||Issue No. 227||02 July 2004|
A Place To Call Home
Interview: Power and the Passion
Unions: Tackling the Heavy Hitters
Industrial: Seeing the Forest For The Wood
Housing: Home Truths
International: Boycott Busters
Economics: Ideology and Free Trade
History: Long Shadow of a Forgotten Man
Review: Chewing the Fat
Poetry: Dear John
The Locker Room
Howard Out On CD
Leading Australian independent bands have put their music where their mouths are, saying they are "sick" of the Federal government and its "attacks" on workers.
In an effort to unseat the John Howard at the next election the bands have released a new CD to get the message across, and it's got the thumbs up from Australia's leading musician-turned-politician, Peter Garrett, who has labelled the project a "good idea".
The Rock Against Howard compilation CD features the likes of Frenzhal Rhomb, the Fauves, Something For Kate, TISM and Front End Loader.
"These bands, rock bands, hip-hop, dance, are all united in the need for a new government in Australia," says Lindsay McDougall, guitarist with Sydney's Frenzal Rhomb.
"The current government has been responsible for so many attacks on basic human rights: the rights of workers, the rights of Aborigines, the rights of children, the rights of refugees, women's rights, the right to healthcare, the right to marry whoever we bloody want to marry!"
"All these rights and more have been threatened or completely taken away by the Liberal government, under that little ball of hate with eyebrows, Johnny Howard."
The album came about when McDougall realised that every musician he knew felt the same way he did about Howard, and wanted to do something about it. McDougall called on these bands to put their music where their mouth is, and come on board the Rock Against Howard CD.
All musicians, artists, everyone donated their work and any profits are going directly to pro-refugee and anti-Howard charities
"These musicians are using their place in the Australian consciousness to fight for change, to get those Liberal party scumbags out of Government, and start this country on the road to recovery," says McDougall.
The CD has been backed by a number of politicians, including Carmen Lawrence, Federal President of the Labor Party:
"For the last eight years we've been subjected to the meanest and most manipulative government ever to hold office in Australia; a government whose stock in trade is the exploitation of fear; a government prepared to harm innocent bystanders to win votes."
ROCK AGAINST HOWARD is out now on F'ckAll Records through Shock, the record company of the revolution.
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