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John Kerin interviewed by Neil Inall [sound recording]
Bib ID 4594901
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Kerin, John, 1937-, Interviewee
 
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Description 2009 
2 sound files (ca. 216 min.) 
Summary

John Kerin speaks about his early life growing up on family's farm during WWII; his early exposure to local politics and Communism; family influences; his involvement in community organisations and association with Labor Party; campaigning for local Government; the influence of Whitlam Government to open up society's restrictions; his education and interest in economics; external studies at university and the impact of study on his future Ministerial roles; his involvement with Mittagong branch of Labor Party; his participation in State and Federal Electoral Councils; the formation of South Highlands Branch of the Labor Party; his transition to Canberra to join Bureau of Agricultural Economics; being elected to Federal Parliament, December 1972; the influence of agricultural economics and academics on the Bureau of Agricultural Economics and the formation of Labor policy in the 1970s; his work as Shadow Minister for Agriculture to develop policy for 1983 election; reactions to Whitlam Government's cuts in tariffs and difficulties of subsidies; his appointment as Federal Minister for Primary Industries, March 1983; major policy reforms and new policies for agricultural research and development; the reaction to economic rationalism and the need for cross-sectoral funding; agri-politics and marketing during the McEwen years.

Kerin discusses the Brundtland Report; the importance of research and development corporations; the establishment of Bureau of Rural Services; problems of Federation and the interaction between Federal government and States; the importance of Cooperative Research Centres and need for review; impact of off-shore policies on Federal and state management of Fisheries; establishment of Australian Fisheries Management Authority; experience of forestry management with States and environmentalists; importance of soil management, salinity and conservation on policies in 1983 campaign; the impact of Howard policies on regional natural resource management; development and expansion of Land Care; the establishment of Natural Resource Management; development of Rural and Regional policy statement in mid-1980s; the impact of State rights on water management; Chairing the Murray-Darling Basin Council; interaction between States, local government and Federal government in Catchment Management Authorities (CMA) to manage water; his involvement in agricultural and veterinary chemical administration and management; his regrets as Minister for Primary Industries; his time as Treasurer; observations on working after the age of 70; his assessment of climate change and population pressures.

Biography/History

John Kerin is an Australian economist and former Labor politician.

Notes

Recorded on April 2-3, 2009 in Garran, A.C.T.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (6 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 104 leaves) 
Subjects Kerin, John, 1937- -- Interviews.  |  Australian Labor Party -- History.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews  |  Economists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Agricultural consultants -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- History -- 20th century.
Occupation Politicians.  |  Economists.
Other authors/contributors Inall, Neil (Neil James), 1933-, Interviewer

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