Official crash-tackled at education conference
Seamus O'Grady, Director of Religious Education and Curriculum for the Sydney Catholic Education Office, was knocked to the ground during a demonstration at Sydney University where Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson was due to speak.
"I know it's grand final week," he told a reporter, "but I didn't expect that I would get crash-tackled at an education conference."
Dr Nelson cancelled his speaking engagement at a conference, saying he had received police advice that the situation could get out of control.
"I was informed by the police … that 50 hard-core demonstrators had occupied a building at Sydney University," he said.
He was to launch the Australia and New Zealand School of Government's conference, "Schooling for the 21st Century".
"More than 100 had congregated outside," he said.
In a radio interview with John Laws, he said police "were prepared to bring in serious numbers of reinforcements" because the protesters were involved in scuffles. "I said, 'Look, there's no point of people being injured, particularly police.' "
Police deny warning Nelson against visiting campus (Sydney Morning Herald 29/9/05)
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Catholic Education Office Sydney
Minister for Education, Brendan Nelson
Nelson backs out again as students protest (Sydney Morning Herald 28/9/05)
Police deny danger to Nelson (Australian Associated Press/news.com.au 28/9/05)
29 Sep 2005