow. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Eoin Cameron, ABC Radio breakfast king, to farewell listeners". PerthNow. 3 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Eoin Cameron: ABC radio ends 47-year career for retirement and recovery". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Legendary radio broadcaster Eoin Cameron has died". The Australian. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Obituary: Perth ABC radio’s Eoin Cameron loved entertaining". The Australian. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c "Arise King Cameron (copy of article which appeared in the Sunday Times Magazine on 29 February 2004)". ABC. Archived from the original on 3 January 2006. Retrieved 22 January 2006. 
  8. ^ a b "Eoin Cameron". Fremantle Press. Archived from the original on 20 June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Eoin Cameron discusses his dark past". Stateline. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 September 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Eoin Cameron". Conversations with Richard Fidler. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Amanda O'Brien (26 September 2009). "ABC host reveals rape by headmaster". The Australian. Retrieved 21 Jun 2015. 
  12. ^ "ABC radio man Eoin Cameron tells of child rape". News Corp. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  13. ^ Two victims forced the Marist Brothers to apologise, Broken Rites Australia, retrieved 20 June 2015 
  14. ^ "ABC broadcaster Eoin Cameron dies after suspected heart attack". ABC News. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  15. ^ West Australian vs Yahoo! 7 Veteran ABC broadcaster Eoin Cameron dies aged 65
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Ron Edwards
Member for Stirling
Succeeded by
Jann McFarlane