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Laura Tingle is an Australian journalist and author. She is currently the chief political correspondent of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s 7.30 current affairs television program and was previously the political editor of the Australian Financial Review.
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Laura Margaret Tingle was born on February 14, 1961 (age 60 years) in Sydney, Australia. She is the youngest daughter of Pam Chivers and journalist John Tingle 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.
Tingle was educated at Turramurra High School and at the Australian International Independent School.
Laura 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 in 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 a political correspondent and was subsequently appointed chief political correspondent and Canberra bureau chief from 2003, then political editor in 2008.
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. She has written four 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, “Follow the Leader: Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman” in September 2018 and “The High Road: What Australia Can Learn From New Zealand” in November 2020. Her book In Search of Good Government was published by Black Inc in 2017.
Laura 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. In 2017 she won the Qantas-European Union journalism prize. She makes regular appearances on ABC Radio National’s Late Night Live and Insiders on ABC TV.
In February 2018, Tingle left the Australian Financial Review and joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as chief political correspondent of the current affairs television program, 7.30. Tingle also regularly fills in for Leigh Sales on the program.
In March, she signed a $15,000 contract for two days’ work with the Turnbull Government’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as a host at the Association of South-East Asian Nations summit in Sydney. Tingle told The Australian newspaper: “I see absolutely no conflict.”
Political views and analysis
Tingle is a regular political commentator on ABC’s 7.30 and Insiders programs and is a columnist. When Tony Abbott became Leader of the Opposition in 2009, Tingle wrote for the Australian Financial Review (AFR) on 1 December that “The election of Tony Abbott is a disaster of epic proportions for a party that was already up against it in the race to remain competitive at the next election. They have now taken a major step to the Right, towards their base, and away from mainstream voters.”
In the aftermath of the 2010 Australian federal election when the incumbent Gillard Government and Tony Abbott-led Opposition were negotiating with the House of Representatives crossbench about who would form a government, Tingle responded to a Treasury analysis of Abbott’s costings with an article for the AFR in which she wrote that the Opposition was “not fit to govern” and were either “liars”, “clunk heads” or both.
Tingle has variously described Abbott as an “oaf”, an “utter destructive force” and a “waste of space”. 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”, saying that “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”.
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”. She judged that the move to oust Turnbull was driven by “pure spite and collective madness”. 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. She asked if he regretted making too many concessions to conservatives.
In 2020, Tingle blamed the departure of ABC journalist Philippa McDonald from the ABC on “ideological bastardry” on the part of the Morrison Government in a Tweet which concluded, “hope you are feeling smug @ScottMorrisonMP”. ABC managing director and editor-in-chief David Anderson called the Tweet, which Tingle had deleted, a “mistake” during a subsequent Senate Estimates hearing.
In 2021, Laura Tingle campaigned strongly for the removal of the Morrison Government’s Attorney-General Christian Porter after he denied an allegation raised by the ABC that he had assaulted a woman when he was a young person. NSW police pronounced the matter closed on the basis of “insufficient admissible evidence to proceed”. Tingle argued in a 3 March editorial for the 7:30 program that it did not matter if he had been found guilty of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt, but that “perception” was sufficient for his removal. She dismissed comparisons made by Porter to Labor leader Bill Shorten.
Laura Tingle was dating Sam Neill, she has been in a relationship with actor Sam Neill since 2017. However, Tingle married her first husband fellow journalist Alan Ramsey in 1995. They separated in 2012 and divorced in 2017. Tingle has one daughter, Tosca Ramsey. Sam Neill and Laura Tingle were rumoured to have split secretly, however, they haven’t come out to debunk the alleged statement as published by The Sydney Morning Herald’s Private Sydney.
Laura Tingle net worth
How much is Laura Tingle worth? Laura Tingle net worth is estimated at around $4 million. Her main source of income is from her career as a media personality. Tingle successful career has earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars. She is one of the richest and influential journalists in Australia.