Brian Toohey

Brian Toohey

Brian Toohey began his career in journalism as a political correspondent at the Australian Financial Review in 1973. He edited the National Times in the 1980s and has contributed to numerous publications. He is currently a panellist on ABC TV’s Insiders and 10 Networks Meet the Press. His most recent publication is Secret: The making of Australia’s security state (MUP, 2019).

Brian Toohey reviews 'Keating: A biography' by Edna Carew

November 1988, no. 106 01 November 1988
Brian Toohey reviews 'Keating: A biography' by Edna Carew
This book has drawn comment from press gallery journalists that the author’s background as a finance writer has led to weaknesses in its political analysis. The political sections, however, strike this reader as every bit up to the standard of the press gallery contributions on the subject, and, indeed, add some useful detail on Paul Keating’s early years, which were devoted with such unswervi ... (read more)

Brian Toohey reviews 'Permanent Record' by Edward Snowden

December 2019, no. 417 15 November 2019
Brian Toohey reviews 'Permanent Record' by Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden was a model employee of the National Security Agency. After realising that the vast electronic surveillance organisation often failed to backup its advanced computerised systems properly, Snowden offered a solution. His bosses readily agreed to let him build and run a comprehensive backup system. He subsequently copied huge amounts of highly sensitive information, which he took with ... (read more)