Rally – Murray Hartin

Number 5 on the bill at the National Wind Power Fraud Rally on June 18, 2013 at Parliament House, Canberra,  was the bush poet and entertainer, Murray Hartin, introduced by Alan Jones AO.


Earlier we published the text of his poem, now you can see and hear him perform it at the National Rally.

This is a transcript of the video

AJ: Well now just a little bit, moving in another direction, but on the same theme. If you go to Sydney and go to Darling Harbour, on the Eastern side of Darling Harbour, that is the first part, of Darling Harbour that was first built, and the part closest to the city, you’ll enter the restaurants and everything by walking up the steps. As you walk up the steps, there is a gigantic plaque at the top of the steps. And it’s …,I don’t know what it’s made from, it looks like it’s made from pewter. And on that plaque, is inscribed boldly, a poem by an Australian poet. The poet is not Banjo Patterson, or Henry Lawson, or Henry Kendall, or Dorothy MacKellar or Judith Wright. The poet is Murray Hartin.

Murray Hartin is a bush boy who the Nation is increasingly getting to know. He is in the tradition of Banjo Patterson, not just a balladeer, but a story teller, through poetry. He is wonderful human being, he was once in one of my rugby sides. He wasn’t a poet then, and suddenly this has branched out and he is enormous demand around the country. He tells the story seriously, and sometimes funny, but brings great joy and pleasure to the kind of people in the communities that are represented here, as Angus said, divided and confused about why this is being done to them. So this is our latter day Banjo Patterson, a magnificent balladeer and poet. Would you please welcome Murray Hartin.

MH: Not a Rhode scholar, but I did go to Pallamallawa kindergarten. And look, look I don’t pretend to be an expert on any of this. But I, one of my great mates is Charlie Arnott, and Charlie asked me to get involved, and I know Charlie to be a good bloke and an honest man and a bloke that cares about the countryside. So I think that this is what is all about. It is not things parading as green – its people who care about the land, trying to protect their land.
So I just, I gathered some facts, and sometimes it just seems to feel that it comes across better if it rhymes. Maybe, or maybe not. We’ll see how we go. Thank you Alan (he just told me to read it slowly).
It is called

‘An Ill Wind Blows No Good’.

The good old Aussie Farmer is without peer and that’s the truth
Some might choose to argue but the pudding holds the proof
Governments give them nothing except a bit post-flood or drought
Squeaky wheels get the attention while the farmer toughs it out
More dangerous than the weather, they battle government decisions
That truly challenge logic, well, except to politicians
The live cattle export ban, what were they thinking there?
Allowing imports willy-nilly, it’s like they just don’t care
Desalination plants, billions down the drain
Just because some boffin said it wouldn’t rain again
They could’ve spent that cash on dams or to farm wet-season water
Give a little hope to the farmers’ sons and daughters
But they don’t know how to budget and they don’t know how to plan
There’s no vision for the future, politics is just a scam
Where you lie to get in power then keep on lying when you do
Hang in for a decade and get a lifelong pension too
Look they aint all rotten apples but geez the stench is hard to cop
And you don’t need a crystal ball to know it starts right at the top
So when they start preaching “Green” you know they’re really talking cash
Forget the carbon footprint, what they’re leaving is a rash
That will mutate to a cancer if they keep bowing down to greed
When it’s plain to everyone that common sense is what we need
If Coal Seam Gas is safe let’s see some guarantees
Otherwise get your poison spikes out of our water table please
Think Exxon Valdez or the Gulf of Mexico
It’s just too big a risk so the poison spikes must go
Bass Strait has still got plenty, there’s lots of gas to go around.
We can’t risk the CSG if the process isn’t sound
Which brings us to the wind farms, Green Power so they say
But it’s just another con job at the back end of the day
A ruse to recoup millions corporations have outlaid
For a dodgy power source that just doesn’t make the grade
You still need a back-up system when the wind gets sick of blowing
Then it’s either gas or coal to keep the system going
So the so-called carbon credits don’t add up to much
But they sell them for a fortune so someone’s getting touched
And sure as hell it’s you and me, our wallets fund the scheme
While the wind turbine brigade they sit back and live the dream
Well, there was no blind eye being turned by Alby Schultz, now here’s a bloke
Who wasn’t being fooled by the mirrors and the smoke
He’s stood with them toe to toe, called them at their game
And when they finally tell the truth they will hang their heads in shame
Government-funded fraud while they masquerade as Green
They can’t survive without the subsidies, this goes way beyond obscene
Ten billion dollars plus is what they’ve promised these pretenders
That’s just in the next five years, you know there’s more on the agenda
All for a thing that doesn’t work, one of the dumbest plans on earth
The power that it generates costs way more than it’s worth
But they’re not just burning dollars, the environment suffers too
There are a heap of bloody things that they’re just not telling you
Those 60m blades, they can’t be broken down
So they’re encased in concrete coffins and buried underground
And you can’t ignore the fact they’re ugly, a blight on every farm
And they lie right to our face and say they don’t do any harm
Well tell that to the birds who get slaughtered every day
Or the bats whose lungs explode from the sound and pressure waves
With the birds all dead or gone, the insects have a ball
Where are the impact studies, were there any done at all
Or were they done by those whose funding comes from government allocations
So they bodgy the results and join in the celebrations
The scientists keep their funding, the pollies get THEIR dirty bucks
And we’re left to hold the baby, well I’m sorry but that sucks
And you can’t ignore Wind Turbine Syndrome, it’s making people sick
Headaches, nausea, tinnitus, these folk aren’t playing tricks
They don’t like seeing doctors, it’s hard to get them in the car
So if farmers say they’re crook well you know they bloody are
And it’s causing splits in families and neighbours having blues
You’ve got the ones who take the cash and you can’t blame them if they do.
A huge boost to pay the mortgage but it’s a decision based on fraud
And sadly they’ll find out the risk far outweighs the reward
See they’re swapping health for wealth and it’s a dangerous game to play
Can’t afford to leave but then they can’t afford to stay
If they do get crook and then get stuffed by farm devaluation
Will the Wind Turbine Brigade offer any compensation
Well we know the answer’s “no”, there’s no way that they care
So we need the people we elected to stand up and do what’s fair
Enough of all the bullshit, stop treating us like fools
We watch you prostitute yourselves to let people break the rules
Well the line has now been drawn, this is it, no ifs or buts
Put all the spin away, it’s time to show some guts
Throw your hands up in the air and admit that you’ve been wrong
All the crap we’ve had to wear has gone on way too long
So lets stop all the subterfuge, wind turbines are a farce
Giant bloody fire-traps, huge pains in the ass
Killing birds and killing bats, making people ill,
Humungous ugly money pits and we’re left to pay the bill
We’ve laid the facts out on the table, if we’re wrong then show us how
And when you own up to the truth then the time to act is now
Reclaim your integrity, stand up and join the fight
Look into your hearts and just do what’s bloody right
Nothing’s set in stone, you know it’s not too late
Front the turbine people and just say “it’s over, mate”
The dollars just aren’t worth it, that’s the way it’s always been
Because these wind farms they ain’t pretty and they sure ain’t bloody green.

All the Rally videos will be available in this playlist.

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Murray Hartin you are a legend.

    Thanks Alan for introducing Murray & your few words, they are well received.

    The poem that Murray wrote & recited says it all. Industrial wind turbines are NOT green in any shape or form. I don’t think any one could have said it any better, thank you Murray.

  2. NevilleW says:

    Thank you Murray (and Alan) for all the salient points.

    But the Green/labor machine rolls on unabated and the blinkered inner-city latte sippers think they are saving the planet. Thick as bricks and two planks combined. But their ego is well intact.


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