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Sir Henry Bland interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 738858
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Bland, Henry, Sir, 1909-1997, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1975 
4 sound tape reels (708 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips, mono. : 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Sir Henry, former Secretary, Dept. of Defence, talks of his early life in Sydney; London during World War II; Wurth; Post War Reconstruction; industrial relations; migrants; reorganisation of the Dept of Labour; unemployment benefits; CES; re-settlement of ex-service personnel; placement of migrants; legislation; industrial relations system; communists; Arbitration Court; Canberra; dismissal of underachievers; Communist Party Dissolution Bill; Albert Monk; Australian Mission, Berlin; C Series index; National Service Act; Conciliation and Arbitration Commission; Commonwealth Industrial Court; apprenticeships; adult training schemes; Papua New Guinea pay rates; relations with Asia; Lee Kuan Yew; Harold Holt; Bill McMahon; stevedoring industry problems; Post Office; Pilots; ILO conferences; equal pay; aboriginal pay and benefits; manpower; Teheran; qualifications of Service personnel; relations between civilians and Service personnel; restructure of the Defence Dept; NASA at Houston; hospitals; 5 year rolling program; Chiefs of Staff; Alan Fairhall; F111; relations with the US; relations with Malaysia and Singapore; the Opposition involvement in Defence policy; US bases in Australia; Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; his resignation from Defence; Malcolm Fraser; Tange's appointment; staffing; activities after leaving Defence; his knighthood; Whitlam's appointment of permanent heads; review of the Commonwealth Public Service; Whitlam's dismissal; Administrative Review Committee; Coombes Commission; his appointment to the ABC; Alvin Purple; ABC objectives; Radio Australia; ABC guidelines on programming; news; current affairs; music; ethnic broadcasting; financial constraints; staff ceilings; costs; Green Inquiry; industrial action; his resignation; activities since retirement; building their home at Burradoo.

Biography/History

Sir Henry Bland was Secretary of the Dept. of Defence from 1967-1970 and Chairman of the ABC in 1976.

Notes

Transcript includes written notes prepared and added to the original after the interview was held.

Recorded on Jan. 8-10, 1975 in Melbourne, Vic.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221566571

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 156 leaves). 
Subjects Bland, Henry, Sir, 1909-1997 -- Interviews.  |  Public officers -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewee

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ORAL TRC 121/60
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ORAL TRC 121/60 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 121/60 (summary)
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