David owned his first business at 21, but the red tape and dirt of politics he encountered as a small businessman soon found him elected to Municipal Government where he spent 7 years battling bureaucracy and associated impediments. It was also in those early political days that he was first confronted with the evident dishonesty that is, ‘Political Correctness’ – he immediately became an effective opponent of this new assault on freedom of speech.
Following on from a move to federal politics as Private Secretary to The Hon Tony Abbott MP, David became the best known Political Adviser in Australia – neither before or since has any Advisor garnered the public attention he did in his various roles.
In 1999, David was elected to Parliament and commenced 8 years as the Hon David Oldfield MLC – Americans would relate to this position as a State Senator.
Since retiring from Parliament in 2007, David has been a featured commentator in the media including 5 years hosting his own Mon-Fri Talkback programme – always popular in any time-slot, his overnight programme remains the highest rating, peaking at 32.5%.
David is married to Lisa, a successful business executive who also co-hosted her own 1 hour TV show for more than 250 episodes. David and Lisa have 2 Sons, 3yr old Henry (Harry) and 1yr old Albert (Bertie) – they have a great commitment to animals and share their life with 3 Horses, 2 Jack Russells, 2 Cockatiels, 8 chickens and daily visits by local Wallabies and Cockatoos.
David’s had an active sporting life – he holds 4 separate Australian titles and remains fit and athletic. He cellars wine, studies history, contributes weekly on TV and Radio and let’s himself have a Dry Vodka Martini fortnightly!
David considers his most important responsibility to be, “Teaching my Boys everything I can”.
Photograph is David with eldest Son, Harry – Quad bike by Honda.