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Norm Sanders interviewed by Hamish Sewell in the Old Parliament House political and parliamentary oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5756795
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Sanders, Norman K. (Norman Karl), 1932-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
6 sound files (ca. 529 min.) 
Series

Old Parliament House political and parliamentary oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Online. 

Summary

Norm Sanders, born in Ohio, United States (1932), discusses his childhood and family background; American education and culture; his early career in aviation; studying Science at the University of Alaska; studying Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles; coming to Australia on a Fulbright scholarship (1964); his first impressions of Australia; completing his PhD on coastal geomorphology at the University of Tasmania; his extensive international travels; the Palmyra murders; returning to live in America; his career in aerospace engineering; working as an assistant professor of geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara; environmental issues and organisations in America that he was engaged in at that time; returning to Tasmania (ca. 1976); the social culture of Tasmania at that time; environmental issues in Tasmania in the 1970s.

Sanders discusses the Tasmanian Wilderness Society; the Franklin Dam controversy; the media; the Australian Greens; becoming an Australian citizen; joining the Australian Democrats and winning the Senate seat of Denison; moving to Canberra; the social culture of Canberra at that time; Old Parliament House and New Parliament House; Parliamentary protocols; various environmental issues that he was involved in (uranium mining, Pine Gap, proposed Jarvis Bay navy facilities, renewable energy research); international delegations that he was part of (to Russia, Poland, China); politicians and public figures that he encountered during his political career; political machinations and power structures; friendships; motorbike riding; his resignation; standing for a seat in the Australian Capital Territory; lecturing at the Australian National University; kayaking and mountaineering; marriages, partners and children; changes in environmental laws; environmental issues today.

Notes

This interview is part of a joint oral history project being conducted by the National Library of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Recorded on 24-25 November 2011 in Byron Bay, N.S.W.

Index/Finding Aid Note Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 276 leaves) and timed summary (12 p.) available. 
Subjects Sanders, Norman K. (Norman Karl), 1932- -- Interviews.  |  Parliament House (Parkes, A.C.T.) -- History.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Environmental protection -- Australia.  |  Green movement -- Australia -- History.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- History -- 20th century.
Occupation Politicians.  |  Federal politicians.
Other authors/contributors Sewell, Hamish, 1964-, Interviewer  |  Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House  |  National Library of Australia

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ORAL TRC 6100/54 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 6100/54 (summary)
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