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David Bartlett interviewed by Caroline Evans in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5366842
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Bartlett, David, 1968-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
2 sound files (ca. 126 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

David Bartlett, born in Hobart (1968), discusses his biological parents; the reasons for his being made a ward of the state at birth; being placed with a foster family when he was 40 days old; the placement processes being referred to as 'adoption' even though it was never made legal; always knowing he was adopted; information his birth mother received about him during his childhood; his feelings about his upbringing; conforming with family life; the social implications of being a ward of the state; his schooling; seeking out his birth mother; Adoption Jigsaw; meeting his mother and grandmother when he was 19 years old; the effect of meeting his birth family on this foster family; his relationship with his mother's family; meeting his father when he was 20; the difference between his birth and foster families; enjoying college; university and completing a computer science degree; employment; his developing interest in the Labor Party; the power of education to redress disadvantage; being encouraged by John Button to run for State Parliament.

Barlett discusses being elected in 2004; achievements and disappointments as Minister for Education; becoming Premier in 2008; challenges he faced as Premier and how he feels he dealt with them; the Babcock & Brown share price collapse; Police Commissioner John Johnston; a Minister's suicide attempt; the Global Financial Crisis and fiscal stimulus; doing a deal with the Tasmanian Greens; healing the schism between environmentalists and the development lobby; speaking in parliamentary debates about the Tasmanian Apology to Stolen Generations; the Tasmanian Apology to Former State Wards; his feelings about the Apologies; the rights of people who are adopted; his use of social media during his political career and how he feels about it now; his reasons for resigning in 2011; the quality of political debate in Australia; the Australian media; becoming Attorney-General; his vision for Tasmania's future; his future.

Notes

Recorded on 22 and 24 June 2011 in Taroona, Tas.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) and corrected transcript available (80 leaves) 
Subjects Bartlett, David, 1968- -- Interviews.  |  Foster home care -- Tasmania -- History -- 20th century.  |  Politicians -- Tasmania -- Interviews.  |  Politics, Practical -- Tasmania -- History -- 20th century.
Occupation Premiers.
Other authors/contributors Evans, Caroline, 1950-, Interviewer

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