Sue Yarrow introduces Norma Jones outlining her work history and political involvement.
Norma Jones speaks about her early life, attending Kedron Park Teacher's College, participating in a protest against the visit of United States President, Lyndon Baines Johnson. She outlines her teaching in Toowoomba and recalls that the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education was newly established in Toowoomba and played a part in politicisation of the city's young people. She characterises Toowoomba as a very conservative city.
|Darling Downs, protest, Toowoomba, Toowoomba City Council|
Norma Jones remembers some of the protests about the Vietnam War. She recalls the election of the Whitlam Government in 1972, the new focus on women's politics and the rallies held supporting the Campaign Against Nuclear Power. She recalls issues surrounding (Clive) Berghofer, a Toowoomba land developer, Councillor and later a National Party MP.
|Clive Berghofer, protest, Vietnam War, Whitlam Government 1972-75, women|
Norma Jones remembers that the two ALP state MPs for Toowoomba region were Peter Wood and Ray Bowsen. She discusses the impact of the Whitlam government in polarising the Toowoomba community. She recalls a meeting featuring Barbara Wertheim where the National Party brought in bus loads of conservative country women reported by the Toowoomba Chronicle. She recalls the Right to Life being very active in Toowoomba.
|Barbara Wertheim, Peter Wood, Ray Bousen, Right to Life, Toowoomba|
Norma Jones remembers the Women's Conference held in Canberra in International Women's Year in 1975 and the impact of the report-back session held in Toowoomba attended by over 200 people, some of whom became very active around women issues and anti-war activity.
|International Women's Year, 1975, Toowoomba, Vietnam War, women|
Norma Jones recalls that ALP representation for Toowoomba was wiped out in the 1974 election when both Wood and Bousen lost office and the debate within the party about how to retrieve the situation.
|1974 election, Peter Wood, Ray Bousen, Toowoomba|
Norma Jones discusses the ALP in Toowoomba with some members becoming involved in Brisbane activities such as the Labor Women's Organisation. She discusses the feeling that the party needed to move along with social attitudes and the leaders needed to be open to new ideas.
Norma Jones discusses the ALP leadership in the 1970s as old men out of touch.
Norma Jones outlines being elected President of the South Toowoomba Branch of the ALP in 1976, a story featured in the Toowoomba Chronicle.
Norma Jones recalls people starting to divide at the South Toowoomba Branch of the ALP over issues like fund raising.
Norma Jones discusses Council elections in provincial towns, where no ALP ticket is used. She remembers the activities of a conservative in bringing the Springboks Rugby Team to Toowoomba in 1971.
|Springboks Rugby tour 1971, Toowoomba City Council|
Norma Jones discusses the mobilisation in Toowoomba against the Springboks visit and the role of the publican who ran the White Horse Hotel. She discusses the following of the group called 'Ladies in Line against Communism' (Lilac Ladies) mainly from west of Toowoomba including Tara and Chinchilla and the role of Dulcie Willasee, and also the League of Rights in Toowoomba.
|Communism, League of Rights, Springboks Rugby tour 1971|
Norma Jones discusses being the ALP candidate in Lockyer in the state election in 1977 and attending a public meeting of candidates at Flagstone Creek Hall and the antagonism towards the ALP and herself as a woman candidate.
|1977 election, personal vilification, women|
Norma Jones discusses issues that diviided ALP branch members in Toowoomba including Ed Casey's leadership, preselection issues, money and the policy on abortion.
|abortion, Ed Casey, Toowoomba|
Norma Jones discusses the attempt to expel her and her husband, Toowoomba City Councillor Lindsay Jones, from the South Toowoomba Branch of the ALP and the support they received from Senator George Georges.
|George Georges, Toowoomba|
Norma Jones discusses appearing before the newly formed ALP Disputes Tribunal.
|abortion, George Georges, Joe Harris, Peter Beattie|
Norma Jones discusses a defamation writ she received at about the same time as her appearance before the ALP Disputes Tribunal.
|Ed Casey, poker machines|
Norma Jones discusses attending the 1978 Bardon Hall reform meetings held in Brisbane and the ALP links she made there resulting in her becoming a member of the Socialist Left faction.
Norma Jones recalls meetings of the Socialist Left faction prior to the 1979 Rockhampton Conference and relaying discussion and political debate from the conference to the Toowoomba ALP branch.
Jones recalls the ALP Branch contests for the 1977 and 1980 elections and the representation of the unions.
|1980 election, Peter Wood, Ray Bousen|
Norma Jones reflects on the deregistering of the three Toowoomba ALP branches and explains the history.
|David Combe, Manfred Cross, media, Nic Bos, Toowoomba|
Norma Jones explains that the reaction of the Toowoomba branch members to the ALP intervention decision.
|Denis Murphy, Peter Beattie|
Norma Jones outlines how it was easy to get publicity about the ALP intervention in Toowoomba and inform branch members.
Norma Jones discusses the aftermath of the ALP intervention in Toowoomba.
Norma Jones sums up the period saying that an organisation that cannot accept or engineer change when they see what's happening is bound for failure and takes the view that the ALP is at that point again, federally and in New South Wales.
Norma Jones discusses the reactions of the other states, particularly South Australia and Western Australia, to intervention in Queensland.
|Bob McMullan, David Combe|
Norma Jones discusses her appointment to the new Administrative Committee of the ALP after intervention and the sale of 4KQ which aided in re-establishing the party at the Peel Street site in Brisbane.
|4KQ, Harry Hauenschild|
Norma Jones reflects on the recovery of the ALP from the 1974 election rout and the importance of the change to the Goss leadership and the role of Peter Beattie and Wayne Swan in the party administration.
|leadership, Peter Beattie, Wayne Goss, Wayne Swan|
Norma Jones discusses how intervention changed the whole basis of the ALP and led to winning government in Queensland.
Norma Jones discusses the emergence of factions and their impact in the ALP.
Norma Jones discusses the role of unions in the ALP.
Norma Jones discusses some unions' criticism of the Bligh government's role during the last Queensland election.
|Bligh Government 2007-12, unions|
Norma Jones discusses the ALP election win in 1989.
Norma Jones was born and lived in Toowoomba, where she joined the Australian Labor Party in 1970. She was involved with a range of social issues and campaigns as part of the ALP’s activities in Toowoomba and was also a vital participant in the party’s reform movement.
Norma Jones was born on 26 March 1950 in Toowoomba, Queensland. She attended the Toowoomba North Primary, then the Harristown State High school before graduating from Kedron Park Teachers College and completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Special Education from Mt Gravatt Teachers College.
Norma Jones joined the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in 1970, holding a variety of branch and delegate positions, and following federal intervention in 1980, was appointed by the National Executive to the newly formed Administrative Committee. She later became a member of the National Executive. She stood unsuccessfully for the party in Lockyer (1977) and Mansfield (1983). Norma is now a Life Member of the ALP.
She was employed by the Queensland Education Department from 1970 until 1986, at which time she became an organiser with the ALP. From 1989, Norma Jones was the Senior Policy Advisor to the Hon Anne Warner, Minister for Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs until 1995. Norma then worked for the New South Wales Department of Community Services until 1998, when she returned to Queensland and employment with the Department of Housing until 2000. For the next four years, Norma was a policy advisor for Brisbane City Councillor, Kerry Rea.
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