Bringing the latest news from the halls of power straight to Sydney Town Hall, a line-up of Australia’s best political commentators come together for a special edition of ABC’s Insiders. Host Barrie Cassidy joins ABC’s Annabel Crabb, David Marr, Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy and The Australian’s award-winning Niki Savva as they rake over the highs and lows of the year in politics and reveal their predictions for election day. Photographer Mike Bowers also hosts a ‘Talking Pictures’ segment with The Australian’s James Jeffrey and Jack the Insider.

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David Marr (Australian)

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David Marr is a journalist and broadcaster who now writes for Guardian Australia. He’s published a couple of biographies and a number of books about politics, censorship and immigration. Over the last ten years he has written a number of Quarterly Essays. His latest is The White Queen: One Nation and the Politics of Race. He previously presented Media Watch and appears regularly on Insiders and The Drum. His latest book is My Country, an anthology of essays.

Katharine Murphy (Australian)

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Katharine Murphy is Guardian Australia’s political editor. She’s worked in the parliamentary press gallery since 1996 for The Australian Financial Review, The Australian and The Age. A winner of the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism, and a two time Walkley finalist, she is also a director of the National Press Club, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Canberra and Deakin University. Katharine pioneered live blogging in the Australian parliament, and is the host of a weekly political podcast for Guardian Australia. She is the author of On Disruption.

Niki Savva (Australian)

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Niki Savva writes a weekly political column for The Australian, and is a regular panellist on Insiders. She has written two books, So Greek, confessions of a conservative leftie, and The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin destroyed their own government, which won the ABIA award for best non-fiction book 2017. She is now writing a third book, Highway to Hell, on the demise of Malcolm Turnbull, which is scheduled for release in July.

Mike Bowers (Australian)

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Mike Bowers is a photographer, a regular commentator on ABC Radio and host of Talking Pictures on ABC TV’s Insiders. Mike spent 26 years in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery working for a number of publications. He has covered nine federal election campaigns and has accompanied eight prime ministers on assignments both around Australia and overseas. Mike has covered conflicts in Cambodia, Kosovo, Bougainville, PNG and the Middle East. He has published four books and is the photographer at large at Guardian Australia.

Annabel Crabb (Australian)

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Annabel Crabb is a writer and presenter for the ABC. She's also a keen amateur podcaster and co-hosts the inexplicably popular Chat 10, Looks 3 podcast with her colleague Leigh Sales, who lends credibility to the exercise. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and TV as a political journalist and won a Walkley award for Stop At Nothing: The Life And Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull. She published a bestselling book about gender and work, The Wife Drought, in 2014 and has published two cookbooks with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe, the latest of which is Special Guest.

James Jeffrey (Australian)

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James Jeffrey is the award-winning parliamentary sketch-writer and Strewth columnist for The Australian. He is also the author of The Wonk's Dictionary (with Jon Kudelka), My Family and Other Animus, and Paprika Paradise.

Jack the Insider (Australian)


Peter is a writer, columnist, and television producer who writes for The Australian under the nom de plume, Jack The Insider.

Barrie Cassidy (Australian)

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Barrie Cassidy has been the host of Insiders since its inception in July 2001. Before that he worked as political correspondent for ABC News and 7.30 and as a foreign correspondent based in Washington and Brussels. He was also the senior press secretary and political adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Barrie is from Chiltern in North East Victoria and started his journalism as a cadet at The Border Mail in Albury. In 2006 he created the sports discussion program Offsiders and was host for eight years.