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Eddie Micallef interviewed by Barry York [sound recording]
Bib ID 3299102
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Micallef, E, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2004 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 104 min.) 
Summary

Eddie Micallef, former Labor Member of Victorian Parliament, talks about his involvement in occupational health and safety issues as a trade unionist and later as a member of the Victorian Parliament; the processes of pre-selection and 'branch-stacking' in the Labor Party; inspirational figures in his political life; highlights of his time in State Parliament; his roles in the Labor Party; the Springvale Community Health Centre; former parliamentary colleagues and staff; the nature of the Springvale electorate and community; cultural sensitivity; origins of interest in the drug issue; needle exchange programs: 'The Shack' (Springvale drop-in centre): the loss of pre-selection; Labor Party factions; attitude to privatisation; reflections on Jeff Kennett; experience of racism while in Parliament; continuing relationship with the Labor Party; community activism; condition of personal and family life; recreational interests; his view of the future.

Biography/History

Edward Joseph (Eddie) Micallef was born in Brunswick, Melbourne, to Maltese parents, on 1 August, 1941. His father came to Australia from Gozo, Malta, in 1929 and his mother arrived from Malta in 1938. One of four children, Eddie was raised in Reservoir and educated at St. Gabriel's Primary School in Reservoir and St. Joseph's Technical College in Abbotsford. In 1979, he was appointed Occupational Health and Safety Officer for the Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union' serving in the position until 1983 when he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly, representing the seat of Springvale for the Australian Labor Party. He was Shadow Minister for Ethnic Affairs, for Industry Services and Assisting the Shadow Treasurer in Workcover and Industrial Relations. From 1985 to 1998, he convened the Socialist Left Parliamentary Caucus and from 1988 to 1992 was Secretary of the Parliamentary Labor Party. He was involved in many parliamentary committees, mainly to do with industrial health and safety and drugs and crime prevention. He ceased to be a Member of Parliament in 1999 but has maintained a commitment to issues relating to technical training, health and safety, drugs and crime prevention and ethnic community affairs.

Notes

Recorded on Nov. 19, 2004 at Port Melbourne, Vic.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 42 leaves) 
Subjects Micallef, E. -- Interviews.  |  Politicians -- Victoria -- Interviews.
Occupation State and Territory politicians.
Other authors/contributors York, Barry, 1951-, Interviewer

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