29 June 1970
Of the nine students disciplined, two students were expelled and five - including future Premier of Tasmania, Jim Bacon - suspended for up to two years, leading to further political turmoil. A campaign called ‘Support the Monash 9’ attracted strong support. Victorian Democratic Labor Party leader Frank Dowling called for Sir Louis to be sacked. Sir Louis allowed a student body vote, but the results were unclear and the council upheld the penalties. A large MAS meeting of at least 3-4000 students was held on October 10. They called for the resignation of the council, but pledged their support for Dr Matheson’s leadership of the university: ‘If Dr. Matheson is removed’ the motion read, ‘we will immediately consider a general strike of the University’.