and ABC Presenter: Stateline
- 28th September 2003
Dempster is a journalist, author and broadcaster with
extensive experience in television and print media.
Currently he presents Stateline NSW in the 7.30 p.m.
Friday timeslot. He joined the ABC in 1984 as associate
producer of Nationwide in Queensland, becoming current
affairs political reporter and interviewer. In 1986
he wrote and produced the highly acclaimed documentary
'The Sunshine System' about institutionalised corruption
in Queensland. From 1987 he presented the state edition
of the 7.30 Report, writing and producing the national
network coverage of the Fitzgerald inquiry into police
and political corruption. In 1988 he famously asked
incoming Premier Russell Cooper: "What do you
understand by the doctrine of the separation of powers?"
Quentin transferred to Sydney in 1990 where he presented
the New South Wales edition of The 7.30 Report until
1994 when he headed a national investigative unit
for the program. From 1996 he worked for both the
Australia-wide edition of The 7.30 Report and Stateline
NSW. In 1992 he was awarded an Order of Australia
for 'services to journalism and current affairs'.
In 2002 he was awarded a Walkley Award for 'outstanding
contribution to journalism'. From 1992 to 1996 he
was staff-elected director on the ABC Board. Quentin
has written three books: 'Honest Cops' (1992); 'Whistleblowers'
(1997) and 'Death Struggle - how political malice
and boardroom powerplays are killing the ABC' (2000).
Quentin is married with two children and lives in