It's Not Just the U.S.: Jimmy Barnes Halts Australian Politicians From Using His Song

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Jimmy Barnes has put a quick stop to Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull from using his name or songs to promote their “shitty policies”.

Turnbull and Frydenberg visited Port Kembla near Wollongong on Monday to sell their bad environmental policies at Bluescope Steel. Barnes made his ‘Working Class Man’ video in Port Kembla in 1986. Frydenberg used the reference to lead into statements about his government’s inept energy plans and hideous track record on environmental issues.

“More than 30 years ago Jimmy Barnes came to Port Kembla made a video clip for ‘Working Class Man’. Today the Prime Minister has come to Port Kembla to create jobs for Australia’s working class men and women,” Frydenberg said.

Jimmy was furious at being tied to this government’s dreadful track record on energy and environment issues. “Hey @JoshFrydenberg don’t use my name or my songs to sell your shitty policies. You don’t represent me #portkembla#workingclassman #auspol,” he tweeted.


Turnbull and Frydenberg should have been in Canberra for a sitting of Parliament to resolve the Same Sex Marriage issue. Instead a cowardly Turnbull cancelled Parliament this week to delay matters and appease the muscle of the extreme right-wing fringe of his party.

The song ‘Working Class Man’ was written by Jonathan Cain of Journey. The video was partly filmed at Port Kembla and partly in Cairns. The song has become Barnes’ signature song. It is also the title of his second book after his life during Cold Chisel.

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