Mungo MacCallum is standing by the claim, in the latest issue of The Monthly, that Sir Robert Menzies had an affair with Lady Betty Fairfax which caused the Sydney Morning Herald to turn against the PM in 1961. In Friday’s Crikey he wrote:

The affair was beyond gossip in Canberra in late sixties, when I joined the press gallery; it was simply accepted as part of history… The story was told by politicians, staffers, journalists (notably Ian Fitchett and Alan Reid, the gallery’s doyens) and commonwealth car drivers. I never heard it denied or even questioned by any of the above.