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    In Australia, police arrested about 170 people at the weekend (11 and 12 November) after charging into a crowd in the Queensland state capital of Brisbane.

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    GV Demonstrators in street Brisbane, Australia (2 shots)

    SV Police struggling with demonstrators

    GV Police arresting demonstrators (6 shots)

    GV Demonstrators gathering again

    GV Plainclothes and uniformed police confiscate amplification equipment from demonstrators

    State election results showed an eight per cent swing to the Opposition Labour Party which, if rebated nationwide, would give Mr. Whitlam a chance of victory in federal polling next month. Mr. Bjelke-Petersen's government was returned to power in Queensland with a reduced majority.

    REPORTER: "The violence last night began on dusk, following a rally in King George Square, this being the fourth big demonstrator in its kind. Both sides seemed to know just what would happen. Again police made sure of sufficient reinforcement and an estimated 650 men formed a wall to confront the chanting mob. Demonstrators linked arms, dozens of women amongst them. violence last night was confined to about 10 minutes of chaos in Adelaide street. It was controversial, not only on the right to march issue itself, but on the timing as well. The Labour Party had appealed to these people not to protest last night. Said Tom Burns, instead, show you disgust through the ballot box. Trades Hall had also come out against the illegal march for the same reason, that on election eve, it is playing to the hands of Jo Bjelke-Petersen. For the protestors, this demonstration was to be a timely peak in their campion against the street march legislation. Many government members are against it, many of the..........clergy, and no one knows how many voters. That may become clear later tonight in the states......(indistinct) tally votes are posted. In all, 169 people were arrested last night and taken in paddy wagons to the Brisbane watch house. Those demonstrators remaining lat night massed back in the King George Square and, after a further meeting decided to meet again in the same place this morning. But again police were prepared. Their patience ran out early this afternoon when they moved into King George Square and removed amplification equipment. This was the second time police had acted on street march demonstrators watching the bounds of the square. Uniformed and plainclothes men disconnected speakers, batteries and microphones and confiscated the lot. The loud protest of the rally."

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    Background: In Australia, police arrested about 170 people at the weekend (11 and 12 November) after charging into a crowd in the Queensland state capital of Brisbane. Violence erupted as several thousand supporters of Australia's former Labour Prime Minister gouge Whitlam came face to face with police in defiance of a state law banning political street marches. The demonstrations came on the eve of state election, and marked the second anniversary of the sacking of the Whitlam government. In the elections conservative Premier Jo Bjelke-Petersen's strong line against protest groups is a major issue. A report by Des McWilliam, of Channel O, Brisbane.

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