• Short Summary

    ON THE ISLAND OF NEW BRITAIN, PART OF THE GAZELLE PENINSULA IN THE AUSTRALIAN DEPENDENCY OF PAPUA-NEW GUINEA, THE LOCAL POPULATION WAS ASKED RECENTLY TO VOTE ON PROPOSALS TO MAKE THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILS MULTI-FACIAL.

  • Description

    1.
    GV BEACH (HOLD DOWN SOUND)
    0.03

    2.
    CU MAN CUTTING COCONUTS (HOLD DOWN SOUND)
    0.10

    3.
    CU SMALL CHILD (HOLD DOWN SOUND)
    0.14

    4.
    CU YOUNG MAN PULL BACK TO SHOW HUT (HOLD DOWN SOUND)
    0.20

    5.
    SV CHILDREN BATHING (HOLD DOWN SOUND)
    0.23

    6.
    SV PEOPLE IN THE MARKET PLACE (NATURAL SOUND) (6 SHOTS)
    0.48

    7.
    SV YORKY BOTT HANDING OUT CHEWING GUM AND CANVASING (2 SHOTS) (NATURAL SOUND)
    0.58

    8.
    LV & CU MEMBERS OF COUNCIL LEAVING BUILDING (3 SHOTS) (HOLD DOWN SOUND)
    1.14

    9.
    GV PAN ACROSS TO POLLING BOOTHS (HOLD DOWN SOUND)
    1.20

    10.
    CU COUNCILLORS AT WORK (HOLD DOWN SOUND)
    1.30

    11.
    CU THOMAS TO BUNBUN SPEAKING
    1.50

    12.
    LV & SV OSCAR TAMMUR TALKING WITH INTERVIEWER (HOLD DOWN SOUND)
    2.06)

    13.
    CU TAMMUR SPEAKING.
    2.30


    TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 11): THOMAS TO BUNBUN: WELL, THEY....THE LEADERS OF THE MOVEMENT, GIVE SOME THREATS THAT IF THEY VOTE THERE WILL BE TROUBLE AND THEY STOPPED THEM GO TO VOTE. THEY GO AROUND TELL THE PEOPLE NOT TO VOTE.



    REPORTER: AND THE PEOPLE LISTEN?



    THOMAS TO BUNBUN: OH YES, SOME OF THEM WILL LISTEN.



    TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 13): REPORTER: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT YOU IS THAT YOU'VE LEARNED ABOUT THE BLACK POWER MOVEMENT IN AMERICA AND YOU'RE TRYING TO MAKE THE SAME THING WORK HERE.



    OSCAR TAMMUR: I DON'T THINK THIS IS OUT OF MY QUESTION ALTOGETHER, THIS IS OUT OF THE QUESTION. THIS IDEA IS NOT ME AT ALL, NO, NO, NO. THIS IS WRONG ALTOGETHER, JIM, I NEVER HEARD OF THIS AND I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT AT ALL. THOUGH I HEARD ABOUT THIS IN SCHOOL BUT I'M NOT TRYING IN ANY WAY AT ALL TO COPY ANYTHING IN AMERICA, THIS IS PAPUA-NEW GUINEA.




    Initials TS/A/PW/OS


    EDITORS: THE COMMENTATOR'S VOICE AND OTHER SOUND ON THIS FILM MAY ONLY BE USED WHERE INDICATED ON THE SHOTLIST.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: ON THE ISLAND OF NEW BRITAIN, PART OF THE GAZELLE PENINSULA IN THE AUSTRALIAN DEPENDENCY OF PAPUA-NEW GUINEA, THE LOCAL POPULATION WAS ASKED RECENTLY TO VOTE ON PROPOSALS TO MAKE THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILS MULTI-FACIAL. THE TOLAI MINORITY OF SOME 12-THOUSAND PEOPLE, HAS LONG HELD OUT AGAINST A MULTI-RACIAL COUNCIL, AND WHEN POLLING DAY CAME, FEW PEOPLE WENT TO VOTE -- ACCORDING TO ONE OFFICIAL BECAUSE THEY WERE AFRAID.

    THE TOLAIS ARE A PEOPLE WHO ARE PROBABLY THE MOST WELL-OFF IN THE TERRITORY, AND THEY ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT THEY MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS. EIGHT EUROPEANS, ONE CHINESE....AND 107 TOLAIS WERE SEEKING ELECTION.

    ONE OF THE EUROPEANS WAS YORKY BOTT, WHO IS MARRIED TO A TOLAIS. HE IS A WHARF TALLY CLERK AND IS REGARDED AS A LOCAL CHARACTER IN RABAUL. HE SAID THAT HE HAD NOT COME UP AGAINST ANY ANTI-EUROPEAN FEELING BECAUSE HE WAS REGARDED BY THE TOLAIS AS "ONE OF THEM".

    THOMAS TO BUNBUN IS A TOLAIS WHO IS FIRMLY ON THE SIDE OF A MULTI-RACIAL COUNCIL. HE WAS ASKED ABOUT ALLEGATIONS OF INTIMIDATION OF VOTERS.

    THE MAN WHO IS SEEN AS THE MOST POWERFUL BAR TO A MULTI-RACIAL COUNCIL IS 27-YEARS-OLD OSCAR TAMMUR. HE WAS EDUCATED IN AUSTRALIA AND IS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY. HE OPPOSED THE PROPOSALS, HE SAID, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WERE NOT REALLY ASKED WHAT THEY WANTED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8XUCRJ80Q45AXFOXCMT06NW29
    Media URN:
    VLVA8XUCRJ80Q45AXFOXCMT06NW29
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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