White Bank Balances Matter

Don’t you bring your poison
Don’t you bring your grog
Don’t you bring your smallpox
Sure to kill our mob
Don’t you bring your justice
Don’t you bring your gaols
Don’t you bring your armies
Troopers on our trails.”

Midnight Oil returns with a new single – Gadigal Land. An “uncompromising song of rage,” enthuses Sydney Morning Herald reviewer Michael Dwyer. He possibly meant age.

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112 Responses to White Bank Balances Matter

  1. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    a wannabe hippy rolling in dosh, oh what a 1st world conundrum

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Didn’t get the old-style Parliamentary superannuation?

  3. stackja

    Is Pete on a parliamentary pension?
    Did Pete ever explain his role with Pink Pats?

  4. Leigh Lowe

    Were those lines really penned by a 70 year old?
    Sound like the sort of thing a 15 year old angst ridden emo might put together.

  5. Top Ender

    A grovelling tribute in the Oz to a fully woke band who should be banned from any decent music collection as being annoying, condescending, and pretentious.

    NOW READ ON IN BOLD FOR COMMENT!

    Distorted guitars, a prominent horn line, a thunderous rhythm section and an emphatic lyrical message rooted in Australia’s contentious history of its treatment of Indigenous people: it sounds like Midnight Oil, all right.

    [Yup, pretentious virtue-signalling here we come.]

    After 18 years of studio silence, [great while it lasted] the Sydney band on Friday returns with an explosive statement named Gadigal Land, its first new music since the 2002 album Capricornia.

    In lyrics written by drummer and songwriter Rob Hirst, frontman Peter Garrett sings from the perspective of Indigenous Australians watching Europeans arrive on these shores. “Don’t you bring your poison / Don’t you bring your grog,” Garrett sings in its first verse. “Don’t you bring your smallpox [was that credited to Bill Shorten?] / Sure to kill our mob”.

    Later, the narrative in its middle eight captures the scene leading up to the first moment of colonisation: “It’s unfolding, you’re unloading / Your high and mighty prison ships.”

    The provocative rock song immediately brings to mind a pair of the band’s classic tracks, particularly the global [yeah, sure, grovelling here alright] hit Beds Are Burning in the three-part horn section that drives the melody, while its lyrics recall 1986 single The Dead Heart, where Garrett again sang from an Indigenous perspective: “We don’t serve your country / Don’t serve your king / Know your custom, don’t speak your tongue / White man came took everyone.”

    [Ol’ Pete’s given a lot back. He’s worth how many million?]

    Gadigal Land — named for Sydney’s traditional owners — is another propulsive entry in the career of a group that has long shown an uncommonly deep respect for Indigenous Australians, which was solidified during an enlightening trip into the Western Desert of Northern Territory with Warumpi Band that informed [nice pretentious word here!] the songwriting for 1987 album Diesel & Dust.

    That sense of empathy [you mean, flying in for a film shoot, and then buggering off again?] is on display in the new song, which runs for nearly five minutes [please no!] and offers a preview to an upcoming mini-album featuring collaborations with Indigenous artists, The Makarrata Project, which is due for release in October.

    On Gadigal Land, guest vocalists include Kaleena Briggs and Bunna Lawrie, while Dan Sultan lends his voice and guitar playing. Midway through the song, Gadigal poet Joel Davison says in language, “They told us they were sorry, listen / But I think they’ve made a mistake, because for a long time / They stole my speech and family, see?”[Look out for a grammar text doing a runner, somewhere…]

    The stirring horn section includes saxophonist Andy Bickers, trumpeter Angus Gomm and trombonist Anthony Kable, while Midnight Oil guitarists Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey largely stay locked in a tight groove driven by drummer Hirst and bassist Bones Hillman.

    It is a remarkably strong return for the quintet that formed in Sydney in 1976, called it quits in 2002 — but for a couple of charity fundraiser gigs — and then returned with fearsome intent [“fearsome intent”!!! What does “fearsome intent” actually mean?] for a 77-date world tour in 2017 that saw the musicians reaching deep into their past to perform more than 100 songs from across 11 albums.

    On Saturday, a performance of Gadigal Land filmed in the studio will receive its world premiere during the broadcast of the National Indigenous Music Awards, which will screen on NITV from 7pm as well as online via Facebook and YouTube. [Fair enough – the off button is always there…]

    ANDREW MCMILLEN
    MUSIC WRITER
    Andrew McMillen is an award-winning journalist and author based in Brisbane. Since January 2018, he has worked as national music writer at The Australian.

    All aboard the woke train, heading soon for Government Grant Station, via way of Gimme More! And if the ALP ever get back in, bald Pete is a shoo-in for a plush job.

  6. JC

    Lurch is proof “White people can’t dance”.

  7. Top Ender

    Is this where we post now the Open Thread has crashed?

  8. Nick

    The SMH does say:

    The band’s share of proceeds from The Makarrata Project is pledged to “organisations which seek to elevate The Uluru Statement From The Heart in particular and Indigenous reconciliation more broadly”.

  9. Leigh Lowe

    JC

    #3540327, posted on August 8, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Lurch is proof “White people can’t dance”.

    Please JC.
    The man has struggled with epilepsy on stage for years.
    He doesn’t need your cruel put-downs of his disability.

  10. thefrollickingmole

    Break it down
    Old days style

    line 1: Ok no poison, in return you dont spear shepherds and isolated travelers in order to steal from them.
    2: We barred you from access to grog for decades, it was those who claimed to love you who inflicted it on you.
    3: Why in the name of fuckity fuck would I “bring smallpox” which would kill my “own” population.
    4: Ok, rapine and slaughter it is then?
    5: Summary executions as well? If you insist.
    6: Yes all 150 or so marines a year and a half from reinforcements armed with single shot muskets.
    7: You already said you were fine with lawlessness and violence going unpunished, make up your mind.

  11. AndrewWA

    Give me a break.
    9 years in Federal Parliament and his contribution was?

  12. Leigh Lowe

    Top Ender

    #3540328, posted on August 8, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Is this where we post now the Open Thread has crashed?

    Crashed?
    Or sabotaged?
    Certain Malevolent Mongrels here have been trying to wreck this blog for years.
    It looks like they have finally had their way.

  13. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    In lyrics written by drummer and songwriter Rob Hirst, frontman Peter Garrett sings from the perspective of Indigenous Australians watching Europeans arrive on these shores. “Don’t you bring your poison / Don’t you bring your grog,” Garrett sings in its first verse. “Don’t you bring your smallpox [was that credited to Bill Shorten?] / Sure to kill our mob”.

    Constitutional recognition and a treaty, anyone?

  14. miltonf

    You would think after the real burning beds (and other furniture and whole houses along with electrocutions) episode he would have quietly retired. The advantages of an education at an exclusive private school.

  15. Snoopy

    When did Pete give his Bowral mansion back to the local Aboriginal mob? It would have made a great Australian Story for TheirABC. How did they miss it?

  16. JC

    When did Pete give his Bowral mansion back to the local Aboriginal mob?

    How about the promise of future earnings from this new single going to the black folk?

  17. JC

    Rones

    Leave that high brow stuff for the open thread.

  18. Roger

    In lyrics written by drummer and songwriter Rob Hirst, frontman Peter Garrett sings from the perspective of Indigenous Australians watching Europeans arrive on these shores.

    I thought that sort of thing – a white person writing from an aboriginal perspective – was frowned upon these days?

    Still, if Bruce Pascoe can get away with it…

  19. Robbo

    Loved his Pink Batts song, you know the one that went;
    “it ain’t my fault I only did what I was told by my boss, and that excuse is the one that Nazis used when on trial for crimes against humanity”.

  20. Nick

    Don’t you bring your grog,

    The forced consumption of alcohol by aborigines is a shameful period in our history. Oh hang on.

  21. Steve trickler

    Trying to find the clip from the USA when the clown was in politics. He flew over there and was sprouting his usual nonsense? He copped a serve from the news host at the time.

    “Go back to Australia and take your crappy Midnight Oil albums with you!”

  22. Lee

    Don’t you bring your grog

    Was it racist to introduce “grog” to Aborigines or racist to deny it to them?
    Come on, Pete, make up your geriatric rocker mind.

  23. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The forced consumption of alcohol by aborigines is a shameful period in our history. Oh hang on.

    Cite you the campaign for “drinking rights that took place in the early 1960’s.”

  24. miltonf

    Well he did sing ‘don’t serve your country’. So much for our war veterans and hard working taxpayer out there. North Shore leftists again.

  25. Steve trickler

    AndrewWA
    #3540333, posted on August 8, 2020 at 1:55 pm
    Give me a break.
    9 years in Federal Parliament and his contribution was?

    Look at him in the drivers seat. It sums it up Gazza perfectly. I am happy to call him Tim from now on.



  26. Struth

    And as expected, their beds never burn.

  27. a happy little debunker

    9 years in Federal Parliament and his contribution was?

    Stopped Lake Sorell from being completely drained by the Clyde River Trust…using the excuse that the Golden galaxias were imperiled.
    Now (25 years after the detection of introduced carp) the lake is again fishable for trout.

  28. The Minister for plastic bags is back in the news.

    His department minions warned Rudd about the dangers, the minister went into bat for them too, but Rudd knew better.

  29. Terry

    But more importantly Petey Pete, how do we sleep while our rooves are burning?

    How ’bout you quit apologising on behalf of others for things that either didn’t happen or weren’t their fault and start apologising for the things YOU did do and for which YOU should be atoning.

    Might not be wise to be heeding sanctimonious lectures from moral reprobates.

  30. Some History

    The SMH does say:

    The band’s share of proceeds from The Makarrata Project is pledged to “organisations which seek to elevate The Uluru Statement From The Heart in particular and Indigenous reconciliation more broadly”.

    … and far, far better training in [quarantine] security. 🙂

  31. Rockdoctor

    Though I disagree with a lot of their political positions I liked their music. Great Aussie rock band.

    The new album though I heard a song from the other day is dull & repetitive in it’s melodies if that represents the rest of it.

    Sorry boys, brifge too far. Time to give it away…

  32. miltonf

    Great Aussie rock band.

    What telling us how bad we are and getting rich doing it. Similar to the ABC.

  33. Boambee John

    North Shore leftists again.

    Only the well off, particularly those on taxpayer stipends of various types (hello, bin chicken) can afford to be leftists.

  34. miltonf

    Those Barker fees don’t pay themselves!

  35. Neil

    I was living in the USA and went to a WOMAD festival i think it was called. And Garret was there making obscene comments about the USA. The Americans i was with wanted to do something violent to Garrett. I disagreed with everything Garret said.

    Having said that i was also anti-American when i was in the USA. A country which gave me a job for a few years. I was so ungrateful. Actually i was grateful for the job. But I did not realize how pro-British i was until i lived in a country that rebelled against the British. Being a Conservative i do not believe in armed rebellion against the powers that be.

    But Garret was embarrassing for me

  36. Rockdoctor

    Milton fair call, am well aware of that and it is something I have always been preturbed by but I did enjoy their music. That I would be dishonest if I didn’t acknowledge.

    Hope the autocorrect doesn’t make a meal of this…

  37. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    lets heap shit on the chicoms since the open fred is ded

  38. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Steve trickler at 2:22 pm:

    “Speedboat crash”

    Well done Steve, one of your best, absolutely fabulous – my reaction had the local emergency services busybody running in to see if I was okay! I’m still crying!

    I’ve never seen so many unhappy faces out for a day of enjoyment.

    Mind you, last time I was on the Pittwater in a sizable launch with long term business mates for a Christmas turn out I climbed aboard, dropped the shorts, took a Tooheys and the host, a mate from teenage years, called out “Hey Mick turn around and show us yer Speedos – have a look at that brand across his bum, there’s only supposed to be two E’s in Speedo. Mick’s got five!”

  39. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    welcome to country 2020 style

  40. Zatara

    But I did not realize how pro-British i was until i lived in a country that rebelled against the British.

    Avoiding countries that haven’t rebelled against the British at one point or another is going to limit your travel options severely.

  41. miltonf

    Fair enough Rockdoctor. I don’t like the Beatles but I listen to them on the sly from time to time. We all run by night was ok as I don’t think it was political. I found most of their other stuff deeply offensive.

  42. miltonf

    I had forgotten about Garret’s NDP days. Regarding the US vs Great Britain- I regard the US as more democratic than OZ, GB or Canada.

  43. But I did not realize how pro-British i was until i lived in a country that rebelled against the British.

    They have had civil wars and revolutions, most of their colonies have had revolts.

    Who wants to live in former French colonies?

    New Caledonia, Reunion or Morrocco excluded.

  44. Chris M

    As, so C-00n cheese is another censored word on Cat!

  45. Neil

    Avoiding countries that haven’t rebelled against the British at one point or another is going to limit your travel options severely.

    OK. But the American colonies were started by the British. For me the American Revolution would be like spitting in my Fathers face.

    But the USA gave me a job and i loved living in the USA. Sometimes i could not tell what country in was in because we spoke the same language.

    But at the WOMAD festival in the USA Garrett was very offensive to the USA. The Americans were very tolerant of his provocative comments. I myself was very angry at his comments. Garret was lucky he left in one piece

  46. Zatara

    But the American colonies were started by the British.

    Yes. Mainly by people trying to escape…. Britain.

  47. JohnJJJ

    What about his protest song:
    The time has come
    A batt’s a batt
    How can we sleep
    When our ceiling’s burning?

    At least that what I think he is singing.

  48. miltonf

    But at the WOMAD festival in the USA Garrett was very offensive to the USA. The Americans were very tolerant of his provocative comments. I myself was very angry at his comments. Garret was lucky he left in one piece

    Nasty piece of work, typical media anti hero.

  49. Top Ender

    Yes, so is HMAS C00nawarra, barrac00ns, coc00nings, c00nhounds, coc00ning, c00nskins, racc00ns, coc00ned, tyc00n, C00namble, C00nabarabran in New South Wales, C00nalpyn and C00nawarra in South Australia, and C00nooer Bridge and C00ngulmerang in Victoria.

    However we are allowed to say “niggardly”.

  50. Bad Samaritan

    I get kinda worn out by Cats caring about any of this stuff. Leftists are not “real” people. They are all actors putting on a show, which means there is nothing to “take them to task” about. They are never for real…..which is why it’s pointless examining their ‘hypocrisy’ etc. it is not a real thing. ‘

    So, when I’m watching a movie and Robert de Niro is supposed to be Al Capone and he bashes a guy’s brains out with a baseball bat only moments after telling him he’s a good pal, I do not dwell on Robert’s duplicity and betrayal etc. nor am I upset that Al was so naughty either. Or, after watching the Shawshank Redemption for the umpteenth time i do not have sleepless nights on how crooked everybody is. Etc etc.

    Garrett is playing a role he wrote for himself. In it he is the virtuous hero who can do no wrong. He plays this for other leftists who are also playing roles they’ve written for themselves; congratulating themselves on their virtuousness too, while enriching Peter for how well he plays his role in the whole farce. None of it is for real.

    This reminds me of Five Easy Pieces, when Jack Nicholson is out to bed Susan Anspach. Nicholson’s character is a former concert pianist who got sick of pretentiousness…..”She asks him to play for her, and he relents, only to see her noticeably moved by the emotion of his playing. he laughs at her reaction, “I faked a little Chopin, you faked a reaction”, but she insists her feeling was real, while he admits he felt no emotion while playing, demeaning the piece as “the easiest thing I could think of, I played it better when I was 8”.

    Peter Garrett is Jack. All his followers are fakes in the Susan Anspach mode. The whole thing is fake.

  51. Candy

    White Midnight Oil Bank Balances need a top up perhaps.

  52. Vicki

    Australian Aborigines have arguably suffered more at the hands of do-gooders in 20th century Australia than in early years of settlement.

    Pre-settlement Australia, contrary to the beliefs of Peter Garret et al., was not a paradise in which the Aborigines lived in idyllic surroundings. It was a harsh life for a nomadic people who not infrequently suffered starvation in the even harsher interior of the continent.

    White settlement did deny them traditional hunting grounds. But it also brought reliable food, medicine and opportunities for an easier and safer life.

    The gradual assimilation of the tribal groups into mainstream western life was denied for many when the do-gooders led by “Nuggett” Coombs in the 1970s & 1980s promoted their return to “homelands” in remote Australia. The rest is history. Many of these communities – the so-called “outstations” deteriorated into forlorn, disease ridden, lawless places where women and children are regularly violated.

    It is amazing to me that urban Australians still listen to people like Garrett & various self-interested agitators in the Aboriginal community, & ignore the first hand testimony of courageous Aboriginal commentators such as Jacinta Price & her mum, Bess. Such as in the US, there are many black Australians who have achieved great distinction in their careers. But no one wants to understand the the real paths to success available.

  53. Frank

    Lurch is proof “White people can’t dance”.

    A coupling between him and Zoe Daniels would produce some interesting offspring of the Adams family variety.

    In lyrics written by drummer and songwriter Rob Hirst…

    Australia’s most punchable drummer, always sitting bolt upright on the stool with his self righteous chin in the air.

  54. Zatara

    However we are allowed to say “niggardly”.

    Whoa. Not so fast there TE.

  55. Rockdoctor

    Vicki. Exactly, have extended family that could identify ATSI. They don’t, most get on with life and are as Aussie as the next bloke. In this BLM environment we have lost that to our detriment.

  56. A little while before they really ‘made the big time’, back in 1980 they brought out a wonderful piece of surf music. I didn’t hear the song till a number of years later, in 2001 in fact, and I really liked it. You know, how you hear a song played on the radio, and half way through, you start to pay attention because you like it, and then wait for the finish of the song to hear either the title or the name of the band, and then are infuriated when they play another song and never do give the name of the song.
    Luckily, the same radio station played the song a few days later, after getting some calls evidently, and this time the announcer did give the name of the song and the band. It turned out to be Wedding Cake Island, and was done by Midnight Oil.
    I actually chased it up at a local record store, and was informed that it was only released as an EP back in 1980, and now sadly unavailable. A week later I was in the same store, oddly chasing up an album by Steeleye Span (Bedlam Born) The same young lady served me, and remembered me from the week before, and mentioned the Midnight Oil EP and how she could in fact track down a copy for me, oddly, a 4 track EP Compact Disc, so I ordered both of them, the EP, and Bedlam Born, which they also had to order in for me.
    It took a week to arrive, and when I got home and played the song, I realised why I really did like it, even though I detested anything done by Midnight Oil.
    I like this song because it was an Instrumental, and Peter Garrett did not say a single word. (although I’m sure I hear him mumbling in the background towards the end of this wonderful piece of music)
    Tony.
    <a href="[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3FQwovIJw0?controls=0&w=560&h=315%5D“>

  57. Karabar

    Biden’s not the only one suffering dementia?

  58. Megan

    So, a white, stale male pens yet another boring protest ditty and the rest of the world is expected to bow down to his wokeness. Pass me the vomit emoji.

  59. H B Bear

    Does the world really need more geriatric rock?

  60. Zatara

    Tony I too like their music, but I don’t have a sophisticated enough system to filter out their rediculous and offensive lyrics.

  61. Professor Fred Lenin

    Is Lurch still going ? Thought he had become a hermit after he fucked up in government ,hes got a bloody nerve showing his ugly face ,makes Lurch look handsome . Still hes proof the ALP attracts the most useless people .

  62. miltonf

    Does the world really need more geriatric rock?

    No!

  63. miltonf

    So, a white, stale male pens yet another boring protest ditty and the rest of the world is expected to bow down to his wokeness. Pass me the vomit emoji.

    After everything that happened, it is vomit making.

  64. Tintarella di Luna

    9 years in Federal Parliament and his contribution was?

    4 dead young men installing pink batts —

  65. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Uluru Statement from the Heart could lead to First Nation’s Voice in Mandurah
    Jake DietschMandurah Coastal Times
    August 7, 2020 11:00AM
    Topics
    Mandurah Coastal Times
    South Coast

    The Uluru Statement from the Heart may soon lead to the establishment of a First Nation’s Voice to the City of Mandurah, providing a “critically important” step towards reconciliation.

    Last week councillors unanimously voted to direct staff to provide a report on the Uluru statement, provide options on how they can support it and on how they can establish a First Nation’s Voice to Council and City through an Elder in Residence position.

    The vote was brought forward by Cr Peter Rogers, with the report expected to return to council in May 2021.

    The City is set to consult with its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) group, the local indigenous community and councillors over the coming months.

    Cr Rogers told council the elder in residence would be likely be responsible for guidance and teaching cultural customs and providing pivotal leadership

    He told the Times he had been thinking about the proposal for a year after working at Curtin University and seeing the impact the role had there.

    “Elder in residence positions are quite common in a university context. I’ve seen them as impactful positions and was keen to explore that in a local government context,” he said.

    “I didn’t want to control the design of the elder in residence position. I’m very keen for it to be designed and commented on and fleshed out by the council itself and our Indigenous community.”

    Cr Rogers said he believed the role would provide an Indigenous voice on all issues.

    Mandurah ratepayers have plenty of money..

  66. Davey Boy

    Midnight Oil, also known as The Oils, but soon to be renamed Midnight Renewables, are an iconic Australian rock band and interpretive dance troupe. Since 1972, the group has managed to simultaneously advocate activist hard-left values and amass substantial personal wealth.
    (from strayapedia)

  67. Michel Lasouris

    Thank the good Lord that we kicked Shortone into touch. Otherwise we’d still have Death’s Head; the bald jerking marionette in the Parliament . He’s such a jerk as well as being butt ugly

  68. Danoz

    Like many I suppose, back when I was young and naive (not Julia Gillard young and naive™ but actually young and naive), I also liked Midnight Oil.
    Most vomit-inducing lyric? How about politician party-line, don’t cross that floor
    Back then I thought it was the future Mr Pink Batts railing AGAINST politicians who abrogate their principles for the party.
    Yep, I was young and naive.

  69. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Lurch is proof “White people can’t dance”.

    Tim Blair described Lurch Garret’s dancing “style” as akin to someone experiencing a Grand Mal seizure while trying to play table tennis with both hands. 🙁

  70. Bruce

    They should have quit after “Wedding Cake Island” and “Run by Night”.

  71. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    A little while before they really ‘made the big time’, back in 1980 they brought out a wonderful piece of surf music.

    Ah yes, good ol’ “Wedding Tackle Island“.

  72. iamok

    Garrett who sang for years about no nukes then changed his tune the moment he entered Pollymint. An absolute hypocritical twat. Still the latter is a precondition for Labor party membership right?

  73. Rokdoktor

    I think this is a prime case of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.

  74. Dave of Reedy Creek, Qld

    Wow, how original. Maybe, just maybe they and quite a few other should take a week and study true records of tribal aboriginal behaviour. Especially to note, aboriginal elders were far harder than current police. People now should come alongside aboriginal people who know their own culture to find out truthful facts like I have. I had a close friend in northern NSW formerly from the lower south coast and only one generation from tribal life. He was a very candid gent.

  75. Geriatric Mayfly

    Thank the good Lord that we kicked Shortone into touch. Otherwise we’d still have Death’s Head; the bald jerking marionette in the Parliament .

    Used to enjoy watching him answer a Dixer. The bottom jaw seemed to be badly hinged, with some unknown force yanking it up and down. Mute button activated, of course.

  76. mareeS

    Bunch of elderly persons trying to rewrite our history. No thanks.

  77. Squirrel

    Now, now, settle down Cats – it’s not really about Gadigal land, it’s Pete telling the CCP to keep their sticky mitts off his ancestral lands in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

  78. iain russell

    Spam Man is just another focal, foetid, fukktard. Large cylindrical object, SpaZman, repeatedly!

  79. Neil

    Nasty piece of work, typical media anti hero.

    I lived in the USA and like Garret i was anti-American but detested what he said at WOMAD. I loved the USA and the job they gave me when my own country could not give me a job.

    But i am old and grew up pledging loyalty every Monday morning to the Queen

    No way in a million years would i agree with rebellion with the powers that be which is what created the wonderful USA

    So what can i say? I love the USA but i really have trouble with the Revolution

  80. MarcH

    Peter Garrett dancers excited about having a new song to dance to….
    https://youtu.be/YfdLh0MHqKw

  81. miltonf

    Who’s going to pop up next? Marcus Einfeld?

  82. In lyrics written by drummer and songwriter Rob Hirst, frontman Peter Garrett sings from the perspective of Indigenous Australians watching Europeans arrive on these shores.

    Paul Hogan did it best, having a bunch of blackfellas throw VB cans at the Poms while telling them to piss off.

    Despite the historical inaccuracies, it was far more truthful than any bullshit spouted by the filthy rich communist.

  83. Rabbi Putin

    Peter Garrett is one of Australia’s all-time biggest traitors and a classic Howard Zion-style Communist historical revisionist. So when we speak of tradition, I wonder if the traditional punishment for treason is still on the legal books…

  84. Whalehunt fun

    I like the idea of putting gunpowder in a scarf around their neck so it blew their head off before they died screaming from the burning when they were sentenced to death by burning. This easier death was given only to those making a full confession and had assisted the authorities with their enquiries. Mind you burning was mostly for being a protestant, not a traitor.

  85. Rex Anger

    @ ZK2A-

    Mandurah ratepayers have plenty of money…

    They do for now…

    I think going full Fremantle Council might be just the right dose of Communism the local electorate needs. Just like when Marrickville Council went from mostly Pinko to Fire Engine Red. And got slapped very firmly back into pink by disgruntled ratepayers and a contemptuous public.

    As long as the place survives the plunge in liveability, gratuitous decay and collapsed property values, valuable lessons will be learned.

  86. You do know covid Dan has been pushing down the treaty path…..

    The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria is the elected voice for Aboriginal people and communities in future Treaty discussions.
    The Assembly was elected from Aboriginal communities and traditional owner groups in Victoria in 2019.
    The workload ahead of us is enormous. Although, as laid out by the legislation, our purpose and operations are very focused.
    We will not negotiate a Treaty and/or Treaties with the State Government. Rather, we will work with State government to create the Treaty Negotiation Framework for negotiations and the rules and processes by which a Treaty/or Treaties can be agreed in Victoria.
    This includes the self-determination fund that will help Aboriginal groups negotiate on an equal footing with the government; a Treaty Authority, or independent umpire, to oversee Treaty negotiations; and an Elders Voice to provide cultural guidance to the Assembly.

  87. nb

    Don’t you bring your pink batts, thanks Petie. How dare you.
    On the subject of regulation, doubtless a topic close to Pete’s heart, again, how dare you:
    https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/evidence-from-italy-less-regulation-more-jobs-and-higher-earnings/

  88. jupes

    In contrast to the vast majority of our entertainment industry betters, I admired Peter Garrett for at least having a go at actually trying to make a difference via politics. Sure, he was worse than useless but at least he had a crack, unlike 99.9% of his whinging, entitled peers.

    Unfortunately it seems he has returned to his whinging, entitled past. Sad.

  89. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    You do know covid Dan has been pushing down the treaty path…..

    I’m looking at the legal dogfight that ensued when the Western Australian Liberal Government of Colin Barnett was attempting to negotiate a final settlement of all land rights claims – a “de facto” treaty – with the Noongar tribe. A small minority derailed the whole process, demanding several tens of billions of dollars , and the whole matter is still before the Courts. What makes “corvid Dan” think things will be any different in Victoria?

  90. a reader

    I agree with Jupes. I respected him for having the balls to run for, and be elected to parliament. He was as useless as a screen door on a submarine but I repected him for that. Unlike, say, Bono who wasn’t even prepared to run for parliament in his native country but still insists on lecturing the rest of the world.

  91. Steve trickler

    I’ll squeeze this in before Tom cranks it up.

    No, Sir (I Won’t Play In My Underwear); Original by Sina



  92. Steve trickler

    Wrong thread. Oops.

  93. Nob

    Midnight Oil?

    Stale pale fail.

  94. Pete D

    Oh jeez. Is this ineffectual (failed pollie) and his band of gyrating imbeciles still at it?? I actually quite like the likes of him and his bogan lot with their social justice ramblings. The more they go on with their child like performances, the more people (with a liberal attitude) begin to despise them. Problem is that some people actually believe him. The sensible tax payers would never even listen to him. I did (only once) many years ago and switched off immediately.

  95. notafan

    I always hated Oils and their anti American crapola.

    Of course all those Australian bands wanted to make record sales there.

    Massive hypocrite.

  96. Rabbi Putin
    #3540937, posted on August 8, 2020 at 10:19 pm
    Peter Garrett is one of Australia’s all-time biggest traitors and a classic Howard Zion-style Communist historical revisionist. So when we speak of tradition, I wonder if the traditional punishment for treason is still on the legal books…

    WTF?

  97. Des Deskperson

    ‘Tony I too like their music, but I don’t have a sophisticated enough system to filter out their rediculous and offensive lyrics.’

    The lyrics, and indeed the band’s politics, are mostly the work of the drummer, Rob Hirst, who considers himself a public intellectual as well as a musician.

    In its dying days. the old Bulletin magazine employed Hirst as a columnist. His stuff was standard bourgeoisie progressive boilerplate, lacking originality, intelligence or wit, but he did predict that Garrett would one day be Prime Minister. Whether Hirst’s stuff contributed to the demise of the Bulletin is a moot point.

    Hirst is slightly more fashionable version of John Schumann.

  98. AC

    Some of their songs were great, but every time I’d hear Garrett or Hirst give an interview it was all such left wing crap!!

    Still remember their performance at the Olympics, all wearing shirts saying “Sorry” – at the time we thought that their crap was nothing the back of a shovel wouldn’t fix!!!

    btw, I’d say the reason Bono has never run for public office (aside from not getting elected) is that he doesn’t want to disclose his wealth which they say is over 1 billion!!

  99. yarpos

    Garret is a great example of perpetuating the grievance industry gravy train, while actually doing little or nothing substantive to address the issues. Its especially sweet given the years in Parliament.

  100. Dasher

    As the great Thomas Sowell said “racism is not dead its on life support kept alive by self politicians, race hustlers and virtue signalling people who derive a sense of superiority from calling other people racist” take your pick on where Midnight Oil stands …the last two are my pick.

  101. Bob

    Moral posturing by a white millionaire on behalf of a people vanquished by time.

  102. cuckoo

    Leftists are not “real” people. They are all actors putting on a show, which means there is nothing to “take them to task” about.

    So true. Many of my social circle are middle class lefties (is there any other kind?) and so I keep fairly quiet and observe. What strikes me most is that one moment they are in furious outrage about Tony Abbott, or climate change or Trump or George Pell or whatever, and literally 30 seconds later they’re joking and laughing about some weightless triviality. The outrage is simply a performance, a social bonding ritual.

  103. cuckoo

    The lyrics, and indeed the band’s politics, are mostly the work of the drummer, Rob Hirst, who considers himself a public intellectual as well as a musician.

    Q. What do you call someone who hangs around musicians?
    A. A drummer

  104. Rex Anger

    @ LS-

    Rabbi Putin typo’d. He was comparing Peter Garrett to Howard Zinn of A People’s History of the United States fame. I.E. serial confabulator, Narrative-pusher and all round not-very-nice-guy.

    I got confused by the ‘Zion’ misspelling, too.

  105. Rabbi Putin

    Oops. Didn’t realise myself.
    Zinn is who I meant to say.

  106. Rex Anger

    @ The Rabbi-

    I blame the AutoCorrectionists on our typing devices. And/or fat-finger moments. Since ‘n’ is not immediately next to ‘o’ on the average keyboard, I sadly cannot blame keyboard manufacturers.

    So, smiert spellchecker! it is…

  107. mmamster

    Isn’t this the most hypocritical appropriation since Helen Demidenko?

  108. cuckoo

    Oops. Didn’t realise myself.
    Zinn is who I meant to say.

    Let him who is without Zinn…

  109. Rex Anger

    Let him who is without Zinn…

    I’ll have 2 large ones, 2 small ones and a bag of gravel, please… 😉

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