Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Garrett in Alice
“U.S. forces give the nod, it’s set back for your country”
“nothing’s as precious, as a hole in the ground”
“They’re only there to lend a hand. Short memory”
These are some of the lyrics we sang last night outside the Alice Springs RSL where Peter Garrett was due to speak at an ALP organised event. We decided to sing Midnight Oil songs that particularly resonated with our perspective: US forces; Blue Sky Mining; Short Memory. Our plan was to support the views expressed in these songs, with solidarity for where Garrett still shared these views.
It was an hour in the cold night before he arrived, giving us plenty of time to let loose in singing and dancing – so our voices are a bit sore today!
Garrett’s speech was a bit disappointing for many of us, most of his speech was talking of why Howard’s regime is bad for Australia (which most of the audience already believed), and when moving to Labor’s policy he sprouted clean coal (oxymoron in my view)!
He chose not to take questions from the floor, but to move among the crowd in conversation, which proved very controversial!
The realists among us reflected that this is what you need to do as a shadow-cabinet member. He got a bit of heckling from the audience (including us) about Rudd’s view of the war, and the change of ALP policy on uranium mining.
So when I got my 10 seconds with him, I thanked him for his previous and current work in the struggle against uranium mining, and stated that there were many outside the party standing behind him in this view. He assured me that he would continue to work, within party structures and limitations, for this aim.
“Political party line don’t cross that floor”…………..(U.S. forces)