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Bill Hayden interviewed by Daniel Connell in the Old Parliament House political and parliamentary oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4704081
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Hayden, Bill (William George), 1933-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2009 
2 sound files (ca. 166 min.) 
Series

Old Parliament House political and parliamentary oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Online. 

Summary

Bill Hayden talks about his early childhood memories of the Great Depression; South Brisbane during the war years; his family background; the political atmosphere during the Great Depression; Communism; growing up in a largely Irish Catholic area; relationship between the Catholics and the Masons; gravitating towards Labor Politics; religion; began working for State Public Service as a filing clerk; his decision to join the police; close relationship between police and politics in Queensland; 1961 pre-selection for the Labor party, campaign process; his early days in Canberra as a Member of Parliament; political characters of the time; working class perspective; Old Parliament House; Caucus meetings; Robert Menzies; Federalism, the historical importance of states; internal workings of the Labor Party; differences between the Senate and members of the House of Representatives; support from the Senate; Bob Hawke; Labor party splits; Gough Whitlam; Labor Party state and federal conferences; funding of education; Bob Santamaria; Rex Connor; Arthur Calwell; Vietnam war; history of race relations in Australia; reconciliation and immigration; his positive achievements and the challenges of implementing change; consequences of Malcolm Fraser's election, changes to health insurance; his experiences as Treasurer; the role of Governor General after 1975; Bob Hawke; Nationalism, the Catholic Church and the Republican Movement; life after leaving the office of Governor General.

Notes

This interview is part of a joint oral history project being conducted by the National Library of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Recorded on 13 October 2009 at Brisbane, Qld.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 67 leaves) 
Subjects Hayden, Bill (William George), 1933- -- Interviews.  |  Parliament House (Parkes, A.C.T.) -- History.  |  Australian Labor Party -- History.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews  |  Australia -- Economic conditions -- 1929-1939.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- History -- 20th century.
Occupation Politicians.  |  Graziers.  |  Governors general.
Other authors/contributors Connell, Daniel, 1947-, Interviewer  |  National Library of Australia  |  Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

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ORAL TRC 6100/3 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 6100/3 (summary)
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