The Courier-Mail

Winton is on song: Premier


PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has entered the stoush over Waltzing Matilda, saying it “belongs to Winton”.

Victorian company WM Production­s is seeking to expand its trademark over the name Waltzing Matilda while the central west town of Winton – where A.B. “Banjo” Paterson penned the iconic lyrics to the song – looks to rebuild a key tourist attraction based on the unofficial national anthem.

Winton’s Waltzing Matilda centre was devastated by fire earlier this year. The local council wants to rebuild it, but is concerned WM Production’s trademark move could affect its ability to create educationa­l materials.

The company’s trademark applicatio­n involves uses including films, computer software and CDs.

The Winton Shire last week said it was “very unfair for a corporatio­n to be able to trademark and make money from using the name of Waltzing Matilda”.

Adding her voice to those of prominent Australian­s Michael Caton and Dick Smith, the Premier yesterday weighed in on the issue.

“I heard last night that the mayor was speaking about this. It is iconic, it is Queensland and I believe it belongs to Winton,” she said.

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