Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Clark Forces Her Music On Aussies At ANZAC Day

Clark forces her music on Aussies at ANZAC day

Thursday 17 Feb 2005
Rodney Hide
Press Releases -- Other

Helen Clark has insisted that when she turns up to the 90th anniversary ANZAC commemorations at Gallipoli her music must be played, not anyone else's, said ACT Leader Rodney Hide today.

Mr Hide's comments follow a story in today's Australian Herald Sun.

"The Australians are appalled that a Kiwi has stepped in and rejected their much-loved John Farnham. What's more, they're flabbergasted that she has also wiped homegrown legends Neil and Tim Finn.

"The thousands of Aussies and Kiwis who will trek to Gallipoli on April 25 will have Helen Clark to thank when the politically correct didgeridoo and posh string quartet come out.

"No one ever suggested a rock concert, but Helen Clark's insistence that her high tastes are superior is unbelievably arrogant. Her latest edict is already winding people up who just want the 90th anniversary to reflect contemporary Australasian tastes.

"This special commemoration is not Helen Clark's to take over. I suspect John Howard will be keen to have his say when they discuss the final programme in Wellington this weekend," said Mr Hide.


For more information visit ACT online at or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages