Balance of power: Laurie Oakes on 45 years of politics, journalism and spin - Media Report - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "July 20 1969 was one of mankind’s greatest days. Apollo 11 landed in the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon. Queen Elizabeth II had been on the throne for 16 years. Richard Nixon was in his first year of his first term as president of the United States. John Gorton was prime minister of Australia, and Laurie Oakes, not quite 26, had just clocked up six months in the Parliamentary Press Gallery.
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