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Laurie Short interviewed by Amy McGrath [sound recording]
Bib ID 4649724
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Short, Laurie, 1915-2009, Interviewee
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1980 
7 sound cassettes (ca. 567 min.) 

Tape 1& 2: Laurie Short talks about his early interest in politics; his family origins; his schooldays; his early occupations; his interest in communism and Trotskyism; his work with the Ironworkers' Union; World War II; his marriage to Nancy Borlase; the Balmain Branch of the union; Cockatoo Island; the places he has lived; his membership within the Labor Party; the electorates; union officials; publishing of 'The Socialist'; Jim McClelland; the 6 week strike (1945) of shipyard workers; the building up of shipyards during the war; history of the union; amendments in the Arbitration Act. Tape 3: A court case over union election fraud; the outcome of the case and its consequences; his position as Secretary of the Federated Ironworkers' Union (AFIU); trouble with communists within the union; his views on religion; Catholic feelings in the Labor movement; migrants in the AFIU; the influence of the union on the Communist Party of Australia.

Tape 4: Short discusses the reforms in the AFIU during the 1950's; elections within the union; his feelings on communism and democracy; strikes; John Merritt; assistance in the union; politics and unionism in the U.S.A. Tapes 5, 6 & 7: Short speaks about employers and unions; depressed living standards and the weakened Australian economy; Norm Gallagher; his association with the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC); his first job with the ABC in 1956/57 as a member of the Australian Advisory Committee and later the NSW Advisory Committee of the ABC; his appointment to the ABC in Feb. 1976 to become Vice-Chairman in 1977; the Dix Committee Inquiry and its effect on him; being appointed as a member of the Senate to the University of Sydney in Nov. 1978 for a four year term; the different mood of university students in the 70s as opposed to the 60s when there were many riots and demonstrations.


Recorded on Sept. 4, 1980, Feb. 6. 1982 and June 26, 1982

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Index/Finding Aid Note Detailed summary (32 p.) 
Subjects Short, Laurie, 1915-2009 -- Interviews.  |  Federated Ironworkers' Association of Australia -- History.  |  Iron and steel workers -- Labor unions -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors McGrath, Amy, 1921-2019, Interviewer

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