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1971 Springbok Tour of Australia

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.

AUGUST 7, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Springbok centre...
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07 August, 1971
JULY 29, JULY, 1971: MELBOURNE, VIC. An anti-apartheid...
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29 July, 1971
JULY 27, 1971: BRISBANE, QLD. Student anti-apartheid...
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27 July, 1971
JULY 25, 1971: BRISBANE, QLD. Anti-apartheid demonstrators...
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25 July, 1971
JULY 25, 1971: BRISBANE, QLD. Anti-apartheid students...
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25 July, 1971
JULY 24, 1971: BRISBANE, QLD. Police line up in...
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24 July, 1971
JULY 24, 1971: BRISBANE, QLD. Chief of the CIB...
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24 July, 1971
JULY 24, 1971: BRISBANE, QLD. 2000 anti-apartheid...
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24 July, 1971
JULY 22, 1971: BRISBANE, QLD. Police mass and...
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22 July, 1971
JULY 22, 1971: BRISBANE, QLD. Police remove an...
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22 July, 1971
JULY 22, 1971: BRISBANE, QLD. Police in riot helments...
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22 July, 1971
JULY 22, 1971: BRISBANE, QLD. 2000 anti-apartheid...
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22 July, 1971
JULY 22, 1971: BRISBANE, QLD. 2000 anti-apartheid...
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22 July, 1971
JULY 21, 1971: BRISBANE, QLD. Three police officers...
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21 July, 1971
JULY 17, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. A South African Springboks...
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17 July, 1971
JULY 17, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Action during the...
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17 July, 1971
JULY 10, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Action during the...
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10 July, 1971
JULY 10, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Anti-apartheid protestors...
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10 July, 1971
JULY 10, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. An anti-apartheid...
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10 July, 1971
JULY 10, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Anti-apartheid protestors...
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10 July, 1971
JULY 8, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Du Preez comes between...
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08 July, 1971
JULY 6, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Anti-apartheid student...
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06 July, 1971
JULY 6, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Anti-apartheid student...
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06 July, 1971
JULY 6, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Anti-apartheid student...
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06 July, 1971
JULY 3, JULY, 1971: MELBOURNE, VIC. Police arrest...
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03 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Line-outs show the South...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: CANBERRA, ACT. Police arrest anti-apartheid...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian test skipper...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. An injured police officer...
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01 July, 1971
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: MELBOURNE, VIC. Anti-apartheid demonstrators...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: MELBOURNE, VIC. A strong police presence...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Anti-apartheid demonstrators...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: BRISBANE, QLD. A police officer removes...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: MELBOURNE, VIC. Action during the...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. An anti-apartheid demonstrator...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: MELBOURNE, VIC. Springboks captain...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. An anti-apartheid demonstrator...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: MELBOURNE, VIC. Anti-apartheid demonstrators...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: MELBOURNE, VIC. Action during the...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: MELBOURNE, VIC. Anti-apartheid demonstrators...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: MELBOURNE, VIC. Springboks train at...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: MELBOURNE, VIC. A police officer drags...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Anti-apartheid demonstrators...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: BRISBANE, QLD. Anti-apartheid student...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. A large police presence...
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01 July, 1971
MARCH 20, JULY, 1971: MELBOURNE, VIC. Anti-apartheid...
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20 March, 1971
1971: SYDNEY, NSW. A police officer tackles an...
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01 January, 1971
1971: SYDNEY, NSW. An anti-apartheid demonstrator...
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01 January, 1971
1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Anti-apartheid protestor Margaret...
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01 January, 1971
1971: ADELAIDE, SA. Police and white-coated 'vigilantes'...
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01 January, 1971
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01 January, 1971
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01 January, 1971
JULY, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Anti-apartheid protesters...
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01 July, 1971
JULY, 1971: SYDNEY, NSW. Play continues despite...
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01 July, 1971
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