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Clem Lloyd interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 727998
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Lloyd, C. J. (Clement John), 1939-2001, Interviewee
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1975 Sept. 8 - 1976 July 14 
9 tape reels : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 

Mel Pratt collection.


Mr Lloyd, a journalist, talks of his childhood near Cootamundra and in Sydney; being a copy boy and cadet; newspaper conditions and policies in the 1950s; the impact of television and public relations on journalism; newspaper rivalry; his interest in politics; McEwen's election campaign, 1961; Calwell and Whitlam; election for Senate leadership, 1966; Murphy and the Left; Willesee and Whitlam; campaigning with Whitlam; 1966 election; ALP Vietnam policy; election for ALP leader, 1967; Barnard; Whitlam's staff; Whitlam's approach to politics; Vietnam; Whitlam's party reforms; 1967 conference; ALP and DLP relations in the Senate; Willesee; Senate election, 1967; Holt's disappearance; Gorton; R.W.B. Harradine; possibility of election, 1968; Gorton's popularity, 1969; Wyndham; 1969 election; Whitlam's visit to New Guinea; ALP New Guinea policy; ALP Victorian Branch; Clyde Cameron; reconstruction of the Victorian Branch; Daly and immigration; McMahon as politician; 1972 election; Murdoch's support; advertising; delegation to China; policy initiatives; public service and the change of government; Barnard and Defence; two-men government period; his relationship with Barnard; his resignation; departmental leaks; Tom Uren; downfall of the Labor Government; Whitlam and Cairns; Cairns and Morosi; Connor and Whitlam; Whitlam as Prime Minister.


Clement Lloyd was a journalist on several Sydney newspapers before being Press Secretary to Lance Barnard from 1966-1973 and Press Secretary to the Minister for Urban and Regional Development from 1974-1975.


Recorded at his home and at the Australian National University.

Also available online

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 291 leaves) 
Subjects Lloyd, C. J. (Clement John), 1939- -- interviews.  |  Lloyd, C. J. (Clement John), 1939- Kerr's king hit.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer

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