• 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

    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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