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Allan Fraser interviewed by Mel Pratt in the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 727935
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Fraser, Allan, 1902-1977, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1975 Feb. 18-1975 Apr. 11 
2 tape reels (ca. 183 min.) : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Mr Fraser, journalist and politician, talks of his activities after his defeat in 1966; Canberra Hospital's Management Board; nurses' industrial action; Matron Guy; commissioning of Woden Valley Hospital; Canberra Hospital management; visiting medical officers in Canberra; salaried doctors; doctors' fees in Canberra; delegation to the United nations, 1972; Robert Menzies' strengths; Menzies' first resignation; rebuilding of Menzies career; Menzies' wit; Artie Fadden; Curtin as wartime leader; Curtin's death; Curtin's character; Curtin as Leader of the Opposition; Ben Chifley's character; bank nationalisation; Chifley's death; Swan by-election; Dynan; Dr Evatt's entry into politics; Evatt's character; Evatt's ambitions; Evatt and the Petrov Affair; Evatt's ill health; Calwell; Communist Party Dissolution Bill; Calwell and the Catholic Church; formation of the DLP; National Civil Council; comparison of Menzies and Malcolm Fraser; Harold Holt's personality; Menzies and Holt; President Johnson; Vietnam War; John Gorton; McMahon; preferential voting system; changes to Parliamentary procedure: bills, tariffs, leave, petitions; conduct of Parliamentarians; party discipline; decision to leave the Labour Party.

Biography/History

Allan Fraser was the Labour Member of the House of Representatives for Eden-Monaro, N.S.W., from 1943-1966 and from 1969-1972. He also served for 27 years on the Canberra Community Hospital Board.

Notes

Supplement to tapes 255-6 of the de Berg Collection.

Recorded at his home in Canberra on 18 February, 7 April and 11 April 1975.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221569568

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript (61 p.) available. 
Subjects Fraser, Allan, 1902-1977 -- Interviews.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Prime ministers -- Australia -- Anecdotes  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/66
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ORAL TRC 121/66 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 121/66 (summary)
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