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Wednesday 20 April 2016

The Bellevue demolition

Lest we forget. On this day in 1979 the Queens­land govern­ment demolished the Bellevue Hotel in Brisbane​—​an act that has be­come a symbol of callous disregard for the com­munity’s interest in its cultural heritage.

Part of a 2004 ABC TV Rewind program presenting the background to the demolition. In it, then National Party minister Bob Katter admits We did act in a callous disregard to their interests, because we saw them as self-in­dul­gent​—​you know​—​citified sort of people that would be concerned about ridiculous things like that when people were going hungry.

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