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Peter James Nixon interviewed by Tony Hannan for the Parliament's bicentenary oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 2319995
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Nixon, Peter James, 1928- interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access closed until 30 years after the interviewee's death. 
Description 1985 July - 1988 June 
19 audio cassettes (ca. 1140 min.) : 1 7/8 ips. 
Series

Parliament's bicentenary oral history project.

Summary

The Hon. Peter James Nixon speaks of his family background and childhood in Orbost ; his first political activities; entering Parliament; Country Party meetings; about Country Party speakers; the conflict between being a Minister and local Member; the political environment when he became Minister; issues dealt with while in Canberra; Nixon sums up the Ministry of Interior; his thoughts on "politicians"; his achievements for the electorate; his responsibilities as the Minister of Shipping and Transport; 1972 Election; life in opposition; bias of the ABC; Whitlam Government and Dismissal; transport issues; car rental business problems; cheap airfares; Omega navigation system; two-airline policy; problems while Minister for Primary Industry; dairy exports; Wool Commission; trade relations with USSR; separation of trade and foreign policies; Japanese fishing fleets.

Biography/History

Nixon held the seat of Gippsland, Vic. for the Country Party from December 1961 to February 1983. He also held the portfolios of The Interior, Shipping and Transport, Primary Industry, Postmaster General and Transport.

Notes

Project administered by the Department of the Parliamentary library and consists of interviews with retired politicians who speak of their political careers.

Recorded between 11 July 1985 and 6 June 1988.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Related Material An additional interview with Peter Nixon conducted by Rob Linn for the Old Parliament House political and parliamentary oral history project can be found at ORAL TRC 6100/101. Speeches by Peter Nixon can be found in the John McEwen MS 4654 collection (ORAL TRC 1030/49 and 1030/75). 
Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript (515 p.) and index available. 
Subjects Nixon, Peter James, 1928- -- Interviews.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Australia -- Politics and government.
Other authors/contributors Hannan, Tony, interviewer  |  Australia. Department of the Parliamentary Library

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