Men at Work - The Land Down under LIVE in Dortmund. This patriotic song topped the Australian, Britain and American music charts in the 1980s, giving the band instant success. Singer Colin Hay has said "The chorus is really about the selling of Australia in many ways, the over-development of the country."
Goanna - Solid Rock. Shane Howard, who wrote the song in 1982, told the Sydney Morning Herald on 21 September 2012 that he experienced a “Great Awakening” while attending a corroboree at Uluru. The spiritual experience brought the idea of the song, which evolved to become more political after returning to Alice Springs and seeing “all the consequences of dispossession”.
Bow Down - Xavier Rudd. A song with a strong message about the environment and spirituality. Rudd is outspoken on the mistreatment of Aborigines, as well as environmental and humanity issues, wilderness protection and conservation. He is one of the most prominent white Australian musicians to incorporate the music of indigenous Australians into his music.
Great Southern Land, Icehouse. It is an anthem for Australia on so many levels. It seeks not to preach about the nation’s problems, but rather to tell, with the precision of a haiku, a story that encompasses all the disparate branches of our history as it informs the present. It's a song that pokes at the part of the Australian psyche that is quietly proud of who we are, our place in the world and our heritage." (from Guardian article, Apr 2014)
▶John Butler performs 'Kimberley' - YouTube. Butler was one of the largest supporters in the "Save The Kimberley" campaign and performed at various concerts in 2012 and 2013 in Melbourne and Western Australia.
CHRISTINE ANU - My Island Home (ACOUSTIC). A comment on Youtube makes an interesting point about the context of this song: “The song is about the Torres straight Islands. But you get a DJ to play this song overseas and in Australia, Aussies stand side by side singing this song together.”
Indigenous Literature #ozengchat for 31/7/2013 (Storify by vivimat78) In this chat session, we had special guest @anitaheiss to share her insights on Indigenous Literature and great texts to try for the new Australian Curriculum.