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Reginald Swartz interviewed by Tony Hannan for the Parliament's Oral History Project [sound recording]
Bib ID 2979280
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Swartz, Reginald, Sir, 1911-2006, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1984 Feb. 3 - 17 
10 audio cassettes (ca. 561 min.) : 1 7/8 ips. 

Parliament's Oral History Project.


Sir Reginald Swartz speaks of his family background and education ; the Gold Coast in the 1920s and 30s ; living through the Depression ; his marriage, children and military career ; the Second World War ; the beginnings of his political activities and his campaign for Darling Downs (1949). Topics covered concerning his time in politics include: His time as a backbencher ; the influence of Liberal Party meetings on policy ; concern over Britain's entry to EEC ; about Menzies running party meetings ; Toowoomba and achievements for that city ; his views on the Vietnam War ; his work in Parliament on commerce, trade and agriculture ; Ministry portfolios held ; the Liberal Party's method of choosing ministers ; his attitude to Medibank and Medicare; he describes how Cabinet works ; federalism vs. centralism ; his KBE awarded in 1972 ; his feelings on Labor win in 1972 and on the Whitlam government ; the Labor fall in 1975 ; his assessment of the Bjelke-Petersen, Fraser and Hawke governments ; his views on uranium mining ; his activities since retirement.


Sir Reginald held the seat of Darling Downs Qld. for the Liberal Party from December 1949 to November 1972. He held the portfolis of Repatriation, Social Services, Health and Civil Aviation.


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

Recorded between 3 February 1984 and 17 February 1984.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript and index available. 
Subjects Swartz, Reginald, Sir, 1911-2006 -- Interviews.  |  Liberal Party of Australia -- Platforms.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Hannan, Tony, Interviewer  |  Australia. Department of the Parliamentary Library


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    ORAL TRC 4900/17 (Transcript)
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