1974 was time of the advance of women's rights and feminism was on the rise as were the number of female press journalists.
At Sinatra's first performance in Melbourne's Festival Hall he came out with this, "The broads who work in the press are the hookers (prostitutes) of the press. I might give them a buck and half, I'm not sure".
This made journalists rather cross, and many other people became cross. His second Melbourne performance was cancelled as staging and lighting workers, musicians and others black banned him until he apologised. Staff in the expensive hotel where he was staying refused to serve him in his room and he dare not leave his room. Airline staff refused to refuel his plane. Drivers would not take him anywhere.
It is suggested his plane had enough fuel to get to Sydney and so that night he managed to make the trip or he even travelled on a commercial flight under another name. But as it was a national ban by all the unions that mattered he was still in a predicament.
The following night he received a call at his Sydney hotel from Australia's Prime Minister Gough Whitlam who suggested to Sinatra there was only one man who could sort this out, the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Bob Hawke who would go on himself to become Prime Minister in the 1980s. Hawke visited Sinatra at his hotel, no doubt sharing some strong drink (one report said Sinatra was very drunk) and a joint statement of regret by both Sinatra and the Unions was hammered out and read out by Hawke on the steps of the hotel, without either parties apologising. It was also agreed that his Sydney performance would be televised in Melbourne to compensate fans who missed his second concert.
He completed his tour and once home in The States performed at New York's Madison Gardens opening with the statement, "Ol' Blue Eyes is back, or as they say in Australia, Ol' Big Mouth is back".
No doubt he was a great performer and a reasonable singer, but as for being a nice person?