Garrett gives US forces the nod

February 16, 2007

"Twenty-five and 30 years ago, like a lot of other Australians I was involved in actions and activities across this country [against US bases]. Of course you change your mind about some things over time, no one listening to this interview would expect otherwise. There would be many members on both front benches in parliament and people sitting in their bedrooms, in their lounge rooms and in the pubs today who had views when they were youths and their views have evolved over time. Mine have." — ALP frontbencher and former rock singer Peter Garrett telling journalists on February 15 that he "unreservedly" supported the new US military spy facility near Geraldton and the US-Australia military alliance. In 1982, Garrett's band, Midnight Oil, released a song "US forces", the first lines of which were "US forces give the nod/It's a setback for your country".

You need Green Left, and we need you!

Green Left is funded by contributions from readers and supporters. Help us reach our funding target.

Make a One-off Donation or choose from one of our Monthly Donation options.

Become a supporter to get the digital edition for $5 per month or the print edition for $10 per month. One-time payment options are available.

You can also call 1800 634 206 to make a donation or to become a supporter. Thank you.