NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
16th July, 1961 : More than 1,000 migrants rioted at the Bonegilla camp in northern Victoria. Spokesman for migrant groups in Australia said the recent arrivals were “discontented” because they had not been given work as promised before leaving their homelands. The police used batons to quell the riot and one officer was injured. The camp’s employment office was wrecked during the demonstration. Some of the migrants have been waiting in the camp for months, where, apart from some instruction in English, they have little to do. Unemployment on Australia is now over 110,000.