• Short Summary

    Now a special A.B.C. news team reports on the turn of events in Mt. Isa?

  • Description


    LS MINE
    3 ft


    CLOSER SHOT MINE
    4 1/2 ft


    SIGN
    7 ft


    CU WRIST WATCH
    10 1/2 ft


    PEOPLE IN CAR PARK
    12 1/2 ft


    PEOPLE AGAINST CAR PARK RAIL
    14 ft


    POLICE QUESTION GROUP
    16 ft


    DITTO CU
    18 ft


    CAR DRIVES UP & STOPPED
    20 1/2 ft


    CU TANK
    24 1/2 ft


    NOTICE "MOTEL TOWERS"
    25 1/2 ft


    TRACKING SHOT MAN ON MOTOR CYCLE
    27 ft


    CLOSER MOTOR CYCLE ALONG ROAD
    30 1/2 ft


    TRAVELLING SHOT PANEL VAN
    34 ft


    TRACKING SHOT PAST UNCOMPLETED HOMES
    36 1/2 ft


    WS SWIMMING POOL
    39 1/2 ft


    PAN ALONG CAB RANK
    43 1/2 ft


    SOF WITH CAB DRIVER ENDS
    52 1/2 ft


    LS MT ISA HOTEL
    54 ft


    INTERIOR PAN BAR
    61 ft


    SOF WITH PUBLICAN ENDS
    90 1/2 ft


    TOP SHOT MACKIE ARRIVES
    96 ft


    CLOSER MACKIE SHAKING HANDS
    97 1/2 ft


    CU MACKIE WITH CROWD
    99 1/2 ft


    MACKIE AMONG CROWD
    101 ft


    CU MACKIE PAN DOWN TO GLASS OF BEER
    103 ft


    WS MACKIE DRINKING WITH CROWD
    107 1/2 ft


    CROWD
    109 ft


    MACKIE CARRIED SHOULDER HIGH
    114 ft


    SOF WITH MACKIE
    167 ft


    CAMERAMEN
    169 ft


    OFFICIALS ON TO PLANE
    176 ft


    PLANE BEFORE TAKE OFF
    180 1/2 ft


    TRANSCRIPT:



    "How's your business been..."



    "...ridiculous."



    "How's your business been..."



    "...not too badly off here."



    "Can you tell us briefly how..."



    "...that's for sure."




    Initials



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Now a special A.B.C. news team reports on the turn of events in Mt. Isa yesterday - a day of dramatic developments. Early in the morning, the team arrived at the Mt. Isa mine to record the numbers of men - if any - who turned up for work in answer to the Company's ultimatum. But at the appointed deadline, when only precious few workers arrived, it looked as if the mine could close completely, throwing another 7000 out of work.

    Police were on hand to stop picketers and prevent demonstrations. But things went quietly. It seemed to indicate the mineworkers' contempt for the demands of both the company & the Government.

    Meanwhile, the township itself was showing definite symptoms of bad times. On the main road out, more miners were leaving their troubles behind. Since last August when the dispute began, scores of the 1,500 miners out of work have declined to get out.

    There are other signs, too: fewer people swimming in the town pool; fewer people enjoying themselves; fewer people spending big - the sign of the boom town. The taxi drivers have firm opinions about the dispute.

    Even in the pubs, the story is much the same. A.B.C. reporter Curt Laughlin began talking with a publican about the situation, but the interview was to be interrupted dramatically.

    The interview broke off when Pat Mackie, unofficial leader of the miners, suddenly appeared out of nowhere at the hotel. Mackie's whereabouts had been a mystery for five days after the Queensland Government had banned from Mt. Isa anyone likely to prolong the dispute. As soon as the news became known that the Government had withdrawn its emergency measures, Pat Mackie came out of hiding. The last time he was seen in public as in Sydney five days before while campaigning for funds.

    Surrounded by admirers and unofficial advisors, Mackie immediately gave reporters an on-the-spot news conference.

    Wearing his now familiar baseball cap, Mackie was shouted beers by his well-wishers. Mackie, 48, was born in New Zealand and has spent several years in Canada. Yesterday's development were regarded by his supporters as a personal victory for Mackie. The supporters want him re-instated at the mine as one of the conditions for settling the dispute.

    To end off a long day, the news team recorded the departure for Brisbane of mine officials, including the General Manager, Mr. Foots (in the hat). The officials had decided not to close the mine, and were to arrange conferences to end the dispute.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2G5HNPDASZKOZEY39PVK116IX
    Media URN:
    VLVA2G5HNPDASZKOZEY39PVK116IX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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