Politics | Government
After Dinner | Keynote | Master of Ceremonies | Host
David Oldfield is almost uniquely placed to comment comprehensively on a range of subjects socially/politically. He has worked in all three levels of government and been elected to two of those.
David owned his first business at 21, but the red tape and dirt of politics he encountered as a small businessman soon found him elected to Municipal Government where he spent 7 years battling bureaucracy and associated impediments. It was also in those early political days that he was first confronted with the evident dishonesty that is, ‘Political Correctness’ – he immediately became an effective opponent of this new assault on freedom of speech.
Following on from a move to federal politics as Private Secretary to The Hon Tony Abbott MP, David became the best known Political Adviser in Australia – neither before or since has any Advisor garnered the public attention he did in his various roles.
In 1999, David was elected to Parliament and commenced 8 years as the Hon David Oldfield MLC – Americans would relate to this position as a State Senator.
Since retiring from Parliament in 2007, David has been a featured commentator in the media including 5 years hosting his own Mon-Fri Talkback programme – always popular in any time-slot, his overnight programme remains the highest rating, peaking at 32.5%.
David is married to Lisa, a successful business executive who also co-hosted her own 1 hour TV show for more than 250 episodes. David and Lisa have 2 Sons, 3yr old Henry (Harry) and 1yr old Albert (Bertie) – they have a great commitment to animals and share their life with 3 Horses, 2 Jack Russells, 2 Cockatiels, 8 chickens and daily visits by local Wallabies and Cockatoos.
David’s had an active sporting life – he holds 4 separate Australian titles and remains fit and athletic. He cellars wine, studies history, contributes weekly on TV and Radio and let’s himself have a Dry Vodka Martini fortnightly!
David considers his most important responsibility to be, “Teaching my Boys everything I can”.