"I don't think you have to be a cynical bastard (to cover politics), but it helps".
Tom Richardson, political reporter, commentator, South Australian Journalist of the Year 2011, has spent over a decade covering state and federal politics.
In his time with the Advertiser, the Australian, Channel 9 and now news website InDaily, Tom has been part of the fascinating relationship between media and politics.
It's a volatile relationship that boiled over recently, when outgoing Australian prime minister Tony Abbott left his post with a parting shot at the media.
Rooster Radio talks to Richardson about the media's influence on politics in Australia, where everyone seemingly has their own agenda.
Tom also talks about what it takes to cut through political spin, and politicians as leaders of people, especially in a time of crisis.
And with South Australia, in particular, facing enormous economic challenges, we talk about what role the government should play, and why business can't have it both ways.
There's also another side to Tom - the mad Crows fan who writes a satirical AFL column, Touch of the Fumbles.
Tune in to the wide-ranging discussion.
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