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18th February 1985, The wonders of electric light...

On the 7th of Febuary after widespread industrial action by the Electrical Trades Union (ETU), the Queensland Government issued a proclamation proclaiming a State of Emergency. On the 11th 1,000 ETU members were dismissed for failing to follow the proclamation and show up to work. Power station output dropped by 50% and load shedding resulted in a "2 hours on-2 hours off" cycle, with the consequence of widespread blackouts and disruption. Stable Power supplies were not restored until the 21st...