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David Marr interviewed about his book Barwick for the 'Interchange' programme on 27 May, 1980 in the 2XX collection [sound recording] / interviewer, Kate Graham
Bib ID 2058367
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Marr, David, 1947- interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for public use from the Manager, 2XX Radio Station. 
Description 1980 May 27 
1 sound tape reel (ca. 4 min.) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, half track, mono. ; 7 in. 
Series

2XX collection.

Biography/History

Trained initially as a solicitor, David Marr works as a journalist such as editor for the National Times as well as a reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on its TV programme Four Corners and the presenter of ABC Radio's Arts Today. He is however particularly well-known for his work as the biographer of Australia's greatest writer, Patrick White, and Sir Garfield Barwick, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia since 1964 who provided legal justification to Governor General John Kerr of the coup d'etat of the Whitlam Government in 1975.

Garfield Barwick was born in Sydney in 1903 and educated at Fort Street High and University of Sydney where he completed a degree in Arts-Law. Admitted to the NSW bar in 1927, he established a busy practice in the 1930s and left behind his Labor politics and Methodist outlook. He was appointed Kings' Counsel in 1941, he prosecuted two constitutional cases before the High Court, the airways case (1945) and the bank nationalisation case (1948) which he won arguing against nationalisation and defeating H.V. Evatt. His high profile included President of the NSW BAr Association (1950-52, 1955-56) and the Law Council of Australia (1952-54) eventually being knighted in 1953. He remained aloof from party politics until Menzies approached him directly and he entered Federal politics as Liberal MHR for Parramatta (1958-64) and was also appointed as Attorney General for the duration as well as Minister for External Affairs (1962-64) when Australian aid was committed to Vietnam. Barwick then left politics to replace Owen Dixon as Chief Justice of the High Court in 1964 and lead a conservative bench. However, there was much controversy over his legal advice to Governor General John Kerr supporting the dismissal of the Whitlam Government in 1975. He retired in 1981.

Notes

Recorded on May 27, 1980 in Canberra, A.C.T.

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Subjects Barwick, Garfield, Sir, 1903-1997.  |  Marr, David, 1947- -- Interviews.  |  Australia. High Court -- Officials and employees -- Biography.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Judges -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Radio programs -- Australia.  |  Attorneys general -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1945-  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1972-1975.
Other authors/contributors Graham, Kate, interviewer  |  Barwick, Garfield, Sir, 1903-1997  |  2XX (Radio Station : Canberra, A.C.T.)  |  Interchange (Radio program : Canberra, A.C.T.)

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