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Robert Askin interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2242277
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Askin, Robert William, Sir, 1909-1981, Interviewee
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1976 Oct. 7-11 
2 tape reels (ca. 380 min.) : 1 7/8 ips., mono. ; 5 in. 

Mel Pratt collection.


Sir Robert Askin, former Premier of New South Wales, talks of his early life in Glebe, Sydney; working in the Government Savings Bank; the Depression; his enlistment, 1941; New Guinea; his early involvement in politics; political situation 1950; Geraghty and McGirr; Treatt as Leader; his becoming Deputy Leader; Robson; 1959 election; Morton; becoming Leader; relations between the Liberal and Country Parties; Cahill; Hefferan; 1962 and 1965 elections; appointing the Cabinet; the Public Service; Jack Renshaw; Pat Hills; 1968 and 1973 elections ; Mr Hills and Mr Wran; new state movements; north coast dairy farmers problems; electoral redistribution; industrial situation during his premiership; building the new Trades Hall; railways; oil refineries; demonstrations ; decentralisation; gambling; transport; road development; his election victories; the Opera House; Utzon; Charles Cutler; relations with the Country Party; John Fuller; Mr Madison; Kenneth McCaw; Federal-State relationship; Loan Council meetings; taxation; Gorton and centralism; Federal system; his role in Gorton's becoming Prime Minister; McMahon; Menzies; Harold Holt; McEwen; Henry Bolte; David Brand; Bjelke-Peterson; Gordon Chalk; Angus Bethune; his relations with the Press; his achievements and disappointments; decision to stay in state politics; Lewis government; Willis' mistakes; Willis and Lewis as Ministers; Wran as Premier; casinos; Whitlam administration; Fraser's administration.


Sir Robert Askin represented the Liberal party in the New South Wales Parliament from 1950 until his retirement in 1975. He was Premier from 1965-1975.


Recorded at his offices in Sydney.

Also available online

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and uncorrected trancsript (typescript, 119 leaves). 
Subjects Askin, Robert William, Sir, 1909-1981 -- Interviews.  |  Politicians -- New South Wales -- Interviews.  |  Premiers -- New South Wales -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer

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