Hundreds of truck drivers today staged a mass demonstration of protest against a proposed New South Wales Government road tax.
Hundreds of truck drivers today staged a mass demonstration of protest against a proposed New South Wales Government road tax. The demonstration took the form of a procession of interstate transports through the crowded city streets. The destination of the trucks was Parliament House in Macquarie Street ... but police re-inforcements met them at all points and diverted them into side streets in small groups. The police Superintendent of Traffic, Mr. Gribble, said that the worst congestion in the city was in Elizabeth, Liverpool, College and Market Streets. Only one convoy of twenty-five trucks managed to get past the police to Parliament House, but the others circled around the city while a deputation of drivers called on Members in Parliament House. Many of the trucks carried banners and slogans supporting their protest against the proposed new tax
As the trucks circled serious traffic jams built up in the city. Police re-inforcements were called in by radio and about twelve mobile units and about forty additional men were used to control the traffic. The Secretary of the Transport Workers' Union, Mr. Platt, said that about one thousand owner-driver took part in the demonstration.
The deputation of drivers went into Parliament House seeking to interview their local Members whom, they said, had been told of the deputation by telegram. The Member for Bankstown, Mr. Powell, met the deputation on the steps and the men were told that only two members were available to see them. An argument began on the steps of Parliament House with a group of drivers listening while their colleagues put their case before Mr. Powell. And while the discussion was being held here, most of the trucks in the demonstration were still driving around the city with the police keeping them moving.