In the song, the character Derek (who is featured in the story line of Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)) attempts to convince his father, Arthur, of the great opportunities available in Australia, where there's "no drug addiction" and you can "surf like they do in the U.S.A." Derek's advertisement is compared to John Smith, who campaigned for America in a similar manner, by author Thomas Kitts.
The song also features a jam sequence lasting for approximately half the song, which is atypical for The Kinks. In the Australian single edit, this section is removed by editing an earlier section of the song into another section during a drum beat, which is then followed by a fade-out.
It has featured in a wide variety of Australian press and online media, including mining forums, and continues to garner attention due to its controversial and provocative message. Music press have hailed the song as one of the great contemporary Australian protest songs. The Melbourne Age went as far as to say that Midnight Oil's 'Blue Sky Mine' has nothing on 'Australia (Whore of the World)'.
The Song has been banned by ABC Local Radio Southern Queensland (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) as being too provocative for a conservative audience. ABC Southern Queensland encompasses the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region which is the region where Gordon hails from originally and where he has performed the song at a number of anti-mining rallies. The song has however received airplay in other parts of Australia from the ABC, and has been showcased on the national flagship ABC Environment website. As of May 2011, Gordon is contesting the Toowoomba ruling with the case currently before the independent ABC Consumer and Audience review board.
Australia closed its international border early in the pandemic, shutting out most non-citizens except in special circumstances ... Australia closed its international border early in the pandemic, shutting out most non-citizens except in special circumstances.
Australia will extend its year-long international border closure by at least three months ... Australia closed its international border early in the pandemic, shutting out most non-citizens except in special circumstances. .
CANBERRA, Australia — Rio Tinto chairman Simon Thompson said Wednesday he was accountable for the mining giant destroying sacred Indigenous sites in Australia to access iron ore and he will not seek reelection as a board director next year ... meetings in Britain and Australia.
RugbyAustralia said it accepted World Rugby's decision to recommend the postponement of the first women's World Cup to be held in the southern hemisphere ... Rugby Australia said that in the tournament's absence, it would look at providing an alternative international Test schedule for the Wallaroos this year.
SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australia will seek the support of the defence ... Australia on Tuesday extended the closure of its international borders by three months until June 17 after authorities deemed the emergence of more virulent variants of the virus posed serious public health risks.
Australia began mass inoculation for its 25 million population on Feb ... Australia on Tuesday extended the closure of its international borders by three months until June 17 after authorities deemed the emergence of more virulent variants of the virus posed serious public health risks.
As the vaccination drive in underway, more than 265 million have been immunised against the Covid-19. OPENAPP. UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 08.00 AM IST... While 2.54 million people have lost their lives to the viral disease worldwide ... Australia’s international border will remain shut for at least another three months ... Follow all the updates here ... ....
Most international women's teams are still amateur, making the delay particularly difficult for those who have balanced ...RugbyAustralia said that in the tournament's absence, it would look at providing an alternative international Test schedule for the Wallaroos this year.
Australia extends its international border ban to June 2021, meaning 15 months of bans on citizens leaving, caps on the number of citizens permitted to enter their own country as well as banning foreigners from entering.*.
China on Monday urged the United States and Australia to cease interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any form ... "We urge Australia to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any form, to avoid further damage to China-Australia ties," he added.
China has condemned Australia for granting protection visas to Hong Kong passport holders in December and asked Canberra to abandon its interference in Hong Kong's affairs ... "China urges Australia to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any way, to avoid further damage to China-Australia relations," Wang said.
Twelve years in Sydney, ElaineBenson, from Thomondgate, Co Limerick, says her penance for living in one of the world’s most desirable cities is the constant internal conflict about whether to settle there for good or not. That conflict has only escalated in the wake of Australia’s year-long travel ban and international border closure.