Nic Bos outlines his early family life and friendship with Bob Henricks and other members of the ETU.
|Bob Henricks, Col Emery, ETU, Goss Government 1989-96, Ken Vaughan, Neal Kane, Neville Warburton|
Nic Bos discusses joining the ETU and attending Trades and Labor Council meetings for the ETU.
|Jack Egerton, Trades and Labor Council|
Nic Bos discusses his relationship with Neal Kane and visiting country towns as a union organiser with Kane in the 1970s.
|ETU, Fred Whitby, Neal Kane|
Nic Bos discusses his plan in 1969 to start as a temporary organiser and work up in the hierarchy of the ALP office but instead started as a temporary union official.
|ETU, Gerry Jones, Ray Dempsey, Tom Burns|
Nic Bos discusses joining the Young Labor Association and the formation of the Inala Young Labor branch.
|Doug Sherrington, Young Labor|
Nic Bos discusses working in the ALP office and the ALP factions.
|AWU, factions, Roma|
Nic Bos discusses the Vietnam War.
Nic Bos discusses Jack Egerton and the knighthood he accepted.
|Jack Egerton, Jim Killen|
Nic Bos discusses working for the ETU in Mackay, and site conditions at Moura Coal mine and in Moranbah.
|ETU, Jack Egerton, Mackay|
Nic Bos discusses the attitude to Jack Egerton and others including Arch Bevis, Tom Chard, Neal Kane, Fred Whitby and Tom Burton.
|Archie Bevis, Fred Whitby, Jack Egerton, Neal Kane, Tom Burton, Tom Chard|
Nic Bos discusses the ALP stand on issues such as the moratorium, and his active role with the Gerry Jones in sabotaging the fence at Ballymore Park during the Springboks anti-apartheid campaign before the game was moved to the Exhibition Grounds.
|Gerry Jones, Springboks Rugby tour 1971, Vietnam War|
Nic Bos discusses the electoral success of the ALP through the 1960s and the frustration with the Queensland gerrymander.
|Ernie Adsett, gerrymander, Jack Houston, Whitlam Government 1972-75|
Nic Bos discusses the change of leadership in the ALP to Perc Tucker in 1974 who challenged Bjelke-Petersen to an early election and lost.
|1974 election, Jack Houston, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Percy Tucker, Tom Burns|
|00:38:40||Bill D'Arcy, ETU, QTU|
Nic Bos reflects on the changes to ALP membership under the leadership of Whitlam and the support for issues such as abortion.
|abortion, Gough Whitlam|
Nic Bos discusses the allocation of safe seats in the ALP.
|00:45:49||Alf Kain, AWU, Edgar Williams, Neal Kane|
Nic Bos discusses the issue of street marches.
|George Georges, protest, Tom Burns|
Nic Bos discusses unrest amongst ALP members and the conservatism of the ALP in Queensland.
|1974 election, conservatism|
Nic Bos claims the ALP reformers were those with university degrees and discusses his move to ALP State Secretary.
|Gerry Jones, Ron McAuliffe|
Nic Bos discusses the role of Peter Beattie Denis Murphy and Bill Hayden in the push for ALP intervention.
|Bill Hayden, Denis Murphy, factions, Peter Beattie|
Nic Bos discusses the role of the ALP Rockhampton Conference in intervention.
Nic Bos recalls the legal opinion of Cedric Hampson who claimed that the Queensland ALP originated from the Barcaldine shearers' strike.
|Clem Jones, Shearers dispute, Tom Burns|
Nic Bos discusses events after the ALP intervention.
|Denis Murphy, Ed Casey, Ron McLean, Tom Burns|
Nic Bos discusses the ALP factions after intervention.
|factions, Trades and Labor Council|
Nic Bos reflects on current federal politics.
|Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott|
Nic Bos discusses his involvement in the workplace health and safety area.
A Labor Party activist, Nic (Nico) Bos was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 17 August 1944 and came with his family to Brisbane where he attended the Inala State and Indooroopilly High Schools.
During his apprenticeship years (1960-65) Bos attended Technical College to study electrical mechanics. His years as an electrical apprentice and tradesperson were spent in the coal, oil, sugar and manufacturing industries. He graduated with a Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety from Curtin University and he completed a Masters of Applied Science at the Queensland University of Technology.
Following his strong interest in politics, Nic Bos first joined the Brisbane Branch of the Young Labor Association (YLA) in 1966, also in that year starting the Inala YLA Branch. The following year, he was elected to the YLA Branch Executive and he joined the Inala Heights Branch of the ALP on 20 March 1967. In 1969, Nic Bos was appointed as temporary ALP State Organiser for both the state and federal election campaigns, working under State Secretary, Tom Burns, Assistant Secretary Bart Lourigan and Gerry Jones the ALP Organiser. In that year, Nic Bos was the (unsuccessful) ALP candidate for the state seat of Condamine. By 1970, he was an Organiser for the Electrical Trades Union (ETU), at the time when Neal Kane was State Secretary. Bos stood unsuccessfully for the state seat of Gympie in the disastrous 1974 election where the ALP was reduced to 11 seats.
In 1977, Nic Bos was elected ALP State Organiser. When Gerry Jones resigned as State Secretary in 1978, following the (limited) federal intervention, Nic Bos became Acting State Secretary of the ALP. The Queensland Branch had received strong legal advice that the intervention was unconstitutional but ultimately, their legal challenge was unsuccessful. Nic Bos tendered his resignation to the then federal President, Neville Wran. In all, Bos had spent about four years working in ALP headquarters.
In 1981, Bos returned to the ETU and was appointed Occupational Health and Safety Officer, forming the new Trades Hall Branch of the ALP and he continued to be a delegate to National Conference, State Conference and State Council.
He remains a member of the ALP.
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