I’M NOT GONNA SIT IN SI­LENCE

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CAMERON ADAMS

JOHN Farn­ham has joined Jimmy Barnes in in­sist­ing Re­claim Aus­tralia stop us­ing his songs at their race-fu­elled ral­lies.

Farn­ham’s man­ager Glenn Wheat­ley said the use of You’re the Voice by Re­claim Aus­tralia was “dis­gust­ing”.

“John and I se­ri­ously op­pose the use of John’s song at the ral­lies,” he said. “It in no way re­flects our sup­port in any way. There are other means to con­duct protests. Just don’t use our song or Jimmy Barnes’s or Lee Ker­naghan’s.”

Wheat­ley has suc­cess­fully pulled videos from YouTube where You’re the Voice was used as a sound­track for ISIS footage.

“The use was dis­gust­ing as it showed the de­cap­i­ta­tion of those poor souls who lost their lives,” Wheat­ley said. “It was ab­so­lutely sick­en­ing to see those im­ages to the en­tire song of You’re the Voice.”

Coun­try singer Ker­naghan, whose song Spirit of the An­zacs was also heard at Re­claim Aus­tralia ral­lies at the week­end, was un­avail­able for com­ment.

Re­claim Aus­tralia has now re­luc­tantly agreed to stop us­ing Cold Chisel’s Khe Sanh and other Barnes- sung songs at ral­lies.

The group even ex­pressed sad­ness that the chart- top­per had “mis­taken” them for be­ing racist, but some sup­port­ers are now call­ing for a boy­cott of Barnes.

“We are deeply sad­dened at the news of Jimmy Barnes ask­ing us not to play his songs at our ral- lies,” the group wrote on Face­book af­ter Barnes posted an open let­ter stat­ing “none of these peo­ple rep­re­sent me and I do not sup­port them”.

Re­claim Aus­tralia told Barnes “you have mis­tak­enly be­lieved in­cor­rect news re­ports that Re­claim Aus­tralia is a racist group. This is not true ... In­evitably at our ral­lies we un­for­tu­nately have some fa­nat­ics and we have tried our best to have them re­moved. We are and will con­tinue to sup­port you pri­vately as you are an Aussie icon, how­ever if it’s your wish, we will no longer play your songs at our ral­lies.”

Barnes’s son David Camp­bell tweeted his sup­port for his fa­ther.

“I could not be more proud to be his son to­day,” he wrote.

Re­claim Aus­tralia’s Face­book page is now full of an­gry sup­port­ers lash­ing out at Barnes.

“Boy­cott Barnes,” wrote Liesel Fin­layson. “He has no clue, like the rest of them just jumps to the con­clu­sion that we are racists and big­ots with­out even try- ing to un­der­stand what we are fight­ing for!!!”

Lyn Keehn wrote: “Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy, I hope your fam­ily’s fu­ture gen­er­a­tions for­give your de­ci­sion, whilst they are ad­just­ing their Burkas to fit in to the atroc­i­ties that will oc­cur un­der siege. Lost my vote. Jimmy Who !!!! Tsk tsk tsk.”

John Nan­car­row wrote: “I’ve never had any time for Jimmy Barnes any­way. He’s got his eye on record sales and doesn’t want to get any­one off- side.”

But one per­son on the page read Barnes’s open let­ter and noted, “At no point did Jimmy call any­one racist. He said he sup­ports tol­er­ance, that is all. Well done guys for miss­ing the point.”

Barnes’s let­ter read: “The Aus­tralia I be­long to and love is a tol­er­ant Aus­tralia. A place that is open and giv­ing. It is a place that em­braces all sorts of dif­fer­ent peo­ple, in fact is made stronger by the di­ver­sity of its peo­ple.”

He de­clined to com­ment fur­ther on the is­sue.

FIRM STANCE: John Farn­ham ( left) has joined Jimmy Barnes ( above) in con­demn­ing the use of their songs by Re­claim Aus­tralia or­gan­is­ers.

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