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Callaghan and Journalists – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Queensland, Quotes, The Media

(Callaghan) answered the phone (to journalists) like an officer to a corporal: “Speak, it’s your ten cents,” Callaghan would say, or, before you spoke, “we deny everything”. “What do you want, a medal”? was another favourite Callaghan opener in conversations with journalists, not matter how important. Reporters who asked about the Queensland Gerrymander received more than they bargained for, or less might be more accurate: “It’s in the basement with the crocodiles,” Callaghan would say before hanging up, knowing the reporter would have to face a hostile editor for failing to come up with a story.

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