Laura Tingle

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Laura Tingle
Laura Tingle.jpg
Tingle in 2016
BornFebruary 1961 (age 57)
Sydney, Australia
Years active1981–present
OrganizationFairfax Media
Alan Ramsey
(m. 1980; separated 2012)

Laura Margaret Tingle (born February 1961)[1] is an Australian journalist and author. She is currently the chief political correspondent of the ABC's 7.30 program, and was previously the political editor of The Australian Financial Review.


Tingle began her career in Sydney as a cadet journalist with Fairfax Media's Australian Financial Review and Business Review Weekly in the early 1980s, reporting on financial deregulation and the floating of the dollar. In 1987, she moved to News Limited's The Australian newspaper as an economics correspondent. She was appointed chief political correspondent in 1992, and national affairs correspondent from 1994. In 1996, she returned to Fairfax as a political correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2002, she returned to The Australian Financial Review as political correspondent, and was subsequently appointed chief political correspondent and Canberra bureau chief from 2003, then political editor in 2008.[1]

Tingle's book, Chasing the Future: Recession, Recovery and the New Politics in Australia—documenting the recession of the early 1990s—was published in 1994.[2] She has written three issues of Quarterly Essay: "Great Expectations – government, entitlement and an angry nation" in June 2012, "Political Amnesia – how we forgot to govern" in November 2015,[3] and "Follow the Leader: Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman" in September 2018.[4] Her book In Search of Good Government was published by Black Inc in 2017.[5]

Tingle won Walkley Awards in 2005 and 2011 and has also been highly commended in the Walkley Awards for her investigative journalism. She also won the Paul Lyneham Award for Press Gallery Journalism in 2004, and was shortlisted for the John Button Prize for political writing in 2010.[2] In 2017 she won the Qantas-European Union journalism prize. She makes regular appearances on Radio National's Late Night Live and Insiders on ABC TV.[6]

In February 2018, Tingle left the Australian Financial Review and joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as chief political correspondent of the 7.30 program.[7]

Political views[edit]

Tingle is a regular political commentator on the ABC's Insiders program and a columnist. She described the victory of Tony Abbott over Malcolm Turnbull for the opposition leadership in a 2009 party room ballot as "a disaster of epic proportions for a party in the race to remain competitive at the next election".[8]

In 2010, in the days after the federal election when both major parties were negotiating with the House of Representatives crossbench about who would form government, she wrote a scathing criticism of the Coalition's election costings, based on the Treasury assessment of them. The piece was headlined "Liars and Clunkheads Fail Budget Test".[9] One of the crossbench MPs who subsequently decided to back Labor to form government, Rob Oakeshott, said Tingle's assessment had been crucial in his decision.[citation needed]

A supporter of carbon pricing, and a critic of the Coalition's Operation Sovereign Borders, she predicted that these border security plans would be "impossible to implement".[8] Tingle has subsequently described Abbott as an "oaf", an "utter destructive force" and a "waste of space".[10][11] When Malcolm Turnbull challenged and won the Liberal leadership and prime ministership from Abbott in an internal party ballot in 2015, Tingle described it as "the end of a particularly poisonous period in Australian politics", said "Australia has been pushed sharply to the right" and that Abbott's government was "unlamented... except at News Corporation". She denounced Abbott's focus on "the Daesh death cult, the ABC, the Ice Epidemic, Labor-appointed boards and public servants". [12]

When Turnbull subsequently resigned as Liberal Prime Minister ahead of a similar internal party leadership ballot in 2018, Tingle described the replacement of Turnbull with Scott Morrison as "utterly pointless".[13] She judged that the move to oust Turnbull was driven by "pure spite and collective madness".[14] On the day he resigned, Turnbull chose Tingle as the first of a small number of reporters permitted to question him at his final press conference.[15][16] She asked if he regretted making too many concessions to conservatives.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Tingle was born in Sydney, the youngest daughter of Pam Chivers and journalist John Tingle[18] who, after a long career in journalism with the ABC and commercial radio, founded the Shooters Party in 1992 and was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1995.[19]

Tingle was educated at the Australian International Independent School.[1]

She married fellow journalist Alan Ramsey in 1995 but lists her marital status as 'separated'. Tingle has one daughter, Tosca Ramsey.[20] In early 2018, Tingle was reported as being in a relationship with actor Sam Neill.[21]


  1. ^ a b c Who's Who in Australia, ConnectWeb, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Tingle, Laura". The Australian Women's Register. National Foundation for Australian Women. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Review: Political Amnesia – How We Forgot How To Govern". The Conversation. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Quarterly Essay 71: Follow the Leader – Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman", ISBN 9781760640705,
  5. ^ Laura Tingle, In Search of Good Government (Black Inc, 1 May 2017).
  6. ^ "Author Bio: Laura Tingle". Penguin Books. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  7. ^ Meade, Amanda (12 February 2018). "Laura Tingle joins ABC as 7.30's chief political correspondent". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  8. ^ a b "How much do journalists hate Abbott?", Herald Sun, 25 February 2017
  9. ^ "Liars and Clunkheads Fail Budget Test"; The Australian Financial Review; September 3, 2010
  10. ^ ABC Insiders program, 6 March 2016[better source needed]
  11. ^ "Tony Abbott: Even his friends now say he is a liar and a clunkhead" by Laura Tingle, The Australian Financial Review, 24 February, 2017
  12. ^ Leadership spill: Turnbull coup resets a government that had stopped working; Laura Tingle;; Sep 17 2015
  13. ^ Liberal leadership spill an utterly pointless political assassination;; Aug 24 2018
  14. ^ Liberal leadership spill: The idea of compromise has not just been lost but made vile;; Aug 31, 2018
  15. ^ Prime Ministerial Press Conference, 24.8.18
  16. ^ Malcolm's media mates get final call but missed the big stories; Cut & Paste; 27 Aug 2018
  17. ^ New PM Scott Morrison facing an enormous task; 7:30; 24 Aug 2018
  18. ^ Laura Tingle, Chasing the Future (Harcourt Education, November 1994).
  19. ^ "Australia's many media dynasties". Crikey. 21 March 2005. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  20. ^ Laura Tingle, "Great Expectations" 46 (2012) Quarterly Essay.
  21. ^ "Actor Sam Neill and AFR political editor Laura Tingle start dating". The Australian Financial Review. 4 February 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.

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