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Ian Brusasco interviewed by Lindsay Marshall and Malcolm McMillan in the Decades of Division oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4840423
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Brusasco, Ian, 1928-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2010 
2 sound files (ca. 191 min.) 
Series

Decades of Division oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Ian Brusasco talks about his family history and early political influences; his education; his choice of career path in pharmacy and the acquisition of pharmacy outlets; his interest in soccer; networking benefits of sport and entry into politics; 4KQ radio; the union movement role in Labor Party-owned 4KQ; the retirement of the Lord Mayor of Brisbane and impact; the federal intervention in the state Labor Party; the establishment of Labor Holdings as party's investment arm; serving as a Brisbane City Council Alderman for 14 years; the state government decision to scrap popular election of the Brisbane Lord Mayor for the 1973 council election and later reintroduction of citywide vote for Lord Mayor and importance of presidential-style and party politics; the importance of Greater Brisbane concept and single citywide government; changeover in Lord Mayors and their administration.

Brusasco discusses life in opposition after Liberal Party wins 1985 council election; Brisbane City Council's financing of large-scale public projects and removal of some responsibilities by the state government; his views on the role and importance of party leadership; the push for reform of state Labor Party in the 1970s-80s; the development of Labor Party's financial independence; the role of Labor Party state parliamentary leader and other MPs during intervention; the pre-intervention party organisational leaders; the trend towards professional politicians; the Governor-General's influence during the intervention; conservative politicians; significant state business leaders and Labor Party figures; his views on an Australian republic; his involvement with Foodbank. Patsy Brusasco talks about her husband's career.

Notes

This interview is part of a joint project between the Queensland Chapter of the Don Dunstan Foundation and the National Library of Australia.

Recorded on 26 April and 2 May, 2010 in Ashgrove, Brisbane, Qld.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (6 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 85 leaves) 
Subjects Brusasco, Ian, 1928- -- Interviews.  |  Brisbane (Qld.). Council -- History.  |  Brisbane (Qld.). Council -- Officials and employees.  |  Australian Labor Party. Queensland Branch -- History.  |  Executives -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Pharmacists -- Queensland -- Interviews.  |  Labor unions -- Queensland -- History.  |  Queensland -- Politics and government -- History.
Occupation City council members.  |  Executives.  |  Pharmacists.
Other authors/contributors Marshall, Lindsay N. (Lindsay Neil), 1956-, Interviewer  |  McMillan, Malcolm, 1949-, Interviewer  |  Don Dunstan Foundation. Queensland Chapter  |  National Library of Australia

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