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Jim McKiernan interviewed by Peter Donovan in the Old Parliament House political and parliamentary oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 6094494
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
McKiernan, Jim, Interviewee
 
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Description 2012 
6 sound files (ca. 439 min.) 
Series

Old Parliament House political and parliamentary oral history project.

Summary

Jim McKiernan speaks about his childhood, his family and his schooling in Ireland; moving to London, England; migrating to Perth, Western Australia; domestic adjustments in England and Australia; his involvement with union education and politics; his role as a union education officer; joining the Australian Labor Party; his experiences as a Senate candidate at the 1983 elections; his relationship and marriage with Jacqueline Watkins; his entry to the Senate; his role as a Senator; his first caucus meeting; parliamentary business between sessions; the opening of the New Parliament House; taking the Australian citizenship; promotion of Irish issues in Australia; Irish Australian of the Year; Immigration Department; Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Paul Keating; republicanism; delegation to Ireland; his continuing role in Western Australia; managing two parliamentary careers in the one home; his experiences as deputy and acting Whip; the media; his retirement; committee services; his observations on current politics; his comments on the state of Ireland.

Notes

This interview is part of a joint oral history project being conducted by the National Library of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Recorded on 16-17 August 2012 in Dianella, W.A.

Digital master; National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore collection;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (11 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 162 leaves) 
Subjects McKiernan, Jim - Interviews.  |  Australian Labor Party - Officials and employees - Interviews.  |  Parliament House (Parkes, A.C.T.) - History.  |  Politicians - Western Australia - Interviews.  |  Irish Australians - Australia - Interviews.
Occupation Federal politicians.
Other authors/contributors Donovan, P. F. (Peter Francis), 1945-, Interviewer  |  Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House  |  National Library of Australia

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