State of Emergency, July 1971

The protests against the racially selected Springboks football team's visit to Brisbane led to more Indigenous action, more protests, a University strike and a vicious night assault on protesters outside the footballers' hotel. A government State of Emergency, usually reserved for war and industrial control of large strikes, allowed police to amass and act with even less restraint than usual, and perhaps even contrary to their "superiors" intentions.

See photographs of the Queensland Police protecting the Springbok rugby team from protestors.