and this is why I love Rob Hirst…

From Midnight Oil’s ARIA Hall of Fame induction speech:

“We joined forces with the millions who see the potential and the perils of the Australian destiny. 2000 came around, a rare moment of peace and goodwill. Yet even before the thrill and the smoke of the Sydney Olympics began to fade great changes were being made. Last week, George W. Bush finally admitted that Iraq may prove to be his Vietnam. But Vietnam inspired some of the greatest protest songs ever written. Not so now, surprisingly. Even when hundreds of thousands of Australians crowded our streets to demonstrate their opposition to another senseless war. Maybe complaint rock is still being written but ignored by an industry hypnotized by ‘get-famous-fast’ TV shows. Bless you John Butler, but you shouldn’t have to do it all by yourself.

Of course, everything eventually turns around as Bush’s predecessor of two centuries past Thomas Jefferson observed. He said, ‘A little patience and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles.'”

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