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Colin Lamont interviewed by Lindsay Marshall in the Decades of Division oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4978429
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Lamont, Colin, 1941-, Interviewee
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2010 
2 sound files (ca. 160 min.) 

Decades of Division oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 


Colin Lamont speaks about his early interest in politics; the Nicklin Coalition Government in Queensland; his political influences at school; studying in the UK; working in Hong Kong; the Royal Hong Kong Police; his return to Australia (1972); running for the seat of South Brisbane and the Queensland state election (1974); the early days of the Bjelke-Petersen Government; party room meetings; Gordon Chalk; Sir William Knox; role models or mentors for new MPs; the effect of reduced numbers of Labor Party MPs; his stand against anti-street march legislation; Bjelke-Petersen's use of police; Ray Whitrod; Terry Lewis; Joh Bjelke-Petersen's political character; the Fitzgerald Inquiry (1987-89); crossing the floor against Bjelke-Petersen (1975); Bjelke-Petersen's tactics in filling a casual Senate vacancy (1975); the state redistribution and its effect on South Brisbane (1977); the Queensland gerrymander and its impact on the Liberal Party.

Lamont talks about the relative organisational strengths of the Liberal and National parties; the merger of Liberal and National parties; his near expulsion from the Liberal Party (1983); Llew Edwards; Russ Hinze; coalition conflict over the Chief Justice appointment (1982); the defection of Liberals Don Lane and Brian Austin to the National Party; Terry White; Liberal Party state leaders; Mike Ahern; the Joh for PM campaign; Labor Party state leaders; the Peel report; the public's view of politicians and standard of candidates; the unwillingness of modern politicians to vote against their party's line; his assessment of his own term as a state MP (1974-1977); his views on legal gaming; the reliance of political parties on market research and polling; the future of Australia's federal system of government and the role of states; his admiration for the US system of government and an Australian republic.


This interview was conducted in association with the National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Branch and the Queensland Chapter of the Don Dunstan Foundation.

Recorded on 14 August 2010 in Miami, Qld.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (8 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 92 leaves) 
Subjects Lamont, Colin, 1941- -- Interviews.  |  Politicians -- Queensland -- Interviews.  |  Queensland -- Politics and government -- 1965-  |  Queensland -- Politics and government -- History.
Occupation Politicians.
Other authors/contributors Marshall, Lindsay N. (Lindsay Neil), 1956-, Interviewer  |  Don Dunstan Foundation. Queensland Chapter  |  National Library of Australia. Oral History Branch

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