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Brian Davis interviewed by Lindsay Marshall and Malcolm McMillan in the Decades of Division oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5581276
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Davis, Brian John, 1934-2018, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Written permission required for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 Mar. 28 
2 sound files (ca. 130 min.) 
Series

Decades of Division oral history project.

Summary

Brian Davis discusses his early political influences and union involvement; joining the Labor Party and becoming active within Young Labor; his involvement with the Transport Workers' Union (TWU) and entry to state politics; his motivation for running in the 1963 state election; Labor Party factions; the influence of the DLP in the early 1960s; the lack of policy discussions at ALP branch and trade union meetings; activities leading up to election in 1969 as state MP for Brisbane; Johnno Mann; the instability within the Labor Party in the lead-up to the 1972 state election; Jack Egerton; Jack Houston; Joh Bjelke-Petersen; the anti-Whitlam climate at 1974 state election; the result of the 2011 New South Wales election and Labor Party's defeat; the impact of the Queensland gerrymander; the impact of the gerrymander on members of the Labor Party; personal ranking of state Labor Party leaders; Jack Houston; Perc Tucker; being defeated in 1974 and the circumstances of his return to elected politics at the 1977 state election; the origins of the reform group within the Queensland ALP in the mid-1970s; Peter Beattie; the 1980 state election; Ed Casey; the lead-up to the 1983 state election following the Coalition split; his decision to retire before the 1989 state election which took Labor to government in Queensland after 32 years; arrangements for a successor as Member for Brisbane Central; the difficulties of taking hard decisions in government; his views on the future of the Labor Party and its links with the trade union movement; the origin of the nickname "Digger" Davis.

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 28 March 2011 in Brisbane, Qld.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (6 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 77 leaves) 
Subjects Davis, Brian John, 1934-2018 -- Interviews.  |  Queensland. Parliament -- History.  |  Australian Labor Party. Queensland Branch  |  Politicians -- Queensland -- Interviews.  |  Queensland -- Politics and government -- 1965-
Occupation State and Territory politicians.
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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