Samantha Maiden is the author of Party Animals – the secret history of a Labor fiasco. She has a longstanding reputation as a news breaker in the Canberra press gallery. Most recently, she revealed over summer that the Prime Minister was enjoying a secret holiday in Hawaii as bushfires raged across Australia. The political editor for The New Daily, she is also a regular political commentator on The Project. She has three children and has been based in Canberra covering federal politics since 1998.