On the 11th of February, 1990, Nelson Mandela, the leader of South Africa’s outlawed resistance movement, the African National Congress (ANC) was released from prison after 27 years of incarceration.
Later that year, Mandela arrived in Melbourne, Australia, a part of his global tour to thank those who had supported the ANC in its fight against Apartheid.
Australia’s Unions were amongst the first organisations to recognise and support the ANC’s struggle, and Mandela never forgot it.
This speech delivered by Mandela at the Melbourne Town Hall on the 25th of October, 1990, is a special moment in the history of the Australian Union movement.
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