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John Laws, 1981

John Williams

montage of gelatin silver photographs

John Laws CBE (b. 1935) is a radio talkback commentator who broadcasts to 65 stations around Australia on Sydney's 2UE. He has hosted three national television series, written for three Sydney newspapers and has published four books, including the John Laws Book of Uncommon Sense and the John Laws Barbecue Cookbook. Laws was the subject of scrutiny in the 'cash for comment' enquiry into public broadcasting, which sparked widespread discussion on the influence of the media on consumer choices. John F. Williams photographed him on the set of the television chat show Beauty and the Beast.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Accession number: 1999.34

Currently not on display

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John Williams (age 48 in 1981)

John Laws CBE OBE (age 46 in 1981)

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In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.