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William Morrison interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 719599
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Morrison, Bill, 1928-2013, interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1976 June 29-1976 Oct. 19 
4 tape reels (approximately 10 hr. 48 min.) : 1 7/8 ips., mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

William Morrison, politician and diplomat, speaks of his early life in Sydney; Sydney University; the Dept. of Foreign Affairs; Moscow posting; Stalin's death; Kruschev and Bulganin; agriculture; travelling and recreation in Russia; Suez Canal; creation of SEATO; problems in North East Thailand; opium trade; re-establishment of missions with Russia; Kennedy-Nixon election; Eisenhower; dispatches; the CIA; Cuban crisis; changes in the Soviet Union; travelling in Russia; his son's birth at the Polyclinic; Russian doctors; expulsion from Russia; Vietnam war pamphlets; Colombo Plan; Sarawak and Sabah; communists; Ching Peng; problems for the Malaysian government; public servant's role; Whitlam's visit to Malaysia, 1968; his resignation from the Public Service; Alan Eastman; medical programme in Vietnam; his assessment of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs; 1969 election campaign; Labor Party 1969-1972; McMahon's attack on him; 1972 election; Papua New Guinea self-government and independence; P.I.R.; project aid; establishment of an aid agency; Ennor; Science Council green and white papers; ASTEC; CSIRO staff; Crown of Thorns Starfish; consumer protection; U.S. bases; Barnard's resignation; defence of Australia; re-organisation of Defence departments; 1974/75 budget; Liberal vs Labor defence policies; US bases; Omega system; Killen; expenditure and electoral demands; inflation; Whitlam; Khemlani and Cabinet; politicians; Clyde Cameron; his plans for the future.

Biography/History

Bill Morrison was the ALP Federal Parliamentary Member for St George 1969-1975 and 1980-1984. He served as Minister of Defence, Minister for External Territories and Minister for Science in the Labor Government of 1972-1975. Before entering Parliament in 1969 he was a member of the Australian Diplomatic Service.

Notes

Recorded at the Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221580849

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript (268 p.) available. 
Subjects Morrison, Bill, 1928-2013 -- Interviews.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Diplomats -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/81 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 121/81 (summary)
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