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Laurie Oakes Calls It Quits

End of an era.

Laurie Oakes Calls It Quits

Nine Network Political Editor Laurie Oakes has announced his retirement.

The 73-year-old has covered 13 prime ministers (more if you count the swaps), 20 federal elections, 51 budgets and one dismissal.

"Oakes joined Channel Ten in 1975 and five years later he came to the Nine Network, where he became an institution in the Canberra bureau," Channel 9 say. 

Oakes last day will be August 18.