|00:00:00||Bill Hewitt discusses his family background and education. He discusses leaving school after scholarship and his early years in the workforce and training as an accountant.|
|00:02:56||Bill Hewitt relates how he became involved in the Young Liberals.||Ian Bunsley, Young Liberals|
|00:03:57||Bill Hewitt discusses his involvement in political campaigns. He relates how he was asked to run for the seat of Belmont in 1960.||1961 election, Jim Killen, Leon Trout, Young Liberals|
|00:05:17||Bill Hewitt recalls his early experiences as an MP and the support he received from Treasurer Thomas Hiley. He discusses his appointment as secretary of the joint parties and Chairperson of Committees in 1975 after serving in the role in a temporary capacity. He talks about his approach to managing the committees.||committee system, Cyril George, Jack Duggan, Kevin Hooper, Ted Walsh, Thomas Hiley|
|00:09:08||Bill Hewitt discusses his transition to the ministry after 14 years in parliament. He discusses what was involved in the portfolio and the government's lack of focus on the environment.||Environment, Gordon Chalk, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, pollution, prisons, Russ Hinze, water policy|
|00:11:32||Bill Hewitt discusses departmental relationships.||Administrative Services, Stan Hague|
|00:12:13||Bill Hewitt recalls the main sources of advice available to him and expands on his responsibilities as the Minister for Administrative Services.||Administrative Services|
|00:13:38||Bill Hewitt delves into the evolution of the relationship between the Liberal and National parties during his career. He talks about the role of the Ginger Group in retaining the principle of innocent until proven guilty.||Bill Knox, Don Lane, Ginger Group|
|00:15:59||Bill Hewitt discusses the formation of the education committee which was the first select committee formed in 50 years. He then delves into other parliamentary structures and specific public policy issues that he was involved with during the Bjelke-Petersen era.||capital punishment, Charles Porter, Education Committee, education reform, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, local government, Mike Ahern, Tom Ahern|
|00:21:01||Bill Hewitt discusses cabinet decision making during the Bjelke-Petersen era.||Bjelke-Petersen Government 1968-87, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Ken Tomkins, water infrastructure|
|00:22:50||Bill Hewitt reflects on the Fitzgerald Inquiry. He discusses the ability of the joint party room to hold the executive to account. He recalls some of the major issues of the time.||brothels, Fitzgerald Inquiry, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, right to march, Russ Hinze, Wayne Goss|
|00:24:58||Bill Hewitt discusses the tensions between the Liberals and the Nationals. He highlights the appointment of the chief justice and the debate over the public accounts committee.||Attorney General, media, Public Accounts Committee|
|00:27:19||Bill Hewitt delves into the leaderships styles of the various National Party premiers and Liberal leaders and some of the significant events of the era. He gives his views on the replacement of Mike Ahern as premier.||Bill Knox, Gordon Chalk, Jack Pizzey, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, leadership, Llew Edwards, Mike Ahern, Milan Brych, religion, Terry White|
|00:36:05||Bill Hewitt discusses his regrets from his time in parliament. He relates an incident regarding the low levels of parliamentary attendance and the repercussions he faced for pointing this out. He discusses his stand against the filling of a senate vacancy where Joh Bjelke-Petersen defied the parliamentary convention, and the police raid on Cedar Bay.||Albert Field, Bill Kaus, Colin Lamont, Francis Nicklin|
|00:41:00||Bill Hewitt delves into the establishment of the select committee examining education policy and the influences on the committee's work. He discusses the role of Lionel Powell.||Education Committee, Education Department, education reform, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Lionel Powell, MACOS, Mike Ahern, Rupert Goodman, SEMP, University of Queensland|
|00:47:01||Bill Hewitt discusses the debate over the establishment of the Public Accounts Committee and the disintegration of the coalition between the Liberal and National parties.||Coalition, Ian Prentice, Joh Bjelke-Petersen|
|00:49:48||Bill Hewitt discusses the crafting of legislation and considers the role of the parliament and parties as a check on the executive. He discusses the introduction of questions without notice. He also talks about estimates debates.||committee system, Mike Ahern|
|00:55:30||Bill Hewitt reflects on the evolution of the role of the speaker and the committee system.||Alan Fletcher, committee system, Iwasaki Project, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Speaker, Tom Burns|
Bill Hewitt served as a Brisbane based, Liberal Member of Parliament from 1966 to 1983. During his time in parliament he maintained an interest in the mechanisms of accountability.
Bill Hewitt was born in 1930. He left school after scholarship and entered the workforce. Hewitt trained as an accountant. He became involved in the Young Liberals and was encouraged to run for parliament in 1960 in the seat of Belmont. He eventually entered parliament in 1966.
Bill Hewitt served as a Liberal member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly from 1966 to 1983. He represented the electorate of Chatsworth from 1966 to 1977, and Greenslopes from 1977 to 1983. He served as the Chairperson of Committees from 1975 to 1980. In the 1980s he entered the ministry. He was appointed the Minister for the Environment, Evaluation and Administrative Services in 1980. In this role, he focused on water purity and improvements to the fire service. He also briefly served as the Minister for Welfare Services. During his parliamentary career Hewitt was a strong advocate for parliament and strengthening its ability to scrutinise the executive.
Copyright © The Centre for the Government of Queensland, the University of Queensland, 2011.
The copyright holder of this material grants users permission to access the material on this website for the following purposes only: research and study, education, other non-commercial and non-public uses.