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Rosemary Kyburz interviewed by Lindsay Marshall in the Decades of Division oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4978431
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Kyburz, Rosemary, 1944-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2010 
1 sound file (ca. 80 min.) 
Series

Decades of Division oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Rosemary Kyburz talks about her work as a teacher and its influence on her political views; her family's political outlook; her motives for joining the Liberal Party and standing for the Queensland Parliament; winning Salisbury at the 1974 Queensland election; Joh Bjelke-Petersen; the influence of the anti-Whitlam Government swing at the 1974 state election; her impressions of State Parliament and being a new MP; life as one of only two female state MPs; her views on the Liberal Party and its state leaders; the quality of opposition provided by the Labor Party; Liberal Party meetings and joint government parties' meetings with the National Party; the demolition of Bellevue Hotel in 1978 and use of police by the Bjelke-Petersen Government; the National Party efforts to win Salisbury; Sir William Knox; Sir Llewellyn Edwards; the impact of a weighted electoral system or gerrymander; the Cedar Bay raid in Far North Queensland (1976); police corruption; the ban on street marches (1977).

Kyburz discusses the organisational strengths of the National and Liberal parties; the merits of amalgamating the National and Liberal parties; memories of right-wing activists in the Queensland education sector and Joh Bjelke-Petersen's approach to education; alternatives to Joh Bjelke-Petersen; the abortion law debates; the controversy over Cabinets decision on new Queensland Chief Justice (1982); the spilt in the National/Liberal Coalition government and subsequent loss of seat (August 1983); her achievements as an MP from 1974-1983; her marriage to fellow Liberal MP Rob Akers; problems of achieving work/life balance as a female MP; her views on contemporary politics and "professional" politicians.

Notes

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 21 August 2010 in Albany Creek, Qld.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 47 leaves) 
Subjects Kyburz, Rosemary, 1944- -- 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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