Australian Left Review

Abstract

I wondered if you could tell me a little bit about your early life, your education and how you became a socialist.

Yes. Well my early life was a petty bourgeoise life. My father was an astronomer, my mother was the daughter of a wealthy wholesale butcher—and I grew up in this bourgeoise atmosphere. I went to kindergarten with Dick Cassidy. I went to Melbourne Grammar School when Stanley Bruce was the captain of the school and I was at Melbourne University when Menzies was in full flight there.

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