‘OPERATION SATOUR’: The 1971 Springbok Tour of Queensland

‘OPERATION SATOUR’: The 1971 Springbok Tour of Queensland

Queensland Police Headquarters: Sunday 24 February 2013: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Inquiries to : Ms Lisa Jones (Police Museum Curator) on 3364 6425



(Participants’ biographical details overleaf)

Topic or comment


Mr David Fagan



Professor Mark Finnane

‘Australia, South Africa and apartheid’


Mr Terry O’Gorman

‘The Right to protest in 1971 and looking ahead to the G20 conference to be held in Brisbane 2014’


Professor Alan Knight

‘Queensland radicals and the Springbok protests


Questions from the floor to Professor Finnane, Mr O’Gorman or Professor Knight.


Morning tea, mingling and group photographs

Morning tea provided by the ARC Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) at Griffith University ….Thanks CEPS.


Mr Barry Krosch



Panel discussion and/or further questions from the floor: Chaired by David Fagan

Professor Mark Finnane, Mr Terry O’Gorman, Professor Alan Knight, Mr James Moloney, Mr Neil Raward and Mr Cliff Crawford




Seminar on G20 in early 2014?

(Photographs courtesy of The Courier-Mail)

Biographical details of participants

Mr David Fagan

David is Editorial Director of News Queensland with responsibility for the content of its print and digital products throughout the state. He has been a journalist for 35 years and was previously editor and editor in chief of The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail and deputy editor of The Australian. David grew up in Warwick and has spent most of his journalistic career in Queensland, a great deal of it writing about politics and business. On his watch, News Queensland publications have vastly expanded their digital audiences and have introduced a range of new products, including weekend magazines in The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail. He also led the successful conversion of The Courier-Mail from broadsheet to compact format in 2006. David is married with three daughters ranging in age from 8 to 33.

Professor Mark Finnane

Mark is Professor of History and ARC Australian Professorial Fellow at Griffith University, where he works in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security. He has written widely on policing, punishment and criminal justice history in Australia and Ireland. His recent books include (with Heather Douglas) Indigenous Crime and Settler Law: White Sovereignty after Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and JV Barry: A Life (UNSW Press, 2007), a biography of one of Australia’s founding civil libertarians. He migrated to Queensland during the last of the Joh years, was a founding member of the Prisoners Legal Service and was one of the litigants seeking to stop the destruction of Special Branch records in 1989.

Mr Terry O’Gorman AM

Terry O’Gorman AM, Principal, Robertson O’Gorman was admitted to practice in 1976. Terry is the Vice President of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties and President of the Australian Council for Civil Liberties. He practises as a criminal defence lawyer and is a QLS Accredited Criminal Law Specialist. He has been involved in high profile criminal cases, including acting for a number of individuals in the wake of the Fitzgerald Inquiry. He has sat on the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee since 1979 and is a frequent speaker at National and International Criminal Law Conferences. Terry was awarded the Order of Australia in a General Division in 1991 for services to the legal profession. He is also an accredited criminal law specialist.

Professor Alan Knight

Alan is a senior academic and an experienced journalist. He is the Australian representative and Board member of the Asian Media Information Research Centre (opens an external site) and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre of Asia Studies at Hong Kong University. In 2006, he was a visiting professor at Hong Kong University. In 2009, he was appointed as an external examiner in Journalism courses run by Universityi Tunku Abdul Rahman in Malaysia. Dr Knight was twice elected as the President of Academic Board, Central Queensland University’s supreme academic forum. He was a member of CQU’s Council and Senior Executive from 2000 to 2005. In 2006, he was appointed Discipline Leader in Journalism Media and Communication at the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. In 2007, Dr Knight was appointed as an Emeritus Professor at CQU and was elected national spokesperson for Friends of the ABC. He is editor of the online journal, eJournalist. Before becoming an academic, Dr Knight was a reporter, a ministerial public relations staffer, and an Executive Producer responsible for budgeted program production, casual employees and staff supervision. He began his journalism career in 1973 as Brisbane correspondent for the ferret, the Nation Review, before working for Queensland Newspapers, AAP, and the ABC and in 1997, Radio Television Hong Kong.

Mr Neil Raward

Neil joined the Queensland Police Service as a cadet in December 1959, and was inducted as a Constable in December 1961. He had commenced duties in Scientific Section in 1959, and in fact remained there until 1996. He gained a Diploma in Industrial Chemistry in 1965. He became one of the founding members of the Police Emergency Squad (SWOT) in 1967. During the 1971 Springbok Tour his role was as an Emergency Squad member, conducting bomb searches and associated duties. He features in some of the newspaper photographs from that era, when he, as a squad member, marched into the Brisbane Exhibition Ground. Neil was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in 1987 in recognition of his services to forensic science in Queensland. Neil was Officer in Charge of Police Forensic Section from 1976 until 1996 and has given sworn expert forensic evidence on over 990 occasions in courts across Queensland. Neil was transferred to the Commissioner’s Inspectorate in 1996, and retired as an Inspector in 2000.

Mr Cliff Crawford

Cliff joined the Queensland Police Service as a cadet on 8 June 1964 and was inducted as a Constable in 1967. He then served in General Duties for five years. In 1971, he was a Constable First Class stationed at Mitchelton. He was part of the large police team assembled to control expected demonstrations during the Springbok Tour. Cliff was on duty at the Tower Mill on the night of the major protest incident at that venue. He recalls there was a large contingent of country police who were still in the old khaki uniform, whereas most Brisbane police were in the newer blue uniform. He has his own recollections of protestors being moved by police, of pursuits through parks, and of arrests being made. Cliff then joined the Brisbane CIB in 1972 and began studying law in 1978. His QPS role was than as a prosecutor until the Fitzgerald Inquiry in 1987. He worked at HQ assisting the Inquiry until 1989, and then on the Fitzgerald Inquiry Recommendations Implementation Unit. He was promoted to Detective Superintendent at the Fraud Squad and then served at Metro North Region. He was promoted to Chief Superintendent at Rockhampton. He was transferred back to Ethical Standards Command and retired in December 2003. He then commenced at QUT Justice School as a sessional academic, and then moved to the Law School. He occasionally practises at the private bar in criminal law.

Mr Barry Krosch

Barry is a MPhil student at Griffith’s School of Humanities; supervised by Professor Mark Finnane and Assoc Professor Stephen Stockwell. Barry was born in Kingaroy the week Johannes Bjelke-Petersen first entered state parliament, and he later served in South Vietnam in 1969/70. He then joined the Queensland Police Service, retiring as an Inspector in July 2002. During his police service he served as a detective in the Special Branch from 1978 until 1987, when he was seconded to the Fitzgerald Inquiry (1987/89) and then the Criminal Justice Commission (1989/99). He holds a BA (Govt/Govt) and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Queensland. Having retired to his home town, he is now a part time/remote post grad student. Barry’s dissertation topic is, “The Queensland Police Special Branch 1948 to 1989: History, function and impact’. He advises that the Queensland Police Special Branch file generated for the 1971 Springbok Tour was ‘5K.236′. He will preface his address by explaining how the rogue detective “Barry’ (who features in The Tower Mill – below) could not possibly be him.

Mr James Moloney

Susan Kinnane leaves school in 1968, eager to embrace university and the new freedoms opening up for young women. Her mother has other ideas, however, and when Susan becomes pregnant a struggle for her future sets them at loggerheads. The child’s father, a student radical named Terry Stoddard, has been disabled during an anti-apartheid protest near the Tower Mill, and desperate to escape the deadening hand of her family, Susan opts for marriage to a former beau, Mike Riley.

She does her best as wife and mother, but Mike is as conventional in his way as Susan’s mother and, most unsettling of all, she knows that little Tom would never have been born if things had been different. The marriage endures until Susan’s unhappiness is made unbearable by shocking revelations about the injuries that disabled Terry Stoddard. Already acutely sensitive to the political climate, Susan finds it impossible to live in the Queensland of Joh Bjelke-Petersen, a state she now holds responsible for the fate of her lover, and after a visit to Sydney she refuses to return. But Mike has Tom and he loves the boy as though he were his own flesh and blood. Doubting her own motherhood, Susan makes a new life for herself, alone. Freed in this way, she becomes a prominent journalist and for ten years sees little of her son. Then an enquiry into police corruption draws her back. Those who drove her from Queensland are being called to court – but so is Susan for her own choices. How does a mother explain to her son that it was politics that made her give him up? Is it even true? And what does Tom make of his mother now that he is a young man?

THE AUTHOR: James Moloney is one of Australia’s most respected writers for children and young adults with titles such as A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove and The Book of Lies. Raised in Brisbane, he came to political consciousness amid the controversies of the 1970s and 80s, which he uses in The Tower Mill as the backdrop for a story about a mother and son whose lives are profoundly influenced by those times.

One thought on “‘OPERATION SATOUR’: The 1971 Springbok Tour of Queensland

  1. police lies & apartheid says:

    Did the organisers of this conference ask any of the participants of the demonstration outside the Tower Mill who were beaten up and arrested by cops if they would participate?

    Apart from cops, i can’t see anyone on this list of speakers who was at the Tower Mill during the anti-apartheid demonstrations. Not surprising given the organiser is Police Museum Curator. the apartheid attitude of police remains cos there is not a murri on the list of speakers.

    Nor do i see anyone who participated in the strike at UQ as a direct result of the beatings that occurred that night.

    A note of warning: asking former Special Branch members (Barry Krosch [sic]) for their version of events … well the photo says it all:

    see http://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/2007/05/14/brisbane-town-they-shut-it-down-they-pulled-it-down/

    what can possibly be learnt from a conference like this?

    ian curr
    21 feb 2013

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