The ABC’s Insiders is Australia’s flagship political discussion and “the program the politicians rely on to find out what's going on”. Insiders returns to the Canberra Writers Festival for a special ‘live’ edition and to rake over the politics of an extraordinary year. Niki Savva joins Katharine Murphy, Mark Kenny, Mike Bowers, and host David Speers.
Niki Savva is one of the most senior correspondents in the Canberra Press Gallery. She was twice political correspondent on The Australian, and headed up the Canberra bureaus of both The Herald Sun and The Age. When family tragedy forced a career change, she became Peter Costello’s press secretary for six years and was then on John Howard’s staff for three. Her work has brought her into intimate contact with Australia’s major political players for more than 35 years. She is a regular columnist for The Australian, and often appears on ABC TV’s Insiders. In March 2017, the Melbourne Press Club bestowed Niki with a lifetime achievement award for ‘outstanding coverage of Australian politics as a reporter, columnist and author’. Her book, The Road to Ruin: how Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin destroyed their own government, was a major bestseller, and won the 2016 General Nonfiction Book of the Year Award at the Australian Book Industry Awards. Her most recent book is Plots and Prayers: Malcolm Turnbull’s demise and Scott Morrison’s ascension.