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Salient. Victoria University Students Newspaper. Vol. 38, No. 4, 1975

Dear Bruce,

While returning home last Monday after working late on Salient I called into a burger bar in upper Courtenay Place, where I bought a milkshake. As I left the stand a police car GZ 1843 sidled up to me and the policeman in the passenger seat motioned me towards him. He asked me where I was going and I told him that I was going home and was about to catch a bus. He then asked me:

what time the bus was
where I was catching it
where it was going to
How long I had been in Hart (I had a Hart badge on my lapel
whether or not I was at university
the degree I was studying for and
my major subject.
my full name: christian, middle and surname
my age in years and months

I answered all these questions, as there are some very dubious clauses under the Narcotics Act 1965 and I have no great desire to have all my clothes torn to pieces in a search for nonexistent drugs.

This experience does, however, raise a few interesting points. If the cops were acting under orders when they held me up, these orders were very close to being illegal. And if not, why did they stop me? Because they have nothing better to do? Because I have long hair, no shoes, and the emblem of a 'subversive' pressure group on my overcoat? No matter which, I cannot help remembering that 1984 is now only nine years away.

John Henderson