Sue Yarrow introduces Lindsay Jones, outlining his early history and his involvement in the ALP.
Lindsay Jones recalls joining the ALP in 1959 while living in South Brisbane, where there were still shadows of the conflict among ALP members after the split of 1957. He claims that the political climate in many universities and Colleges of Advanced Education was conducive to political activism and recalls the old Speakers Forum outside Hubbard's Academy.
Lindsay Jones discusses the leadership of the Trades Hall Group (THG) including those from the sectarian group (the Masonic Lodge), namely Jack Egerton, Tom Burton, Bob Gibbs and Neville Warburton.
|Bob Gibbs, Jack Egerton, Masons, Neville Warburton, Tom Burton, Trades Hall Group|
Lindsay Jones remembers the sectarianism and power struggles in the ALP and discusses Jim Keefe, Bart Lourigan, Neal Kane and Jack Egerton.
|Jack Egerton, Jim Keeffe, Neal Kane, sectarianism|
Lindsay Jones reflects on being in opposition to the Bjelke-Petersen government, participating in the anti-Springbok demonstrations in Toowoomba, the right to march, the anti-uranium movement, and remembers supporting land rights at the second ALP Conference in the 1960s when others were not interested.
|Bjelke-Petersen Government 1968-87, Communist Party, land rights, protest, racism, Springboks Rugby tour 1971, Toowoomba, uranium mining, Vietnam War|
Lindsay Jones reflects on the very conservative people in the ALP in Toowoomba and the ongoing republican argument.
|Gough Whitlam, republic, Toowoomba|
|00:17:56||AWU, Dalby, Les Diplock|
Lindsay Jones discusses the ALP Queensland Branch's response to the Whitlam Government and recalls Egerton's opposition to Medibank because Queensland had free hospitals.
|Bill Hayden, health, Jack Egerton, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Whitlam Government 1972-75|
Lindsay Jones considers that the unrest in the ALP was caused by their failure to win state government. He considers that the 4KQ radio licence raised money for the ALP but they couldn't match Bjelke-Petersen's funding from the mining industries.
|4KQ, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Ned Hanlon, Tom Burns|
Lindsay Jones discusses Tom Burns' push for new ALP talent in parliament and the methodology used in ALP plebiscites.
|AWU, Tom Burns|
Lindsay Jones recalls attending the first meeting of the ALP reformers in 1978 with his wife Norma Jones.
|Mickey Spillall, Norma Jones, Toowoomba|
Lindsay Jones discusses key ALP reformers including Senators George Georges and Jim Keeffe, Mike Reynolds, Pat Comben, Peter Beattie, Denis Murphy, Joy Ardill and Wilf Ardill. He discusses the attitude of the Old Guard unions to Clem Jones and Ian Brusasco.
|Clem Jones, Denis Murphy, George Georges, Ian Brusasco, Jim Keeffe, Joy Ardill, Mike Reynolds, Pat Comben, Peter Beattie, Wilf Ardill|
Lindsay Jones discusses the agendas of the ALP reformers and women's participation in Labor conferences.
|affirmative action, women|
Lindsay Jones discusses the significance of the Toowoomba branch activity in the moves for ALP reform.
|George Georges, Norma Jones, Toowoomba|
Lindsay Jones discusses seeking endorsement for the seat of Toowoomba North in a contest with Peter Wood.
|Manfred Cross, Peter Wood, Toowoomba|
Lindsay Jones discusses the significance of federal intervention by the ALP and the leadership aspirations of Bill Hayden.
Lindsay Jones discusses the attempts by Toowoomba ALP branch member Frank Moore to charge Norma Jones with disloyalty because she was publicly attacking Ed Casey on the issue of abortion.
|abortion, Ed Casey, Nic Bos, Norma Jones, Peter Wood|
Lindsay Jones discusses Nic Bos's report on the Toowoomba ALP branches and the allegation that they were overrun by the Socialist Left.
|Nic Bos, Toowoomba|
Lindsay Jones discusses the response by the Toowoomba ALP reformers and the fears of other state branches, particularly the Western Australian delegates, if they supported intervention in Queensland.
Lindsay Jones discusses the meetings of the ALP Socialist Left.
|AMIEU, Bill Hayden, BWIU, Joe Harris, Miscellaneous Workers Union, Peter Beattie|
Lindsay Jones outlines the early emergence of factions in the ALP.
|AWU, factions, Ian McLean, Railway Union, Townsville|
Lindsay Jones discusses the affiliation of the AWU.
|AWU, Cecil Williams, Jack Egerton|
Lindsay Jones discusses the mentality that regarded union and party as one and the same, and discusses the contest over the Brisbane federal seat of Griffith.
|Ben Humphries, Clem Jones, Denis Murphy, Jack Egerton|
Lindsay Jones discusses the influence of the Masonic Lodge in the ALP.
|Bob Gibbs, Jack Houston, Masons, Tom Burns, Tom Burton|
Lindsay Jones reflects on the candidates after reform including Paul Braddy, David Hamill and Anne Warner.
|Anne Warner, David Hamill, Paul Braddy|
Lindsay Jones discusses the causes and results of the ALP intervention.
|01:10:00||AWU, David Barbagallo, Errol Hodder, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Joy Ardill, Norma Jones, Peter Beattie, Terry Hampson|
Lindsay Jones recalls working as part of the ALP office team leading to the 1989 election, particularly the focus on winning the women's vote and working with extra parliamentary organisations such as the Wilderness Society.
|1989 election, campaign strategy, Wilderness Society, women|
Lindsay Jones reflects on the longevity of the ALP's electoral win in 1989.
Lindsay Jones reflects on the lessons from ALP intervention in 1980 and the role of marginal seats.
Lindsay Jones discusses the role of factions in the ALP.
|Bob Hawke, factions|
Lindsay Jones reflects on the changes within the ALP and Australia.
Labor Party members Lindsay Jones together with his wife Norma Jones were key leaders of reform in Toowoomba during the years leading to the 1980 ALP National intervention in the Queensland Branch. Lindsay Gordon Bauer Jones was born on 19 December 1939 in Blackall, Queensland, where he attended the Blackall Primary School and later Rockhampton Grammar School.
In 1959 Lindsay commenced teacher training at the Kelvin Grove Teachers’ Training College and completed his Bachelor of Education in 1985 at the Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education. He took up his first teaching post at New Farm State School, before moving to Cannon Hill. In 1963 he was appointed to teach at Toowoomba Grammar School and worked for the Queensland Department of Education 1982-88.
He joined the Australian Labor Party in 1959 while living at South Brisbane and became an Alderman on the Toowoomba City Council for about 6 years, in the late 1970s. Lindsay stood unsuccessfully for the ALP in Lockyer in 1974 and was the candidate for Toowoomba North in 1980. Lindsay Jones held many positions in the ALP including: Member of the QCE; Secretary of the Rules Committee, State Organiser and Assistant State Secretary.
He is a Life Member of the ALP and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2000 for his contribution to sport in recognition of his involvement in athletics training, fitness, football and hockey.
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