• Short Summary

    The Australian Department of Social Security is to pay a special benefit to a young Queensland aboriginal mother, whose plight sparked off three days of demonstrations in Brisbane.

  • Description

    The Australian Department of Social Security is to pay a special benefit to a young Queensland aboriginal mother, whose plight sparked off three days of demonstrations in Brisbane.

    Mrs Karen Duncan, aged 24, the mother of five, was refused supporting mother's benefits because she admitted she occasionally saw her de facto husband.

    Aborigine organisations and their supporters claimed that Mrs Duncan was being victimised on racial grounds. Several hundred demonstrators picketed the offices of the Social Security Department. After Clashing with Commonwealth Police outside, the protestors moved inside, refusing to budge.

    They demanded that Mrs Duncan's benefit be restored.

    Commonwealth and State police were called in to remove the pickets, mostly members of Brisban's aboriginal community, social work students and representatives of women's groups.

    There were 16 arrests, and most of those taken into custody were women. Screaming demonstrators were hauled bodily into police vans and several mini-battles with police broke out.

    The Acting Australian Minister for Social Security, Dr Cass , has called for an investigation into the case. Meanwhile he has ordered the benefits to be paid.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC64UUILXZJYQ11KLVP8L2OPJX
    Media URN:
    VLVAC64UUILXZJYQ11KLVP8L2OPJX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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