Political Football: The Radical Legacy of the Anti-Apartheid Protests in Brisbane

When: 3-5pm Sat 31 Jul 2021

Where: University of Queensland, Goddard Building 139, Level 1.

Qld Police assembled inside Exhibition Grounds prior to Springbok Rugby game

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There will be two panels, the first addressing the history, while the second session discusses the legacy of this major national event with protests that echoed so violently through the streets of Brisbane.

Speakers include The Honourable Matt Foley + Anthony Abrahams AM + Dan O’Neill + Dr Valerie Cooms + Dr Anne Richards + Prof Julianne Schultz AM FAHA + Prof Raymond Evans +Samuel Woripa Watson, another speaker to be confirmed.

This July is the 50th anniversary of the Springbok football tour of Australia. Activists across Australia stood together against apartheid as young and seasoned radicals, unions and other groups united with the growing black activist movement to protest against apartheid.

Premier Joh declared a month-long State of Emergency in Queensland. There were violent protests when hundreds of police attacked peaceful demonstrators outside the Tower Mill motel and throughout the streets of Brisbane. 

Importantly this tour and the resultant protests united young white radicals with the groundswell of black activism to fight apartheid and racism here in Australia.

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Thank you

Anne Richards

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