Today in fact, 13 February.

The bomb, planted in a rubbish bin, exploded when the bin was emptied into a garbage truck outside the hotel at 12:40 a.m. It killed two garbage collectors, Alec Carter and William Favell. A police officer, Paul Birmistriw, guarding the entrance to the hotel lounge died later. It also injured eleven others. The twelve foreign leaders, who were staying in the hotel at the time, were not injured. The bomb exploded outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on this day in 1978. At the time the hotel was the site of the first Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting. Backed by the media, then Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Fraser and New South Wales Premier Neville Wran ordered the military onto the streets for the first time in Australia, claiming that a new era of terrorism had arrived. Without any clear legal or constitutional authorisation, the federal Liberal government and the state Labour government deployed some 1,500 armed troops, with armoured personnel carriers and helicopters, along a major highway on Sydney’s outskirts and in the nearby town of Bowral, Over the following 18 months, Fraser’s right-wing government, with Labour’s support, used the Hilton bombing as the pretext to carry through a far-reaching expansion in the powers and resources of the police and security apparatus. Yet, the question of who carried out the Hilton bombing remains unresolved to this day. Twice, the police and spy agencies framed-up and jailed people accused of involvement in the explosion, only to have those frame-ups fall apart. Then came a series of judicial and political cover-ups designed to prevent any serious probing of the Hilton affair. A careful review of the evidence, the unanswered questions and the political background points to the crime having been committed by the security agencies themselves. The only beneficiaries of this bombing have been the Australian security services. So I guess if funds are low in the security forces, then planting a bomb can solve your cash flow crisis?
Douglas Racionzer. See also