2 May 2024

Journalist Niki Savva appointed to Board of Old Parliament House

| Andrew McLaughlin
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Wind and dark storm clouds approaching Parliament House & Old Parliament House. Photo: Michelle Kroll

The Board of Old Parliament House was established in 2016 and is chaired by former journalist and adviser Barrie Cassidy. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Respected long-time political journalist, author and adviser Ms Niki Savva has been announced as an appointee to the Board of Old Parliament House (OPH).

Ms Savva has worked as a journalist in both the old and new Parliament Houses, and currently works as a columnist for Nine newspapers’ Sydney Morning Herald and The Age and is a regular panellist on ABC’s Insiders.

She has previously worked as political correspondent and bureau chief in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery, as News Limited’s Washington correspondent, as political editor at the Herald Sun, as political editor at The Age, and as a columnist for The Australian.

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She also worked as a senior adviser to former prime minister John Howard and former treasurer Peter Costello.

Ms Savva is also the author of several books, including her memoir So Greek which also covered her period as an adviser, and a trilogy of books which covered Australian federal politics from 2013 to 2022 – The Road to Ruin, Plots and Prayers and Bulldozed – all of which were bestsellers.

In March 2017, Ms Savva was presented with a lifetime achievement award for ‘outstanding coverage of Australian politics as a reporter, columnist and author’ by the Melbourne Press Club.

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Niki Savva has written several books covering federal politics from 2013 to 2022. Photo: Facebook.

Minister for the Arts Tony Burke said Ms Savva’s extensive experience and knowledge of parliament, politics and the media would be a great asset to the board.

“As a journalist in Old Parliament House, an adviser in the new Parliament House and an author on Australian politics – Niki Savva brings unrivalled experience to the board,” he said.

“Having people on the board who’ve lived and breathed the history of Old Parliament House is integral to making sure those stories are told.”

The Board of the OPH was established in 2016 to decide the objectives, strategies and policies to be followed by OPH and to ensure the proper and efficient performance of its functions.

Ms Savva joins OPH Chair and former journalist and adviser Barrie Cassidy on the board, and other members including Mr Bernard Wright, Ms Gai Brodtmann, Professor Gregory Craven, Ms Lenda Oshalem, Mr Gerard Wheeler, and Museum of Australian Democracy Director Ms Stephanie Bull.

Original Article published by Andrew McLaughlin on PS News.

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