Australian musician Mark Seymour is the latest on the list of Australian artists to tell Reclaim Australia to stop using his songs to further their cause. In a Facebook post yesterday Seymour said:

I’ve just been informed that ‘Reclaim Australia’ are using ‘Holy Grail’ at their rallies.

Let me be clear. ‘Reclaim Australia’ is a racist organisation.

We stand together with refugees and asylum seekers the world over.

We are opposed to bigotry, race hate and fascism.

Reclaim Australia’ has no place in Australian Society.”

The post comes after both Jimmy Barnes and John Farnham made it clear that Reclaim Australia was not welcome to use their songs at rallies held by the anti-Islamic group. Seymour is a supporter of refugee rights — he wore a T-shirt emblazoned with ”asylum seeker” when performing at the AFL grand final in 2013 and posts often about his support for welcoming more refugees to Australia.

In other news from the rallies yesterday, the United Patriots Front announcedon Facebook that they would be starting their own political party, to be called “Fortitude”. They haven’t explained why the name has been chosen but it bears an unfortunate (or maybe purposeful?) connotation with the Australian Border Force’s Operation Fortitude — the failed plan to check people’s visas on the streets of Melbourne earlier this year. Maybe they were inspired by the Border Force?

Peter Fray

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