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11th July, 1974 : Ageing crooner Frank Sinatra might be marooned in Australia unless he apologises to unions for comments he made about Australian journalists at a concert in Melbourne. Allegations of thuggery by his bodyguards have further inflamed the situation, and airline unions are now threatening that Ol’ Blue Eyes, who said Australian female journalists were ‘hookers’, will not be flown out of the country. Hotel workers in Sydney, where the singer is scheduled to do more concerts this week, are tipping that he won’t find a bed unless he has meaningful dialogue with the ACTU leader Bob Hawke.

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