[Demonstration at opening of Parliament ]

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News report about demonstrations at the 1968 opening of Parliament over the nil general wage order claim, education and the Vietnam War.
Official guests were forced to enter Parliament by a side door. Crowds chanted "Long live Danny the Red" and let down the tires on an Australian Embassy vehicle, kicked in its side panels and tussled with police.

Lindsay McAllum reports about 4,000 students and trade unionists converged on Parliament. A report from the radio car describing the scene outside Parliament.

Watersiders and a group from Trades Hall arrive. The Leader of the Opposition Norman Kirk and President of the Federation of Labour Tom Skinner address the crowd.

An unidentified radio commentator describes the scenes outside Parliament, over a background of booing and jeering as dignitaries arrive for the opening. The outdoor ceremony with a guard of honour has been forced to be cancelled.

The protestors dispersed around 3pm. Two were arrested. Union official Pat Kelly says the behaviour of the police was deplorable. Chief Superintendant J.W. Saunders says police showed extreme patience under provocation.

The Electrical Workers Union has distanced itself from the student protests but other unionists say the student demonstration showed "the future of the trade union movement rests with the young people."

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Year 1968

Reference number 320770

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Genre Special events radio coverage
Nonfiction radio programs
Radio programs
Sound recordings

Credits Kirk, Norman Eric (b.1923, d.1974), Speaker/Kaikōrero
Skinner, Thomas Edward, 1909-1991, Speaker/Kaikōrero
KELLY, Pat, Speaker/Kaikōrero

Duration 00:08:05

Date [26 Jun 1968]