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Laurie Oakes annoucnes retires from the Canberra gallery

Legendary political journalist Laurie Oakes, 74, retired from the Canberra gallery Mr Oakes has covered 13 prime ministers, 20 federal elections and 51 budgets  

By Josh Hanrahan For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 05:33 BST, 3 August 2017 | Updated: 05:34 BST, 3 August 2017

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Legendary political journalist Laurie Oakes has announced his retirement after more than 52 years of breaking stories in Canberra.

The 74-year-old began covering state rounds for the Daily Mirror in Sydney in 1965, before he went on to become the face of Channel Nine's political coverage.

A three-time Walkley Award winner Mr Oakes has covered 13 prime ministers, some 20 federal elections and 51 federal budgets over his six decades in journalism, Nine News reports.

Laurie Oakes (left) has announced his retirement after 52 years of political journalism

Laurie Oakes (left) has announced his retirement after 52 years of political

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