Thursday, November 03, 2005

Could Bomber Beazley Be Jailed The Next Time He Plays Guitar In Public?

Who could forget the sad site of Kim Beazley on guitar, singing Blowin' In The Wind during an election campaign radio interview?

Next time, if the new Sedition laws pass, a performance of Bob Dylan's Masters Of War (from the same album Blowin' In The Wind comes from) could put Beazley in jail for seven years.

The law Beazley will break will be that of Seditious Intention where it will be illegal to:
  • bring the Sovereign into hatred or contempt
  • to urge dissafection against the Constitution, the Government or Commonwealth or either House of the Parliament
  • to urge another person to attempt, or otherwise than by lawful means, to procure a change to any matter established by law in the Commonwealth
  • to promote feelings of ill-will or hostility between different groups so as to threaten the peace, order and good government of the Commonwealth
Masters Of War is an anthem of Seditious Intention, where Dylan fiercely damns the company men and politicians behind the horrors of war and hits them with this...
When your death takes its toll,
All the money you made,
Will never buy back your soul.

And I hope that you die,
And your death'll come soon,
I will follow your casket,
In the pale afternoon,
And I'll watch while you're lowered,
Down to your deathbed,
And I'll stand o'er your grave,
'Til I'm sure that you're dead.
Last year a school band in Colorado were questioned by the US Secret Secret Service for performing the same Bob Dylan classic.

God Save The Queen by The Sex Pistols would be another no-no.


brokenleg said...

Beazley won't ever be jailed for sedition. See you really need to be a threat before someone arrests you. Beazley is this govt's greatest asset.

Glenn said...

Indeed. He does have a special thing for men in uniform. As the photo on your blog attests, Bomber will swallow anything (Tampa, Hicks, Terror etc) if administered to him in a military briefing.

brokenleg said...

Hi Glenn,
If you are such a flash writer, have a crack at my caption contest. You could win a huge pile of kudos.