Very sad news. Rob was one of the smartest and nicest guys you could meet. He started in the press gallery around the time I started at Parliament so I have known him for over 20 years.
He was one of the most policy focused and wonkish journalists around. That is why he was always so good to talk to and deal with. He focused on what was important, rather than the sound byte of the day.
He was only in his 50s, so has left us at far too young an age.
Rob was one of those guys who I doubt you can find someone to say a bad word about. His colleagues, MPs and staffers all liked and respected him.
He will be greatly missed.