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John Gandini interviewed by Stuart Reid for the Battye Library collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2993854
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Gandini, John (John Rivo), 1929-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1996 
17 sound tape reels (ca. 510 min.) 
Series

Battye Library collection.

Summary

Gandini, former member of the Communist Party and Trade Unionist, describes his family background and his introduction to the Communist Party, he discusses the ideology of the Party, its changes over time and the development of his own thoughts on communism. He also talks about the Eureka Youth League and other related groups. Gandini talks in detail about his travels to the Soviet Union and China as well as relations between Australian communists and the international communist movement. He also reflects on the reasons for the decline and failure of communism. A number of industrial and Trades and Labor Council issues are also dealt with, including the Robe River dispute and the trend to union amalgamation.

Biography/History

John Gandini was a member of the Australian Communist Party from the 1940's to 1983. From 1983-1993 he belonged to the Electrical Trades Union and was President of the Trades and Labor Council of Western Australia from 1988 to 1994.

Notes

The J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History is part of the State Library of Western Australia.

Interview conducted in association with the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History.

Recorded during the period Sept. 23-Nov. 11, 1996 in Perth.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript available (typescript, 137 leaves) 
Subjects Gandini, John (John Rivo), 1929- -- Interviews.  |  Trades and Labor Council of Western Australia.  |  Communists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Labor leaders -- Western Australia -- Interviews.  |  Labor union members -- Western Australia.
Occupation Trade unionists.
Other authors/contributors Reid, Stuart, 1953-, Interviewer  |  State Library of Western Australia  |  J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History

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