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John Gorton interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2244583
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1976 
3 tape reels (ca. 550 min.) : 1 7/8 ips., mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

John Gorton, former Prime Minister, talks of his early life in Sydney and Melbourne; Oxford; pilot's training in World War II; No. 135 squadron; Singapore; the accident at the tank farm, Indonesia; return to Darwin; electioneering for the Senate, 1949; socialism; role of a senator; Menzies' double dissolution, 1951; DLP; appointment as Minister of the Navy; expenditure; procuring ships; recruitment; Fleet Air Arm; Ikara; barracks accommodation; "Voyager" disaster; External Affairs; Colombo Plan and Indonesia; overseas aid; Indonesia and the F111; CSIRO; scholarships; science blocks; colleges of advanced education; Harold Holt as Prime Minister; VIP aircraft; Holt's death; election as Prime Minister; oil pricing; Singapore, 1969; Aborigines; social services; ANZUS Treaty; Vietnam; centralism; Federal Budget 1969; off-shore seas legislation; powers of Ministers in Papua New Guinea; taxation; contribution to the Arts; Fraser's resignation; McMahon's election; accusation of dictatorship; Ainsley Gotto; conspiracy against him; Defence; Singapore; Alan Reid; disappointments; loss of the 1972 election.

Biography/History

John Gorton was Prime Minister of Australia from January 1968 to March 1971. He was a member of the Australian Parliament for 26 years, first as a senator, then as a member of the House of Representatives.

Notes

Recorded 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 March and 1, 2, 27 April 1976 at his home in Canberra.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221577478

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 142 leaves) available. 
Subjects Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002 -- Interviews.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Prime ministers -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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