The Land of Oz
April : “This Day Tonight” compered by Bill Peach debuts on ANC television. Roman Catholic Bishops meet in Sydney and decide to oppose the Vietnam war. Henry Bolte returned to power in Victoria with a massive 44 seat majority. ANZAC Day marchers outnumber spectators by more than 2:1 on a wintry day in Melbourne.
May : 90% of white Australians vote in referendum for proposal to count aborigines in the census and to allow the federal government to make special laws for them, overriding previous State regulations. A second motion to break the nexus between the Senate and the House of Representatives which requires the latter to have double the numbers is comprehensively defeated. The Australian $5 note is introduced. Thirty protestors arrested in Melbourne after a demonstration outside P.M. Holt’s Toorak home. New Zealand introduces breath and blood tests for drivers thought to be under the influence of alcohol.
June : Thirty-