Pitched Battle: in the frontline of the 1971 Springbok tour by Larry Writer

By Larry Writer

A vibrant tale of the lads and girls who took a stand while activity combined with politics

In 1971, whilst the racially chosen all-white Springbok rugby group toured Australia, we grew to become a state at battle with ourselves. there has been bloodshed as tens of millions of anti-Apartheid campaigners clashed with governments, police, and rugby fanatics — who got unfastened reign to attack protestors. Queensland finest Joh Bjelke-Petersen declared a kingdom of Emergency. top minister William McMahon referred to as the Wallabies who refused to play ‘national disgraces’. Barbed twine ringed the nice rugby grounds to forestall protestors invading the field.

Pitched Battle recreates what turned of the main rancorous sessions in smooth Australian historical past — a time of braveness, ache, religion, fanaticism, and political opportunism — which made heroes of the Wallabies who refused to play, performed a key position within the later political careers of Peter Beattie, Meredith Burgmann, and Peter Hain, and eventually contributed to the abandonment of Apartheid.


‘Artful in its association and humane in its spirit … Honouring the ethical activities of its protagonists, it additionally confirms the efficacy of made up our minds and inventive resistance to social wrong.’ The Saturday Age

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