[Dixielandjazz] Musical Protest in Oz

Mick Potter pottermick at gmail.com
Thu Nov 5 03:12:13 PST 2009

Hi Dave.

Looking at the photo from the Box Hill "Leader", it is good to see 2
of our best young musician in Melbourne,  involved in the protest.
This new law is the height of insanity brought about by political
stupidity. Of all the music under threat it is OKOM that is most
likely to suffer.

Mick Potter

On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 7:14 PM, David Richoux <tubaman at tubatoast.com> wrote:
> for all of our "Down Under" list-mates:
> Musicians rally in protest outside Mitcham MP Tony Robinson's office.
> Protesters dance to a different tune out front of Minister’s office
> 05 NOV 09 @ 11:42AM BY JAMES DOWLING
> Tony Robinson’s Mitcham electorate office was the target for a harmonious
> protest that stalled traffic and brought a
> smile to the faces of his office staff.
> The Consumer Affairs Minister and Mitcham MP is at discords with the
> musicians union, which took a small marching
> band to the MP’s office to protest his crackdown on licensed venues and the
> impact it could have on the live music
> scene.
> Musician Union Melbourne branch secretary Terry Noone said his union
> abhorred violence but a regulation that
> required all live music venues to have two crowd controllers would hurt
> Melbourne’s live music scene.
> He said small venues would not be able to afford two crowd controllers and
> that meant fewer venues and less gigs
> for the professional musician.
> Mr Noone’s band of a sousaphone, drum, guitar, accordion, clarinet and
> saxophone performed its jazz-inspired jig at
> the office near the Blackburn Rd rail crossing, which they called ``music
> doesn’t cause violence’’.
> ``We decided on a silly protest against these silly laws,’’ Mr Noone said.
> ``But the silliness can have a real impact on what people need to do to make
> a living.’’
> Mr Noone said the crack down inferred music was a contributing factor to the
> city’s ugly boozy-bust ups.
> Tony Robinson was not in his electorate office during the protest but his
> staffer promised to deliver the minstrel’s
> pamphlets to his boss.
> ``It was one of the more interesting protests we have had,’’ he said.
> picture at
> http://whitehorse-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/protesters-dance-to-a-different-tune-out-front-of-ministers-office/
> Dave Richoux
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Mick Potter
255 Poath Rd
Murrumbeena Vic 3163

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