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The Northern Myth

Dec 27, 2017

Queensland Police State, by Earthworks Poster Collective, 1978

Bob Gosford — Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

Bob Gosford

Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

Further to the previous post by John Birmingham published at his Alien Side Boob website, this just popped into my inbox from Chips Mackinolty. It is a poster—among many—that he knocked up while at the Earthworks Poster Collective in Sydney around this time. Chips also sent through the following short note … see, even New South Wales cops couldn’t abide their northern brethren.

We were out pasting it up one evening, around Cleveland Street, Sydney. In a ute with the posters laid flat, face down, glue at the ready.

Stopped by a police car, with three cops: two young ones and an older bloke.

The first young cop asked us if we had a permit. I explained there was no such thing as a permit to paste up posters.

The second reached out for a poster, pre-glued, and complained about it being “gooey”, but turned it over.

Second young cop: “It’s against police.”

Older cop, after some thought: “Yeah but it’s Queensland police”.

They drove off without further questioning, let alone intervention.

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