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Policing the 1981 Springbok tour, cartoon


Some felt that the New Zealand Rugby Football Union should have to pay the bill for policing the tour out of the profits they made from the matches. The police spent an estimated $15 million on 'Operation Rugby'.


Policeman: 'Kiwi Joe Taxpayer, you are hereby warned that you will be charged with the unknown cost of police overtime, transportation and accommodation, the uncertain cost of supplying umpteen giant hopper bins of gravel, the as-yet-uncalculated cost of installing umpteen rolls of barbed wire, the yet-to-be-estimated cost of—'

Taxpayer: 'Why me? What about them?'


Alexander Turnbull Library
Cartoonist: Nevile Lodge, from Evening Post 8 September 1981
Reference: B-135-895
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