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David Fairbairn interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 723288
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Fairbairn, David, 1917-1994, Interviewee
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1976 
3 tape reels (ca. 419 min.) : 1 7/8 ips., mono. ; 5 in. 

Mel Pratt collection.


David Fairbairn, a politician, talks of his early life in England; Jesus College, Cambridge; Empire Air Training Scheme; 140 Squadron; D.F.C. award; RAAF and the RAF; Dutch coast patrols; interest in politics; 1949 election; pre-selection; problems with country electorates; Menzies; Cabinet; his interests; rail standardisation; Air Force equipment; 1961 election; appointment to the Air Ministry; F111; VIP flights; water resources; forestry; oil; salination; cooperation with the States; legislation for search for oil; Bill Boswell; Snowy Mountains Authority; leak to the Press about his appointment as High Commissioner, London; taxation assessment; phosphate bounty; wheat; forestry; petrol prices bill; atomic energy; Oliphant; nuclear non-proliferation treaty; national mapping; Rex Patterson; Leadership of the House, 1966; Arthur Calwell; sitting hours; Cabinet workload; Public Service; decentralisation; Gorton as Prime Minister; oil pricing; Ainsley Gotto; his resignation; Asian Parliamentarians Union; Fraser's resignation; Gorton's resignation; phosphate and iron ore problems; bauxite; uranium; McMahon government; education; universities; state aid; Vietnam war; defence expenditure; DDL ship project; conditions of pay for defence; Jess Committee; DFRB; Arthur Tange; aid for training Cambodians; defence as political controversy; 1972 election; Liberal leadership; 1974 election; Whitlam government; Gas Pipline authority; Question Time.


David Fairbairn served as the Liberal Member for Farrer in the Australian Federal Parliament from 1949-1975. He held four ministries.


Recorded at the National Library of Australia.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript (100 p.). 
Subjects Fairbairn, David, 1917-1994 -- Interviews.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/74
Copy: Recording
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ORAL TRC 121/74 (transcript)
Copy: Transcript
Unavailable until 31 January 2022 due to Building Works
ORAL TRC 121/74 (summary)
Copy: Summary
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