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More rockers blast Reclaim Australia

Redneck Wonderland ... Midnight Oil state Reclaim Australia cannot use their songs at ral

Redneck Wonderland … Midnight Oil state Reclaim Australia cannot use their songs at rallies.
Source: News Corp Australia

RECLAIM Australia has lost two more Oz rock classic to play at their rallies.

Midnight Oil have lashed out at the group using Short Memory or any of their songs.

“Midnight Oil does not endorse Reclaim Australia in any way,” the band said in a statement.

“We ask that no Midnight Oil songs are played or used by the organisation. We are in favour of a tolerant Australia, made up of many cultures.”

Goanna’s Shane Howard also wants Reclaim Australia to stop using his 1982 hit Solid Rock.

In a passionate Facebook post, Howard said Reclaim Australia were encouraging racism against Muslims.

“I want to make it absolutely clear that this is an unacceptable use of a song that was meant to inspire Australians to look deeper into the historical racism and injustices suffered by Aboriginal Australia at the hands of Settler Culture since 1788,” Howard wrote.

“Since its release in 1982, much has changed in Australia, for the better and Aboriginal Australia now has a voice and a seat at the table of national affairs, that was so long denied. There are also anti-discrimination laws to protect Aboriginal people and others, from racial vilification.”

Shut down ... Shane Howard wants Reclaim Australia to stop using Solid Rock at their rall

Shut down … Shane Howard wants Reclaim Australia to stop using Solid Rock at their rallies.
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Howard stated Australia as an “unfortunate history” of racism towards Chinese, Italians, Greeks, Vietnamese and anyone “different” who came here.

“We were a deeply racist country for much of our history and you could be forgiven for thinking that racism was something we had now left behind us.

“Now, I fear that Reclaim Australia are encouraging racism against Muslims. Very few Muslims support IS or violent jihad concepts. Most Muslims, like the rest of Australians, want to lead peaceful, fulfilled lives and raise their families in a tolerant, pluralistic, society. There will always be an extreme few who use misguided notions of violence to achieve outcomes.

“Martin Luther King said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’. We should remain vigilant but at the same time, tolerant and nonviolent in the expression of our opinions. Reclaim Australia’s confused vision of what Australia is, or should be, is not my vision. I have no idea who they are trying to Reclaim Australia for? Such distorted feelings and actions belong to a handful of people who seem insecure about their own identity. Working to find our common identity and shared destiny, in this remarkable Aboriginal cultural reality is a more powerful, peaceful and rewarding way forward.”

Howard’s statement follows John Farnham and Jimmy Barnes slamming the use of their songs at Reclaim Australia rallies.

Think first ... Lee Kernaghan has clarified what his song stands for. Picture: Evan Morga

Think first … Lee Kernaghan has clarified what his song stands for. Picture: Evan Morgan
Source: News Corp Australia

Country star Lee Kernaghan has also spoken out about his song Spirit of the Anzacs being used at Reclaim Australia rallies, without passing any comment on the controversial group and their ideals.

“Spirit of the Anzacs is a song about love, mateship, self-sacrifice, endurance and courage.” Kernaghan posted on social media.

“The song was inspired and recorded to salute the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and support every man and woman who has served our country wearing the uniform of the Royal Australian Navy, Army and Royal Australian Air Force. It honours and remembers the 102,700 Australians listed on the Roll Of Honour at the Australian War Memorial, all of whom laid down their lives for the freedoms we have today.

“Any individual or group who chooses to play the recording of this song at a public event should see that it is consistent with — and respectful of, the memory of these Australians.”

Kernaghan’s comments have seen him accused of “fence-sitting” on the issue.

Farnham and Barnes have faced a backlash from Reclaim Australia supporters, some even calling for a boycott of the musicians.

Reclaim Australia’s Facebook page is now asking supporters for other ‘Reclaim’ anthems they can use at future rallies, with You’re the Voice, Short Memory, Khe Sanh and Solid Rock now off limits.

Tom Petty’s Refugee and Rose Tattoo’s Southern Stars have been suggested as well as Icehouse’s Great Southern Land.

Vintage rock ... Shane Howard and Goanna pictured in 1983.

Vintage rock … Shane Howard and Goanna pictured in 1983.
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Shane Howard’s open letter to Reclaim Australia

“It was brought to my attention that recent Reclaim Australia rallies had been playing my song, Solid Rock, Sacred Ground, recorded by my band Goanna.

“I want to make it absolutely clear that this is an unacceptable use of a song that was meant to inspire Australians to look deeper into the historical racism and injustices suffered by Aboriginal Australia at the hands of Settler Culture since 1788. Since its release in 1982, much has changed in Australia, for the better and Aboriginal Australia now has a voice and a seat at the table of national affairs, that was so long denied. There are also anti-discrimination laws to protect Aboriginal people and others, from racial vilification.

“We have an unfortunate history of racism in Australia. We were a deeply racist country for much of our history and you could be forgiven for thinking that racism was something we had now left behind us. I’m generalising here but in the mid-1800s, we were racist towards the Chinese, whose history in Australia is as old as that of the Scots or the Irish. We went on to discriminate against Italians, Greeks, Vietnamese and anybody who came to our shores and was different.

Shocking scenes ... a protester holds a sign during a march toward parliament at a Reclai

Shocking scenes … a protester holds a sign during a march toward parliament at a Reclaim Australia Rally in Canberra, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Picture: AAP
Source: AP

“Now, I fear that Reclaim Australia are encouraging racism against Muslims. Very few Muslims support IS or violent jihad concepts. Most Muslims, like the rest of Australians, want to lead peaceful, fulfilled lives and raise their families in a tolerant, pluralistic, society. There will always be an extreme few who use misguided notions of violence to achieve outcomes.

“I love our diverse and multicultural society, its openness and tolerance. The many cultures who have come to these shores have brought the wealth and treasures of their own rich cultural history and they have all enriched our Australian identity; the music, the food, the ideas, the trade opportunities.

“This was an Aboriginal country, for tens of thousands of years and the early colonial settlement of this country brought much misery to Aboriginal Australia. Aboriginal people are only recently in the early stages of recovery from the brutality of the racism that they had to endure, for too long. There is still a long way to go.

“Martin Luther King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. We should remain vigilant but at the same time, tolerant and nonviolent in the expression of our opinions. “Reclaim Australia’s confused vision of what Australia is, or should be, is not my vision. I have no idea who they are trying to Reclaim Australia for? Such distorted feelings and actions belong to a handful of people who seem insecure about their own identity. Working to find our common identity and shared destiny, in this remarkable Aboriginal cultural reality is a more powerful, peaceful and rewarding way forward.

“I ask that my song, Solid Rock, Sacred Ground, not be used at such rallies.

Shane Howard”

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Goanna – Solid Rock

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