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Peter Samuel interviewed by Mel Pratt in the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2249069
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Samuel, Peter, 1939- interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research use, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1973 Oct. 4-1974 Apr. 22 
1 sound tape reel (ca. 4 hr. 17 min.) : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Mr Samuel talks of his early life in Melbourne; his father's influence; his early political involvement; the ALP Club; his role in student journalism; the Immigration Reform Group; Student Action; the demonstration movement; Chifley Memorial Lecture; Arthur Calwell; architecture; Senator Kennelly; Peace Movement; ANZ Congress of International Cooperation and Disarmament; Melbourne Olympic Swimming Pool meeting; "Dissent" and "Fact"; expulsion from the Labor Party; interest in journalism; appointment as economics editor of the "Canberra Times"; Frank Knopfalmacher; Moral Rearmament; Pringle; "The Bulletin" and "The Observer"; Donald Horne; angling of stories; criticism of the Country Party; Gorton; drafting of speeches; friction with Gorton; St John; Geraldine Willesee incident; letter to the editor of "Farago"; Packer; McNicoll; Fairbairn and Gorton; Gordon Freeth; the Liberals' foreign policy; Conservative attitudes; influence of television; James McAuley and the Peace with Freedom Group; DLP and voters; Santamaria and the DLP; the end of Gorton as Prime Minister; Civil Action Group; Vietnam; Malcolm Fraser; Task Force in Vietnam; Tri-Service Academy; Joint Intelligence Organisation; "Vietnam Digest"; Daly; "Meet the Press" interview with McNicoll and King Watson; resignation of Malcolm Fraser; Packer and Fraser; Alan Reid; McMahon government; Cambodia; fall of McMahon government; Whitlam government.

Biography/History

Peter Samuel, political correspondent from 1966, was head of the Canberra Bureau of the weekly publication The Bulletin at the time of interview.

Notes

Recorded at his home in Canberra.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript (79 p.) available. 
Subjects Samuel, Peter, 1939- -- Interviews.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1945-
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, interviewer

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