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Midnight Oil — The Dead Heart
Album: Diesel and Dust
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Released: 1987
Length: 5:08
Plays (last 30 days): 2
We don't serve your country
Don't serve your king
Know your custom don't speak your tongue
White man came took everyone

We don't serve your country
Don't serve your king
White man listen to the songs we sing
White man came took everything

We carry in our hearts the true country
And that cannot be stolen
We follow in the steps of our ancestry
And that cannot be broken

We don't serve your country
Don't serve your king
Know your custom don't speak your tongue
White man came took everyone

We don't need protection
Don't need your hand
Keep your promise on where we stand
We will listen we'll understand

We carry in our hearts the true country
And that cannot be stolen
We follow in the steps of our ancestry
And that cannot be broken

We carry in our hearts the true country
And that cannot be stolen
We follow in the steps of our ancestry
And that cannot be broken

Mining companies, pastoral companies
Uranium companies
Collected companies
Got more right than people
Got more say than people
Forty thousand years can make a difference to the state
of things
The dead heart lives here
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I would rather comment on this song than argue politics. Great song! But I must say Midnight Oil has done a great job in the lyrics (and not just this song) to point out important issues, whether we like it or not.
 fredriley wrote:


No. Collective guilt fails bigtime, as it's a) wrong (practically and morally), and b) it lets the real guilty folk off the hook. In the words of Hannah Arendt, historian of the Nazi period and the Holocaust, who famously wrote about the trials of Nazi war criminals, "where all are guilty, none are".

Only feel guilty for what you personally have done, or omitted to do. For the crimes of the past, feel angry and determined to not let them be repeated.
 
I am not proposing guilt as a solution because it often makes problems like these worse. However, it's important for those who are currently privileged to be aware that their status is based, at least in part, on past and current racism and discrimination. I think we collectively have an obligation to repair those historical and present wrongs. 
 adu wrote:

You omitted checking privilege: For what crimes of the past was one the beneficiary, and to what degree has one acted against their self interest to mitigate the unlevel playing field that's given advantage. You don't have to feel guilty to acknowledge what advantages you have that you cannot take credit for. A true meritocracy is elusive, but we can still have humble self reflection.

Note that I'm not saying you personally haven't done that self reflection, you might be a saint. I've done some and mitigated less, but I am careful not to suggest racial problems of the past are in the past. They will echo forward for many generations to come. We beneficiaries are obliged to, at least, dampen the sound.
 
This is an interesting question. I recall the words of Heraclitus--character is destiny-- and I think that where each of is in life is the result of some combination of our own right and wrong actions, the right and wrong actions of others toward us, and a heavy dose of the grace of God.  Not to minimize the evils of colonialism, but if the victims that Midnight Oil are singing about are like other human beings--and I am certain they are--they were busy harming one another long before the white man ever got there. Also, I know people who got more than they deserved precisely because they belonged to a group that is "underprivileged" and I know people who got less than they deserved precisely because they belonged to a group that is "privileged." It's complicated. For me, the bottom line is: if we teach people that their problems are primarily caused by other people, we teach them that they are powerless to make their own lives better. So I suggest we teach people to focus on what they themselves can do bring about better results for themselves.
 adu wrote:

You omitted checking privilege: For what crimes of the past was one the beneficiary, and to what degree has one acted against their self interest to mitigate the unlevel playing field that's given advantage. You don't have to feel guilty to acknowledge what advantages you have that you cannot take credit for. A true meritocracy is elusive, but we can still have humble self reflection.

Note that I'm not saying you personally haven't done that self reflection, you might be a saint. I've done some and mitigated less, but I am careful not to suggest racial problems of the past are in the past. They will echo forward for many generations to come. We beneficiaries are obliged to, at least, dampen the sound.
 
Another gift of a kind/kindred community is when you feel compelled to say something, but then discover another member of the community already saying it for you, and doing it better than you would have, anyway.  Thanks @adu.

I especially liked "you might be a saint".  You would need to be a saint to do this perfectly, but that does not mean the less than perfect should not do anything.
A band that I have a fondness for, despite disliking the lead vocalist's voice!
 fredriley wrote:


No. Collective guilt fails bigtime, as it's a) wrong (practically and morally), and b) it lets the real guilty folk off the hook. In the words of Hannah Arendt, historian of the Nazi period and the Holocaust, who famously wrote about the trials of Nazi war criminals, "where all are guilty, none are".

Only feel guilty for what you personally have done, or omitted to do. For the crimes of the past, feel angry and determined to not let them be repeated.
 
You omitted checking privilege: For what crimes of the past was one the beneficiary, and to what degree has one acted against their self interest to mitigate the unlevel playing field that's given advantage. You don't have to feel guilty to acknowledge what advantages you have that you cannot take credit for. A true meritocracy is elusive, but we can still have humble self reflection.

Note that I'm not saying you personally haven't done that self reflection, you might be a saint. I've done some and mitigated less, but I am careful not to suggest racial problems of the past are in the past. They will echo forward for many generations to come. We beneficiaries are obliged to, at least, dampen the sound.
 radioparadise9 wrote:

How about if you benefit from the theft of the land and the attempted genocide ..... like most Australians!

 
All the colonial nations share guilt nd wasn’t it strange peoples who escaped persecution in 19th Century Europe persecuted the native peoples
they encountered in America and Australia especially
 fredriley wrote:


No. Collective guilt fails bigtime, as it's a) wrong (practically and morally), and b) it lets the real guilty folk off the hook. In the words of Hannah Arendt, historian of the Nazi period and the Holocaust, who famously wrote about the trials of Nazi war criminals, "where all are guilty, none are".

Only feel guilty for what you personally have done, or omitted to do. For the crimes of the past, feel angry and determined to not let them be repeated.
 
How about if you benefit from the theft of the land and the attempted genocide ..... like most Australians!

 Jota wrote:
In practice this is correct however, under UK law, the Queen/Monarchy still retains the right to do a helluva lot. That's because we don't have a proper constitution or bill of rights.
 
So, what you're saying is that the Queen is the last-ditch protection against the excesses of mere mortals -- not often needed, but worth keeping in place. 
 gmsingh123 wrote:
All white people should feel guilty to some extent.
 
Why?  My great-grandfather's adherence to laws and customs of his day? 

Do you feel guilty about your ancestors' sins?  If you go back far enough, there's likely some serious wrongdoing in everyone's family tree.

[PS:  Good to see you're still around, fredriley.]
 gmsingh123 wrote:

All white people should feel guilty to some extent.
 

No. Collective guilt fails bigtime, as it's a) wrong (practically and morally), and b) it lets the real guilty folk off the hook. In the words of Hannah Arendt, historian of the Nazi period and the Holocaust, who famously wrote about the trials of Nazi war criminals, "where all are guilty, none are".

Only feel guilty for what you personally have done, or omitted to do. For the crimes of the past, feel angry and determined to not let them be repeated.
 wgsu_1978 wrote:

Me too. And I still have no idea what Warburton is.
 

In the UK, it's a brand of bread :o)
 rick83390 wrote:
les européens ( the white man) sont responsable de beaucoup trop de désastres dans ce monde entre cupidité, ignorance et aveuglement. 
 

There's no evidence it would be any different if the boot was on the other foot, though. So it's people. Not even men. People. We're twats.
les européens ( the white man) sont responsable de beaucoup trop de désastres dans ce monde entre cupidité, ignorance et aveuglement. 
 justin4kick wrote:

Not here in Europe. Does this make us guilty? 
 
All white people should feel guilty to some extent.
It would be wonderful if the sentiments of this song reached out to everyone else outside of Australia. It was really a 'slap on each cheek... do you know what we did and what we're heading for' message.
 Bert7 wrote:

Pretty much could be said about any natives in any country.
 
Not here in Europe. Does this make us guilty? 
'Doo doo'  indeed !
moooooore Oils pleeeeeease
 eyeyeye wrote:
This never gets old and Punk never dies! 
 

Hardly punk is it?  A lot of thought and talent went into this song (and others of theirs).
This never gets old and Punk never dies! 
Interesting song on this day of Thanksgiving in our country.  Perhaps not by chance.  {#Yes}
Never gets boring!
 kt.johnson.jr364 wrote:
Great song - great album
 
Without question.  The good old days when a band could stand for something.
 SO MONOTONOUS AND BORING THIS IS

richlister wrote:
Durr durr durr dur durr de de... and repeat

 

Great song - great album
Something's ticking . . . 
Saw them in the early 80's up here in Canada, an inspiring show by all accounts.  They had an Australian indigenous opening act that consisted primarily of didgeridoo players that was particularly mesmerizing.
 poetdancer wrote:

Agreed. Saw them in Oakland (California) on this last tour, and they were still inspiring.

 
I was at the Oakland show too. As good as ever (although Peter's dancing around was a little less manic).
 Bert7 wrote:
Saw them a month ago in Vancouver Canada, if you get a chance don't miss them. Rocked for over 2 hours and sound great.{#Drummer} 

 
Agreed. Saw them in Oakland (California) on this last tour, and they were still inspiring.
Saw them a month ago in Vancouver Canada, if you get a chance don't miss them. Rocked for over 2 hours and sound great.{#Drummer} 
 fredriley wrote:

The UK Queen is only nominally head of State - she's a figurehead, and has no executive power, for all that all Acts of Parliament are carried out in her name. That she and her clan of inbred descendants of German robber barons are backwards and parasitic is a given, but she doesn't have any power - that's wielded by inbred ruling-class public school Tories.

 
In practice this is correct however, under UK law, the Queen/Monarchy still retains the right to do a helluva lot. That's because we don't have a proper constitution or bill of rights.

Powers of the Queen:

The power to appoint and dismiss the Prime Minister
The power to appoint and dismiss other ministers.
The power to summon, prorogue and dissolve Parliament
The power to make war and peace
The power to command the armed forces of the United Kingdom
The power to regulate the Civil ServiceThe power to ratify treaties
The power to issue passports
The power to appoint bishops and archbishops of the Church of England
The power to create peers (both life peers and hereditary peers).
 

In times of "grave constitutional crisis", the Queen has the power to VETO any ministerial advice/opinion.


they were originals
 poetdancer wrote:
They're about to launch their first tour in 20 years - perhaps to a venue near you! I'm very excited to see them again.
 
Is this tour going to be sponsored by Australian Dream®?
 
They're about to launch their first tour in 20 years - perhaps to a venue near you! I'm very excited to see them again.
White man come.
White man form rock band,
White rock band sing about White man come,
Dum Dum Dum De Dum

(repeat ad infinitum changing words slightly) 
So glad I had the opportunity to see this band live! They were incredible.
Overplayed long ago. Still feels I've heard it too many times too recently.
Glad they had their hit. Now let"s move on.
Not everything need be politics, all the time, at every movement. 
Durr durr durr dur durr de de... and repeat
Mad Max (reboot)...anyone?
{#Bananasplit}
 fredriley wrote:

The UK Queen is only nominally head of State - she's a figurehead, and has no executive power, for all that all Acts of Parliament are carried out in her name. That she and her clan of inbred descendants of German robber barons are backwards and parasitic is a given, but she doesn't have any power - that's wielded by inbred ruling-class public school Tories.

 

Just to clarify, in case you were a little confused by Fred's last sentence, what the British call public schools we call private schools here in the US.    


This song, though... <3
 fredriley wrote:

The UK Queen is only nominally head of State - she's a figurehead, and has no executive power, for all that all Acts of Parliament are carried out in her name. That she and her clan of inbred descendants of German robber barons are backwards and parasitic is a given, but she doesn't have any power - that's wielded by inbred ruling-class public school Tories.

 
Classic
 TerryS wrote:
Everyone in my underwear loves this song.

 
{#Hug}
and now for the Alexisonfire cover...?
Daft singing.
I see Peter Garrett didn't give HIS property to the aboriginal people of Australia. Hypocrite!
 rdo wrote:

Being dodgy is a prerequisite for being a politician —- it is infinitely better than a monarchy though, where retards are frequently the heads of state... case in point — the UK
 
The UK Queen is only nominally head of State - she's a figurehead, and has no executive power, for all that all Acts of Parliament are carried out in her name. That she and her clan of inbred descendants of German robber barons are backwards and parasitic is a given, but she doesn't have any power - that's wielded by inbred ruling-class public school Tories.
{#Dancingbanana_2}
Something about this drumming annoys me. Too monotonous? Doesn't sound like a normal drum set, rather whacking some plastic pans or something.
{#Jump}
 Bert7 wrote:

Pretty much could be said about any natives in any country.

 
Yep. This song is just whining...
 otaznick wrote:

"The song deals with the mistreatment of indigenous Australians and the nonrecognition of indigenous cultures in Australia, and was part of efforts to raise awareness of Australia's Stolen Generations - the forcible removal of Australian Aboriginal children from their families between 1909 and the 1970's."

 
Pretty much could be said about any natives in any country.
Oh how I love Friday Mornings :)
Can't get enough of The Oils.
Just keep movin'  {#Bananajumprope}
More into their older stuff but Midnight Oil is always gold!
 clyman99 wrote:


White man listen to the songs we sing
White man came took everything...  {#Eh}

 
"The song deals with the mistreatment of indigenous Australians and the nonrecognition of indigenous cultures in Australia, and was part of efforts to raise awareness of Australia's Stolen Generations - the forcible removal of Australian Aboriginal children from their families between 1909 and the 1970's."
 FatPants wrote:
I still listen to Midnight Oil perhaps more often than I should

 
Me too. And I still have no idea what Warburton is.
RP on a roll!!! Blue Oyster Cult and now this! Keep it going!!!
do dit do dit do do do
https://cdn.riffraf.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/midnight-oil-5079d805cf422.jpg

White man listen to the songs we sing
White man came took everything...  {#Eh}
 TerryS wrote:
Everyone in my underwear loves this song.

 
careful... we've been there before
Everyone in my underwear loves this song.
I still listen to Midnight Oil perhaps more often than I should
Well I remember how totally different this was from most of the stuff out there at the time. And it was hitting back HARD; we LOVED it!
The first CD I every bought.  Got it used.  But had to bring something home to try out the new Denon 777.

Dynamic range was so good that I almost killed the voice coils in my Audax tweeters.

 
 fitzworld wrote:
It is just me or does the lead singer remind you of Falco?

 
I can hear what you mean.  At the very beginning of the tune, Garrett seems to use a similar vocal inflection to that often employed by Austria's greatest rapper, but it changes after that.  Ordinarily, they don't sound alike at all, and they certainly did not have any visual resemblance to one another.
Love the brass and strings on this. Bonzer mate.
It is just me or does the lead singer remind you of Falco?
 WonderLizard wrote:
Incredible song by one of the greatest of the Oz bands. The arrangement is stunning.

 
DITTO!
Used to love this song as a kid. Was the super-amp tune before surfing. Now that I'm living in Australia and learning a bit about the Aboriginal people and their story it means a lot more. 10.
 stunix wrote:

Bush?

 
Abso-fuckin-lutly


I am sorry to dissappoint you all but I am a life long Democrat.  It is a supreme insult to any Democrat to suggest they are less patriotic than a Republican.  The people that come to this board are clueless about American politics---I do not let it bother me.  
yeah yeah get up and dance people...{#Dancingbanana_2}
{#Fire} {#War}
Incredible song by one of the greatest of the Oz bands. The arrangement is stunning.
 rdo wrote:

Being dodgy is a prerequisite for being a politician --- it is infinitely better than a monarchy though, where retards are frequently the heads of state... case in point -- the UK
 
Bush?
EVERYBODY IN MY SUMMER HOUSE LOVES THIS SONG, THOUGH WE KEEP BUMPING INTO EACH OTHER.
{#Bananapiano} .... getting into this tune Bill - nice one
 juanos wrote:
I once saw them in concert in Canberra, they were absolutely great live, it is a GREAT pity that Peter Garret decided to quit music to become a rather dodgy politician!

 
Being dodgy is a prerequisite for being a politician --- it is infinitely better than a monarchy though, where retards are frequently the heads of state... case in point -- the UK
Woooooo  Ya YAaa
Ya ya ya
 hugogdt wrote:
One of the best tunes of the Oils, one of their most clear and reivindicative lirics.

 
And a great beat!
One of the best tunes of the Oils, one of their most clear and reivindicative lirics.
I once saw them in concert in Canberra, they were absolutely great live, it is a GREAT pity that Peter Garret decided to quit music to become a rather dodgy politician!
GREAT TUNE, GREAT BAND.{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Jump}{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana_2}
 justin4kick wrote:
The Australian Cars?

  
No please no!
The Australian Cars?
I just looked up the definition of 'compelling' to be sure that I was using it correctly.
Definition: Evoking interest, attention, or admiration in a powerfully irresistible way 
Yeah, that's what I meant. 
Unmistakable sound. Compelling and beautiful.

Everybody in my churches loves this song...
 
 mefrombrazil wrote:
where are they now?

 
Still around for occasional special (read: significant) appearances. As you can see from the earlier posts, they do have differing lives now.

Rob Hirst was a recent profile supporter/activist of the massive gas hub resistance movement at James Price Point and wrote a great tune dedicated to Joe Roe, a tribal traditional Aboriginal leader here, and, as it happens, the LNG processing plant project has been abandoned.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQFvz_ICu2g

He's also written a book about life on the road with the Oils.

I feel Garrett is turning out to be a very ordinary politician whereas his earlier stiff walk front man oddity in a seminal Oz rock outfit was memorable.
 mefrombrazil wrote:
where are they now?

  Peter Garrett, the lead singer, is the current Minister for Education in the Federal Parliament of Australia:
https://www.petergarrett.com.au/
 mefrombrazil wrote:
where are they now?

 
Rob, Martin and Jim founded a band with Violent Femmes bassist. Peter is a politician.
where are they now?
what a great song—-we be dancing, too1
 jt1 wrote:

On this one, we agree.

I was lucky enough to see Midnight Oil (as a support act to The Tragically Hip) many years ago somewhere near Toronto.
Both bands were highlights for me in a great summer.
 
That is awesome!  Must have been a great show!

We be dancing...
 
Like it.
Here a short commercial from Midnight Oil

The Burra Community is asking for everyone's help to preserve and restore the now iconic "Midnight Oil" cottage just north of Burra.

The cottage featured on the cover of the 1987 Midnight Oil album "Diesel & Dust", and has been photographed and used in commercials ever since. Just type "Midnight Oil cottage" into Google and you can see instantly the status it has for photographers and fans alike.

Burra, as a heritage town is remarkably well preserved, but only as a result of support of the community and Governments.

We have close to half of the National Trust of South Australia;s assets in our town, and the Burra Charter is considered the best practice standard for cultural heritage management in Australia.

So why do we need help?

Simply put, the task of preserving and maintaining the hundreds of wonderful buildings and street scapes is one that is well beyond the capacity of our small community and diminishing Government resources.

In the case of the Midnight Oil cottage, the community has encouraged the Burra CMC to support the building's preservation, and to move towards its restoration and possible reconstruction.

With the support of the owners of the land on which it is located, we are establishing a group to oversight the project, and have the support of Midnight Oil as well as the photographer Ken Duncan who took that first picture.

We have established the "Midnight Oil Cottage Preservation Fund" with out local BankSA branch and would welcome donations to the account. (BSB 105-017 ACC 037142840)

Should you require further information, please contact Bruce Stockman, Chair of the Burra CMC on (08) 8892 2260 or email midnightoilcottage@gmail.com 
 Lazarus wrote:

We be dancing...  love it...
 
 
On this one, we agree.

I was lucky enough to see Midnight Oil (as a support act to The Tragically Hip) many years ago somewhere near Toronto.
Both bands were highlights for me in a great summer.

We be dancing...  love it...
 
Here it is:

Mining companies, pastoral companies
Uranium companies
Collected companies
Got more right than people
Got more say than people

Forty thousand years can make a difference to the state of things
The dead heart lives here.
 Euskadita wrote:

There is or "was" a website with the numerous rants and raves of Midnight Oil. In this case he says: "Forty thousand years can make a difference to the state of things"
 
So what "tongue" would it be?
 Forest267 wrote:
I had a friend in the '80's who was a member of a Pentecostal church that prayed in "tongues". He said that's what Peter Garrett was doing at the end of this song... any truth to that?
 
There is or "was" a website with the numerous rants and raves of Midnight Oil. In this case he says: "Forty thousand years can make a difference to the state of things"
<my top band all time
 Businessgypsy wrote:

C'mon - you can have a discussion without the stereotypes and personal attack. I'm neither particularly patriotic, a parrot or a waffle. Not even sure what all that means. Have slit far fewer throats than you might imagine. People like me? I' live in the same world as you. We can have a better discussion than that.

Empires do indeed eventually fail - but why? Why did the great Meso American Empires, for instance, fail? Weakness against a stronger bunch of humans with fewer qualms regarding human dignity. Other native groups before Europeans showed up, but the formula is still valid. Since the colonization of North America, the extremely merciless conquerors have given way to a more pervasive, but diverse and humane government. When it falls, it will be to a less touchy feely, stronger group - which will probably not have the results you're hoping for re: human rights, freedom and standard of living. There's a good, even handed warts-and-all historical accounting of this cycle using the perspective of the British Navy from 1400's till the present in the book To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World by Arthur Herman. Bit of a slog at first, but captivating as you get into it.

Are you really ready to turn away from all the comforts, security and health advances of the modern world as brought to you by the folks of all nations that have held out against totalitarianism? It's a day you may, indeed, want to wait for. Poster ick commented "I often wonder how well we really live. I think Aboriginal societies had something over us that we really don't get and that is true freedom". Easy enough to find out. Throw off the connected economy of the world we live in and go it alone with nature. Let me know how that works out. Did you get a hot shower this week? Regular meals?

I don't have any illusions about freedom, all of this comes at a price. The indigenous groups you cite got he short end of the stick, as my ancestors and yours surely did at some point in the past. Hardly a survival issue though, not in any way genocide and definitely only a guilt trip for those who choose to assume guilt. Populations in real peril across the world might have a thing or two to say about the picture you paint of Canada's aboriginal population, and see it as belittling and disrespectful of the daily life and death struggles that are reality for them.

The point of all this is to comment that history is clear about the failure to protect freedom, security and the general health and welfare of populations against those who would enslave or oppress bodies and minds - like any sort of theocracy. Yes, there is a great temptation to localize and narrow focus when personal relationships are involved, but the shifting balance of power in the world doesn't notice that so much. A long term overview with good historical record is the best lens we have for seeing this issue.

POI: You might want to check your sources regarding British aristocracy comprising most of early US leadership.


 
I'll give you the regular meals part Businessgypsy but you cannot miss what you never had so, I don't think the Aboriginals minded too much that they did not get a hot shower during the week. 
 Forest267 wrote:
I had a friend in the '80's who was a member of a Pentecostal church that prayed in "tongues". He said that's what Peter Garrett was doing at the end of this song... any truth to that?
 
No.
had a friend in the old days named "midnight earl'...think about him sometimes when they play these guys.....deserved the nickname....pretty sure some angry husband shot him...definitely not safe hangin out with that guy...a scary kinda fun though
 Mozart wrote:
I can imagine Romeo dancing in his hotel room
 
You have a vivid imagination, and that is good, because yes we be dancing!  Love this song...

and everybody in my hotel room loves Mozart...  hope you are having a great time right this minute!

 
I can imagine Romeo dancing in his hotel room
 Forest267 wrote:
I had a friend in the '80's who was a member of a Pentecostal church that prayed in "tongues". He said that's what Peter Garrett was doing at the end of this song... any truth to that?
 
I don't speak tongues, but the lyrics search turned up "The dead heart lives here" as the last lyric; that's what it sounded like to me, FWIW.

Love the song...fond memories of watching music videos...
I had a friend in the '80's who was a member of a Pentecostal church that prayed in "tongues". He said that's what Peter Garrett was doing at the end of this song... any truth to that?
 kaybee wrote:
Wow – love the segue from Blue Oyster Cult!
 
Could use a little cow bell eh. {#High-five}
Wow – love the segue from Blue Oyster Cult!

Peter Garrett was lead singer of the Australian rock band Midnight Oil from 1973 until its disbanding in 2002. He served as President of the Australian Conservation Foundation for a total of ten years, and in 2003 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the environment and music industry.

He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the House of Representatives for the seat of Kingsford Smith, New South Wales, since October 2004. After the Labor Party won in the November 2007 election, Garrett was appointed Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. On 8 March 2010, his portfolio title was changed to Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts. He continued in this role in Julia Gillard's first Ministry. He was re-elected at the 2010 election and was appointed Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He was sworn into this portfolio on 14 September 2010 as a member of the Second Gillard Ministry. In 2009, the French Government appointed Garrett an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2010, WWF Australia and International presented him with their Leaders for a Living Planet award.

 allabout wrote:
Politics,  The man's a hypocrite...blood on his hands..this Australia calling.. Umberdog wrote:
I love this whole album. Although the politics are different from those where I live, in the details they are pretty common human issues, and it fires up the rebel inside.
 

But still and all, he's a better bureaucrat than musician.



Whereas Blue Oyster Cult is just pap, Midnight Oil has something meaningful to say although not any more musically gifted than the Cult.