NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
9th July, 1970 : The Prime Minister, John Gorton, was confronted by 10,000 booing Tolai tribesmen demanding an end to Australia’s colonial rule of Papua New Guinea, when he arrived in Rabaul, New Britain, today. The Tolai’s leader, the President of Mataugan Association, John Kaputin, stood on the back of a truck, shouting slogans at Mr Gorton. The prime Minister invited Mr Kaputin to join him and address the crowd from the dais. Mr Kaputin accepted, but refused an offer from Mr Gorton to discuss the Tolai’s demands with him after the meeting.