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beds half of the year, and that would in­clude do­mes­tic trips as well.

‘‘But that’s what I like about the job — I don’t know what’s next.

‘‘It’s com­ing up to 12 years since I joined 60 Min­utes and it has whipped by, but I think life whips by as you get older, that’s the bad news.

‘‘It has been one of the great­est ex­pe­ri­ences of my life, my work­ing life, and at no stage have I felt it as a hard­ship, other than when I’m be­ing frisked at an air­port ... air­ports are the bane of my life.’’

Be­fore 60 Min­utes, Hayes spent 10 years co-host­ing To­day and she says de­spite talk­ing to hun­dreds of peo­ple in front of a cam­era, she still puts a lot of en­ergy into ev­ery in­ter­view.

‘‘I’m not cocky and I al­ways hope that an in­ter­view will go well,’’ she says. ‘‘We are do­ing a 15-minute story, and that’s a lot of film­ing and a lot of in­for­ma­tion and a lot of time, so I have to be re­ally across my sub­ject. But I have found that peo­ple are the same all over the world — as­pire to the same things, se­cu­rity and hap­pi­ness. So in­ter­view­ing the big names doesn’t make me ner­vous.’’

Hayes grew up in Ta­ree, on the north coast of New South Wales, the daugh­ter of dairy farm­ers.

The strong­est mem­ory from her child­hood is milk­ing cows.

‘‘I had an idyl­lic child­hood, and though that coun­try life some­times ap­peals to me, I can’t imag­ine go­ing back to milk­ing cows,’’ she says.

Home and away:

re­porter Liz Hayes.

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