Australia’s three-time Prime Minister was a fine journalist at The Age from 1879 before his political career took off. He was one of the few close friends of David Syme, who moulded Deakin’s political thinking in ways that were reflected during Deakin’s terms as Prime Minister.
Deakin helped persuade a sceptical Syme to support Federation, an important step towards public acceptance. Deakin’s gift for words was reflected in his outstanding oratory.
Perhaps the most astonishing aspect of Deakin’s journalism career was that for 11 years he was secretly writing Australian political commentary for the London Morning Post under a pseudonym, including while he was Prime Minister.
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