In 1971 the Australian Government readily announced its support alongside the United Nations to combat racism and racial discrimination, particularly the policies of apartheid practised in South Africa. Australian Prime Minister William McMahon expressed the view that racism was 'not acceptable to the Australian way of life'. This however did not stop continued sporting links between Australian and South African sporting teams, the latter of which were chosen using a racially-based selection policy. Contempt towards this practice was highlighted through the winter of 1971 when Australia hosted a tour by South African rugby team, the Springboks. The six-week tour was dogged by anti-apartheid demonstrations in every major city, as thousands of students, Aboriginal activists and unionists turned out to disrupt the matches. In Queensland, a state of emergency was declared, and about 700 people in total were arrested during the tour. The protests were a success for the anti-apartheid movement, with the Australian tour eventually being called off due to security concerns.