Call the police

Call the police

September 1974

The occupation of the Administration Building lasts eight days – the longest ever to occur at Monash. Seventy-six students are forcibly removed and charged after (Sir Louis claims) holding a wild party in the council chambers, an accusation the students deny.

The occupation precipitated Sir Louis’ retirement: for him, it represented the “end of the idealism that had brought Monash into being.”

The Monash ‘troubles’ petered out after the 1974 occupation, however, and by 1975, the phrase ‘student apathy’ was once again being thrown about.

What did the protests achieve? There were wins for student assessment, and students gained increased representation on university committees. But the mass student meetings didn’t continue and Clayton’s parking issue is still unresolved, many decades later.