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James Francis Cope, politician interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 766448
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Cope, James, 1907-1999, interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1978 May 1 
1 tape reel (ca. 86 min.) : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Mr Cope speaks of his early life in Sydney; the Depression; his early interest in politics; his selection for the seat of Cook; electorate work in Cook and Watson; ALP and DLP split; Evatt's retirement; Eddie Ward; Public Accounts Committee; Calwell; responsibilities as Speaker; security; improvements to Parliament House; protocol; the Speaker's wig; Chairmanship of the Joint Houses; televising Parliament; his resignation as Speaker; retirement age for pre-selection; Official Establishments Committee.

Biography/History

Jim Cope was the ALP Federal Member for Cook in 1955, Watson from 1955-1969, and for Sydney from 1969 until 1975. He was Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1973 to 1975.

Notes

Recorded at his home in Sydney on 1 May 1978.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-214936304

Index/Finding Aid Note Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 29 leaves) and timed summary available. 
Subjects Cope, James, 1907-1999. -- Interviews.  |  Australian Labor Party.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/95
Copy: Recording
Special Collections Reading Room
ORAL TRC 121/95 (transcript)
Copy: Transcript
Special Collections Reading Room
ORAL TRC 121/95 (summary)
Copy: Summary
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