Bruce Springteen

Australian political commentary seems to have taken a musical detour in the past few months. From Craig Emerson’s ‘Whyalla wipe out’ Skyhooks rendition to Wayne Swan using the lyricism of Bruce Springsteen in his war with Clive Palmer, Australian politicians are rocking musical metaphors. 

Cartoon: Warren Brown

Wayne Swan has used Springsteen’s Badlands ballad in his recent tit for tat warfare with Clive Palmer. Swan spoke at the 2012 Button Lecture telling his audience how ‘The Boss” inspires him.

“‘Poor man want to be rich, rich man want to be king, and a king ain’t satisfied till he rules everything’.  Now when I listened to that song again recently it struck me that Springsteen was talking expressly about a few people I’ve written about lately.” said Swan.

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  • James Adelaide says:

    09:57pm | 05/08/12

    To all of those who hate the current federal government:  Look closely at Queensland before you vote at the next federal election Read more »

  • Gianna says:

    06:12pm | 03/08/12

    Keith Hammersmith says: 04:57pm | 02/08/12 “Clive Palmer is a man fighting to remain relevant and only serving to prove himself redundant” . Wayne Swan is a man fighting to remain relevant and only serving to prove himself redundant. There you go .Fixed. Read more »


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