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John Tingle, founder of Shooters Party and father of ABC journalist, dies aged 90

Written by Javed Iqbal

John Saxon Tingle, father of high-profile ABC journalist Laura Tingle and founder of the Shooters Party, has died.

Tingle announced the 90-year-old’s death on Twitter on Saturday, saying: “Love you Dadda”.

On Instagram, she added: “Isn’t Saxon just the best name?”, registering her “deep gratitude and luck to have him in my life.”

Born in the eastern Sydney suburb of Edgecliff in November 1931, Mr. Tingle founded the Shooters Party in 1992. He was also its deputy chairman until 1995.

His career started in journalism, working as a broadcaster and news editor for 2QN Deniliquin from 1949 to 1951.

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John Tingle was born on November 2, 1931.(Instagram: @laura.tingle)

He later joined ABC, where he remained until 1968, returning in 1977 to present the Friday Night Forum.

Throughout the 1970s he worked in radio for a number of networks, including 2SM and 2GB in Sydney.

From 1992 to 1995, he was news director at radio 2CH.

Today, Tingle attributed her career choices and success to her father.

“Apart from anything else, of course he was my biggest encourager, fan and critic in my professional life and so proud that I had followed him into journalism,” she wrote on Instagram.

“He taught me at 15 what was the most important question to ask, encouraged me to tackle the small and mean people in politics and not be afraid to celebrate the transformative people and moments it sometimes gives us.

“And to always report what you believe to be true.”

A photo of John Tingle.
Mr. Tingle worked for a number of media outlets, including the ABC.(Twitter: Laura Tingle)

In 2019, Mr Tingle, a resident of Wauchope on the NSW Mid North Coast, called himself an “accidental politician” in an interview with the Illawarra Mercury.

“I was 63 and wanted to retire to Port Macquarie, I had a block of land and without telling me they put me at the top of the ballot and I was elected,” he said.

“It was a party that was never meant to be with someone elected who didn’t know he was running for parliament.”

Mr. Tingle was the father of Peter, Sally and Laura.

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