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John Commins interviewed by Mel Pratt in the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 716656
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Commins, John Bede, 1913-1987, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1971 Mar. 22-25 
2 tape reels ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Commins discusses the Japanese threat to Australia in World War II; John Curtin; public reaction to Macarthur; Dr Evatt; Eddie Ward; Duke of Gloucester; recall of Australian troops; Ben Chifley; the Labour government; Mr Dedman as "Mr Austerity"; national security regulations; transition from war to peace; referendum of 1946; Senator McKenna; bank nationalisation; the depression; Lord Casey; Industrial Groups (Groupers); communism; Dr Evatt; Hobart conference; Australian Labor Party (Anti-Communists); Democratic Labor Party; Arthur Calwell; R.G. Menzies; Sir Warwick Fairfax and Menzies; Australian manufacturing industry; iron ore; F-111s; Labor Party as opposition; Gough Whitlam; Hugh Dash; Ray Maley; Stewart Cockburn; Tony Eggleton; Harold Holt; John Gorton; Mr Fairbairn; Mr St John; Malcolm Fraser; Scott; Irwin; Billy McMahon; Whitlam as Prime Minister; future of the DLP; Senator Gair; future of the Country Party; Sir John McEwen; Ian Sinclair; Doug Anthony; government use of Parliament; Australian attitude to politics; Bill Ashley.

Biography/History

John Commons was a member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery and head of the Australian Broadcasting Commission's Federal Parliamentary Bureau.

Notes

Recorded at Canberra.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-214851590

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 41 leaves) 
Subjects Commins, John Bede, 1913-1987 -- Interviews.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Australia -- Politics and government.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/13 (transcript)
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