Sue Yarrow introduces Bob Henricks, outlining his union and political background and his current activities.
Bob Henricks discusses starting his electrical apprenticeship and his union involvement. He recalls that Col Emery in the ETU was one of his mentors. He discusses his involvement in campaigns, as the workplace ETU Shop Steward and then an organiser.
|apprenticeships, Col Emery, ETU, union positions|
Bob Henricks discusses the ETU's central involvement in the SEQEB dispute. He discusses his involvement as Assistant Secretary of the ETU and the impact that the strike had on the union and labour movement including subsequent financial troubles and his role to resolve them.
|ETU, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, SEQEB dispute|
Bob Henricks discusses Neal Kane who was the newly elected State Secretary when Henricks joined the ETU after Archie Dawson.
|ETU, Neal Kane|
Bob Henricks discusses the Vitenam War and the era of conscription during which he was a conscientious objector with very strongly held objections.
Bob Henricks discusses personalities and events from the ETU including: Doug Sherrington MP (former ETU) for Archerfield, Jack Houston, in the ETU was later the MP for Bulimba, Tom Burns, Col Emery; and Neal Kane (ETU) and Jack Egerton from the TLC and 'Mickey Spillall' (the satirical pamphlet distributed anonymously in the ALP during the reform years). He discusses spending time with Rod Jones (Egerton's brother-in-law) from Arlington Park sheep station near Ilfracombe.
|Col Emery, Doug Sherrington, ETU, Jack Houston, Mickey Spillall, Neal Kane, Tom Burns|
Bob Henricks outlines his early history, joining the Inala Branch of the ALP where he knew Nic Bos and Kev Hooper.
|Kevin Hooper, Nic Bos|
Bob Henricks discusses the ALP factions before the (1957) split including the AWU and Trades Hall Group (THG) and reflects on the general involvement needed to win government, including the rural workers and general unions, and the role of leaders.
|AWU, factions, leadership, Trades Hall Group|
Bob Henricks discusses Jack Egerton and his weakness in taking the knighthood and Fred Whitby's predecessor, Alex Macdonald.
|Alex Macdonald, Fred Whitby, Jack Egerton, Trades and Labor Council|
Bob Henricks discusses members of the THG: Neal Kane (ETU), Harry Hauenschild (Metals Union), Archie Bevis (TWU), Tom Burton (Printing Union), Fred Whitby (FMWU then became TLC Secretary), and Jack Egerton (TLC), and Tom Burns.
|Amalgamated Metal Workers Union, Archie Bevis, ETU, Fred Whitby, Harry Hauenschild, Jack Egerton, Neal Kane, Tom Burns, Trades Hall Group, Transport Workers Union|
Bob Henricks discusses the THG and the function of plebiscites in selecting candidates.
|Trades Hall Group|
Bob Henricks discusses his time as the President of Arana Hills Branch of the ALP and approaches from people for him to run as a candidate in elections.
Bob Henricks discusses the issues of 1960s and 1970s including anti-uranium, Springboks, Vietnam moratorium, street march bans, and opposition to Bjelke-Petersen. He describes hiding incendiary bombs for the Springbok game.
|Joh Bjelke-Petersen, protest, Springboks Rugby tour 1971, uranium mining, Vietnam War|
Bob Henricks discusses the TLC and union involvement in protest action. He states that Ken McGrath from the TWU was the first Secretary of the Unions Conservation Committee and Henricks the second. He discusses his involvement in stopping drilling oil on the Barrier Reef, Fraser Island campaigns and his membership of the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation (FIDO) including injuries sustained in a clash with AWU mine workers, his arrest during the SEQEB strike and police harassment.
|AWU, Communist Party, environment issues, Fraser Island, Great Barrier Reef, Ken McGrath, oil, sand mining, SEQEB dispute, Transport Workers Union|
Bob Henricks recalls attending anti-nuclear rallies and Hiroshima Day functions as well as organising the biggest union supported rally in King George Square, Brisbane, calling for the banning of mining on Fraser Island with Jim Cairns, John Sinclair and Pat Mackie among the speakers and 5000 people.
|environment issues, Fraser Island, Jim Cairns, John Sinclair, Pat Mackie, protest, sand mining, uranium mining|
Bob Henricks discusses support within the union over conservation issues.
Bob Henricks discusses progressive movements in the ETU and draws parallels with the 2012 privatisation issue.
Bob Henricks recalls the Whitlam era and the divide between young people either trained in a trade or with academic qualifications as the underpinning to some factional divisions.
Bob Henricks reflects on the reactions to Jack Egerton's knighthood.
Bob Henricks discusses unrest among ALP members in his Arana Hills Branch, the labelling of 'groupers' and the distribution of Mickey Spillall publications.
|Mickey Spillall, Ray Dempsey|
Bob Henricks discusses the reformers and the Old Guard in the ALP.
Bob Henricks discusses the main ALP reformers including: Bill Hayden, Denis Murphy, George Georges and Peter Beattie.
|Bill Hayden, Denis Murphy, George Georges, Peter Beattie|
Bob Henricks discusses 'traitors' to the Labor cause, the makeup of the Old Guard and Peter Beattie's relationship with the media.
|media, Peter Beattie|
Bob Henricks outlines his views on plebiscites and proportional representation.
Bob Henricks discusses the Queensland Branch Committee of Enquiry in 1978.
Bob Henricks discusses the relationship between Neal Kane and BIll Hayden.
|Bill Hayden, Neal Kane|
Bob Henricks discusses the 1979 ALP Rockhampton Conference.
Bob Henricks discusses the relationship between the THG and Jack Egerton.
|Harry Hauenschild, Jack Egerton, Neal Kane, Trades Hall Group|
Bob Henricks reflects on his involvement with Nic Bos and the ALP Old Guard at Breakfast Creek with security provided by the Painters and Dockers.
|Nic Bos, unions|
Bob Henricks discusses the ALP splitters including Gerry Jones, Clem Jones, Harry Hauenschild, Neal Kane, Fred Whitby and Tom Burton with support from Ron McLean, Secretary of the 'Wharfies'.
|Clem Jones, Fred Whitby, Gerry Jones, Harry Hauenschild, Neal Kane, Ron McLean, Waterside Workers Federation|
Bob Henricks recalls joining the ALP Old Guard faction and the emergence of factions after federal intervention took place.
|ETU, factions, John Ducker|
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Bob Henricks reflects on the causes of the ALP intervention.
Bob Henricks calls the ALP intervention a 'disaster'.
Bob Henricks reflects on the legacy of the ALP intervention.
Bob Henricks commenced work as an electrical apprentice in 1961, shortly afterwards joining the Young Labor Association. In 1967 he became a member of the mainstream Australian Labor Party. He was involved in left-leaning activism across areas as diverse as environmental issues and anti war and anti-apartheid campaigning. He continues to work in union related industry.
Robert John (Bob) Henricks was born in Brisbane on 14 June 1945. He attended Milton, Ashgrove and Inala State Schools and Indooroopilly State High School. On 24 January 1961 Henricks commenced work as an apprentice electrician and he worked all his life around that industry and its related activities. He joined the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) around 1963 and remains a fully paid-up member.
In 1972 Bob became an organiser with the ETU and he has held many positions in the union including Assistant State Secretary, State Secretary (1987-2002) and served on the national bodies of the union, including as National ETU President and as ACTU conference delegate.
In the early 1960s, Bob joined Young Labor, subsequently joining the mainstream ALP Inala Branch in 1967. He has continuously been a financial member since that date. During the 'Intervention' years, Bob was a member of Old Guard Queensland Labor. Along with other members of that group, his un-interrupted party membership was assured and continues.
Bob has held many positions within the ALP, at branch level, as a delegate from his branch and from his union to various party committees. He served as a member of the Queensland Branch Committee of Enquiry in 1978, on the State Campaign Committee in 1972 and Chaired the Disputes Tribunal for some years. Bob has served on various ALP policy committees and was the last Secretary/Treasurer of the Trades Hall ALP Affiliated Unions Committee (1978-80). Currently, Bob acts as Chairperson of a number of companies associated with superannuation and training in the electricity industry.
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