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Poster - '3rd National Hui for Work Trusts and Co-operative Kaiwhaiki Marae...'


Poster - '3rd National Hui for Work Trusts and Co-operative Kaiwhaiki Marae...'

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Physical description

Printed poster showing a sunset silhouetting men working a mine and "3RD NATIONAL HUI FOR WORK TRUSTS AND CO-OPERATIVE KAIWHAIKI MARAE. WANGANUI AKUHATA 24-28" with red and white patterned side borders.

Statement of significance

This collection comprises protest material relating to the South African Liberation centre, a site of anti-apartheid protest in Canberra, from late1985 to the early 1990s. The collection includes photographs, banners, placards and posters and is significant in terms of Australia's place in the anti-apartheid movement. Although Australia has never broken diplomatic relations with South Africa it is clear that many Australians found South African apartheid unacceptable and were prepared to go to great lengths to articulate their objection to its continued existence.

The nature of protest in Australia has changed in the 1980s and 1990s. The anti-apartheid campaigns demonstrate the Australian Federal F's changing interpretation of police powers in relation to the acts governing unlawful assembly, summary offences, disorderly conduct, public nuisance and similar legislation invoked when dealing with public protest.

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