Shortistory: OUT OF THE CABINET 1988/1989

CONTENTS

I’M GONNA BE (500 MILES)
QUICK FACTS
FAST CAR
DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY
CELEBRATION OF A NATION
THE OUTBACK CHILDREN’S SPECTACULAR
WIND BENEATH MY WINGS
TIANANMEN SQUARE
WIND OF CHANGE
POOR WEE BILLY McMAHON
THE BIGGEST TOWN COUNCIL
PLUS ÇA CHANGE
HOME AND AWAY, KYLIE AND JASON
IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME

I’M GONNA BE (500 MILES)
The Proclaimers are a musical duo consisting of identical bespectacled Scottish twins, Charlie and Craig Reid. ‘Swotty geeks and speccy eight eyes’ according to the British press, ‘pub singers who write about lassies and drinking’ by their own account.

On their debut album in 1987, the boys accompanied themselves with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a tambourine. That album produced a hit song, Letter From America, but the song that really took off for them was I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), from their second album Sunshine on Leith. This time they had a band, which included two veterans of the British folk-rock act Fairport Convention, Jerry Donahue on lead and Dave Mattacks on drums.

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) quickly became one of those songs that was loved as much as it was loathed, with no middle ground. In Australia we loved it, taking it to number 1 for 5 weeks, when in the UK it only made it to eleventh spot on the charts. Since then it’s been reinvented so many times that it’s like it never went away.

The first big boost was in 1993, when the song was used in the opening of the offbeat romantic comedy film, Benny and Joon, starring Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson. The five-year-old song was suddenly a huge hit in the USA.

In 2007 it was re-recorded as a comedy single with Peter Kay and Matt Lucas, and went straight to number 1 in the UK. Then in 2014, the film Sunshine on Leith, made up of many Proclaimers’ songs, meant it was popular all over again.

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) has been used in the Alvin and the Chipmunks video game, as a farewell to David Tennant as Doctor Who, at Scottish football matches, and in countless TV shows, ads and movies. And The Proclaimers are still performing, were at Glastonbury in 2015, and have a new album.

They have long been staunch supporters of Scottish independence, and at the 2014 referendum, supported the cause with their name, their music, and their money.

And it all began with a catchy 3-chord wonder back in 1988/’89.

QUICK FACTS
Commercial computers had been used in Australia for 30 years, and there was still a shop called Typewriter World, but in ‘88/’89 the technology that we now know and love started to really flourish.
There was an explosion in the use of mobile phones, which were beginning to rear their ugly brick-sized heads in restaurants, cinemas, bus queues and the like. The cheapest was $2796, the dearest $5537, or you could rent one for $25 a day. You could get yourself an Apple CD rom drive for $2500, or a new Apple scanner for $3495.

The first well-known computer virus, the 1988 internet worm, was unleashed, the first of 24 GPS satellites were placed into orbit, the first officially sanctioned online commercial e-mail provider debuted, and the first text message was sent.

It was a time when Australia was honoured to have the highest number of McDonald’s restaurants per capita in the world, but if you preferred to eat at home, a Sunbeam Frypan would set you back $59.95, an electric carving knife $19.95, and a microwave at Harvey Norman Discounts, $399.

At a time when casks were 2/3 of the wine market, $6.99 was all you needed for a cask of Lindeman’s Riesling. If you weren’t up to the sophistication of a cardboard drink, you could try aluminium in the form of cans of Tooheys Draught for $18.49 a slab.

It cost $100 to clothe a kid for school, the average electricity bill for a 4 person family was $110 a quarter, the median house price in Sydney was $134 000, petrol was 42c a litre, and for $18,990, you could be the proud owner of a Holden Commodore Executive.

FAST CAR
You got a fast car,
I want a ticket to anywhere,
Maybe we make a deal,
Maybe together we can get somewhere,
Any place is better,
Starting from zero, got nothing to lose,
Maybe we’ll make something,
Me myself I got nothing to prove.

And speaking of desirable cars, 1988 was the year when we first heard Boston singer-songwriter, Tracy Chapman. Brought up in a working class district in Cleveland, Ohio, she wrote and sang songs that focused on social issues such as the dehumanising effects of inner city life, racism and domestic violence.

It was her song Fast Car that shot her to international stardom, but it may not have happened if it weren’t for Nelson Mandela and Stevie Wonder.

Mandela, still imprisoned, turned 70 that year and major events were held worldwide to mark the occasion, as well as raise money and awareness for the Anti-Apartheid movement. At London’s Wembley Stadium, a star-studded event featured acts like Harry Belafonte, The Bee Gees, Dire Straits, the Eurythmics, Sting and Stevie Wonder. But Stevie’s computer played up, rendering him unable to perform, so Tracy Chapman was given his spot.

Armed with her acoustic guitar she gave a heart-rending rendition of Fast Car, letting the intensity and purity of her voice and the depth of her lyrics speak for themselves.

Her musical tale of a hard-done-by life became the surprise hit of the show. Being in a concert that was broadcast to 67 countries and watched worldwide by 600 million people meant that Fast Car and Ms Chapman would be ignored no more.

That concert was just one small part of world opinion and sanctions that were isolating South Africa, and the following year’s election in that country was the last to be held under Apartheid.

You got a fast car
Is it fast enough so you can fly away?
You gotta make a decision,
Leave tonight or live and die this way.

DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY
From one view of the world to another

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don’t worry be happy.

With a title taken from a famous quotation by Indian spiritual master Meher Baba, Bobby McFerrin’s song Don’t Worry Be Happy was the first a cappella recording to ever top the charts.

George Bush Senior ran for president in 1988 with similar slogans- Bush’s slogans were ‘A Kinder, Gentler Nation’, and ‘Read My Lips, No New Taxes.’

McFerrin’s song was adopted by the Bush camp as a campaign song. This is my version of what Bush could have used.

Here’s a song I never wrote
But I might use it to get your vote,
Don’t worry, be happy.

But he used it as it was.

The poor old Republicans! They want popular songs for their campaigns, but the writers of these songs are invariably on the left, and Bobby McFerrin was no exception. This is my version of what Bobby might have been thinking.

This song don’t go in your campaign,
Remove it, wash it down the drain,
And hurry, be snappy.

The song was removed, but its absence didn’t stop George becoming President. And like all good politicians, he took the kinder, gentler nation to war with Iraq, and while Americans watched his lips, he raised taxes. The song, though, won Best Song of the Year at the Grammies.

Don’t worry, be happy.

CELEBRATION OF A NATION
Meanwhile, here in Australia, 1988 marked the 200th anniversary of European settlement. Indigenous activists called it the Year of Mourning, but to governments and advertisers it was the Bicentenary, a celebration of the nation. It even had its own song, sung by Rick Price and Margaret Urlich, whose American accents helped to illustrate how proudly Australian we were when it came to promoting this seminal year in our history.

Have you noticed something happening,
Something going on round here
Have you noticed there’s a feeling
Of something in the air
It’s a feeling that keeps growing
From the outback to the sea
All those years of sweat and tears
It’s our Bicentenary.

MOJO advertising agency, incredibly successful at selling cricket and margarine, got the job of capturing the spirit of our nation in the TV ad. Akubra hats, Aussie flags and a truckload of celebrities were sent out to Uluru to wave and clap their hands in sync with the slick recording. Have a look at it on YouTube, and see how many people in it aren’t white and/or young and/or active.

Celebration of a nation
Give us a hand
Celebration of a nation
Let’s make it grand,
Let’s make it great in ‘88
Come on, give us a hand.

Australia Day was marked by a massive event on Sydney Harbour with tall ships, fireworks, and Charles and Diana. It was seen across the world and led to an increase in visa applications to come to Australia. But it was a divided celebration of a nation, with more than 40,000 indigenous and non-indigenous people marching through the streets of Sydney in protest.

All this at a time when 99 deaths of Aboriginal people in custody were being investigated by a Royal Commission. Singer songwriter Paul Kelly offered up an alternative take on events, in his song Bicentennial

A ship is sailing into harbour,
A party’s waiting on the shore,
And they’re running up the flag now,
And they want us all to cheer,

Charlie’s head nearly reaches the ceiling,
But his feet don’t touch the floor,
From a prison issue blanket his body’s swinging,
He won’t dance any more,

Take me away from your dance floor,
Leave me out of your parade,
I have not the heart for dancing,
For dancing on his grave.

THE OUTBACK CHILDREN’S SPECTACULAR
In 1985, I was asked by a colleague who was working at the NSW Bicentennial office to come up with a proposal for a community event. It seemed that most of the planned events were centered around Sydney Harbour so I suggested a project in which I’d create a show with primary students in outback NSW. The concept passed the audition and for a year between October 1987 and October 1988, I was living in Dubbo, driving to 50 schools between there and Broken Hill, the artistic director of what became The Outback Children’s Spectacular.

I began by collecting stories from the kids, which became the basis for songwriting workshops in all the schools. The tunes and the lyrics were theirs, I just facilitated and guided them. A team of arts workers, one of whom was my partner Moya Simpson, then turned the songs into drama and puppetry, circus and dance. The end result was a massive show on a football field in Dubbo with a cast of the 3000 children who wrote it.

The show told of life in the outback through the eyes of its children – stories of isolation, School of the Air, wildlife, technology, lead poisoning, the landscape, motor bikes and so on.

Throughout that year I worked with many Aboriginal communities and saw first-hand the reactions to the Bicentenary. Wilcannia decided not to participate, which I understood but it rocked me a bit. I would like to have had a face-to-face meeting to make sure they knew what they were saying ‘no’ to, but the principal at the school wouldn’t let me. He said they were opposed to the Bicentenary, not to me.

In Brewarrina where there had been riots at the time of a death-in-custody court case, response was pretty positive. The kids there told me of the Weir, a place in the Darling River where they could catch crabs and fish easily, ride and slide across, and swim under the rapid flow of water. Those children seemed to be unaware of the ancient significance of these small rock walls built thousands of years ago to trap fish. I went to see them for myself and was surprised at how simple and effective the traps were, and how the most obvious feature was broken glass.

Their story became

All the fish swimming in the water,
Down at the Weir,
All around the rocks,
All the pelicans, flying in the sky,
Up above the weir, diving in the stream,

We know why
They put the rocks there,
Long time ago,
It’s because there were no shops there,
Long time ago.

In towns like Bourke and Weilmoringle I heard of the Min Min light, a mysterious presence seen many times on the surrounding plains. ‘The closer you get to it, the further it goes away’, they told me.

The Min Min light’s over there,
It’s getting close to the car, close to the car,
The head-light’s blown in the dark, dark night,
I wish we were on the tar,

The Min Min light’s on the plain,
Everybody’s petrified, we’re all petrified,
The closer you get, the farther it goes,
I wish we were safe inside,

The Min Min light, the Min Min light,
Shines mysterious in the night.

At the other end of the scale, some of the parents at Girilambone, a small school near Nyngan, wanted to know what I was going to do to keep their kids safe from the Aboriginal riots that were going to happen in Dubbo.
‘They’ve got guns, you know, we saw it on the tele.’

I succeeded in placating them and after nearly two years of preparation, Dubbo filled with visiting children. A specially commissioned train brought in the kids from Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Nyngan, and towns in between. As the train came in, the theme song the kids wrote played on the station loudspeakers.

The Outback Children’s Spectacular,
We don’t mind if you bring Dracula,
To the Outback Children’s Spectacular,
We don’t mind if you’re a big galah,
All around the outback,
All around the outback.

The very the first day we assembled the full cast at Apex Oval, I noticed the White Cliff kids walking gingerly on the verdant acres of lawn, so unlike the moonscape they lived on back home.

The day of the final dress rehearsal was a scorcher and had to be cancelled, a nerve-wracking decision, but it was the only thing to do.

On the night it rained as the politicians spoke pre-show, and stopped as soon as the show began. There were 25 000 in the audience. I sat with the sound engineer, with a feeling of anti-climax when it actually happened. ABC TV’s Countrywide had followed me around a bit during the process, and were there on the night. When I saw the footage of me being interviewed afterwards, all I could see was a stunned mullet of an Artistic Director.

The Outback Children’s Spectacular was televised throughout regional NSW, and we still get emails from 40 year olds who remember it very fondly.
It was an extraordinary highlight of my creative life, and an experience I’m sure will never be forgotten by those who participated.

THE WIND BENEATH MY WINGS
Australian films of ’88 and ’89 included Young Einstein, Cane Toads, Evil Angels, Sweetie, Dead Calm, and Crocodile Dundee 2, which was widely panned. One American reviewer called it ‘Crocodile Donedough’.

International blockbusters included A Fish Called Wanda, Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man, Roger Rabbit, Dead Poets Society, Ghostbusters, Batman, and Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, which Fred Nile never viewed, but referred to as ‘a Satan production from the studios of hell.’

Cher had a career boost with the film Moonstruck, as did Bette Midler with the tearjerker chick-flick, Beaches, complete with theme song which has gone on to become a huge hit at weddings and funerals.

Did you ever know that you’re my hero, And everything I would like to be? I can fly higher than an eagle, ‘Cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

Speaking of wings, the nation’s 1640 domestic pilots resigned en masse in 1989, in a dispute over a new salary package. The Prime Minister Bob Hawke stepped in, backed the airlines, and took on the Australian Federation of Air Pilots. Pilots were recruited from overseas to take their jobs, an unusual step for a PM who was once head of the ACTU.

Unions like you should be illegal,
I’ll take the wind beneath your wings.

But this wasn’t the end of Hawke’s troubles. It was well known that his Treasurer, Paul Keating, had his eye on the top job, and although Bob had ordained him as his successor, by 1988 he was changing his tune, and was even talking up Kim Beazley as the one to fill his shoes. Hawke saw Keating as too abrasive, unpopular, with an undertaker image. The polls indicated that Hawke was the popular one and Keating was seen as one dimensional.

Like all leadership issues, all seemed well. ‘My friend and colleague will remain PM as long as he chooses,’
said Keating.

Then, just after the ’88 budget was brought down, Hawke said publicly that he considered his Treasurer to be good at his job, but not indispensable. Keating’s response was ‘I tell you right now, mate, I’m not going to be someone else you can walk over. When I decide to come at you, mate, I’ll take your head right off.’

This led to a succession agreement at Kirribilli House known as The Kirribilli Agreement, at which, in the presence of two witnesses, the PM agreed that he would hand his job to the Treasurer after the next election. Keating was champing at the bit.

It’s been pretty cold here in your shadow,
To never have sunlight on my face,
I was content to let you shine, that’s my way,
I always walked a step behind,
But did you ever know I rate you zero?                               You’re everything I don’t want to be.                               Don’t try and replace me with Kim Beazley,
I will break wind beneath your wings. ….Scumbag!

TIANANMEN SQUARE
Bob Hawke got a bit sentimental in April 1988, when he farewelled the old Parliament House and moved in to the new one.
He cried on national TV when he admitted that he had been unfaithful to Hazel.

Then in 1989 he cried again, along with many of us, this time in response to the horrific events in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, The Gate of Heavenly Peace.

In May that year Soviet head of state Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping were shaking hands in an historic meeting at Beijing’s austere Great Hall of the People. Just a few hundred metres away, hundreds of thousands of students and supporters were amassing in Tiananmen Square, in an impassioned call for democracy following the death of Hu Yaobang, a former Communist Party leader who had pushed for a more transparent China.

The protest grew and grew with up to a million taking to the streets. Talks between the students and the government were held, and failed. After six weeks, martial law was declared. Then in early June, the People’s Liberation Army moved in, firing indiscriminately on the protesters, followed by tanks that flattened everything in their path.

Tiananmen, Tiananmen,
Let the gunfire cease,
Tiananmen, Tiananmen,
The Gate of Heavenly Peace.

China’s emerging pro-democracy movement was crushed. An official death toll has never been released, but is estimated to be well over 1 000, and could be as many as 2 600.

WIND OF CHANGE
In stark contrast, the European call for democracy was a different thing all together.

When Mikhail Gorbachev had become General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1985, he was aged 54, was the youngest member of the Politburo, and the first leader to have been born after the Revolution. A year after he took the position it was clear that he was bringing in generational change as he launched glasnost, perestroika, and demokratizatsiya: openness, restructuring, and democratisation.

In 1988 his Christmas present to the world was a dramatic speech at the United Nations in which he announced troop cuts of 500 000 within the next two years. At the same time, there was a growing movement for self-determination in Soviet states across Europe.

As an indication that things were changing, The Scorpions, a hard rock band from West Germany, was allowed to play in Russia, and invited back for the Moscow Music Peace Festival in August 1989. The band was so moved by the atmosphere of goodwill at that event that they returned to Germany and wrote this song.

The world is closing in
And did you ever think
That we could be so close, like brothers
The future’s in the air
You can feel it everywhere
It’s blowing with the wind of change

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change.

The most striking symbol of Cold War division was the 45 kilometre-long Berlin Wall, erected in 1961 to stop the exodus of East Germans. In November 1989 the checkpoints opened, and the streets were filled with dancing, car horns, and champagne sprays. Thousands clambered over the wall breaking bits off as they did. Wind of Change became the unofficial anthem of German Reunification

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change.

POOR WEE BILLY McMAHON
Among those who died in ‘88/’89 were Aboriginal land rights pioneer Vincent Lingiari, writers Raymond Carver, Daphne du Maurier and Samuel Beckett, artists Lloyd Rees and Salvador Dali, songwriter Irving Berlin, singer/ song-writer Roy Orbison, actors John Mellion and Laurence Olivier, comedians Lucille Ball and Graham Chapman.
Politicians who died that year included F D Roosevelt and the ex-Prime Minister who is better known for his wife’s dress than he is for his policies, Sir William McMahon.

Bill made no impact at all,
Till Sonia he took to a ball,
When they walked in, Nixon choked on his rum,
When they saw Sonia’s dress all the guests were struck dumb,
‘Cos her dress had two side-splits right up to her bum,
Poor wee Billy McMahon.

Poor wee Billy McMahon,
He’s mutton dressed up as lamb,
He tries to be ‘with it’ and dresses real moddy,
But with his big lugs and his skinny wee body,
He looks like a cross between Big Ears and Noddy,
Poor wee Billy McMahon,
Poor wee Billy McMahon.

THE BIGGEST TOWN COUNCIL
Come and sit, sit here before me
And I will tell you a tale
Of so many years rocky and stormy
Of a fight so that right would prevail
A tale of a town where the winter is cold
And summer’s unbearably hot
Of a town called Canberra that wanted no government
But still, a government it got.

Despite Canberrans voting against self-government 11 years earlier, the ACT had its first election in May 1989, an election that was notable for having a ballot paper almost one-metre wide. It listed 117 candidates for 22 political parties with names like the Sun-Ripened Warm Tomato Party, the Surprise Party, and the Party! Party! Party! Party.

It took almost two months after Election Day to determine the results of the election, and four people won seats on platforms of abolishing self-government. Not surprisingly, the result was a hung parliament

The spectrum, the whole of the palette
From blue Liberal to sun-ripened red
Lined up on a metre-wide ballot
“It won’t work,” the populace said.
The no self-government and Party Party Party
Party danced ’til voting was done
Then, once in, as we all do, they dropped all their platforms
To suck up to those who had won
 
Forming the biggest town council, the tiniest parliament
Roadworks and drainage without the allure
As caring as fed’ral, efficient as local
Enduring and bound to endure
 
Here in the biggest town council, the tiniest parliament
Budget the size of an Anglican school
As caring as fed’ral, efficient as local
Big fish in a very small pool.

PLUS ÇA CHANGE
Leadership ructions in the Liberal Party…….Prince Phillip given one of the highest awards in the country by our PM….….a corruption inquiry…
Does it sound familiar?

Just to show that nothing changes, in 1989 Andrew Peacock staged a party room coup in which he deposed Howard as leader, Prime Minister Hawke gave Prince Phillip a Companion in the Military Division of the Order of Australia without a flicker of reaction, and the Fitzgerald Inquiry into police corruption began in Queensland.

As far as corruption inquiries went though, entrepreneurs in Queensland took exploitation to a new level when they launched a line of Fitzgerald Inquiry merchandise. There were stickers and badges, earrings, T-shirts, a vice tour of dens of iniquity in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, and Corruption – the board game: ‘Collect bribes, misappropriate public funds, use the police for political purposes, and commit perjury’, boasted the publicity material.

Joh Bjelke-Petersen appeared before the inquiry in December 1988, and when asked ‘What do you understand by the ‘the separation of powers?’ he replied
‘Well you tell me. And I’ll tell you whether you’re right or not. Don’t you know?’

After 32 years of National Party rule, Labor’s Wayne Goss was elected as Premier. Joh was gone, but not forgotten. ‘Don’t you worry ‘bout that’.

HOME AND AWAY, KYLIE AND JASON
Now to the world of television à la ‘88/‘89.
The powers-that-be at Channel Seven had let go of the very popular Neighbours some years earlier and were keen to atone for their sins, with a show with tougher storylines. The show was Home and Away, launched in January 1988 with its own theme song, written by New Zealand-born composer Mike Perjanik.

Hold me in your arms Don’t let me go I want to stay forever
With you each day.
Home and Away.

Meanwhile, Neighbours was still a raging success on Ten, and Jason and Kylie were still as popular as ever, winning the Silver and Gold Logies respectively.

Kylie was now a singing star, with her second single number one in the UK and Australia.

I should be so lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky.
I should be so lucky in love.

Although they sound like a firm of solicitors, Stock, Aitken and Waterman (SAW) was the song writing and production team behind The Singing Budgie’s success. SAW was a hit factory extraordinaire, and when it produced her first album simply entitled Kylie, it sold over two million copies. Their re-recorded version of Locomotion made it to top 10 in the USA, and Kylie left Neighbours behind her to follow her new musical career, which is still going strong.

IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME
Another big female act of this time was the all-girl band The Bangles, who tasted success in 1988 with a song inspired by the eternal flame at Elvis’ Graceland home.

Close your eyes, give me your hand, darlin’
Do you feel my heart beating?
Do you understand?
Do you feel the same?
Am I only dreaming
Is this burning an eternal flame?

It is said that the lead singer, Susannah Hoffs, recorded that song in the nude, but when Cher appeared on an aircraft carrier in the video clip of her latest hit song Turn Back Time, she wasn’t nude. But she did wear a body suit that left nothing to the imagination.

If I could turn back time,                                                           If I could find a way,                                                               I’d take back those words that hurt you,                         And you’d stay,                                                                          If I could reach the stars,                                                       I’d give them all to you
Then you’d love me, love me                                             Like you used to do.

This year we shared the National Archives stage for the first time with Dr Nicholas Brown from the ANU history department, who filled everyone in on the politics of 1988 and 1989 as it appears in the Cabinet papers. If anyone can turn back time, he can.

He’s gonna turn back time  Here at the NAA
He’ll go back to what Hawkie blurted
In his day,
Now he has read the files,
He’ll spill the beans to you,
Hear the secrets, secrets,
Have a peekaboo,
He’s gonna turn back time.

NOTES

I’M GONNA BE (500 MILES)
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) written by Charlie and Craig Reid.

Sources for this section were Rolling Stone magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, and The Guardian.

QUICK FACTS
These facts come from ads and articles in the Sydney Morning Herald.

FAST CAR
Fast Car written by Tracy Chapman.

Information came from the Sydney Morning Herald, Rolling Stone magazine, and The Complete Book of Hit Singles by Dave McAleer.

DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY
Don’t Worry Be Happy written by Bobbie McFerrin.

Information about the song and its use in George Bush’s election campaign came from the Sydney Morning Herald and Rolling Stone.
To see a short documentary on Bush’s 1988 election campaign go to

CELEBRATION OF A NATION
Celebration of a Nation, music by Les Gock, lyrics by Fran Allen and Tim Phillp.

The information came from the Sydney Morning Herald and from watching the YouTube clip of the ad.
The song Bicentennial written by Paul Kelly

THE OUTBACK CHILDREN’S SPECTACULAR
We Know Why, Min Min Light, and The Outback Children’s Spectacular were written by John Shortis and children in NSW primary schools.
To see a documentary of the Outback Children’s Spectacular, go to

WIND BENEATH MY WINGS
The Wind Beneath My Wings written by Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar. Parody by John Shortis.

Information on films, the airline dispute, and the Hawke/Keating leadership issue from the Sydney Morning Herald.
Keating, the Inside Story by John Edwards was the main source for information on the Kirribilli Agreement

TIANANMEN SQUARE
Gate of Heavenly Peace by John Shortis.
Information from the Sydney Morning Herald, and Chronicle of the Twentieth Century

WIND OF CHANGE
Wind of Change written by Klaus Meine.

I found about this song via internet research
Information on the Berlin Wall from Chronicle of the Twentieth Century, and The Berlin Wall Story by Hans-Hermann Hertle.

POOR WEE BILLY McMAHON
Poor Wee Billy McMahon written by Eric Bogle

THE BIGGEST TOWN COUNCIL
The Biggest Town Council written by Peter J Casey

PLUS ÇA CHANGE
This all comes from the Sydney Morning Herald

HOME AND AWAY, KYLIE and JASON
Home and Away written by Mike Perjanik. It’s been updated a few times, but to hear the original version go to

I Should Be So Lucky written by Stock, Aitken and Waterman

Information on Home and Away and the Logies from the Sydney Morning Herald.
Friday on My Mind by Ed Nimmervoll was main source for information on Stock, Aitken and Waterman

TURN BACK TIME
Eternal Flame written by Susanna Hoffs, Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg.

If I Could Turn Back Time written by Diane Warren. Parody by John Shortis

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